Apart from comic books, Star Wars and Marvel have never crossed paths with each other. Even though Marvel has an infinite amount of galaxies in its grand multiverse, it seems that one very special galaxy that is far, far away can't find its place in a world with Spider-Man or the #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy. Until now, that is.
The Hollywood Reporter has a funny anecdote from the filming of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, #KurtRussell, who played Ego the Living Planet, was struggling in delivering some of his lines. One of those lines that made him brain cramp particularly hard came during one of his earliest scenes in the movie when he encounters his son, Peter (Chris Pratt), for the first time.
Instead of calling Peter Quill by his actual nickname of Star-Lord, Russell accidentally called him Star Wars:
"Well, even where I reside out past the edge of what's known, we've heard tales about the man they call Star Wars."
Nope. Not quite. The cast and crew on set burst out laughing. So Russell said he tried again to the same result:
"We've heard tell of the man they call Star Wars. Ugh. Yes, Star Wars. He's all of Star Wars. We've heard of the movie Star Wars."
Even director #JamesGunn admitted it was one of the weirdest and funniest things to happen on set:
I'll be honest, I've made the mistake myself, so I'm not surprised Russell had some trouble with the name. Nonetheless, it's still a hilarious set moment, especially since Russell once auditioned to play Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
It seems his old #StarWars auditioning days are memories not even Mantis can put to sleep, all the more since the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are in ways Marvel Studios' version of Star Wars. Unfortunately our favorite a-holes have never wandered into that far away galaxy, and even in the comics it seems such a crossover event is unlikely to happen.
Though Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars comics and both Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm are owned by Disney, the two worlds have never actually met in a story. As great as it would be, to this day the crossover to beat all crossovers has never happened. But don't let that put a frown on your face. Though Thanos has never discussed with Darth Vader his induction into the Sith, Marvel Comics has referenced the Star Wars universe plenty in its long publication history. Here are some instances when the two worlds seemingly collided:
The X-Men And Darth Vader
In Uncanny X-Men issue 155, Kitty Pryde finds Shi'ar technology that allows her to change costumes in an instant. What a surprise it was to readers—and Nightcrawler—when she changed into Darth Vader's suit.
Strong Guy And The Millennium Falcon
While Strong Guy is not among the famous names of X-Factor, he was a popular character in the '90s and in Strong Guy Reborn #1, he found a ride in what looked like the Millennium Falcon. Is it just me or would Han Solo be mad if he ever found out about of this? Actually, perhaps not. This was the closest we ever got to an actual crossover, so why not pretend that Han and Chewie were in the spaceship as well.
Watch Kurt Russell's goof when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits Blu-ray on August 22.