So The Avengers doesn’t come out for a few weeks still, so is too soon to speculate about an Avengers 2 already? We’re geeks… of course it isn’t too soon… stop talking crazy.
Now, there have probably been something like fifty various Marvel superheroes who have at one time or another been members of the Avengers, but there are only really a handful of what I’d call “iconic Avengers”–members who served in long standing with the team and were a part of their most popular lineups. Of those members, two of the most prominent, The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, were long thought to be unavailable to Marvel Studios for use in any future Avengers sequels. Twentieth Century Fox has the rights to all of the mutants in the X-Men franchise, and both those characters were introduced as the mutant children of the X-Men’s #1 foe Magneto, even though both characters quickly left the X-Men books and became mainstays of the Avengers for decades. Because of this, it was long thought that their mutancy made them off limits to Marvel Studios.
But that is apparently not the case according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. In an interview at the British web site HeyUGuys, Feige said in regards to these two specific characters “It’s a little complicated; If they want to use them in an X-Men movie they could, if we want to use them in an Avengers movie we could.” Apparently, they are among very few Marvel characters who fall into this shared category among the studios.
Could this mean we’ll see our first cross-studio Marvel Universe crossover? Conceivably, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver could be introduced as teenagers in an X-Men: First Class sequel and show up later as adults in an Avengers 2. I’m not saying its likely mind you, but it would be insanely awesome if both studios could get all their ducks in a row and make it happen.