A new fan-made poster features the X-Men and the Avengers in the Axis storyline. There is a plethora of ways to introduce the X-Men and the Avengers on the big screen now that the Disney and Fox sale is official. Marvel’s storied comic book history is chock full of narratives that could be used as an inspiration to have both superhero teams co-exist in the same cinematic universe. However, with the established lore that the MCU already has and the tricky way of recasting (or not) the current iterations of the mutants that are under the Fox banner, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and his cohorts have their work cut for them.
Fans obviously don’t have to deal with the technicalities of the X-Men and Fantastic Four coming to the MCU, so we all have the freedom to pick our favorite print crossover events that could be translated on the big screen. For digital artist Erathrim, he imagines how the Axis narrative could be a great way to meld both Marvel cinematic worlds.
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Taking it to his official Instagram account, the artist shared his take on what could be a promo artwork for the suggested movie. The poster is a modification of the Doctor Strange poster for the film, but instead of just the now Sorcerer Supreme featuring on the illustration, he is joined by Iron Man and Captain America in the Sanctum Sanctorum. Arguably, however, the main takeaway from the piece is Wolverine, who clearly is still Hugh Jackman’s version despite the fact that chances are that we’re going to have a new iteration of the character in the MCU, at the center looking at the other three Marvel heroes. Check out the poster below:
The Axis run is one of the ways in print that the Avengers/X-Men have teamed up. In it, both superhero ensembles, or at least, what was left of them, come together against Red Skull, who was played by Hugo Weaving in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The narrative of the comic book event kicked off on 2014 when the antagonist was able to tap into Professor Charles Xavier’s telepathic abilities. The main hook of the storyline, however, is seeing the characters switch roles in terms of their morals and compasses – meaning villains became heroes while heroes turned into villains.
The crossover would be interesting to see on the big screen, especially with the dynamic of change-ups involving the story’s main game players, but the narrative is a bit too complicated for the X-Men’s introduction to the MCU. It’s probably better to adapt it further down the line when the existence of the mutants have been already established in the franchise. In the meantime, let’s just hope that however Feige is planning to incorporate them into his main film series will not only make sense narrative-wise but will also position the X-Men as a premiere superhero squad much like the Avengers.
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