"Who Do You Trust?" Last week, I wrote a column on how Wolverine could be Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267). In the comic books, Apocalypse kidnaps Wolverine and pits him against Sabertooth for the deadly position. Wolverine ultimately wins the battle, as Apocalypse extracts Sabertooth's adamantium to bond to his skeleton. The X-Men don't realize Wolverine was missing because a Skrull impostor replaced the mutant. This led me to think about whether or not Secret Invasion could be a movie one day.
This thought boils down to a few variables, namely who owns the film rights to the Skrulls? If you're unaware, the Skrulls are an evil alien race of shape-shifters. They are the natural enemies of the Kree Empire in the Marvel Universe. While Marvel Studios owns the film rights to the Kree (they're featured in the upcoming [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073)), the comic book movie studio partially own the Skrulls. These film rights also belong to Twentieth Century Fox because the alien race is also featured in the Fantastic Four. In fact, the Skrulls first appeared in the Fantastic Four comic book series.
In 2008, Marvel Comics used the Skrulls in an on-going eight-month story line called Secret Invasion, where the Skrulls were slowly taking over The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Marvel Universe. It's a great story line and would make for a great movie, if it weren't so weird. Much like Civil War, Secret Invasion features almost every major character in the Marvel Universe. And while Marvel Studios doesn't own the film rights to all of their characters (like Spider-Man), the possibility to see a smaller version of Secret Invasion with the X-Men and Fantastic Four are now greater.
There are a few assumptions that have to take place before considering a Fox-branded Secret Invasion movie. Fox would want to crossover the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. But considering the climate of superhero movies these days with The Avengers, [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870), and Sony's Sinister Six, Fox seems like they would want to play ball with the rest of the superhero franchises out there.
The Skrulls would have to be introduced into the X-Men or Fantastic Four as a major threat. If Josh Trank introduces such a threat in the new Fantastic Four reboot in 2015, then it would be possible for a Skrull imposter to take Wolverine's place in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. A post-credits sequence at the end of the new reboot could show a Skrull shape-shifting into Wolverine to tease Apocalypse. This could start a smaller Skrull invasion of the X-Men and Fantastic Four, as the untainted heroes join forces to defeat the Skrulls, thus the X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover we're all waiting to watch.
Of course, this would leave out a huge chuck of the original story like the Kree-Skrull War, The Avengers, The Inhumans, the Savage Land, S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage, and the pursuit of Vibranium. However, the essence of the story and a very good reason to crossover the X-Men with the Fantastic Four remains.
Currently, Fox has an untitled Marvel movie on deck coming out on July 13, 2018. This could easily be the rumored crossover movie with no other major superhero movies on the horizon for the movie studio. It could also be a new [Deadpool](movie:38663) or X-Force movie too, but we'll just have to wait and see.