Director of The Incredibles and Incredibles 2, Brad Bird, confirms he doesn't plan on bringing his Disney-owned series into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Superhero movies are full of crossover possibilities as the likes of David Leitch's Deadpool 2 recently showed with the X-Men, however, Bird won't be bringing the Avengers into an Incredibles movie any time soon.
Although Incredibles 2 is set to introduce a whole host of new superheroes, none of them will be familiar faces from Marvel's comics and movies. Bird shot down the notion in a recent Q&A with IMAX and AMC (via Comic Book) when he told the audience, “How about we keep these universes separate?”
Explaining why Pixar, Lucasfilm and Disney should keep their franchises separate, Bird did at least admit that he has thought of the idea before. As for his reasoning behind shunning a crossover, the writer/director went on to explain how he doesn't want to ruin the two already-established worlds.
"To me, it’s like you have Thanksgiving — you have all these great components to a meal — there’s inevitably the guy who stirs it all together into a mush. And then eats it," he said. "And I always go, ‘eeugh.’ Individually, all these things are great! Mushed together, ‘eeugh.’ So I just like them separate and equal and happiness to all.”
Considering that 2004's The Incredibles is the highest-rated superhero movie of all time, there is no denying that a crossover could be a boost to the MCU. It isn't one that's likely while Bird is still in charge of the superpowered family and their animated adventures, however. As a final comment, Bird noted the financial potential of seeing Mr. Incredible throwdown with Captain America, but reiterated that it's not something he is willing to be part of: "That may make a marketing guy's mouth water but I don't think it makes artists excited."
Considering that Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury in the MCU and Frozone in Incredibles 2, there could've been some neat crossover potential. Also, with Disney's upcoming Wreck-It Ralph 2 featuring a plethora of Disney princesses, Marvel superheroes and Star Wars nods, the studio isn't afraid of sharing its franchises.
Fans are currently looking to Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the potential arrival of Fox properties like the X-Men and Fantastic 4, but don't expect the Incredibles to suit up alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Although Incredibles 2 might be influenced by some of the superhero movies since Iron Man kickstarted the MCU back in 2008, there won't be a sign of the Avengers HQ or a Stan Lee cameo.
Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 his theaters on June 15 and stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Vowell, Bob Odenkirk, Huck Milner, and Catherine Keener.