X-MEN Producer Game For AVENGERS Live-Action Team-Up

Lauren Shuler Donner producer on all the X-Men films at Twentieth Century Fox gives a brief update on Days of Future Past and briefly talks the possibility of having an on-screen team-up with Marvel's The Avengers.

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By Mark Julian - 10/6/2012


Once upon a time, a young Kevin Feige, current president of Marvel Studios, and Geoff Johns, current chief creative officer at DC Entertainment got started in Hollywood at the production company run by Richard and Lauren Shuler Donner. Today, they're two of the most influential people in the comic book adaptation business. Recently, Crave caught up with Donners where they asked a number of questions including how things were progressing with Days of Future Past and whether they'd team-up with their former employee Kevin Feige for an Avengers/X-Men collaboration.


How is X-Men: Days of Future Past going?

Lauren Shuler Donner: Not quite fast enough but it’s coming along. We have a great treatment and we’re just waiting for the screenplay.

Do you still have Jennifer Lawrence now that she's become a megastar thanks to The Hunger Games?

Lauren Shuler Donner: Yeah, definitely.


Now that The Avengers has done so well, it seems like the other studios with Marvel properties can see the advantage of making a deal. Can you see a world where this generation of X-Men could be in an Avengers movie?

Lauren Shuler Donner: I would love it. I would love it. I personally have close ties to Marvel because of Kevin Feige, because Kevin worked for me. But to take our characters and mingle them in the way that they were written, yeah, absolutely.


There's more at the source, including what they think about converting the original Superman to 3D for a re-release so be sure to click the source link below at the bottom to read the entire interview.

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The Avengers is an American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

The Avengers was released in the United States on May 4, 2012 in 2D and 3D.









Running Time: 2 hrs 23minutes
Release Date: May 4 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk (voice) .
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Zak Penn (initial screenplay), Joss Whedon (revised screenplay)


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PaulRom - 10/6/2012, 7:26 AM
That would be awesome. In fact, I think that an AvX movie could be better than Civil War (as long as they don't follow the comic's storyline).
sadmamba - 10/6/2012, 7:28 AM
No. Reboot the X-Men first..do it right then thats the time they should team up with the Avemgers.
StarSpangledBruce - 10/6/2012, 7:39 AM
And so, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand....
JoshWilding - 10/6/2012, 7:39 AM
Yeah, I'm sure it would be great to see Cyclops get totally [frick]ed over on the big screen too.

Thankfully, I can't imagine that Feige is desperate to work with Donner again when you compare the kind of films he's responsible for to the shit she's produced.
DukeAcureds - 10/6/2012, 7:44 AM
AAAAHHHWWWSOMAAAGE!!!
They definitely shouldn't follow the comics event, though. "No more Pheonix"? Really?!
I get the feeling that First Class will be the reboot, by the time DOFP is over, sadmamba@SageMode.
DukeAcureds - 10/6/2012, 7:59 AM
LEVITIKUZ@ We nearly got Oscorp towers in The Avengers. That would have been the tits.
DrRockso - 10/6/2012, 7:59 AM
"Their" does not equal "they are"!!! Come on, bro!!
superotherside - 10/6/2012, 8:02 AM
It would be good to have them make a deal, but not with any current Fox or Sony continuity. First Class wouldn't work as well in the Avengers universe, and personally while the new franchises for X-men and Spider-man may be better than previous, I'd still like Marvel controlling the exact story and casting.

AvX might be good, (as long as it doesn't follow the comic), but Civil War would be better as they have more source material to pull from. I'd say have a Avengers/X-men Team up film, put a bit of AvX in there but don't make the whole film centered around it. Save heroes vs heroes for a Civil War movie.
RaimiSpiderMan - 10/6/2012, 8:03 AM
I Agree With @PaulRom, If They Maybe Switch Up A Few Things Along The Way, It Would Probably Take The Place Of Avatar As The 2nd Biggest Movie In The World!
toco89 - 10/6/2012, 8:06 AM
Make a team up, not a stand off. And the hell wiith the phoniex cuz they'd have to introduce SOMETHING of th Shi'ar to explain it properly, and hile GoTG is around, I doupt Donner and Singer will want to go that route.

And enough about Fox they don't meddle like other studios and First Class was at least a good film. Just not a faithful adaptation except for Xavier and Magneto.
ATrueHero1987 - 10/6/2012, 8:08 AM
Yea, she want that Avengers money.lol
Fox wouldn't even let Marvel use(not get back but use) characters from the F4 universe.
guywithanopinion - 10/6/2012, 8:10 AM
This wouldn't happen for money purposes, wouldn't do this unless the Avengers brand started getting stale at the box office. With the cash cow the Avengers has become "even influencing the comic side" they would not even think about dividing movie revenue with another studio. These men and woman in charge of the money aspect of movies are business thinking people that think only in how to make more money for there respecting studios. So unfortunately for fans of these series there is virtually no chance of this happening. As one of those fans I do think it would be awesome to see on screen with a good interpretation of the comic story.
ATrueHero1987 - 10/6/2012, 8:12 AM
I remember on the special features of X-Men, Donner said she became a "fan" after reading a one-sheet or biography of Wolverine...
DarthMauve - 10/6/2012, 8:12 AM
Soon changed their tune since Avengers broke 1.5 billion haven't they?

