While, with the success of The Avengers, I’m sure we all dream of a day when Marvel Entertainment reacquires the film rights to the other half of its universe from 20th Century Fox, that same success has made it even less likely that the company will give up The Fantastic Four and the X-Men any time soon. But while Sony only has their hands on Spider-Man, Fox has two Marvel teams under their umbrella, and its Fantastic Four reboot is moving ahead. Does this mean we’ll eventually be seeing a team team up?
Mark Millar, the comic writer who’s taken on something of the Kevin Feige role at Fox, recently expounded on the very real possibility. While Millar’s been known to prevaricate on occasion, and besides that he’s a pretty divisive figure, if anybody would know, it’d be him. He told SFX Magazine:
Without question, I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch, it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.
I’ll admit to not being as familiar with the depths of the Marvel universe as the DC one, but I don’t recollect many strong connections between the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The Human Torch is notably buddies with Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine fought wars together, and the X-Men will always have ties to the Avengers through Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Unless, of course, you count the connections between the X-Men and Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four’s archenemy, through Wanda Maximoff. It’d be an interesting connection for a movie to pick up on, indeed, especially since Wanda is confirmed not to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of course, they could also go with mere cameos or create entirely new connections. It would indeed be interesting to see a universe where the X-Men showed up first, but the Fantastic Four became the first truly socially accepted superteam. That’s a source of some interesting tension.
(via The Guardian.)