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Fantastic Four Reboot Writer Says Team Won’t Share A Universe With The X-Men


Since Fox holds the movie rights to one long-running and successful movie franchise (that’d be the X-Men) and one that hasn’t proven quite as popular (the Fantastic Four), it could try leveraging the strength of the former to aid the fortunes of the latter. Yet it has no plans to do so with the Fantastic Four reboot film currently in the works.

Simon Kinberg, the producer and writer working on the new movie made that pretty clear in a recent interview with Screencrush:

"None of the X-Men movies have acknowledged the notion of a sort of superhero team — the Fantastic Four. And the Fantastic Four acquire powers, so for them to live in a world where mutants are prevalent is kind of complicated, because you’re like, “Oh, you’re just a mutant.” Like, “What’s so fantastic about you? So, I guess we’ll go to school now. We’ll go to Xavier’s school.” No, it is, they live in discrete universes."

That answer implies that the problem is that since the X-Men movies existed first and made no mention of other super heroes, it would be hard to include them now. But since Fantastic Four seems to be starting from scratch, couldn’t the team simply be introduced into a world where ordinary people have already seen people with amazing powers? They could even assume the FF members are mutants, which would be an interesting inversion of how they’re usually regarded by the public in comics.

Maybe the real issue lies in one of Kinberg’s other answers, where he can’t/won’t comment on whether the new movie is an origin story. It seems like Fox is missing out on an opportunity here, but perhaps the studio just figures people are getting tired of having everything tie into something else and want to enjoy the movies on their own merits. Despite the general awesomeness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s something to be said for the opposite approach as well.

(via Cinema Blend)


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