Superheroes love a good shared universe don’t they? Disney’s Marvel Studios have set the bar pretty darn high when it comes to cameos and crossovers. The Marvel cinematic universe blew us all away with THE AVENGERS and will hope to do the same with next summer’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Even the Warner Bros. owned DC Entertainment have their house in order, as they begin to roll out their own shared series of films beginning with next year’s BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.
It seems natural then that 20th Century Fox, who own the rights to both X-MEN and FANTASTIC FOUR, are gearing up to combine the two teams in a crossover film; something X-MEN: APOCALYPSE director Bryan Singer says could happen.
Talking to Yahoo!, long time X-MEN collaborator Singer, explains that a crossover between the two could easily work, but also depends on the success of Josh Trank’s upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR reboot.
“Those ideas are in play. That would be natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism in which to do it. It deals with time. That’s all I’m going to say. We’ll have to wait to see how the [upcoming] film turns out. To just say you’re going to do it would be a mistake, you have to see how the films evolve before you make that decision to completely commit to that.”
Singer certainly has some interesting things to say on the potential crossover. Whether or not the USUAL SUSPECTS director will be involved in any way is yet to be seen, but you’d imagine he’d be on board in some capacity, maybe even to direct. He’s also no stranger to the ideas surrounding time travel as we saw with X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
With Josh Trank’s reboot yet to hit theatres, amid rumours of extensive re-shoots and concern over the director’s conduct on set (which apparently led to him leaving a planned STAR WARS spinoff), we’ll have to wait and see how well FANTASTIC FOUR connects with audiences, before pinning all our hopes on a live-action image of The Thing tossing Wolverine into battle.
FANTASTIC FOUR flies into theatres August 5, 2015 with a sequel already set for 2017 and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits May 26, 2016.