Brie Larson and Gal Gadot make the internet wish for a Captain Marvel/Wonder Woman crossover as they pose together for selfies. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe are bringing iconic comic book characters to life, the big-screen has only had a handful of superheroines star in their own movie. It took roughly ten years for Marvel Studios to bring Carol Danvers to the cinematic world, as the two previous phases of the MCU had male-led films throughout those slates. For Warner Bros.’ franchise of DC films, it began in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and it only took four years before Diana Prince made her big-screen presence.
However, the iconic Themysciran heroine had waited longer than that to get her solo adventure, as Wonder Woman was either in development hell or not a priority back in the day. But as the superhero genre is changing, more female characters are joining the respective universes. Whether it’s in their own leading films or as supporting players in other movies, things are slowly going forward. From the massive success behind Larson’s newly launched franchise to Gadot’s series releasing its second installment this year, diversity is slowly pushing its way into the on-screen comic book genre. But that hasn’t changed the fact that any hopes for the Marvel and DC-based characters to come together are merely just that, hopes. However, that doesn’t stop the actresses from making it happen in the real world.
Larson and Gadot recently both attended the annual Academy Awards, where the two actresses got together to snap some selfies. Dressed in designer gowns for the evening’s events, this impromptu photoshoot is the closest thing to a Captain Marvel/Wonder Woman crossover audiences are likely to see. The actresses shared a short but strong statement, “Make love, not war,” while posing for two photos. In the first picture, Larson jokingly strangles Gadot, as the Wonder Woman actress tugs on Larson’s earring. The second image finds the actresses smiling in a friendly embrace. The message is a commonly used anti-war slogan from the 1960s, most likely used by the actresses as a commentary on the famed rivalry between Marvel and DC comics.
As much as many fans of both sides want to see this kind of DC/Marvel crossover happen, it’s highly improbable. Due to the respective studios being competitors (Walt Disney owns Marvel, while Warner Bros. owns DC), a crossover between the two studios would require a level of collaboration not seen since Disney convinced Warner Bros., Universal, and more to feature their animated characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
It’s one thing to have a studio’s two divisions come together as they did for Crisis on Infinite Earths by having the DCEU Flash (Ezra Miller) appear along with the Arrowverse’s Flash (Grant Gustin.) With Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. TV, two members of the same brand, that is easier to pull together. However unlikely the on-screen team-up might be, it’s still nice to see the stars of Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman getting together for moments like these.