'X-Men' crossover into 'Avengers.' Well, sort of.

Joss Whedon’s sequel to the ‘Avengers’ has a confusing tie-in to Bryan Singer’s new ‘X-Men’ movie, thanks to the movie studios producing the two new films. But, can a true Marvel crossover film be far behind?

Quicksilver, the Marvel Comics villain-turned-hero will appear in both films.

In 20th Century Fox’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the fleet of foot and quick-thinking son of Magneto will be played by Evan Peters from TV’s ‘American Horror Story.’

In the “Marvel-verse” Quicksilver and his sister, Scarlet Witch initially are chips off of the old villainous block. Magneto’s mutant children eventually realize their father’s true nature and end up fighting for justice.

In the end, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch both become members of…you guessed it, ‘The Avengers.’

‘The Avengers’ sequel is a Paramount Pictures production. Quicksilver will be played, as announced October 30, by Aaron Johnson of ‘Kick-Ass’ and its recent sequel.

What will be confusingly of interest is how the character is created for the two films. An origin story, of sorts, is a prerequisite for superhero films when a new character is introduced.

When Marvel sold the rights to its catalog of characters years ago, different studios purchased the rights to individual characters. Quicksilver’s character had no studio exclusivity and essentially can be used by both 20th Century Fox and Paramount.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ will get the first bite at the Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch apple, as the film is scheduled for release in 2014. We’ll have to wait for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and Whedon’s spin on Quicksilver until 2015.

‘X-Men’ movies have a more insular universe for the mutant hero characters. Fans can expect a new ‘X-Men’ character from the comics to be introduced in each film. The movies don’t seem to stray to far out from the known characters.

‘The Avengers’ is a bit more of a wild card in pulling heroes and villains from Marvel. The very premise of the Avengers is to assemble an incredible team to combat insurmountable evil odds.

And Spidey? Well, Spider-Man is a Sony property from Marvel’s cache of heroes.

Might we one day see Marvel’s own execs pull some major strings and deliver a genuine crossover film for the fans?

Don’t bet on it. There are some heavily compensated entertainment lawyers playing “that’s mine, this is yours”  in the interest of movie studio stock profits.

If there’s a game-changer in the works, it’s the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel. Yet to begin production, ‘Man of Steel 2’ or what some are calling ‘Batman vs. Superman’ could alter the lack of studio cooperation seen presently.

If Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ sequel crushes the box office by combining DC Comics two most iconic characters, then anything is possible. Trust that the studios who own Marvel’s properties would see the benefit in a true crossover if ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ out-grossed, say, ‘Avatar.’

In the meantime, Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘ looks dark and fantastic based on the new trailer. Let’s hope that the two movies featuring Quicksilver generate conversations about a crossover instead of simply confusing fans into not caring.

I, for one, would love to see a Marvel film with Wolverine, Iron Man, and Spider-Man banding together. Who would they face? Who cares? Just give me the damn movie!
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