Simon Kinberg Talks Candidly about 'Star Wars' Spin-offs, Marvel Crossovers and 'The Fantastic Four' Reboot

Simon Kinberg Talks Candidly about 'Star Wars' Spin-offs, Marvel Crossovers and 'The Fantastic Four' Reboot

Apr 21, 2014

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Writer and producer Simon Kinberg is a busy man these days – he’s got X-Men: Days of Future Past ready to hit theaters next month, and he’s hard at work on a Star Wars spin-off and the new Fantastic Four reboot. Luckily for us, Kinberg’s more than happy to talk about all his various projects, and has dropped some interesting clues about where each of the stories are heading.

Kinberg reveals he’s a lot like the fans when it comes to the fractured state of the Marvel cinematic universe. Characters are split amongst several different studios, making an X-Men appearance in an Avengers movie, and countless other awesome crossovers, all but impossible. The screenwriter hopes it won’t always be this way – and news that (potential SPOILER in the next part of this sentence!) Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 will feature a postcredits teaser for Days of Future Past (which is a Fox property) could be the first step in reuniting all these different superheroes.

“Listen, I would love it. The dream to me - I almost feel like Martin Luther King or somebody. I see a world where everyone is joined together. The dream is, obviously, one day to do a Marvel movie that is with all the Marvel characters or at least a universe where they can dive in and out of one another's films. Because that's the way the comics were created, I think that's the way the movies should actually be. For a series of business reasons, they aren't. That's not for narrative or creative reasons. The dream is that we could cross-pollinate and everyone would be building off the momentum of each other, which is what actually happens. We're not in competition with each other. We actually can be helping the cause for all these different movies. It's been shown that audiences have enough of a palate for them. We will have, within the span of a month and a half, Captain America 2, Spider-Man 2 and Days of Future Past. I would hazard to say -- touch wood -- they'll be three of -- let's not be too aggressive -- 10 of the biggest movies of the summer. They'll probably be three of the top five or six most successful. It'd be cool if, yeah, one day we could do that. Maybe it starts with us and Spider-Man. Maybe it goes into sort of a TV show something at some point where the stakes are slightly lower. Then, eventually, you could build toward a shared movie.”

Let’s all cross our fingers and hope this is the case. There has to be some way these studios can get together and share profits and costs to make this happen.

Meanwhile, Kinberg has also revealed some of the details about the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four. Marvel’s First Family will apparently be a bit younger than we’re used to in Josh Trank’s relaunching of the franchise, but if you’ve followed The Ultimates, you may already have an idea of what to expect.

“We’re definitely telling a younger story than the original films did. They’re older than high school, but they’re not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming-of-age story. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is.”

Naturally, this has already dismissive fanboys up in arms – because the Ultimate FF books weren’t quite as popular as their counterparts.

Kinberg adds that “there is archetypal imagery of how they get their powers, for sure, and it does involve some sort of scientific travel.” This would seemingly mean that we’ll be seeing the team go into space and get their powers. So, they’re at least staying true to that part of the story, it seems.

Finally, the scribe talks briefly about his work on the first Star Wars spin-off project.

If you’re expecting Kinberg to spill the beans and tell you he’s writing a Boba Fett movie, you’re going to be disappointed. You might also be disappointed if you hoped the first spin-off title would be based on the expanded universe content found in all the books, comics and video games. Kinberg tells IGN that the expanded universe material may come into play in television shows and the like, but as far as the films are concerned, the six original films are canon. Nothing else is. So, that means Jar Jar and Midichlorians are canon, while some of the great stuff from the various books and comics are not. Good to know. Check out the interview below.

[via Coming Soon, Comic Book Movie, and IGN]






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