Simon Kinberg Says 'X-Men' & 'Fantastic Four' Won't Share Universe
When X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and Fantastic Four reboot producer Simon Kinberg landed a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox with the studio hoping he would help shepherd their Marvel properties into their own cinematic universe, we all assumed a crossover of X-Men and Fantastic Four would be in the cards. After all, it happens in the comic books, so it makes sense. But despite a rumor about a project like that being planned for the future, Kinberg recently spoke with ScreenCrush and basically shot down that idea for the time being. However, we don't think that the possibility is necessarily dead because of that.
When Kinberg was asked about a shared universe for X-Men and Fantastic Four, he said:
"Well, it’s complicated. Because none of the X-Men movies have acknowledged the notion of a sort of superhero team — the Fantastic Four. And the Fantastic Four acquire powers, so for them to live in a world where mutants are prevalent is kind of complicated, because you’re like, 'Oh, you’re just a mutant.' Like, 'What’s so fantastic about you?'"
The interviewer then interceded, adding, "We have powers … just like that team down the street.” And Kinberg agreed and continued, "Right, right. Exactly, 'So, I guess we’ll go to school now. We’ll go to Xavier’s school.' No, it is, they live in discrete universes." So as disappointing as that may be for fans hoping to see X-Men and Fantastic Four come together or fight each other. It just makes sense logistically in the world that the X-Men already live in. Even with the two different timelines that are likely to exist after X-Men: Days of Future Past, it just wouldn't work with mutants already established in society.
However, that doesn't mean we can't see this kind of crossover happen down the road. After all, we just learned the producers of the X-Men franchise are hoping to shoot X-Men: Apocalypse and The Wolverine 2 back-to-back. The former would be the third film for the younger X-Men: First Class cast, and The Wolverine 2 is supposed to be Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine. With all of those things considered, it's likely that X-Men will be rebooted a few years later, so this could still happen at some point. Anyway, we've got a little while to wait before any of this happens.