20th Century Fox has a Fantastic Four reboot currently in post-production that will hit theaters August 2015. This will be followed the next summer by another installment in their more popular Marvel franchise with the sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. And it seems like we should be heading towards a massive crossover between these two properties. It sounds like a legitimate goal for the studio, as Marvel and Disney have already enjoyed great success with their expanded Avengers series and its stand-alones and spinoffs. But in April of this year, comic creator Mark Millar, who is a consultant on both franchises, claimed that, while the two franchise might exist in the same universe, their movies would stand alone. Bottom line, Fox has no plans for a crossover or team-up. But don't fret, true believers, this may just be in the short term.
In the longterm, we may very well see The Fantastic Four and X-Men series merge. At the very least, it's not out of the question according to X-Men: Apocalypse writer and producer Simon Kinberg, who conintues to promote this month's release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-ray and DVD.
"To be honest, I'm so focused on each of the movies right now - I'm so focused on, now we're post, on Fantastic Four, and making that the best movie it can be. And then we're in prep on X-Men: Apocalypse, so those are kind of full time jobs.
I love the characters, I love the characters in Fan Four, and I love the new cast. Obviously I love the characters and cast of X-Men. So, hypothetically, the notion of putting them together is really intriguing, and there's some really fun stuff that the comics have done in the past. So it's not out of the realm of possibility."
The Fantastic Four and X-Men characters have crossed over many times in the comics, starting with Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men in 1987. The two titles also hold a connection in Franklin, the son of Reed and Sue Richards, who is one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel universe and became a target of psychic uber-villain Onslaught, a creature born from Professor X and Magneto's shared psyches, in the 1990s.
Simon Kinberg statement certainly solidifies the fact that no crossover is currently being planned. But it may, and probably will happen. Just don't look for it before 2020. Unless The Fantastic Four reboot sequel planned for 2017 is eyeing a possible crossover. While that seems unlikely, its what happened with the Man of Steel sequel. It was going to be another Superman adventure, and now it's setting the stage for a Justice League with confirmed appearances by Batman, Wonder Woman and maybe even Aquaman. Will 20th Century Fox take a page from WB's playbook? Maybe...