Veteran actor Patrick Stewart has some fighting words for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. During an interview on the press tour for Logan, the final Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman, Stewart was asked who would win in a fight between the X-Men and the Avengers. At first, Stewart feigns ignorance before throwing down the (Infinity) gauntlet.
An interviewer asks Stewart the simple question — X-Men or Avengers? — to which Stewart answers, “I don’t know who the Avengers are.” He’s kidding of course, and Stewart continues saying: “There’s no contest. Bring on Famke Jansen, James Marsden. We’ll sort them out.” Who knew a school principal could throw so much shade?
The Avengers and the X-Men have been enemies in Marvel’s comics. In 2012, the two factions clashed in Marvel’s summer crossover event Avengers vs. X-Men, which is as to the point as it sounds. In the series, Cyclops and Captain America lead their sides to fight over Hope Summers, who may be the new host for the Phoenix Force, the cosmic entity of death and rebirth. Professor Xavier, who could have maybe prevented the war from happening, had long passed away by the time Avengers vs. X-Men unfolded.
And it’s unlikely that there will be any version of Avengers vs. X-Men on the big screen. The Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are at home with Disney-owned Marvel Studios, while all X-Men properties — such as Deadpool, Logan, and the main X-Men films — belong with 20th Century Fox. There have been some minor exchanges between the two studios before, such as Fox negotiating for Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool for Ego, the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which comes out in May.
Patrick Stewart stars in James Mangold’s Logan, which will be released March 3.