With so many superhero properties in the movie and TV worlds, fans are always hoping that one character (or a group of characters) might eventually cross paths. It’s worked for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the CW’s DC TV universe. But although Marvel has a larger shared universe, there is one group of famous superheroes who have not crossed paths with anyone within the MCU: The X-Men.
At this weekend’s Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and its upcoming sequel, was asked if he’d like to see a crossover happen. And although he’d like it, Bautista’s response didn’t exactly raise spirits.
“As a fan, I would love to see it. Unfortunately, it’s always gonna be like that because the studios have a thing. X-Men vs. Avengers will probably never happen.”
Although all of the characters in the MCU belong to Marvel, the movie rights do not. Sony loaned Spider-Man to Marvel and Disney and the character first appeared in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War. However, the X-Men–whose most famous characters include Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Professor Xavier, Magento, and Mystique, among others–are owned by 20th Century Fox and have only interacted with anyone aside from Deadpool so far.
But hey, if Spider-Man can make that leap, maybe there’s hope for the X-Men. Until then, there’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to look forward to.