With Fox now a part of Disney, the major Fox-owned Marvel franchises like “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” have also made the jump to the Mouse House for what is expected to be inevitable reboots of the properties and incorporations into the existing MCU.
Back in the early 2010s though, just as Marvel Studios films were really taking off and “Avengers” was in sight, it seems Fox had the idea of doing their own Avengers-style film with their Marvel properties. Making an appearance on Fatman Beyond, screenwriter Zack Stentz (“Thor,” “X-Men: First Class”) was asked about films he’s written that won’t come out and he responded:
“My ex-partner and I, when we were working at Fox and working on X-Men: First Class, we did a secret movie for them that, I can’t tell you what the plot was, but I can tell you that it used all of the characters, all of the Marvel characters that Fox had at the time in 2011.
It used the X-Men. It used the Fantastic Four. It used Daredevil. It used Deadpool. Daredevil was still at Fox at the time. And it was a really cool freakin’ script. We almost had Paul Greengrass directing it, which would’ve been so cool, but he had another project to do instead. It didn’t end up going, but it was a script I was really proud of and it would’ve been really good.”
Ultimately Fox went onto make another “Fantastic Four” in 2015 to disastrous results, and a “Deadpool” film to great success along with multiple X-Men films capping off with “Dark Phoenix” this month.
Before that F4 version was made however, Stentz and co-writer Ashley Miller penned a draft which was essentially thrown out when director Josh Trank came along. As part of the same interview, Stentz discussed what was in it:
“Josh Trank, who ended up doing the Fantastic Four that we saw in the theaters, we were supposed to be writing the script for him but nobody told him that we were doing it. So, when he officially signed on he was like, ‘Why are you imposing these other writers on me? I want to use my own writer. I wanna do my own script.’ And he did his version instead.
It was one of those hammer blows to our career at the time, even though we had gotten paid, because I was so freakin’ proud of that script. It was how the Fantastic Four were almost the Fantastic Five except a young man named Victor von Doom was just too damaged and f—ed up to be part of them. It was a script I was very proud of. Josh Trank didn’t wanna do it.”
After those Marvel films, Stentz worked on The CW’s “The Flash” and penned the early drafts of what has become the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick”. He also penned the McG-directed “Rim of the World” which hit Netflix a week ago.