Mark Millar Says 20th Century Fox’s THE FANTASTIC FOUR and X-MEN Will “Without Question” Share the Same Universe

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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.

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  • Scurvy

    I wonder if this makes it easier for them to keep the rights. Instead of having to produce a Fantastic 4 movie every handful of years, just throw in some scenes of them in the next x-men movie and they are covered.

  • Yup

    If you make the decision to put them in the same universe then it would make sense from each characters moral standpoint to have certain of those Characters show up.

    A giant alien is going to destroy NYC, and the FF4 arebattling it,

    What, the X-Men who live less than 10 minutes away are just going to watch it unfold on T.V. and not help?

    That would be like if Iron Man was in trouble and no one from the Avengers was able to help…oh…

    • chadbot3k

      This is exactly how I felt watching The Avengers.

      All of this mayhem, and Spidey, FF, and X-Men are just sitting around watching out their windows?!

      • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

        Problem is, Marvel can’t use Spidey or FF yet. When they recapture the rights, though… the sky’s the limit.

      • Lex Walker

        Sony will have to scuttle its movie studios for Marvel to ever get Spider-man back; it’s the one consistently lucrative franchise Sony Pictures owns (and is genuinely the property that Sony is keeping its film division open for). And even if Sony does shut down it’s film branch (which it has been discussing doing for the last four or so years), the rights won’t necessarily just revert back to Disney/Marvel, they can probably be sold off to the highest bidder. Unless there’s something in the contract that says otherwise, Disney/Marvel will have to buy back Spidey or hope like hell that Sony somehow fails to make a Spidey film for 7 years (which is pretty much impossible unless Sony Pictures is kaput).

      • Lex Walker

        Sony will have to scuttle its movie studios for Marvel to ever get Spider-man back; it’s the one consistently lucrative franchise Sony Pictures owns (and is genuinely the property that Sony is keeping its film division open for). And even if Sony does shut down it’s film branch (which it has been discussing doing for the last four or so years), the rights won’t necessarily just revert back to Disney/Marvel, they can probably be sold off to the highest bidder. Unless there’s something in the contract that says otherwise, Disney/Marvel will have to buy back Spidey or hope like hell that Sony somehow fails to make a Spidey film for 7 years (which is pretty much impossible unless Sony Pictures is kaput).

    • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

      I see what you did there ;E

  • Bobby

    We need to stop the x-men movie series. Maybe the most tedious and inconsistent comic books series of all time

    • Jeff Rittenour

      and what do the movies (which are mostly great and better than any other marvel property) have to do with comic books? This makes no sense my friend…lol

      • Bobby

        Comic book series as in movies my friend, fanboys can’t read apparently. You like x-men was adapted from a comic book ya know?

        They’re so boring and compared who the other marvel movies they’ve made way less money, they are boring as hell. Really do people really wanna see banshee, havok and riptide?

      • eternalozzie

        I actually was happy to see Banshee/Caleb Landrey Jones … I just wish the junior x-men would have got more screen time. It was kind of the Magneto/Prof. X show and the rest were just props. To contradict what I just said it was their relationship that drove the movie though.

    • Peps

      Except X-men frist class! They should’ve rebooted the series from there on…

      • 80sRobot

        I wonder if Matthew Vaughn left because he wanted to continue onward with the FC cast and not tie the next movie to the previous movies, but Singer wanted to merge the conflicting continuities together in a weird obsessively geeky fashion like he attempted to do with Superman. And Vaughn decided this was a bad idea and departed (or was fired for not going along with this).

      • eternalozzie

        First Class was a diamond in the rough … it was better than all other X-men projects on the big screen … the cast had a lot to do with that I think … it was cool to see The Hellfire Club too.

    • Peps

      Except X-men frist class! They should’ve rebooted the series from there on…

  • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

    I think they’re keen on this team-up idea because they know that since The Avengers box office domination, audiences love superhero team-ups, and they want to recreate that success using the only characters they CAN use. This isn’t necessary a bad idea in itself, so long as it is driven by the story and not by a frenetic need to cash in a la Marvel. It’s all about making sense.

