Before now, the idea of a crossover has been nothing more than fan theory and speculation. Now it seems as though we could actually be seeing it happen soon! When Marvel Studios director was asked if there was a chance at a crossover, this is what he said.
Part of the fun of the comics is that could happen. Any character could interact with any other character because they inhabit the same time period and the same universe. And certainly it is the inclusion of Thanos most specifically that is a declaration to audiences who are paying attention that this is connected to those other universes. Part of the fun is that it could happen someday. I don’t know when that would be. Or maybe I know, and I’m not going to tell you!
He knows and he's not going to tell us. You want to know why I say this? Because so many facts have begun to point to this. Listen to this excerpt from a piece at Badass Digest. The interviewer asked James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy director, about directing [The Avengers 3](movie:738027):
I have seen James Gunn in social settings and in press settings, and at this moment I saw James Gunn in one way I had never before seen him: speechless. He kind of sat there gobsmacked for a second. And then he said, "It was great seeing you!" as our interview time was up. The next day I talked to Kevin Feige, and I straight up asked him: will James Gunn direct Avengers 3? Feige denied it. That leaves me with one no comment and one denial.
Perhaps not direct, but there's still a chance of co-directing? His reaction seems rather odd, no? As it was revealed in the past, James Gunn's Marvel contract states that he will simpy direct "another movie", and does not specifically say [Guardians of the Galaxy 2](movie:1081113). Still, Joss Whedon is still talking about his plans for Avengers 3, so if anything they'd co-direct if the crossover were to happen.
Now, the last bit of evidence comes from Vin Diesel, voice of Groot. Listen to what he had to say on why he was contacted by Marvel Studios:
When I met with Marvel it wasn’t for anything immediate, it was to talk about a film that would be introduced in the Phase 3 part of Marvel, not for a few years. You wouldn’t be able to see it for a few years. In my mind, Marvel were doing it right, they were enrolling me at the ground level which is the best way to enroll me. I had heard people over the last year, people saying on the social media page saying “What’s up Vin? Why aren’t you going to Marvel? Why aren’t you doing anything with Marvel? It would be a crime of cinematic history for you not to be in [Marvel movies].”
So I was thinking “This Marvel thing is really becoming really important for these people. What can I do? What should I think about?” I get the call, I go down to Marvel. A great meeting. It was even talking about something so big I can’t even talk about because it’s like the merging of brands in a way, which I won’t get into. That was something way, way, way, way, way down the road. We had agreed not to say anything about the specifics of the meeting.
So, now I’ve got the fans who I love more than I love the industry, than I love everybody… I was thinking “I’ve got to be real with them, I’ve got to tell them something” and yet I want to be respectful of people’s process and if people like to do a slow reveal, you know? Quite frankly, it would have been too much to say and it might have been anticlimactic to say “We’re working on something for 2016” and so I just said “You’re going to hear some really big news” and I left at the end of that and it went crazy.
With Captain America 3 and [Doctor Strange](movie:559685) seemingly confirmed for the two movie spots in 2016, it looks like Vin Diesel's project may have been pushed back. That is, unless he'll be playing someone like Dormammu. What do you think? Is this evidence of Marvel's plans for a crossover between their two movie teams? Sound off below!
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