Potential for DC and Marvel Crossover as Kevin Feige Teases Exciting MCU Future

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Kevin Feige has held the role of President at Marvel Studios for quite some years now. During his tenure, he has been responsible for the oversight of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which is now owned by The Walt Disney Company. The MCU has significantly influenced the superhero movie genre and the entire film industry, making a lasting impression, even though opinions on it may differ. The extensive “Infinity Saga” storyline reached its pinnacle with the eagerly awaited debuts of Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and Avengers: Endgame in 2019, signifying the conclusion of Phase Three.

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With Robert Downey Jr.’s iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man bidding a heroic farewell, sacrificing himself to vanquish Thanos (portrayed by Josh Brolin), and Chris Evans retiring his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America while passing on the Captain America legacy to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/Falcon (now the new Cap), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has embarked on a new chapter. The MCU is now poised on the verge of a significant opportunity as it readies itself to bring prominent superhero teams like the Fantastic Four and X-Men into the forefront.

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Over at DC Studios, the story is a little different.

Following the merger of Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) last year, heavy restructuring occurred. This led to the departure of the former head of DC, Walter Hamada, who was succeeded by James Gunn as CEO, alongside co-CEO Peter Safran. James Gunn is a well-known director, particularly recognized for his work on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series within the MCU under Marvel Studios.

Gunn however, is no stranger to the DC Comics-inspired DC Extended Universe (DCEU), home of the Zack Snyder Justice League crew like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and Henry Cavill’s Superman/Clark Kent. Gunn has previously been involved in projects such as The Suicide Squad (2021) — itself distinct from the 2016 Suicide Squad featuring Jared Leto as the Joker. Now, Gunn is Feige’s equal over at DC Studios, spearheading the creative side of the DC Universe (DCU).

But what does this have to do with the Marvel universe and the MCU’s future? Well quite a bit, actually.

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It’s no secret that following Gunn’s rather unceremonious removal from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 film as director and writer following the revelation of several problematic tweets from his past, Gunn went over to direct The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker (2021) over at DC. However, he was eventually reinstated to the role following many industry friends and Guardians stars vouching for his character, as well as a deeper investigation into those earlier tweets. Disney later brought Gunn back into the Marvel fold, but his time away laid the groundwork for his eventual move to DC.

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Now, it’s also no secret that Marvel President Kevin Feige and Gunn have had a generally positive working relationship — there is a lot of mutual respect there, considering Gunn helmed (and was originally intended to continue helming) the “cosmic” section of the MCU for years. Feige and Gunn have both openly talked about their good relationship, denied any rivalry, and even admitted to harboring love for each other. In Gunn’s own words:

Not only do I love Kevin, he was the 1st person I told after I did the deal with DC (@JohnCena was the 2nd). Contrary to popular belief, a dollar less for Marvel is not a dollar more for DC. DC & Marvel have the common goal of keeping the theater-going experience vibrant & alive! twitter.com/cocacola694/st

Kevin Feige On the MCU’s Crossover Future

With such a positive relationship between the two superhero media giants, the latest tease from Marvel’s Feige is getting the internet abuzz.

Previously, Inside the Magic covered how Hollywood insiders had reported on Feige’s confirmation that Marvel projects from 20th Century Studios (previously 20th Century Fox), Sony and its Sony Spider-Man Universe (SSU) and even Netflix and network shows like Daredevil (2015) and Agents of SHIELD (2013) were indeed canon to the MCU’s Multiverse, but not necessarily the “Sacred Timeline”.:

Kevin Feige confirms that the Marvel movies and TV series created by Fox/Sony/Netflix ARE canonical to the MCU (in a Multiversal capacity). He continues to say “you never know when [these] timelines may just crash or converge” confirming the crossover of these characters in the MCU’s future, notably in ‘DEADPOOL 3’ and ‘AVENGERS: SECRET WARS’. — From Kevin Feige’s foreword to ‘Marvel Studios: The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline’

(text in image) Kevin Feige: On the Multiverse note, we recognize that there are stories–movies and series–that are canonical to Marvel but were created by different storytellers during different periods of Marvel’s history. The timeline presented in this book is specific to the MCU’s Sacred Timeline through Phase 4. But, as we move forward and dive deeper into the Multiverse Saga, you never know when timelines may just crash or converge (hint, hint / spoiler alert).

All of this is coming at a time when it is wise to remember that Feige has himself admitted to a potential DC-Marvel crossover. Speaking to ComicBook.com on Gunn taking on the DC Studios CEO role, Feige uttered the magic phrase: “Never say never.”

Nevertheless, Gunn has definitely floated the idea of a crossover to the “powers-that-be” over at DC and Marvel before, and concluded that:

I would love for it to happen. I don’t think it’s likely, but I don’t think it’s an impossibility either. THAT SAID, just constantly seeing crossovers & mashups is less enchanting to me than a strong story.

An insane crossover event of Marvel Comic book proportions, with a combined “Marvel-DC Multiverse” is perhaps not as far-fetched as once thought.

Do you think Feige’s crossover hint could eventually be leading to a DC-Marvel collab? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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