On Friday (Jan. 23) “Once Upon a Time” will release the full details of their upcoming project with Marvel projects. They’ve been releasing teasers via Twitter, stirring friends into a frenzy over what could be coming.
On Monday (Jan. 19) the picture was of a hook and then on Tuesday (Jan. 20) a picture of the Dark One’s dagger next to a rose from “Beauty and the Beast.” The third teaser was of a heart shaped box. It’s likely that the show is teaming up with the comic book company — both owned by ABC/Disney — to release a follow up to their 2013 graphic novel “Shadow of the Queen.”
Zap2it was able to ask “Once” showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis if the show had any intention of integrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the show. Hints have already been dropped with Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) dropping the word “Asgardian” — the homeland of Thor — in Season 3.
“That falls under the category of easter egg fun as something we love as fun. It was funny to have Josh, who was in the original ‘Thor’ talk about Asgard. That was our own subversive inside joke.” Kitsis explains.
That won’t be the last time Marvel makes a sneak peak into the Storybrooke universe, it just won’t be in the way fans would hope.
“All of the writers are big fans of Marvel and their comic books. You’ll also see Henry reading a Marvel comic book,” Horowitz says, because Henry reading DC would be blasphemous.
Does that mean that superheroes won’t make their way into Storybrooke? It’s all the same company and if “fairy tales” can stretch to “Frozen” and “The Wizard of Oz” is Asgard really that insane of a place to go? Apparently so. Horowitz and Kitsis say there have been no discussions to bring any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or other popular comic book characters into the “Once” world.
Would Marvel be willing to throw in a “Once” Easter egg then?
“In the world of Marvel Universe?” KItsis asks. “Probably not.”
As epic as a Regina and Iron Man battle would be, it’s not going to happen. Stay tuned for full details on the Marvel Comics project on Friday though.
“Once Upon a Time” Season 4 returns on March 1 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.