Ever since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, fans have been dying for a crossover between the Star Wars Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both are enormous franchises that could really blend well together into one enormously epic crossover event. Unfortunately for us, Disney has given us the thumbs down on it in the most subtle way possible.
Back in November, Marvel's Netflix series Jessica Jones was released to a great fan reception. It carried an addictive thriller theme that we had yet to witness in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it ended up being a truly enjoyable show. Except for one certain factor.
In the eight episode of Jessica Jones, there is a bit of dialogue between Jessica and Kilgrave after he controls someone's mind that subtly crushes the souls of every Star Wars / Marvel fanatic:
Kilgrave: We can go about our business. Move along. Move along.
Jessica Jones: Obi-Wan Kenobi?
Kilgrave: But cooler.
Though this does at first appear to be a simple Star Wars reference, it is actually something much more fatal to our dreams. This moment in the show acknowledges that Star Wars is indeed as much of a popular franchise in the MCU as it is in our own. The Star Wars Universe can no longer canonically co-exist with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thus no crossover can ever be done.
This is not the first reference to Star Wars in the MCU, but it is the first to deliver such a devastating blow. During Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America had a list of things he needed to catch up with since he was frozen in time. On this list was Star Wars, admitting that Star Wars was indeed a film franchise within the MCU rather than a co-existing reality.
However, Marvel could have been able to avoid this reference to Star Wars due to the fact that Cap's list was actually different in different countries, in order to adjust to their cultures (for example, the U.S. list included things like I Love Lucy and Steve Jobs, whereas the U.K. list included things like The Beatles and Sean Connery). This differentiation could have allowed Marvel to pass this entire moment off as non-canon, opening the doors to a potential crossover between the two Universes.
The concept of a Marvel / Star Wars crossover event actually sounds rather interesting. Not only could we see the Avengers battle the Jedi or the Sith, but we could have also seen some incredible team ups. It really would have been a lot of fun and could have even expanded Marvel's cosmic universe, which has only been touched upon in a few films.
I have a feeling that certain team ups could have been made between the two franchises, including the Punisher and Boba Fett, Rocket Raccoon and Han Solo, and maybe even Mace Windu and Nick Fury! Perhaps they were long lost brothers?
All in all, a Marvel / Star Wars crossover would have been a lot of fun on screen, but unfortunately it is no longer possible thanks to Jessica Jones. But, since the Star Wars comics are now published by Marvel thanks to Disney buying the rights, perhaps we may one day see this crossover appear in comic book format. That may be our next best option and, to be honest, I would take that crossover in a heartbeat.