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Bryan Singer Confirms Talks Of Possible X-Men/Fantastic Four Crossover

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When the casts of X-Men Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Gambit and The Wolverine all met on stage at San Diego Comic-Con, fans could see the writing on the wall. Despite years of rumors and denials, this was leading to a crossover. Now, we have a minor confirmation.

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Speaking to Yahoo, X-Men director Bryan Singer said the following when asked about a potential crossover with his X-Men and the newly rebooted Fantastic Four:

That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it....But we have to see how the films turn out. How [X-Men Apocalypse] turns out, how Fantastic Four plays, to really understand what kind of desire and how that would really work. I think to just say ‘You’re going to do it’ is kind of a mistake. I think you have to see how the films evolve before you make that decision to completely commit to that. But there are those ideas in play.

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So what is that mechanism that links them? Singer hinted by saying:

It deals with time. That’s all I’m going to say.

The biggest “If” in this equation, obviously, is Fantastic Four. As a franchise on their own, the X-Men have more than enough characters, villains and storylines to exist independently of any one else. So if Fantastic Four doesn’t connect, that can just exist on the outskirts and be ignored. But if it does, it’s nice to know these discussions are happening. Fans would surely get very excited to see these two powerhouse titles go head to head.

The full video is at the below link. It’s actually a pretty solid interview, filled with fan questions about lots of fun stuff. The crossover stuff is near the end.

Fantastic Four opens August 7. X-Men Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.

[Yahoo Movies]

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lightninglouie
lightninglouie

Guh.

I would be perfectly happy if Fox went on owning the film rights to the X-Men indefinitely; with a couple of exceptions, the movies have been pretty good, and like in the comics, the X-Men work pretty well in their own self-contained reality, separate from the greater Marvel Universe — hell, in the ‘80s and ‘90s they were practically a mini-universe unto themselves.

But I’ll always feel like something huge is missing from the MCU as long as the FF belong to another studio. Sure, it’s great that Sony is sharing Spidey with Disney now that their own franchise has collapsed under its own dead weight. But the FF are the first family of Marvel, the characters who helped shape and define what the company’s approach to superheroes and science fiction themes. And while it’s great to have all the other core characters in the movies, it would be wonderful to have the Baxter Building gracing the Marvel Manhattan skyline, plus all the great villains and supporting characters that come with the franchise — Doom, Galactus, Annihilus, the Surfer, the Watcher, etc.

And the way the MCU is set up now, with the space opera elements and the micro-realm, it would be ideal for a truly balls-out insane cosmic FF movie, as opposed to Christopher Nolan Lite. Time travel, voyages to other worlds or dimensions, godlike aliens, giant monsters — the groundwork has been laid for a spectacular romp about a family of misfit science heroes.