The folks at 20th Century Fox have been teasing the possibility of crossing over the hit X-Men franchise with the, umm, less-popular new Fantastic Four universe. Well, that’ll apparently be a bit harder than we’d originally thought.
After those comments came to light, many fans had assumed the new Fantastic Four could possibly be set in the same universe as the X-Men. Aesthetically, the new FF seemed to fit in with the X-Men vibe, and they obviously kept it vague enough you could certainly roll the two worlds into one if Fantastic Four became a hit (which is looking less likely these days).
But now producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker have told the New York Daily News in no uncertain terms that the two films are set in different universes. Here’s their joint statement on the matter:
“They exist in parallel universes. The Fantastic 4 live in a world without mutants. And the X-Men live in a world without the Fantastic 4. Crossing them over would be challenging, but we sure would love to see all those actors together, the way we had them on stage at [San Diego] Comic Con.”
Well, that’s interesting. Considering Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four is a bit of a risk (to say the least), it makes sense they wouldn’t want to immediately weigh down the uber-successful X-Men by tying them together out of the gate. So, how could a crossover work, if by some miracle Fox decides to greenlight a sequel? Well, FF dealt heavily with alternate universes, so that could be a fairly obvious way to make it happen.
Plus, there’s the fact that (no spoilers here) Fantastic Four obviously ends in a way that could set up a sequel. If Fox decides to stick with this young, talented cast, jumping into a crossover with the X-Men could be a high-risk, high-reward way to put the franchise on the map.
What do you think? Should we get a crossover? How could it work?
(Via New York Daily News)