Kinberg On “Fantastic 4” Tone, Crossovers

Appearing at WonderCon to promote “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” writer/producer Simon Kinberg spoke with Crave about the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot which he’s also involved in.

Kinberg says the tone of the new movies is “much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies,” however it won’t be Chris Nolan-style deathly serious:

“If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between [Sam Raimi’s] ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Chronicle’. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man. It’s still in the direction of Spider-Man. It’s not like Dark Knight. And even Chronicle has a lot of fun in it.

We’re treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you’d have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent, but in this one we tried to ground the science as much as possible and make it feel like it could take place in our world before it cantilevers into other worlds.”

While “The Amazing Spider-Man” producer Avi Arad says there’s no plans to crossover the character with other Marvel movies, Kinberg isn’t so against the idea:

“The dream is, obviously, one day to do a Marvel movie that is with all the Marvel characters or at least a universe where they can dive in and out of one another’s films. Because that’s the way the comics were created, I think that’s the way the movies should actually be.

For a series of business reasons, they aren’t. That’s not for narrative or creative reasons. The dream is that we could cross-pollenate and everyone would be building off the momentum of each other, which is what actually happens. We’re not in competition with each other. We actually can be helping the cause for all these different movies. It’s been shown that audiences have enough of a palate for them.

We will have, within the span of a month and a half, “Captain America 2,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Days of Future Past.” I would hazard to say — touch wood — they’ll be three of — let’s not be too aggressive — ten of the biggest movies of the summer. They’ll probably be three of the top five or six most successful.

It’d be cool if, yeah, one day we could do that. Maybe it starts with us and “Spider-Man.” Maybe it goes into sort of a TV show something at some point where the stakes are slightly lower. Then, eventually, you could build toward a shared movie.”