Rumor Patrol: X-Men vs. Fantastic Four Movie Story Revealed [Debunked]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am,

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In 2013 Fox made significant strides toward launching its own superhero movie universe. There was the solid performance of The Wolverine, which set up big reveals about the plot and cast of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past; we also learned that a follow-up film, X-Men: Apocalypse will be coming in 2016 and will feature the iconic titular villain, with more Wolverine films and an X-Force movie also helping to expand the X-Movie universe. 

But mutants aren’t all we’re getting: the past year also brought further developments with the Fantastic Four reboot being helmed by Chronicle director Josh Trank, reminding us that Fox is weaving something together that could eventually bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four together in one film. And now, new word is circulating about such a team-up film.

Bleeding Cool pointed us to a report from The Motley Fool, in which the investment site laid out the following claim as part of its report on studios other than Disney that will soon benefit from the Marvel brand:

Fox owns the rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men characters, who are among the most well-known comic book heroes of all time. After multiple movies in their respective franchises, Fox has now decided to combine the Fantastic Four and the X-Men for an “Avengers”-style movie that could pay off huge for shareholders.

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.

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Now this isn’t really all that big of a revelation; for months now there has been heavy speculation (even expectation) that a X4 movie (X-Men + Fantastic Four) could happen. Fox’s Marvel universe shepherd, Mark Millar, initially made claims that characters from the respective teams could show up in the other team’s movies, before back-peddling on the idea of a direct X4 movie crossover. So for now, the official focus seems to be on building these respective franchises in viable brands.

However, any serious fan can tell you that at this point a crossover is a no-brainer: the new game in the superhero movie genre is to build a franchise universe, and that’s the level of entertainment that fans have come to expect. With only these two Marvel properties in development, Fox has limited options for team-up films. X4 would make sense – but only if both brands are established enough to warrant it

At the moment the X-Men films are going bigger and bolder with attempts to introduce things like time travel (possibly multiple timelines) and more fantastical villains like The Sentinels and Apocalypse. Meanwhile, casting rumors for the Fantastic Four have the fan community raising a collective eyebrow, with young up-and-comers like Miles Teller (21 & Over), Allison Williams (Girls) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Stationrumored for the principal roles of Reed Richards, Sue Storm and Johnny Storm, respectively. Needless to say, these rumors have not been met with universal acclaim.

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With so many risks on the table, team-up talk is premature at this point. Unless both franchises are successful in their second-act relaunches, a team-up won’t ever be necessary. Writer Simon Kinberg is currently working to manage both franchises, so tracks may indeed get laid for the future – but only the box office returns will determine if it’s a future that comes to fruition.

[Update: Source article, when questioned, revealed to piecing together Wiki and another site’s speculation as a scoop. It’s not true.]


X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on May 23, 2014, Fantastic Four releases March 6, 2015. X-Men: Apocalypse releases May 27, 2016.

Source: Bleeding Cool (via Omelete and Motley Fool)

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  1. Combine 2 failing properties into one huge cash grab seems to be the generic formula these studios are adopting. Marvel took it’s time to set up their shared movie universe and it paid off. These guys are just throwing poop against the wall and seeing what sticks.

    • the Xmen franchise started on year 2000, so what bigger build up do you need? lol

      F4 will have its movie on 2015, so thats a fine introduction. Its not like the crossover has to be the last movie of both franchises, u know?

      Its all about a great script and creative team. The rest is golden material

    • I’ll be the first to say I want Fox’s X-Men films to fail so they HAVE to give all that up to Marvel Studios but with Bryan Singer in charger we’ve had a lot of solid movies, yeah they didn’t follow the canon of the comics but who wants the same material reprinted for the cinema? (Seriously guys if anything we comic book fans come out winning here since we get a new way of telling an old story plus WHAT IF)

      Since the first X-Men the only bad film Fox has made as far as I’m concerned is Last Stand and Singer wasn’t involved with that one so if anything all it proved was get Bryan Singer to make X-Men movies. If anything the only thing we need is for Sony, Fox and Marvel Studios to find a way to get a deal going so they can have little hints alluding to each other’s movies and get a crossover movie going.

      I’d like to see Nick Fury and Cyclops talking it out in a similar way to the start of Avengers Vs X-Men.

    • X-Men a “failing property”?!?!

  2. disaster waiting to happen

  3. really a terrible idea without competent screenwriters & directors…Bryan Singer was great for the first two movies…really enjoyed Matthew Vaughns first class story telling abilities.

    I would rather that Fox copied Marvel & actually allowed different Directors to Direct. I think the problem seems to be that Fox is incapable of allowing Directors to actually do their job. Wasnt that something both Vaughn & mangold complained about?

    Oh I would love to see James Cameron helm an X-Men Movie….he was so passionate about it in the 90s but Im sure Fox spurned him in that regard also.

