November 04, 2013 2:24pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Kevin Feige on Multi-Studio Marvel Crossover: 'Never Say Never'
In their comic book incarnations, both Spider-Man and Wolverine have been members of the Avengers for almost a decade. Despite the protests of the actors who play the characters onscreen, that kind of team-up seems unlikely for their cinematic counterparts, considering that three separate studios own the movie rights to the different properties. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, however, that doesn't mean that it'll never happen …
Answering fan questions for IGN while promoting Thor: The Dark World, Feige was asked if we'd ever see a Spider-Man/X-Men/Avengers crossover on film. His answer started out talking about "the amount of characters that Marvel [Studios] already has," going down a "who needs those pesky X-Men anyway?" route.
"I would say, not anytime soon would we be in a position to team up with other studios who [have] a few of our characters, because we have so many characters ourselves," Feige continued, before adding "I would never say never."
There are countless ways to take that statement, of course -- not the least of which is that it was entirely evasive and ultimately meaningless. Even if you don't believe that Marvel Studios will co-produce a movie with either Sony (which owns the Spider-Man rights) or Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four), it's entirely possible that Feige is hoping that the rights will eventually revert to Marvel, a la Fox's previous control of the Daredevil property, which Marvel regained earlier this year.
Of course, with all non-Marvel-controlled Marvel properties in various states of production, such reversion isn't in the cards anytime soon. Instead of the answer being "never say never," perhaps Feige should have answered: "How long are you willing to wait?"