Mark Millar Confirms X-Men/Fantastic Four Movie Crossover [Updated]

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Fantastic Four X Men Marvel Team up Mark Millar Confirms X Men/Fantastic Four Movie Crossover [Updated]

Last September Twentieth Century Fox announced that they had hired comic book writer Mark Millar as a consultant to help plan out the future of their Marvel movie franchise and to take better advantage of the licenses and characters they own.

Millar immediately began helping Fox plan years ahead and his first goal is to bring in the best talent possible, something that the studio was already beginning to do with the hiring of Darren Aronofsky (later replaced by James Mangold) for The Wolverine, the return of Bryan Singer (replacing Matthew Vaughn) on the next X-Men team-up and Josh Trank on the Fantastic Four. This is all leading to a larger framework that Millar teases won’t be announced for another two years.

In an interview with SFX, after complimenting the director choice of Josh Trank (Chronicle) to helm the Fantastic Four reboot, Millar responds to a question about whether or not the X-Men and Fantastic Four share the same cinematic universe.

“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.”

Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is next on the docket from the studio with a May release date next summer and the following spring is when Fantastic Four is scheduled to hit theaters. While we know Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) is working on a script for X-Force, Fox has yet to officially greenlight production on it or any other Marvel property after the FF reboot.

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The Wolverine featured a mid-credits button that teased X-Men: Days of Future Past – is Millar hinting that Days of Future Past may tease Fantastic Four?

Almost a year ago, when Millar first joined Fox in a consulting capacity, he went on record teasing that he had a three-four year plan and that he (and Fox) were interested in building a cohesive universe. He did emphasize however, the importance of the first Fantastic Four just being about them in order to establish that property first, before any major crossover ‘event’ films.

“Following that Marvel model, we want to establish things first. If you had a Fantastic Four relaunch, and Wolverine and the X-Men were in it, I think it would distract you from the Fantastic Four. You can make people aware that they’re existing in the same universe without making it a big crossover movie but it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them.”

How the Fantastic Four will fit into the universe we know from the X-Men films is an interesting question, one that could radically change depending on how Days of Future Past handles the concepts of time travel in its story – a story which may redefine the X-Men universe as we know it going forward, potentially even restarting it in a way.

Fantastic Four begins shooting next month and X-Men: Days of Future Past just wrapped production. X-Force may be the next feature in line.

[Update: Millar took to Twitter after the news began spreading to deny the idea of a crossover.]

But as Millar says, “I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies.” So, if they’re sharing the same universe, showing up in each other’s movies… sounds like a crossover – it’s just a matter of time. In fact, this is something Christopher McQuarrie told us that he pitched this to Fox not long before Millar was hired, but the idea was ignored at the time.


Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.


X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014, Fantastic Four releases March 6, 2015.

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  1. i think singer did good on xmen {not so much superman returns)….logan stabbing rogue in the chest then healing by taking his powers was pretty clever….plus at the end of x2 jean gray becomes the phoenix we love(surrounded in fire) it would have been a great trilogy if he did x3

    • yeah, that was one of the best moments of X1 and the whole series. Same as their moment on final battle, with Logan almost sacrifing himself to save her.

      Those are some of the reasons why X1 is my fave of the whole series, even if the effects were the worst.

      • x-factor movie next. Generation-x movie might follow.

  2. Singer destroyed character associations in X-Men 1 & 2. Give the rights back to disney

    • lol

    • x-citing, this will be fantastic.

  3. I just hope they get fantastic 4 right.

    I see no point in bringing in fantastic four to xmen when every second person has super powers

    • the cross over that will change marvel x-cited

  4. Fantastic Four should be one of the flagship properties of Marvel, and would be if not for Fox’s mishandling.

    I’ve gone on record in regards to how I feel about the X-Men movies, so I’ll just say that I’ll be disappointed but not surprised if it turns out these movies are meh.

    • Longevity aside Fantastic Four has not really been popular over the last 25-30 years. Ben Grimm is the most well known character and sold well as a singles character and Johnny Storm always had a cool factor due to flying around on fire. Reed and Sue on the other hand seemed dated as the decades went on and the main point of interest with them became how powerful Franklin would/might became as a mutant adult.

      That seemed to be the issue with the scripts of the two films Fox has already done. Aside from the origin story, Namor showing up to kidnap Sue and the introduction of the Silver Surfer and Galactus, there are not many stories that anyone who is not a die-hard fan would know or care about. That leaves them with the task of writing something compelling that fits that characters, which seems to be a hard task for Hollywood for some reason.

  5. I wonder if there will be a nod to the FF in Days of Future Past b/c if I recall correctly, Franklin Richards played a role in that storyline from the comics.

    • Your thinking of Days of Future Present, the comic that launched Gambit as well as showing the future of the fantastic four, it was a pretty good comic and would be a better way of introducing the fantastic four than a pother blooming reboot… I’m hoping days of future present will be the next film after days of future past… But time will tell

  6. power pack live action movie???? hint hint.