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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Avengers and X-Men Movie Crossover? It Seems Even More Likely!

As many knew and began speculating after The Avengers forever changed the way comic movies could be done by crossing over various characters into one big epic sha-bang, it seems even more likely that an X-Men and Avengers movie crossover may be in the works.

Evan Peters
It's well-known that Fox Studios owns the rights to the X-Men characters, and they and director Bryan Singer have been working to create the biggest X-Men movie epic to date with the sequel to X-Men: First Class. However, it seems that crossing over the first trilogy cast with the new cast won't stop there in their plans for bigger and better things.

Quicksilver image
Yes, just recently Bryan Singer has tweeted that Evan Peters (American Horror Story) has just been added to the X-Men Days of Future Past cast as none other than the mutant speedster...c'mon now, I know you know the answer...Quicksilver!

What the...? Didn't Joss Whedon recently say that the first draft to Avengers 2 had a brother/sister act, and didn't he just confirm that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are indeed the baddies for the Avengers sequel?

Yes, Whedon sure did! You can check out more info about Joss Whedon spilling the beans about that at the link. 

The recent Bryan Singer news of Evan Peters playing Quicksilver in X-Men Days of Future Past is creating a firestorm in the realm of comic geekdom. It sure looks like this move is an attempt for Fox Studios and Marvel/Disney to connect their comic book universe together.

Which would be nothing short of awesome, might I add, and it would make perfect sense as well. After all, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch first appeared in the X-Men comics as part of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver image
The brother and sister even up against the Avengers a few times before turning in their baddie badges and joining the good guys, becoming one of the most popular and recognized members of the Avengers team. So introducing Quicksilver in the new X-Men movie coming out next year and crossing the character over into the Avengers makes perfect sense to this comic fanboy!

However, this could go the other way also, and because Bryan Singer is using Quicksilver just may cause Whedon to have to abandon the idea of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver causing all havoc for Earth's Mightiest Heroes in 2015. That could very well happen, but I doubt it. 

I think this has been planned since the Hulk and The Avengers smashed their way into the box offices last year. Shortly after The Avengers broke box office records last year, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner and husband Richard Donner excitedly talked about wanting to do a studio cinematic crossover between the two franchises with Crave online, stating:

"I would love it. I would love it. I personally have close ties to Marvel because of Kevin Feige, because Kevin worked for me. But to take our characters and mingle them in the way that they were written, yeah, absolutely.”

[You can read the full interview at Crave online by clicking the blue link]

So to think that this mega comic book movie crossover and its potential of being truly a ground breaking move in the world of comic book cinema hasn't been conspiring behind closed doors would truly be stranger than fiction.

Daniel Cudmore Colossus Pic
To catch up on even more of the cast to the mega epic X-Men Days of Future Past, Daniel Cudmore will return as Colossus (thank God). The character is one of my favorites from the X-Men comics, and I truly hope they do the love/romance between Kitty Pryde and Piotr Rasputin (Colossus) like the comic has.

Marvel's Warpath picture
It also appears that Warpath, the little brother of Thunderbird, will be played by Booboo Stewart. Concerning the comic storyline of Days of Future Past, this decision to add the character to the new sequel seems more like Fox Studios move to introduce new characters they have the rights to instead of adding a character that makes sense to the story.

Warpath is never mentioned in the X-Men Days of Future Past story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in the Uncanny X-Men #141 and142 comics. [Looking for high grade copies of these bronze age key issues? Be sure to click on link on where you can find X-Men #141 and 142.]

Booboo Stewart picture
And i doubt that Booboo Stewart will be looking as cool as the comic book character. It's a given that we won't see the character in his iconic comic book threads, and judging from the pic to the left, homeboy will seriously need to get roided up.

Seriously though, it looks like we'll probably see Warpath introduced when he's just a youngin' in Days of Future Past before he becomes the badass and hulkin' mutant who stomps up a storm Hulk-style like in the comics. To be honest, I'd just rather not have the character be in it if he ain't gonna even remotely look like the comic character. Start roiding up Booboo!

Bingbing Fan
Another new character that has recently joined the ranks of the X-Men sequel cast is Blink (Clarice Ferguson), and will be played by Bingbing Fan. Err...maybe she's adopted by White folks in the movie or has a White father/Asian mother? 

Well, it seems that this Chinese actress, most notable in China and Taiwan, also appeared in Iron Man 3, but only for the Chinese release of the movie.
X-Men Blink pic
As for her character, Blink seems to be taking Nightcrawler's spot. Blink can teleport herself and others at will. She can also teleport partial objects and use them as projectiles. The character of Blink was created in 1994, more than a decade after the Days of Future Past storyline was created. 

Alrighty, more characters that are being added to this cast that are just being added for the sake of adding new characters are Sunspot and possibly Bishop (rumored). 

Adam Canto picture
The character Sunspot is part of The New Mutants and X-Force, and was introduced into the comic world in 1982. He will be played by Adam Canto, and the character is Brazilian mutant with the power to channel and absorb solar power. 

 I do like the character, and if done right, I
Marvel Comics Sunspot imagethink he may be visually cool to watch, especially if they make him look like he does in the comics when he gets his powers on like in the picture. However, when it comes to the actual Days of Future Past storyline in the comics, this character being in the movie just seems like extra fodder. 

May be even overkill. I'm expecting his role to be pretty minor, and we'll probably get to see him take down a Sentinel. Notice that I didn't use the plural form for that sentence.

X-Men Bishop image
As for the character of Bishop, he actually does make a bit more sense to be added into the movie. No, he's not in the actual Days of Future Past comic story. 

The character was created in 1991, a decade after Claremont and Byrne's famous X-story. Nevertheless, as you comic and X-Men fans know, Bishop is from a dystopian future, and half of the Days of Future Past story takes place in a dystopian future as well. 

Omar Sy pic
As we know of right now, Omar Sy is actually cast in the epic X-Men sequel. However, it hasn't been confirmed who he will play. Of course, many believe that the hot French film star will play Bishop, and I truly hope he does. Bishop is a fan-favorite in the X-Men universe and a pretty popular one at that.

Whew! That's a lot it seems, but even more so, it seems that bigger things may be at play behind the scenes concerning the 2014 X-Men Days of Future Past and The Avengers 2 in 2015.

Are those groundbreaking peeps at Marvel, Disney and Fox planning a X-Men and Avengers movie crossover? I'm starting to think so myself, and judging that the new X-Men sequel will introduce Quicksilver to the big screen a year before Avengers 2 hits theaters makes the idea even more plausible. 

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