Marvel’s acquisition of Spider-Man and the addition of the beloved webbed-wonder to their Cinematic Universe immediately set online tongues wagging about other potential characters that could join future Avengers instalments.
But it isn’t just moviegoers that are speculating over which Marvel comic book characters should feature in upcoming films. The likes of Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie – who recently portrayed Steve Rogers/Captain America, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, and Sam Wilson/Falcon – have now chimed into the debate, too, insisting that they’d love to see various X-Men characters merge into their tales.
The trio made this admission during their recent appearance at the Wizard World Philadelphia, via Comic Book. After being asked which characters they want to see in Avengers: Infinity War, Sebastian Stan insisted that he’d love to have every single mutant jump over and join them.
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However, there was one specific mutant that he insisted he’d love to really see on screen, as he declared, “Looks like it’s time to get back some of those X-Men. Mystique. We need that Mystique.”
Currently, the shapeshifter, who has spent most of her X-Men history being a super-villain, is portrayed by the Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, making her debut in X-Men: First Class, which she then reprised in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and, more recently, X-Men: Apocalypse. Before Jennifer Lawrence inhabited the role, the character was performed by Rebecca Romijin in the first three installments of the franchise.
But Sebastian Stan wasn’t alone in his assertion that some of the X-Men should soon join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Evans, who has now led three solo Captain America films, as well as appearing in substantial roles in both The Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, also admitted that he’d love one of either Magneto or Professor X to join the Marvel Universe.
But rather than holding an affinity to any of these characters, Chris Evans wants them to join so that he can work with the current actors that portray the mutants. Chris Evans explained during the discussion, “I’d love to work with Fassbender because he’s Fassbender. Him and McAvoy, one of those guys would be great to work with.”
The problem for Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans is that Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence have already made a promise to each other that if one of them drops out of the franchise then the other two will soon follow.
Jennifer Lawrence revealed the details of this pact to Entertainment Weekly, via Hollywood Life, at the start of May. The Silver Linings Playbook actress declared, “Fassbender and McAvoy and I were talking. Like, ‘Will you com back?’ ‘I dunno.’ ‘I’ll come back, if you come back.’ Fox should be terrified because the deal we made was like if one of us doesn’t come back, none of us are.”
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Meanwhile, Anthony Mackie made his own preference for an X-Men addition in a rather unique way. Rather than providing a clear or coherent answer, Mackie just repeatedly kept shouting out, “Halle Berry.” That suggests that Mackie would like to see Storm added to the Marvel Universe.
But what are the chances that the X-Men might one day finally join the Marvel Cinematic Universe? At the moment, very slim. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the X-Men characters, which have been rather popular since they debuted on screen back in 2000. They’re unlikely to give the franchise to Marvel Studios. However, if Apocalypse doesn’t make as much money at the box office as the Fox want – like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 disappointed Sony – then they might look to spruce up X-Men by working out a deal and loaning them to Marvel.
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