Fox Is Probably Not Building Their Own Superhero Cinematic Universe

By May 13, 2014

There’s little question that the minds at Marvel have managed to assemble one heck of a superhero-centric cinematic universe (it’s so solid that it even involves a weekly television series!), and that such an undertaking is both totally outstanding and hugely popular, but also not even remotely the norm for Hollywood studios when it comes to their supehero franchises. (See: Sony and their Spider-Man films, which are slowly moving towards a more developed and complex universe, but one that will likely always play second fiddle to the Marvel monolith.)

But what about Fox? Although the studio doesn’t have as many characters to play with, they could certainly make their own universe, right? With some X-Men and some Fantastic Four heroes, right? Maybe? Wrong.

Over at ScreenCrush, Mike Ryan sat down with screenwriter Simon Kinberg and tried his darndest to get some information about the new Fantastic Four film out of the scribe. While Kinberg wouldn’t get into specifics about the new film — mostly avoiding questions about if the picture will be an origin story — he did sort of address the greater Fox superhero cinematic universe.

Or, the lack of such a universe, even though it exists in the comic book world.

Kinberg’s latest Fox superhero feature — X-Men: Days of Future Past — is just about ready to hit the big screen, and with Fantastic Four on the horizon, now certainly seems like a good time to start mashing the two up. Not so fast, though.


When asked if the Fantastic Four and the new X-Men feature exist in the same universe, Kinberg said: “Well, it’s complicated. Because none of the X-Men movies have acknowledged the notion of a sort of superhero team — the Fantastic Four. And the Fantastic Four acquire powers, so for them to live in a world where mutants are prevalent is kind of complicated, because you’re like, ‘Oh, you’re just a mutant.’ Like, ‘What’s so fantastic about you?'”

Moreover, when Ryan joked about the Fantastic Four feeling as if they were “just like that team down the street,” Kinberg agreed, saying, “Right, right. Exactly, ‘So, I guess we’ll go to school now. We’ll go to Xavier’s school.’ No, it is, they live in discrete universes.”

Well, perhaps the next time the studio bothers to reboot two different franchises we’ll get a shared universe? Maybe?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.