Simon Kinberg to Shepherd Fox's Own Marvel Cinematic Universe?

December 5, 2013
Source: THR

Simon Kinberg / X-Men Meets Fantastic Four

Following the news that Fox is bringing X-Men: Apocalypse to theaters in May of 2016, the studio is keeping around X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg to keep their own Marvel universe in line. THR has word that the producer and screenwriter, along with his Genre Films company, have just signed a new three-year first look deal with Fox. It's important to note that Kinberg is also writing the Fantastic Four reboot for director Josh Trank, and Fox hopes that Kinberg will help them craft a universe with their Marvel properties just as the comic book company's own studio did with The Avengers.

Kinberg says, "I have a lot of ideas on how to built those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel. I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.” And since X-Men: Apocalypse is coming just two years after next summer's sequel that meshes the casts of the original X-Men franchise and X-Men: First Class, we're betting this is the start of his plans. Kinberg will keep making other films in addition to comic book films, but it sounds like Fox wants to keep him busy the most (though he does have Disney's new Cinderella and Neill Blomkamp's Chappie in his future). Fox is really upping their game.

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  • Chris Groves
    Isn't he also on board one of the Star Wars spin-off movies? And isn't he like en exec producer of some sort on that 'Star Wars Rebels' TV show? He certainly has a lot on his plate. Also, what happened to Mark Millar, I thought he was going to help with the Fox Marvel Universe?
  • Chris Groves
    Everybody needs a sort of 'guide' when attempting something like this. Marvel has Kevin Feige and to an extent, Joss Whedon WB/DC seems to have David Goyer. Fox seemed like Mark Millar was their guy, but I guess it is now Simon Kinberg I wonder if Sony is going to try to get someone to manage their "Spider-Man universe".
    • adam lamonica
      Poor sony, they are going to be stuck rebooting spider-man over and over again. Honestly, if they finish up this current iteration and the Marvel universe is still going they should sell the rights. Thats a long shot though.
      • Chris Groves
        Really, we'd have to hope that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a critical and commercial disaster, and that the next reboot is the same thing...and that Sony is convinced there is no more money to be made, and the rights revert back to Marvel.
        • Such heroic nonsense
          Sony has banked off of the old spideys (even though they werent all that great) and has banked off of Marc Webb's new spidey, and the trailer for Spidey 2 looks pretty convincing that it will nab a lot of revenue as well. Sony wont be letting this go for a long while.
          • Chris Groves
            Not for a long while, but since the 2002 film, EVERY Spider-Man movie has grossed less at the domestic box office than the previous film, and The Amazing Spider-Man was also the lowest grossing worldwide as well. A movie like Captain America: The Winter Soldier could certainly steal a bit of TASM 2's thunder, and films like Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past could cut it's run short rather quickly. It's got the Avengers/Iron Man 3 release date but won't be grossing anywhere near either of them,
  • rage72
    I wish Marvel would buy the rights of Spider-Man from Sony.
    • Chris Groves
      Do your best to make The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bomb...that's really as much as we can contribute to this whole thing.
      • Guy who comments on things
        I was going to boycott it but to be honest after seeing the trailer I can't see that effecting how well it does. People are going to go to this thing whether we like it or not. Can only hope a small deal is reached at some point for cameos.
        • Chris Groves
          See, after seeing the trailer, I'm pretty sure the final product will be quite a disappointment, and even if it has a big opening, I don't see it doing insanely well. It won't flop, it practically can't....but even if under-performing a bit and getting a poor critical reception would be a small step in the right direction.
      At this point, Disney should and could buy the rights to Spiderman, Fantastic Four, and X-Men.
      • Bl00dwerK
        FOX won't let the X-Men go. Ain't gonna happen...
        • Such heroic nonsense
          Neither will Sony. Sony makes a lot of money off of Spidey, especially now with Webb.
  • The Ben
    OMG!!! We need to start a petition for a united Marvel universe. Spiderman and Wolverine are both Avengers eventually and this division just infuriates me....
  • It's fox! They WILL fail.
  • Such heroic nonsense
    Sony has banked off of the old spideys (even though they werent all that great) and has banked off of Marc Webb's new spidey, and the trailer for Spidey 2 looks pretty convincing that it will nab a lot of revenue as well. Sony wont be letting this go for a long time.




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