While we’ve had an idea that 20th Century Fox would try and build to some kind of shared universe in the future, there may be new signs that they could be planning to crossover their Marvel properties in a new kind of hybrid film.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, the director of next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse elaborated a bit on speaking with the team behind this August’s upcoming Fantastic Four film, and how the collision between those two groups of characters would be an organic kind of film to make. He said,
Those ideas are in play. That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it.
As two important parts of the Marvel Comics Universe, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four have met a lot in the comics. 1987’s Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men was a four-issue comic book series that pitted the two teams against each other as the life of one of the X-Men hung in the balance, but Singer seems to have a different idea for what kind of story the crossover film would tell. When pressed about what the film could be about, he was naturally coy, but did let one important theme slip out. He said,
It deals with time. That’s all I’m going to say.
While 20th Century Fox seems to be planning for a direct sequel to Fantastic Four, the future of the X-Men franchise beyond next year’s Apocalypse is more uncertain. Since it follows upon the events of both 2011’s First Class and 2014’s Days of Future Past, Apocalypse primarily takes place in the 1980s, with younger versions of more established X-Men featured for the majority of those two films. The end of Days of Future Past established that the traditional lineup, featuring James Marsden’s Cyclops, Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Kelsey Grammar’s Beast, and Patrick Stewart’s Professor X are still established. Still, could time be a way to unify the younger cast members from Apocalypse with the modern day setting of Fantastic Four? It’s certainly exciting to think about.
Fantastic Four opens on August 7th, while X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27th, 2016. For more on the possible crossover future of both of these franchises, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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