Movie studios have a tough time understanding quality, but they have no issue with quantity. They look at The Avengers and don’t see a well-told story full of sharp writing and interesting characters. They see a bunch of superheroes who have crossed over into one gigantic movie. Warner Bros. is making steps towards Justice League by crossing over Batman and Superman, Sony Pictures is working towards getting Sinister Six into The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and 20th Century Fox already has superhero teams with The Fantastic Four and X-Men. But it’s apparently not enough to simply have pre-made teams. For Fox’s creative consultant Mark Millar, those teams then need to interact.
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The X-Men movies are moving right along with X-Men: Days of Future Past due out May 23, 2014, and Josh Trank (Chronicle) is currently at work on The Fantastic Four, a franchise reboot that is set to open on March 6, 2015. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to both Marvel properties, and when asked by SFX about crossing them over, Millar responded:
“Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.”
Why? Why is it beyond questioning? Would it be neat to see them in each other’s movies? Possibly, but you can’t force it. Does Reed Richards really need to show up at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? Should Wolverine be slinging wisecracks at The Thing? I’m hoping that at the very least, 2015’s The Fantastic Four doesn’t feature any mutants. It should be allowed to be separate and stand on its own before the X-Men start charging in.