Friday, January 23, 2015

MCU Secret Wars

A while ago I posted my thoughts on how MARVEL, SONY, and FOX could theoretically cash in and form a single Marvel Cinematic Universe with all characters living in the same dimension at the same time. Fans have been craving this for years. You can read that article here: How Marvel Could Make Worlds Collide

I listed some ways the characters licensed to the three studios cold crossover into each others universe. But I neglected an idea that Marvel Comics is using to make a single comics universe. (Side note, Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios are separate entities living under one parent company) Marvel Comics will be relaunching Secret Wars. The original story was a limited crossover series which featured The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and the X-Men being kidnapped by a being called The Beyonder, and forced to fight a select group of their villains on a planet called Battleworld. The planet was comprised of chunks of different planets that the Beyonder stole.

In the new Secret Wars story, Battleworld will be made up of the various Marvel Comics universes. For the uninitiated, there is the main Marvel universe where all our heroes live. There is also the Ultimate Universe where many of the characters were restarted. This was a way to give new fans a way to get into Marvel without having to study up on all (and there is A LOT) of back stories and events that exist in the regular Marvel Comics Universe. There is also the Marvel Zombies Universe (zombie virus infects heroes and villains) and other alternate timelines that have come about. All these universes will combine for Secret Wars. Now comes the fan theory.

Marvel (and DC Comics) have thrown these big "everything changes" kinds of events over the years. But I find the timing a little interesting. Again, Marvel Comics has no control over what happens at Marvel Studios. So my fanboy thinking is this... Is the comics arm of Marvel dropping hints to Sony and Fox? Marvel Studios has been trying to strike a deal to combine universes. Most recently, they were trying to work a deal with Sony to co-produce a Fantastic Four film that would take place in the MCU. This of course would blend the FF with the Avengers onscreen at some point. It would also seamlessly incorporate Galactus and the Silver Surfer into the MCU as well. Marvel would take over the bulk of the production and Sony would enjoy the financial benefits. Sony unfortunately decided to make their own FF film. I have not read anything on the X-Men at Fox, but that is a whole ot of mutants and stories that would have to be incorporated into the MCU. It would be fantastic. It's just more complicated than bringing in the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man from Sony.

But back to my point/theory. Marvel Studios plans things WAY OUT in advance. It almost feels to me like Marvel Comics is kind of hinting to Sony and Fox a story that could unite all these characters if not onscreen, then at least into the same world. When all these franchises run their course, could a Secret Wars multifilm event (think trilogy) bring all three studios together? There is a lot (A LOT) of money to be made. And fans (including myself) would eat it up.

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