Mark Millar has taken to twitter to make clear that there are no plans for a cross-over between the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. Millar serves as a creative consultant for the Marvel films being produced by Fox.
The original rumor sprung up from Millar’s comments in a recent interview with SFX, where he said that certain Fantastic Four characters may be showing up in future X-Men movies, and vice versa:
“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.”
Millar also spoke about the first two Fantastic Four movies, and how this reboot is in good hands with director Josh Trank:
“These first two movies were not very good but I’m quite sentimental towards them. I took my youngest daughter to see the first one, she was only five when it came out, and she thought it was the best film ever made. At the end, when Johnny Storm says, ‘Flame on!’ for the first time, she thanked me for taking her to see it. So even though it was a crap movie that memory makes me sort-of like it in a strange way. For the new one all they have to do is make it great. It sounds obvious and it is. Sam Raimi gave us a great Spider-Man. Christopher Nolan gave us a great Batman. So a brilliant director is probably the most important thing for a great Fantastic Four. Tim Story was seen as an odd choice for Fantastic Four but when you have a Josh Trank you know you are in safe hands.”
It’s not clear whether he was misquoted or is just walking his statement back. Maybe he said something he wasn’t supposed to? It does leave the door open for it to happen down the road though.
Then in a separate interview with Den of Geek, Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was asked about X-Force and it’s place in the X-Men universe, and this was his reply:
“Oooh, let’s see, what can I say? Let me put it like this. It will seamlessly exist in the X-Men cinematic universe, but it’s not a sequel.”
So I guess we wait and see.
Fantastic Four Reborn is planned for March 6th, 2015.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will hit theaters on May 23rd, 2014.