Rumor: Fox Planning Adaptation of Marvel's 'Fantastic Four vs. X-Men'
by Ethan Anderton
December 30, 2013
With the hiring of Simon Kinberg to shepherd Marvel comic book adaptations at 20th Century Fox, it's been presumed that a shared universe would eventually cause a meeting of Fantastic Four and the X-Men, but a new rumor has more specific (though unsurprising) information about how these two superhero ensembles will meet. A financial advice website called The Motley Fool (via io9) has word that Fox is primed to pump up shareholders by adapting the 1987 four-issue run of Fantastic Four vs. X-Men, a story arc which sees the teams at odds with each other due to a sinister secret regarding the Fantastic Four's origin.
The original text reportedly said:
After multiple movies in their respective franchises, Fox has now decided to combine the Fantastic Four and the X-Men for an “Avengers”-style movie that could pay off huge for shareholders.
Based on a 1987 four issue comic called Fantastic Four vs. X-Men, the movie will see the characters against each other because of secrets regarding the Fantastic Four’s origin. The new movie also comes as Fox is rebooting the Fantastic Four series with new actors and actresses.
However, that second section no longer appears in the original article, which is why this should be considered only a rumor at this point. After all, the most obvious option for combining X-Men and Fantastic Four would be to adapt that iconic storyline, so it wouldn't exactly be a crazy idea. But since the reboot of Fantastic Four won't arrive until 2015, and another X-Men sequel is already planned for 2016, this kind of crossover (whatever it may be) likely wouldn't get off the ground until 2018. Kinberg has said he wanted to "build stories over multiple movies,"and this would certainly fit that vision. Stay tuned for any updates.
UPDATE: As we indicated above, The Motley Fool has retracted their portion of the story saying Fox was planning to merge Fantastic Four and X-Men into a crossover film. While they may not have a report of any plans for this to happen, it's not out of the realm of possibility. But for now, there are no official plans for X-Men vs. Fantastic Four to happen.