Though the Fantastic Four reboot was a box office and all around disaster, it will definitely not be the last time fans get a chance to see the four on the big screen. Fox has already announced that the studios are planning a sequel to the less-than-fantastic flick and director Bryan Singer has reported plans for a live-action X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover. Considering the success of the Avengers’ films and other Marvel superhero team-ups and that the two superhero teams have crossed paths before in the comics, this news should come as little surprise.
The news comes fresh from Singer’s lips. The acclaimed director stated that the crossover event is still in early talks to brought into development. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Singer explained that there is a “natural mechanism” for which the two teams would cross paths. The mechanism by which he speaks of is none other than time travel. Considering that blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past performed so well among critics and fans, Singer seems to be on a time-traveling kick. It would also seem more logical that time travel would be involved because the latest X-Men: Apocalypse features a younger cast of characters and takes place in the ’80’s.
Those this will be the first time these two teams interacted in on the big screen, Marvel’s two superhero squads have teamed up multiple times in the comic books. In 1987, Marvel’s first family came in contact with the mutant team in a four issue limited series. The Chris Claremont-penned mini-series, titled Fantastic Four vs X-Men, focused on saving Kitty Pryde’s life. Since the teams coexist within the same universe, the X-Men sought help from Reed Richards on a machine to return the phasing mutant Pryde back to her normal state. When Richards refused to help, the X-Men turned to the Fantastic Four’s nemesis Doctor Doom for help. The four issue even found the two teams arguing, battling it out at one point, and ultimately making amends to save the young mutant’s life.
During the Onslaught saga in the mid ’90s, majority of Marvel’s prominent teams joined forces to stop the notorious villain. The series was one of the comic book company’s biggest events and crossed over both series. Onslaught, the combined mind of Magneto and Professor X, kidnapped Reed Richards’ son and X-Man Nate Grey to take their abilities and increase his own. The combined forces of all the X-Men within the series at the time and the sacrifices of both the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to stop Onslaught’s plans.
In 2005, the teams meet up again but in a more amicable fashion. The series X4, brought the Fantasic Four to the X-Men’s doorsteps looking for help for a mission in space. Singer may find this story a little bit more practical as a movie adaptation because it was less convoluted than previous crossovers and the plot was a lot more cinematic. Considering that Marvel found great success with Guardians of the Galaxy, it would be interesting to see if space was the next frontier for Fox.
Though the news is still in the very early stages and the Fox has not opened up more about future plans for the two teams, it seems that Singer has plenty of foundation to create an interesting crossover flick. Since the news first broke before the release of the Fantastic Four reboot, it is unclear on whether Singer will still be tied to a future product or if it was just a way for Fox to build promo for the troubled film.
By Tyler Cole
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