  • Dev1359

    So they’re just trying to copy what Marvel and DC/Warner Bros. are doing…how cute

  • http://www.patuniverse.com/ PATuniverse.com

    How original… I hope the FF movie isn’t nearly as bad as the X-Men movies. At least, the more recent X movies like First Class an The Wolverine were quality X movies. Fox better get this shit right!

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  • B Rad

    this is very upsetting. I just want the rights to go back to Marvel/Disney.

  • LEM

    I don’t care if they share the same universe I want them on the same screen.

  • Faptain America

    I predict that DC and Marvel will be exhausted in another 15 years or so, leading to the inevitable DC/Marvel crossover. Finally the aliens that are always attacking will finally realize that Earth, specifically New York City, has way too many freaking superheroes to be worth the trouble of attacking.
    This will lead to all these heroes turning on each other, leading to everyone lining up against the final big bad, the one alien to outmatch them all: Superman. Maybe Wolverine will try going back in time to prevent Krypton from ever exploding.

    • Nathaniel Haywood

      I don’t think that will happen, even though it would be cool, for two reasons. One, Marvel has a much more varied stable of relatable heroes than DC does and they have their crap together. They already have movies planned for the next 8 years, and if they just give those movies one sequel then they’re already at your 15 year mark without digging into any more characters. DC, on the other hand, may be done well before that if Batman vs Superman doesn’t go well. Two, there’s too much power/money at stake for Warner Bros and Marvel Studios to agree to a deal. Who would be in charge? Who would have veto power over decisions? It took DC and Marvel over three decades to do a Justice League/Avengers crossover in comics because they couldn’t agree on story, and i think the film medium would be even worse.

      • Faptain America

        You’re right, of course. I just think that actual superheroes turning on Superman is more interesting than the obviously evil Luthor.
        And I’m a little tired of the same plot over and over. These movies’ll have to figure out a way to do something other than “Superhero saves New York/Earth/his girlfriend”.

      • Nathaniel Haywood

        I agree – I’m all for mixing up the super traditional superhero plot that we keep seeing.

  • sense11

    fuck your pop up windows

    • Lex Walker

      Seriously, incredibly annoying.

  • DJango9000

    Not so much as a casting announcement for FF & already talk of this. Sheez Millar, what a huckster.
    At least Feige has been careful about his pronouncements, noting that all these types of details depend along the way on the success of each individual movie first, in establishing the characters.

    Let’s start with assembling an FF that we can all care about first … and worry about Patrick Stewart having a one on one with whomever Reed Richards will be after the fact, hm?

    (The Chronicle director helming things is a good sign. I just want any crossover to make sense, and not just have it be shoehorned in to sell more comics , er , I mean tickets at the box office. Aye chihuahua)

  • TheAvengers$ucks

    Enough already! X-Men have always worked better in a solitary universe, but Fox just can’t help but cash in like everyone else. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has truly killed the integrity of the genre.

  • Jeff Rittenour

    I liked FF and it’s sequel… It was nice to have SUPERHERO movie kids could watch and not just a violent, ‘dark’ comic book movie… I liked all the actors too… on the flipside I f’n HATED Captain America – not that evans was ‘bad’ but he just fit johnny storm better imo…

  • Jamesy

    I wouldn’t take anything Mark Millar says too seriously, he’s always popping up saying this or that will happen and it never does.

  • Jamesy

    I wouldn’t take anything Mark Millar says too seriously, he’s always popping up saying this or that will happen and it never does.

  • wethepeople

    The people would rather see X-Men crossing over with The Avengers…….

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    Don’t believe anything Millar says, especially since the FF movie isn’t even in production yet. I agree that the first FF reboot should be a standalone, though – establish the characters first, then crossover if you need to. I’m not against the idea of the shared comic book universes, but they have to make sense. X-Men has always been in its own world in the comics – it’s almost like an entire separate universe within Marvel. I don’t really see the common ground that would necessitate them teaming up with the FF. The FF seem more likely to pair with the Avengers or Spiderman as they do in the comics. Different studios, though.

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