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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