It seems like nowadays the formula for a box-office success is to make a film with a super ensemble. It’s hard to imagine the early 2000s having movies with huge cast like Fast Five, The Avengers, or even The Expendables. Even some future films are becoming super crossover events like Batman Vs. Superman and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
One of the many complaints fans and even cast have made is the fact that some crossovers are impossible due to legal issues. For example, Spidey is over at Sony still, and the X-Men are owned by 2oth Century of Fox.
However, a new interview with Hugh Jackman suggest a crossover between X-Men and Spider-Man properties damn near happened. What prevented it though?
‘In the first “Spider-Man” — Kevin Feige reminded me of this — we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something. The problem was, we couldn’t find the suit. The suit was stuck in something. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn’t get it together.
So, you know, I actually asked some high level people about it. Because the optimist in me goes, “Why not? Why can’t we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?” And someone reminded that the amount of money Fox paid compared to the amount of money Disney paid is very different [laughs]. So how you split that pie up? God knows. But in the comic books, what’s great about it is they’re just mashing together all the time — and it’s awesome. And people are like, “Yeah, well, let’s get this one with that!” And, you know, I still think, one day, there may be an ability to do it.
That’s really wild that the whole thing was stopped because a costume was missing. Sounds suspicious to me. Whatever the problem, one can only wonder how this one crossover would’ve impacted the next ten years if it did happen. Especially the impact films like Avengers had on audiences. Would things be different if Spidey and Wolverine met each other back in the Sam Raimi days?
Source: The Huffington Post