by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Comic book crossovers are no big thing. Even comic book movie crossovers are starting to become more commonplace. One crossover that fans have seemingly been wanting for years is between the FOX properties X-Men and Fantastic Four.
But both franchises were never really in a good place at the same time to make it plausible. But that could all be turning around now.
Bryan Singer, director of X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, recently sat down and spoke with Yahoo Movies and revealed that the two franchises crossing over has actually been talked about recently.
“Those ideas are in play,” he said. “That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it.”
What is this Natural Mechanism that could bring these two teams together? “It deals with time,” he teased. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
The mutants are no strangers to time travel, as DOFP has shown. In the comic books, Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom does have a time travel platform that he has used to go skipping through the time stream. They might need that, as the current X-Men films take place over 30 years in the past at its latest point while Fantastic Four is firmly entrenched in the here and now.
Of course all this depends on how the rebooted FF film does as well as the next X-Men film. I’m not worried about X-Men: Apocalypse. We’ll know how Marvel’s First Family fares in a little over a couple of weeks though, when Josh Trank’s reboot of the franchise hits theaters..
If all goes well, FOX does have that July 13, 2018 spot penciled in for an as-yet-unnamed Marvel film… Wishful thinking?