January 31, 2015

'FANTASTIC FOUR' Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg Talks Crossover With 'X-MEN'

The talk ever since Fox decided to move forward with their Fantastic Four reboot was that they would eventually crossover the characters with the X-Men franchise in some sort of super film like Avengers. EW was able to speak with the best person to know if this was happening, writer-producer Simon Kinberg responds to the crossover talk.

“The reboot of FanFour really needed to work in and of itself,” he says. “We were doing something pretty radical with the tone of the movie.” Still, the opportunity for a crossover is there. “If we wanted to find a way to connect them to the X-Men, we could,” says the writer. “There’s a lot of precedent from the comics.”
We know that X-Men/Fantastic Four producers like Hugh Jackman, Lauren Shuler Donner and Kinberg are friendly with Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, but the studios themselves seemingly have some bad blood.

While we're talking about Sony and Marvel working something out for sharing Spider-Man is looking more likely than ever before. Fox and Marvel working something out for those universes to become shared is a massive uphill battle, that seems less achievable for Marvel.

A Fox crossover between their own Marvel franchises will eventually happen but at this point both franchises are set in two different time periods which could be a big problem, unless Reed Richards builds a time-machine.

Fantastic Four 2 could setup a tiny opening for a crossover but from these statements from Simon give the impression the first film will be it's own thing.

Over the last two years or so we've been getting conflicting reports about Fox's plans for their Marvel cinematic universe.

Mark Millar was proclaiming himself as the mastermind behind Fox's Marvel cinematic universe and it's main consultant, but then we found out that he hadn't met Bryan Singer (Days of Future Past) or James Mangold (The Wolverine) until after they shot their films. This means that he really didn't even speaking to the filmmakers who were also shaping the script, no he didn't consult on the films.

Sites ate up his original statements and were reporting Millar was indeed the brain-trust for the franchises, which was never really true. If anything can be said about Mark, he loves to get media to print his bullshit. He was the first person to start talking a crossover was in the works, but was never confirmed by other sources.

Millar is out for Millar, and trying to make himself out to be this big industry insider because he's selling his comics as movie pitches to studios. He's way too busy with his own film projects at Fox and other studios, along with creating new comics to really have any sort time to give to these movies.

Simon Kinberg is actually that mastermind that Millar was claiming he was, producing and directly writing the scripts for both X-Men and Fantastic Four movies. Kinberg isn't some piker, he's also writing and producing Star Wars franchises for Lucasfilm including canonical series Rebels.
He's also godfathering Sony sci-fi films with Chappie and Elysium.

If you're looking for Fox's creative hive that would put all these films into one universe, it would be led by Kinberg. At the moment it's looking like Simon is Fox's version of Kevin Feige.