  4. I may be in the minority but i sorta enjoyed the Fantastic 4 movies…I have no desire to see a crossover movie with the X-Men of which I’am a hugeeeee fan. So far the X-Men movies have been quite serious, maybe lacking in the fun factor.

    And Fantastic 4 movies reminded me of the comics more…not taking themselves too seriously all the time. I get that FF & X-Men are completely different. my point is simply it seems hard to believe just based off past (movie) works that these two teams could co exist…organically.

    It totally feels forced at this present time…example like if someone said Halle Berries Cat-woman & Christoper Nolan’s Batman exist in the same universe lol. Hell I would be more inclined to believe that the FF movies & the Avengers all exist in the same movie universe and that the human torch & Captain America are just guys that look like they could be twins lol.

  5. They are also making an X-Force movie. The guy who directed and wrote the Script for Kick Ass 2 is going to be handling it. And of course hopefully a Solo R rated Deadpool movie 😀

  6. I like the X-Men better when it’s their own universe

  7. It seems odd that they are mentioning the X-Men vs. Fantastic Four mini-series as somehow being connected to this story since the context of those books will be nearly impossible to shoe-horn into the exiting X-Men films. Not to mention they still have not put out another Fantastic Four film version yet, or if it will go over better then the first attempt.

  8. Are fantastic four going to wear black leather aswell. Lol.

    Why show that photo when wolverine ain’t going to wear the mask and costume.

    X men vs fantastic four without cyclops, jean Grey and gambit.. And wolverine not wearing his tradional costume.


    How you can have x men without cyclops or jean or gambit and with wolverine as the leader is just stupid.

  9. All of Fox’s attempts to make good cbm’s have failed. IMO every XM and F4 movie has been complete crap. I know it’s been said before, but let the rights revert back. I’d rather have quality over quantity any time

  10. NO X_MEN MOVIE WITHOUT CYCLOPS!!!!!! Makes me sick how they can ruin the team I grew up reading by eliminating their leader. Even when he was in the first couple movies, they made him almost non-existent and pointless.

  11. Honestly I can’t get behind this. X-men set its self up almost 14 years ago and the only thing they did was kill several major characters…who may some how come back to life and focus on wolverein. I like the character but I hate that EVERY movie had his past or what ever as a plot line. I’m kinda tired of it andit seems they want to keep the good boy on film for another 8 years with more x movies. As for the ff i not dicking the casting choices. Normally I wait to see stills or see a trailer….but in all hoesty I have no ambition to see a ff movie or a cross over movie with a franchise that seems to only focus on one character and then rewrite the backrounds of others and tell me to deal with it via multiple timelines…

  12. Hilarious how every X-Men film supposedly sucked, yet each one was still watched. That means each was anticipated. lol

  13. I surprisingly liked Movie 43 but I saw it on DVD and was well worth the 2 bucks. In theatres? Yea I would have been a little disappointed.

    But the following skits were actually pretty funny

    The Chin balls
    The Keiran Culkin and Emma Stone in the grocery store
    The speed dating with Batman and Robin…
    The homeschooled kid sketch with Liev Schreiber
    Chris Pratt where Anna Faris wants him to crap on her
    Beezle the cat…(but I also own a cat so it hit home)

    Pretty much everything else in that movie was lame though.

  14. Alright screen rant, why is my stuff not posting about my opinion of Movie 43? I took out the vaguely inappropriate stuff?

    • So can I say?…

      Movie 43 actually had some really funny skits…

      Or is this post going to be deleted from posting too.

  15. They have never made an x men movie.

    I thought the x men was a team of mutants that wore blue and yellow influenced uniforms with an x symbol And had cyclops as there leader.

    I have yet to see that movie yet.


    • Sorry..but now there is an entire generation that thinks the X-Men wear creepy black leather uniforms whose leader is Professor X and who can’t really use there power effectively when they do get around to using there power.

      And its really just sad.

    • Cyclops was the team leader for a number of years, but he left for years and Storm was the leader. The original team wore black and yellow uniforms as trainees, as did new young members who were not yet considered ready for the main team like Kitty Pryde and the New Mutants. The only two characters to wear blue and yellow for extended periods of time were Cyclops and Wolverine, and even that changed constantly.

      • Never heard about the original team wearing black and yellow as trainees. Also, from my understanding the original training outfits or standard outfits were blue and gold. Did you mean blue and gold. If not, Where did you get that info? I’d like to check out that site and research on history of uniforms of X-men.

        Buy yeah, really Cyke is the only x-men (for most part) to continuously wear Blue AND Gold.

        • I collected X-Men from 1981 until around 1997. In the back-issues and reprints of the original run the team wore black & yellow. Kitty and the New Mutants wore the same uniform as trainees, Kitty switched out because she ended up being active more then she was a student.

  16. A FF and X-Men crossover??

    5 words for you!

    Franklin Richards and Rachel Summers