Bryan Singer Confirms Plans for 'X-Men' and 'Fantastic Four' Crossover

Bryan Singer Confirms Plans for 'X-Men' and 'Fantastic Four' Crossover

Jul 23, 2015

Last month, a rumor circulated around the interweb about Fox planning a crossover movie combining its X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. It's not a strange or new idea, as the same studio owning two Marvel superhero properties would logically want to mix them together in this age of cinematic universe mega-franchises.

But this time it also came with an expected time frame in the form of a July 13, 2018, release date, which Fox officially has slated for something or other involving either series. Unfortunately, there was no mention of this idea at Comic-Con (few rumors were confirmed at the event, in fact), and we assumed it was just another bit of wishful thinking.

Well, some wishes do come true. Bryan Singer, director of most of the X-Men movies, including the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, confirmed to Yahoo! Movies this week that "those ideas are in play." He added, "That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it."

Singer apparently has thought about the ideas enough that there is already a certain plan to unite the superhero teams. You may wonder how the present incarnation of the X-Men cast, which portrays the mutant characters in the 1980s, could easily meet the Fantastic Four family, who are based in the present, without rebooting and recasting the former group alll over again.

“It deals with time,” the director hinted, regarding the mechanism. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

Of course! The X-Men or the Fantastic Four will time travel to the setting of the other. And it will likely involve interdimensional travel, because both franchises involve the concept.

As for the chance that this crossover won't happen, there's no reason to believe Singer's claim that it depends on how well the next two movies do. They're going to do fine. And there's already a date in place for Fantastic Four 2, on June 9, 2017. Even if either of those installments of the as-yet-unproven rebooted Fantastic Four aren't super popular, a crossover is still going to be desirable to moviegoers. The Avengers did much better than any of the solo superhero movies that led into it, after all. 

Fantastic Four arrives in theaters next month, on August 6, while X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27, 2016. 

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