Ever since Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot tanked at the box office this summer, there’s been a lot of speculation regarding Fox’s commitment to the franchise.
A sequel was still scheduled for release in 2017. Today, Fox announced that they were removing Fantastic Four 2 from their 2017 date. Now, just because the film has been removed from the schedule that doesn’t mean the project has been shelved, or that they plan to revert the rights back to Marvel. Fantastic Four 2 could still happen. One day.
Personally, I think Josh Trank’s take on Fantastic Four was incredibly flawed. But; it could have worked as a TV series. In fact I think that is the route Fox should actively pursue.
Check out the honest trailer from Screen Junkies.
The very reliable Latino-Review are reporting the X-Men may team up with The Fantastic Four in a cross-over in 2018.
But before that can happen, the Fantastic Four reboot and its sequel (due in 2017) have to make a huge amount at the box office. X-Men: Apocalypse also needs to make a respectable amount, which is a safe bet when you look how well Days of Future Past did.
So a lot of things need to align before that can happen, but given that every single studio wants an Avengers, I would say 2018 is looking pretty good for a crossover.
The possibility alone has me excited.
It’s well documented that Hugh Jackman and Andrew Garfield have expressed interest in joining the Avengers. However, studio politics stand in their way. Disney/Marvel studios own the Avengers, Sony own Spider-Man and Fox own the X-Men and the fantastic four. Getting these three studios to split profits would be difficult, who gets the lunch box proceeds?
Simon Kinberg, the writer of the new X-Men film has spoken out about the possibilities of a crossover between X-Men and the Fantastic Four.
“The Fantastic Four live in a world where they are fantastic because they are the only people who have super powers. If they were to live in a world full of mutants they would kind of just be four more mutants,” he says. “In the X-Men movies, we have never acknowledged a public team of superheroes called the Fantastic Four who live in New York City, even though Charles’ mansion is in Westchester not so far form the city.”
I don’t entirely agree with him, I don’t think it would be too difficult to explain a shared universe between the franchises.