Sony Pictures is all about spinning off their “Spider-Man” universe, whilst Marvel Studios has led the way in terms of integrating multiple franchise into one giant onscreen universe.
20th Century Fox on the other hand may not be so keen on the idea. The studio has been happily expanding their “X-Men” film franchise for over a decade now, but kept the continuity of its two previous “Fantastic Four” films separate.
It was thought that the studio’s reboot of the latter franchise would pave the way for a potential combining of “Fantastic Four” and “X-Men” characters further down the line.
Now, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” producer Simon Kinberg seems to have put a kibosh on those plans. Kinberg tells Screen Crush:
“Well, it’s complicated. Because none of the X-Men movies have acknowledged the notion of a sort of superhero team – the Fantastic Four. And the Fantastic Four acquire powers, so for them to live in a world where mutants are prevalent is kind of complicated, because you’re like, “Oh, you’re just a mutant.” Like, “What’s so fantastic about you?”…No, it is, they live in discrete universes.
Kinberg was also asked about the tone of the new “Fantastic Four” and how it will differ from that other reboot of a not-so-old franchise – “The Amazing Spider-Man”:
“People have a very different relationship to The Fantastic Four movies than they had to Raimi’s Spider-Man movies. And Raimi’s Spider-Man movies – and that first Spider-Man movie – is a beloved movie that sort of redefined, tonally, sort of what comic book movies could do.
There had been other superhero movies, like X-Men but Raimi’s Spider-Man had a joyfulness to it that was unique, I think, to the genre. So, rebooting a movie that was beloved less than ten years after it had come out is challenging. So, we approach The Fantastic Four with a different set of challenges.
I can tell you this: Our version, The Fantastic Four movie we’re making differs than those other films. And I think where it starts – and where I think superhero movies define themselves – is not in plot and character, but in tone. And the tone of our The Fantastic Four movie is so different than those other films. And I actually think, more importantly, different from other superhero movies.
It’s like, there’s a spectrum, tonally, from like Raimi’s Spider-Man to Josh Trank’s Chronicle movie. We’re on the spectrum, but between those two movies. And I would say, I don’t know where the needle turns, but we are in-between those films.
On the other side of Chronicle is probably like, X-Men is around there with the darkness. And then The Dark Knight is the darkest. And on the other side is Spider-Man – the original Fantastic Four movies are probably on the other side of the goofiness. So, we’re somewhere in-between the joyfulness of Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and the reality and drama of Josh Trank’s Chronicle.”