Don't write off the idea of Wolverine versus Thing just yet.
Early last week, we saw a report from The Motley Fool claiming that Twentieth Century Fox is planning a crossover film that would pit the X-Men against the Fantastic Four, a franchise the studio is now in the process of rebooting. It's an exciting idea, but soon after posting the report, The Motley Fool retracted it, and the fire died down a bit. Now the rumor's back, because someone who's actually working on these franchises fanned the flame.
Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter ran a piece about how, as we prepare for a Man of Steel sequel that will bring Batman and Wonder Woman into the picture and an Avengers sequel that will further expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe, studios all over Hollywood are doing their best to capitalize on the idea of shared universes for characters. The piece included this sentence:
"There even are plans for X-Men to star in crossover movies with the Fantastic Four, Fox's other property licensed from Marvel."
The author, Borys Kit, does not expand on how definite this information is, but it jibes with what we heard from The Motley Fool, so that makes the rumor more concrete. Then there's a quote from writer and producer Simon Kinberg, who worked on X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class and is now working on both X-Men: Days of Future Past and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot.
"I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel," Kinberg said.
So that's not a confirmation of a crossover from Kinberg, but the "Be like Marvel" remark certainly suggests he's thinking about it, and we already know that Fantastic Four flick is supposed to take place in the same universe as the X-Men franchise. This is starting to look like something that could really happen, boys and girls.
Still, that Fantastic Four reboot isn't set to hit theaters until 2015, and a lot can change between now and then. For now, though, we'll just sit back and dream of Reed Richards and Hank McCoy trying to out-science each other.
(Via Bleeding Cool)