Bryan Singer Teases X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR Crossover

Written by Andrew Pollard Friday, 24 July 2015

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With 20th Century Fox set to relaunch the Fantastic Four next month, there’s been plenty of talk of eventually doing some sort of crossover between the FF and the X-Men at some point. Adding further fuel to that fire is X-director Bryan Singer.

When Singer was asked about a potential crossover by Yahoo Movies, the director teased, “That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it. It deals with time. That’s all I’m going to say.”

It’s fair to say that anticipation for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four is lukewarm at best, with many long-time comic book fans not keen on the direction that Fox and Trank are taking Marvel’s First Family. When asked about concerns surrounding the FF and his own X-Men: Apocalypse, Singer said, “We’ll have to see how the films turn out.”

On the difficulties of essentially restarting things with a new, younger cast of characters for Apocalypse (a process that started with the brilliant X-Men: First Class), Singer added, “To just say you’re going to do it would be a mistake. You have to see how the films evolve before you make that decision to completely commit to that.”

It’s worth noting as well that in addition to both being under the 20th Century Fox umbrella, both Fantastic Four and X-Men: Apocalypse share a screenwriter and producer in Simon Kinberg. A crossover seems a no-brainer at some point, with Fox surely keen to get in on the Marvel Studios pattern of overlapping characters into other movies as part of a shared universe.

Fantastic Four hits screens on August 6th, with Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse currently set for May 27th, 2016.


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0 #2 Andrew Pollard 2015-07-24 17:35
Couldn't agree more, sir!

Rather than serving as mere place holders for a greater good down the line, tell a complete story that has aspects and strands that can be developed down the line rather than a film that requires a further film for it to make sense and got some form of conclusion.

Also intriguing to see how the FF get juggled into the mix of a franchise that has so far spawned 10 films (inc. 5 X-films, 3 Wolvies, and a Gambit in a pear tree) and has already started to tie itself in knots with time travel. Additionally it doesn't help that the FF looks so, so underwhelming right now.
0 #1 Andrew Marshall 2015-07-24 16:12
"You have to see how the films evolve before you make that decision to completely commit to that." This perfectly encapsulates what's wrong with the rising trend of shared universes.

The Marvel model was initially so successful because the build up to The Avengers developed organically after people responded so positively to the Nick Fury stinger of Iron Man, with each film primarily being its own story while the link to the larger mythos was a distant secondary consideration, as well as being fun and entertaining films on account of being made by people who both liked and understood the source material (who'da thunk it?).

This seems to have now mutated into an erroneous belief that producing films as incomplete segments of a multi-instalment saga is what's required to emulate Marvel's success. Which is why many people are going to get fed up with them at some point during the next three to five years.

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