You wouldn’t think it would ever actually happen. But the moment it was announced that Kevin Feige — the Marvel Studios chief who’s engineered 23 movies, 13 years and three phases of straight hits with very few missteps — was branching out from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and into Lucasfilm’s Star Wars universe, it was a thought that crossed all of our minds: Could Marvel and Star Wars someday cross streams in a movie? It’s natural to wonder, given that with Marvel and Lucasfilm both under the Disney umbrella, the trucks, so to speak, are parked in the same garage.
“If you’d ask me if anything we’re talking about right now was in the realm of possibility 20 years ago, I would’ve said, ‘I don’t think so,’” Feige tells us during a recent interview promoting yet another one of his MCU coups, the Disney+ TV spinoff WandaVision.
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“But I really don’t think so,” he quickly adds. “I don’t think there’s any reason for it.”
Beyond Feige, we are already seeing some crossover behind the scenes. The super producer hired Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Loki writer Michael Waldron to pen the mysterious Star Wars film he’s currently developing (and will say absolutely nothing about).
A crossover wouldn’t be entirely unprecedented, at least in the wider canon of comic books. Marvel was the first publisher to release Star Wars comics in the late-’70s and early ’80s, a license the publisher re-acquired in 2015. Feige also admits to enjoying the Star Trek and X-Men crossover Planet X, which Marvel released in 1996. On the page, anyway.
As for any team-ups on the screen, Feige invites you to revisit Patton Oswalt’s hilarious pre-Force Awakens filibuster from a Season 5 episode of Parks and Recreation in which he imagines Thanos, Tony Stark, Spider-Man, the X-Men and Fantastic Four crashing Episode VII and linking the universes.
“That,” Feige says, “is probably as close as we’ll ever get.”
UPDATE: Oswalt jokingly replied to Feige’s comments on Twitter Thursday.
Watch Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Kevin Feige talk about WandaVision:
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