It sounds like X-Men: Days of Future Past is just the tip of the iceberg, because 20th Century Fox and Marvel apparently have some much bigger things in the works. X-Men, get ready to meet the Fantastic Four.
Fox’s Marvel guru Mark Millar has confirmed rumors that the company will be bringing the two iconic teams together, which could make for a positively awesome movie if they can pull it off. It also tells us a lot about where Millar is taking the franchises in the future.
Ironically enough, Marvel will have some shared-universe competition coming from its own characters, as the X-Men and Fantastic Four fall under a pre-existing studio deal at Fox. If you’ve ever wondered why the two iconic teams haven’t shown up in The Avengers yet, that’s why. But since they’re both at Fox, there’s nothing stopping them from crossing over with each other.
Marvel has used its second-tier “leftover” characters to launch one of the biggest film franchises in history the past few years, and Fox has finally wised up to the fact that they can squeeze a whole lot more out of the X-Men and Fantastic Four than they have in the past.
Here’s how Millar explained it to SFX:
“Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.”
It’ll be even more interesting to see how new director Josh Trank fits them into the long-established X-Men continuity we’ve come to know and love on the big screen, but recent comments from Bryan Singer indicate he should have some help. So, that’s good news.
He went on to talk about his affection for the Fantastic Four, and he seems genuinely excited about Trank’s approach to the characters:
“These first two movies were not very good but I’m quite sentimental towards them. I took my youngest daughter to see the first one, she was only five when it came out, and she thought it was the best film ever made. At the end, when Johnny Storm says, ‘Flame on!’ for the first time, she thanked me for taking her to see it. So even though it was a crap movie that memory makes me sort-of like it in a strange way. For the new one all they have to do is make it great. It sounds obvious and it is. Sam Raimi gave us a great Spider-Man. Christopher Nolan gave us a great Batman. So a brilliant director is probably the most important thing for a great Fantastic Four. Tim Story was seen as an odd choice for Fantastic Four but when you have a Josh Trank you know you are in safe hands.”
Are you excited to hear a possible X-Men/Fantastic Four team-up is in the works?