With Disney owning both the Star Wars and Marvel universes, fans have been hypothesizing what a crossover between the two mega-franchises would look like for years. Now, in an interview with Big Issue, influential Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has weighed in on the odds of if such a meeting could ever take place.
The speculation began when Lee was asked if he thought his Marvel characters would ever come together in a film, despite the film rights for characters like the Fantastic Four and X-Men being held by Fox as opposed to Marvel/Disney.
“Yeah, probably,” he said. “It’ll be the most expensive film ever produced! But anything that the public want to see you can be sure it will eventually be produced.”
When specifically asked about a Star Wars/Marvel crossover, Lee replied: “Well, I don’t know how many characters you can have in a movie but obviously the people who produce these things are looking to be as successful as possible,” said Lee. “If they feel that incorporating Star Wars with the Marvel characters will be very successful, they’ll find a way to do it. Can you imagine Spider-Man saying: ‘May the force be with you’? It may come to that!
As Lee tells it, there is some precedence for disparate heroes coming together under a common cause; those are the circumstances under which the first Avengers lineup was formed.
“We did it in the comics. I created the Avengers by taking many of our characters and making a team out of them,” said Lee. “We can have as many characters join the Avengers as we want to for future movies. That might be fun too – all of a sudden Luke Skywalker is an Avenger!”
Sounds a little bit like the film franchise pitched by Patton Oswalt’s character on “Parks and Recreation.”