Money grubbing, band wagon jumping hypocrites
ATrueHero1987 - 10/6/2012, 8:17 AM
@JoshWilding Cyclops was already [frick]ed over in the X-Men movies or did you forget about X2 & X-Men: The Last Stand? :)
peppy - 10/6/2012, 8:18 AM
Please god NO !!!!! Marvel studios films ONLY !!!
DukeAcureds - 10/6/2012, 8:21 AM
Y'know, we wouldn't have The Avengers or Feige if not for this woman and the original X-MEN film. It was the bandwagon of that movie that made all of the CBMs of the last decade possible and of a decent quality with respect for the source material and the fanbase.
toco@ Damn skippy.
Marvel87@ That "use of" FF characters would have been exclusive to Disney. Of course they are not letting them have that. They'd rather give them Daredevil. Which is what they did.
DukeAcureds - 10/6/2012, 8:23 AM
And her husband started the whole gorram thing off, in the first place, with the still excellent Superman - The Movie.
BruceLeroy - 10/6/2012, 8:24 AM
Lol Fox. Dat piggybacking.
mrHJK - 10/6/2012, 8:28 AM
No, Spider-Man from Sony can join MCU, but none of FOX's stuff. Marvel needs complete control. It also really wouldn't work with any current X-Men thing; how have they all been doing their thing all this time without crossing paths?

No, the mutants in the MCU exist but they can't be known by the public yet. They would affect people's perceptions of the Avengers too much.


BUT - I love the idea of seeing the original Superman film on the big screen (in 3D is cool too)
Luminus - 10/6/2012, 8:29 AM
So, Ocean's 11 with superheroes?
toco89 - 10/6/2012, 8:32 AM
@darthmauve

What was her tune about a crossover movie if Avengers just finished it's theater run today and xmen has been around for 12 years now?
DukeAcureds - 10/6/2012, 8:34 AM
Also, she was obviously up for it way back in X2 or she wouldn't have allowed the Stark Enterprises logos all over Magneto's plastic prison.
toco89 - 10/6/2012, 8:36 AM
@bruceleroy

Fox or Donner? Cuz if this deal doesn't go through it'll be because of Fox. They are still, and will remain the superior STUDIO, just not the cbm creator. Possibly.
RobLiefeldFan - 10/6/2012, 8:39 AM
Avengers VS X-Men just give me that and i will masturbate all over it
Luminus - 10/6/2012, 8:42 AM
@brazillianbatman: Where does it say that humans aren't prejudice against the Hulk? Everyone's prejudice against the Hulk simply because he's an outrageously strong monster. Black Widow show's up at the house where Banner is with a gun and a group of armed of men, for crying out loud. Yeah, not prejudice at all.
toco89 - 10/6/2012, 8:43 AM
@brazilian

Even for its time it was half comedy. People weren't used to scifi anywhere near as much as we are.
JordanKing - 10/6/2012, 8:43 AM
Keep those muties as far away from the mcu as possible!
DukeAcureds - 10/6/2012, 8:44 AM
Superman 3D!!!! Bring!
Brando is the titties as Jor El in that flick. The whole Krypton segment is classic.
Luminus - 10/6/2012, 8:44 AM
@PantherX: Wasp is a mutant.
Luminus - 10/6/2012, 8:46 AM
@brazilianbatman: What people love the Hulk? The Avengers, along with everyone else, will still be prejudice against the Hulk, no matter what. That's why Planet Hulk will happen.
DukeAcureds - 10/6/2012, 8:48 AM
toco@ Just like you say. That was the general attitude of audiences to comic book super-hero movies and despite Burton doing a decent job with Batman, it remained this way right up until X-Men.
Thanks to Fox. Thanks to Singer. And thanks to Donner.
DukeAcureds - 10/6/2012, 8:49 AM
Luminus@ PLANET HULK!! Bring it on, Disno!!
ATrueHero1987 - 10/6/2012, 8:49 AM
@Luminus Wasp is a mutant in the ULTIMATE universe but the regular 616 Marvel Universe, she's an empowered human.
thewolfx - 10/6/2012, 8:55 AM
aint that the bitch who [frick]ed up deadpool?
PeterParker1991 - 10/6/2012, 8:57 AM
Screw the X-men. Bring Spiderman onto the Avengers. Seriously
Moakynubs - 10/6/2012, 9:01 AM
I just want New Avengers. Bring on Spidey and Thing and Wolverine.
toco89 - 10/6/2012, 9:02 AM
Man origins would've been worth watching if they just kept deadpool deadpool. But he wouldnt have been that funny because he would've been dealing with the pain of the cancer vs the healing factor for the first time. It wouldve been more angry and witty sarcasm.

And giving him cyclops' optic blasts and will.I.am's teleportation was overkill.
NoAssemblyReqd - 10/6/2012, 9:03 AM
I am vehemently against any of the other studios' films merging with the MCU. Would rather those characters be bought out by Marvel and re-introduced in a way that fits into the MCU's already intricately woven mythos. Fat chance of that happening any time in the next decade -- and I'm perfectly fine with that.
beane2099 - 10/6/2012, 9:04 AM
It would certainly be cool, but I doubt it'll happen. An infinity gauntlet movie with the Avengers AND X Men (and FF, cause FOX has them too) would be the ultimate caper on the MCU (or everyone fighting Galactus). But again, I doubt it'd happen. Plus you'd want an Avengers X Men flick first. I'd also love a Wolverine vs Hulk flick (Seriously, how awesome would that be?). That and I want to see Dr. Doom vs everybody.
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