May the force be with you, Stan Lee.
The eccentric comic book author who cemented his legacy as the creator of Marvel’s most iconic characters believes a giant crossover movie between The Avengers and Star Wars isn’t such a far-fetched idea.
“Obviously the people who produce these [movies] are looking to be as successful as possible,” Lee said in an interview with The Big Issue. “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!”
Believe it or not, YouTube filmmakers Bat in the Sun wondered that exact thing.
“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!”
That sound you hear is a million fanboys’ voices suddenly crying out, as if suddenly silenced by intellectual property law. The world may never see the Avengers recruit Luke or Rey because the scope of that project would be gargantuan, but it’s within the realm of possibility to keep daydreaming. Both Marvel and Lucasfilm, gatekeepers of Star Wars, are subsidiaries under the Walt Disney Company.
But Lee, who recently turned 93, remains down to Earth despite his enthusiasm making him sound like an 11-year-old. “It’ll be the most expensive film ever produced! I don’t know how many characters you can have in a movie but anything that the public want to see you can be sure it will eventually be produced.” Well, Avengers: Infinity War is going to have a lot of characters. Maybe not 67, but a lot.
Still, if Disney’s, Bob Iger, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige all went out and drunkenly struck a crossover picture deal, they don’t need to sweat the story logistics. Patton Oswalt has it all laid out.
The next Marvel movie in their successful cinematic universe, Captain America: Civil War, hits theaters May 6. The next Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be released this December.