The ensemble cast for Avengers: Infinity War is the largest ever for a comic book adaptation, featuring more than seventy characters that come together through different storylines. However, despite the numbers, fans have still felt the absence of certain other comic book properties such as the Fantastic Four and X-Men. The two franchises are currently housed by 20th Century Fox but what if Marvel Studios had the cinematic rights to them?
Speaking with GamesRadar in a recent interview, directors Anthony and Joe Russo were asked about the character that they would have included in Avengers: Infinity War if Marvel Studios had obtained licensing rights from 20th Century Fox.
“It would probably be Wolverine.” Joe Russo admitted without any hesitation. The duo expressed a great interest in helming a crossover event for “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” and mutantkind. Suffice to say, if there was no red tape involved, fans would have probably gotten their wish with the Infinity War saga.
In the comic books, there was an arc where the X-Men fought against the Avengers. Perhaps the Russo brothers will come around to adapting that in the future. The landmark deal to acquire 20th Century Fox is expected to completely go through for Disney later this year. There is still hope for spinoff projects in the works to make room.
In another interview from earlier this month, the directors revealed that they might probably take on something like Secret Wars next. The storyline is similar to the Infinity Gaunt event that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been culminating for the past decade, featuring an abundance of characters from various timelines and universes — all tied together with cosmic threads.
Avengers: Infinity War will open in theaters on April 27, 2018. The untitled sequel, presently dubbed Avengers 4, is slated to premiere on May 3, 2019.