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‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘X-Men’ Universes Together, Says Investment Website, “No,” says Millar

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We’re talking Mark Millar here, still, since the next X-Men movie is going to be directed by Bryan Singer (and probably the X-Men movie after that, even) and the Fantastic Four reboot is still in the hands of Josh Trank of Chronicle fame.

The reason the new rumor/news that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, 20th Century Fox’s two Marvel properties are going to cross over in a movie based on the 1987 comic book mini-series Fantastic Four Vs. X-Men is so odd is because it makes Millar a liar OR it’s a very quickly laid plan for a studio that was supposed to be consulting with Millar on how to make their Marvel U soar.

Let’s travel back to August when we first started talking about this rumored cross-over film.

While talking to SFX magazine, Millar said:

Will the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four share a universe with the future X-Men films?
“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.”

But that’s totally not what he meant, guys, really, don’t hold him to that, please.

I keep seeing ‘news’ that X-Men & FF movies are crossing over. No, they’re not. They exist in same universe but movies stand alone.

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) August 19, 2013

and

News sites get very excited about very obvious answers, but the Chinese whispers thing is frustrating. There is NO crossover planned.

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) August 19, 2013

Which is to say that this new report from the investment website The Motley Fool has such a suspect little rumor on it’s hand:

Based on a 1987 four issue comic called Fantastic Four vs. X-Men, the movie will see the characters against each other because of secrets regarding the Fantastic Four’s origin. The new movie also comes as Fox is rebooting the Fantastic Four series with new actors and actresses. The last movie in the series, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, came up short at the box office with a gross of $132 million domestically and $157 million in foreign markets. The new reboot is scheduled for release on June 19, 2015.

I don’t know what sort of bullshit superhero movie news reporting game they’re running over there, but any investment website that starts the rumor there is going to be a crossover mere paragraphs after saying Topher Grace might be back to play Venom? Not exactly trustworthy newsmaking.

If there was a deeper cut story, other than the comic book that comes up on Wikipedia when you type in “Fantastic Four Vs. X-Men,” I might be more inclined to believe that this is going to happen.

Or some 20th Century Fox exec made Mark Millar a liar, which is not something you see Disney doing with Joss Whedon.

  • Mario-Francisco Robles

    Just goes to show you what happens when there isn’t a unified front, like at Marvel Studios. Fox seems confused. Millar was announced as their Marvel Guru a while back, but then they announce Simon Kinberg is coming on as, basically, the shepherd for their Marvel titles. You’ve got Millar contradicting himself, and Kinberg implying building a larger, unified cinematic universe (which kind of IMPLIES a crossover, since they only own two sets of Marvel characters).

    They’ve gotta put their weight around one guy, and let him do all the talking, ala Feige.

  • http://da7e.com/ Da7e

    Let’s just hang out in the comments, Mario. Did you like The Hobbit?

  • Mario-Francisco Robles

    I think I’m getting old, bro. I was sitting there like, “This is too damn long.”

    lol

    I dunno. I think I’m just kind of over it. Pure fantasy for the sake of fantasy, with no subtext or real relevance. If I’m gonna give you almost 3 hours of my life, I want you to tell me something. Enrich me somehow. These Hobbit flicks are feeling like an empty chore lately.

    Where do you stand on the Hustle vs Wolf debate? The great debate over which “Oscar Bait Movie About American Greed” rages on.

  • Kellvin007

    I thought AMERICAN HUSTLE just dragged a bit, LOVED Wolf of Wall Street, you will never have as good as you did in the 90′s.

  • Mario-Francisco Robles

    Yeah, I haven’t gotten around to seeing “Wolf” yet, so I can’t say which film I liked better. Maybe if SOMEbody would’ve invited me to the press screening.

    AHEM!

    ;)

  • RobertoInfinite

    An investment website giving bullshit info to get investors stirred up?? No way.

  • NihilistZerO

    Please let the FF reboot fall apart at the last minute! It looks on shaky ground and FF needs to be back at Marvel. The X-Verse is so convoluted I have no problem with it being it’s own thing at FOX, but Reed Richards NEEDS to have a scene with Tony Stark and Bruce Banner :-) Here’s hoping FOX screws up. It might be more likely than not as it’s an expensive FX heavy film that will be associated with 2 bad movies. The board might get cold feet commiting the $ especially when throwing it behind another X film is akin to printing money…

  • Vegas82

    I was hoping to see Spider-Man in an Avengers movie at one point as well. Hell, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a FF movie. Really we just need the entire Marvel Universe to unify so we can get the Civil War!

  • I like cake…

    Mark Millar is a fun-hater…

  • Vegas82

    After reading this story again all I see is that the upcoming movies are stand alone. That doesn’t mean all future movies will be. It’s possible they don’t want to mix them until they test the waters with their new incarnation of FF. I guess only time will tell.

  • David Scott King

    No, no, no… Bring them ALL back “home” for… SECRET WARS.