Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has discussed whether or not ‘The Fantastic Four’ will crossover with the ‘X-Men’ movie universe – and admits it’s “not out of the realm of possibility.”
Ever since it was announced that 20th Century Fox were rebooting ‘The Fantastic Four’ with ‘Chronicle’ director Josh Trank at the helm, the question on everyone’s lips was whether or not Fox would attempt to emulate the success of Marvel Studios by building a cinematic universe of their own based around the two Marvel properties they own the rights to: the ‘X-Men’ and its various offshoots, and ‘The Fantastic Four.’
Different people have given different answers to this question at different times – yet most indications are that, in 2015’s ‘The Fantastic Four’ at least, the story worlds will remain distinct.
However, speaking to ComicBook.com, Kinberg (screenwriter on both ‘The Fantastic Four’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) concedes this may change.
“To be honest, I’m so focused on each of the movies right now - I’m so focused on, now we’re post (-production) on ‘Fantastic Four,’ and making that the best movie it can be. And then we’re in prep on ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ so those are kind of full time jobs.
“I love the characters, I love the characters in ‘Fan Four,’ and I love the new cast. Obviously I love the characters and cast of X-Men.
“So, hypothetically, the notion of putting them together is really intriguing, and there’s some really fun stuff that the comics have done in the past. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility.”
Kinberg has also indicated elsewhere (in an interview at Cinema Blend) that the upcoming ‘Deadpool’ movie is designed in part to broaden the scope of Fox’s X-Movie universe:
"We are aware as we are plotting out ‘Apocalypse’ and the other X-Men movies – both potential sequels in the future and standalone movies – and trying to build them all together so that there is a singularity of vision.
"And obviously a timeline that makes sense as well, because these movies all, well not all, but many of them take place in different time periods, so that all those things will link up and make sense for an audience."
‘The Fantastic Four’ is due to hit cinemas in August 2015, whilst ‘Deadpool’ lands in February 2016, followed by ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ in May 2016. On top of which, ‘The Fantastic Four 2’ is already lined up for summer 2017.
Elsewhere in Fox’s X-movie universe, ‘X-Force’ is also known to be in development (although ‘Deadpool’ being moved forward would seem to have put this on the back burner), and a ‘Gambit’ movie starring Channing Tatum is also believed to be a possibility.
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