Today, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer tweeted out the following:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) May 23, 2013
Normally that’d be pretty sweet, but there’s just a little problem: director Joss Whedon has publicly announced that Quicksilver would appear (alongside his sister, better known as the Scarlett Witch) as a character in Avengers 2 (albeit that Whedon can’t use the word mutant or make specific reference to the fact these characters are the children of X-Men villain, Magneto). So, this tweet from Singer kinda flies in the face of that, yeah?
Here’s what we know so far: Quicksilver will appear in both films. Days of Future Past, since it comes out first (July 18, 2014), will probably get the first shot at defining how the character will appear on the screen (however, Drew McWeeny at HitFix reports that Quicksilver’s inclusion in Days of Future Past is all based around a “sequence that he [Singer] feels only works with” the character – so there’s a question as to much actual character development we’ll see with him in the new X-Men film).
Now for the interesting part. McWeeny’s report further details the fact that Marvel and Disney have been willing to try and work with other studios (Fox and Sony, probably) to come-up with some sort of deal that would allow for the characters held by those studios (reminder – Fox has the X-Men, while Sony has Spider-Man) to cross-over into an Avengers film.
With this action from Fox, I would imagine there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell we’ll see Wolverine in an Avengers film.
The cause of all this drama comes mostly from the fact that Fox doesn’t want to try and work together to create a larger, more shared world. McWeeny continues that things have been publicly nice between Disney and other studios, but behind closed doors, things are much uglier than we’re being let onto, which has since been confirmed by comics writer Rob Liefeld:
My buddies at FOX confirm that neither studio plays nice with each other. Marvel hated their Fox deal. Oh, and it’s forever btw….
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) May 23, 2013
So. Here’s what’s might happen: there’s a good chance we’re about to see a very nasty and potentially very public legal battle between Fox and Marvel over two different versions of the same character.
You might want to start popping that popcorn, folks.