Now, there aren't many more widely respected figures in the comic book world than Stan 'the Man' Lee. A lifetime of toiling service to writing, editing, and ultimately popularizing an industry that was once seen as 'just for kids' has earned him a reputation as a true living legend — and positioned him as one of the great heroes of modern pop culture.
He's also, however, a 93-year-old man who first wrote Captain America comic books back in the 1940s, and therefore inevitably has his finger a little less tightly gripped to the pulse of modern day superhero-dom than was once the case. That, though, doesn't mean that Lee isn't still coming up with ideas that could knock the box office records off of a giant blue, forest-dwelling people. The latest in a long line of outside the box ideas?
Stan Lee Thinks a Star Wars/Avengers Crossover Movie Could Actually Happen
Yup, that's right. As Lee put it in a recent interview with The Big Issue:
"Obviously the people who produce these [movies] are looking to be as successful as possible... If they feel that incorporating Star Wars with the Marvel characters will be very successful, they’ll find a way to do it. Can you imagine Spider-Man saying, 'May the force be with you'? It may come to that!"
"I created the Avengers by taking many of our characters and making a team out of them. We can have as many characters join the Avengers as we want to for future movies. That might be fun, all of a sudden Luke Skywalker is an Avenger!"
Which, up till now, was the sort of wonderfully insane suggestion that only Patton Oswalt could have suggested...
(Note, the above video is arguably the greatest piece of on-screen geekery of all time, and is absolutely worth watching over and over again...)
...but that now, from the lips of Stan the Man, might just be something that could actually happen. Or could it?
Could We Actually See a Star Wars/Avengers Movie Crossover?
Well, short answer? No, almost certainly not.
Y'see, while Stan is absolutely correct in pointing out that "anything that the public wants to see you can be sure it will eventually be produced," it's also important to remember that major studios like Disney are also extraordinarily careful when it comes to reducing the value of their intellectual property. While a Marvel/Star Wars crossover movie would likely make a large amount of money, there's also a pretty solid chance that it would make less than the individual franchises would apart — and that the combining of the two would render both properties somehow 'silly,' and thus less valuable.
In other words, a Star Wars/Avengers crossover movie is unlikely to ever make much commercial sense, and therefore isn't likely to ever actually happen.
A Star Wars/Avengers crossover comic book, on the other hand? That's a whole other story — seeing as not only does Marvel Comics now produce Star Wars comic books, utilizing the exact same writers and artists that work on the Marvel universe, but that there's a whole lot of precedent for weird and wonderful comic book crossovers...
Just imagine that image above, only with Chewbacca pummeling Hawkeye, and suddenly Stan Lee seems like a genius again...
What do you think, though?