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Kinberg talks crossovers and tone of Fantastic Four reboot

May 13th, 2014 by Marc Comments

We’ll not lie, we’re finding it tough to get excited about the new Fantastic four movie no matter how hard we try…

That said, we have faith in Josh Trank who’s movie Chronicle was pretty special…

Now X-Men Days of Future Past producer Simon Kinberg has been chatting to Screencrush and repeating that the chances of an X-Men and Fantastic four crossover is pretty unlikely despite both being at the same studio: “It’s complicated; 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.

But, doesn’t this go against what Mark Millar said HERE about them sharing a universe in the movies? Anyway, I digress…

Kinberg also talked about the tone of the Fantastic four and how, unlike Spider-man, it’s not just another reboot: “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. 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.”

Wait, is he saying no-one liked the other Fantastic four movies or am I mis-reading 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.

So what does all this mean? That it’ll be a little dark, a little light, a little goofy, a little realistic? got it…

He goes on: “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… 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.”

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….