For quite a while now, the idea that Fox will open up its comic-book properties into one massive superhero universe has seemed more and more likely. The X-Men films are arguably in the best place they've ever been thanks to the success of Days of Future Past and the buzz surrounding Apocalypse, the Fantastic Four are getting another chance at big-screen glory next month, and spinoff films centering on Gambit and Deadpool are already on the way. So, of course, one big question keeps coming: Will the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, characters who've met frequently in comic books, finally meet on the big screen?
Rumors of a crossover film, with varying levels of legitimacy, have come and gone over the past few months, and Latino Review reported as recently as last month that a film could come by 2018. What the rumors haven't gotten, though, is a boost by someone with the clout to actually make such a film happen. Until now.
Bryan Singer, who's directing his fourth X-Men film right now, is making the rounds to promote the new "Rogue Cut" of Days of Future Past, and in a new fan Q&A with Yahoo! Movies, he finally tackled the question of whether Marvel's First Family and Marvel's Merry Mutants could finally meet onscreen.
“That would be a natural mash-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a mechanism by which to do it," he said, and added: "I think to just say you're going to do it is kind of a mistake. I think you have to really see how the films evolve before you make that decision to completely commit to that, but there are those ideas in play."
Singer did add the caveat that any crossover film would depend on how things go with both Fantastic Four and Apocalypse, and he definitely made it sound like these "ideas" are still quite preliminary, but he also hinted that Fox already has an idea of exactly how they'd do a crossover.
“It deals a little with time. That’s all I’m going to say.”
So it sounds more likely than ever that we'll see some kind of X-Men/Fantastic Four adventure in the next few years. What do you think? Is this really going to happen?