It is a sad fact that the Marvel Universe, at least in its movie incarnation, is split into several pieces. Disney owns The Avengers, Sony has Spider-Man and Fox is in charge of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. While some misguided souls would prefer that Disney have all the toys and thus remove any trace of creative differences among the films so that all the super heroes can play together, it’s not likely to happen in our lifetime. And the chances of the big three coming together to do crossovers is only slightly less likely. But when Fox decides that the two properties it owns will not share a single universe, one has to scratch their head and wonder what the deal is. Read on to hear what writer/producer Simon Kinberg has to say about the subject.
In a recent interview with ScreenCrush, Kinberg had these words to share:
ScreenCrush: Do the Fantastic Four movie you wrote and the X-Men live in the same universe?
Kinberg: 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?”
ScreenCrush: We have powers … just like that team down the street.
Kinberg: Right, right. Exactly, “So, I guess we’ll go to school now. We’ll go to Xavier’s school.” No, it is, they live in discrete universes.
Considering the fact that the current X-Men timeline is further in the past than the Fantastic Four reboot is likely to be, it makes a certain degree of sense that they won’t be palling around together. Still, the potential for some great interaction is lost if they ignore the possibility of merging the two universes completely. Perhaps there is some sort of plan for the distant future?
What do the Nerd Readers think? Would you prefer to see these two super teams operating on their own? Or is an X-Men/FF battle royale just too good to pass up?