Remember when Fox announced that they were building their own cinematic universe with the Fantastic Four and X-Men? Since these characters live in the same world, you’d think that would imply some form of crossover between the two properties, right? Wrong! According to Schmoes Knows (who have a source within Fox), the studio has NO plans to join the franchises together.
According to the source, Fox wants The Fantastic Four to be able to “stand on its own without having to bring in some X-Men to help the movie along.” Although a sequel already being ordered, Fox wants to see how Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing and Human Torch do in their first film so that they can order more follow-ups if it’s successful. There was speculation whether the untitled Marvel Fox film being released on July 13, 2018 would be an X-Men/Fantastic Four team-up, but this news puts that to rest. My money’s now on X-Force taking that spot.
Well, there you have it: X-Men and Fantastic Four won’t be crossing over any time soon despite the two movies existing in the same universe. If you ask me, this is a missed opportunity. I get them wanting to make sure that the Fantastic Four can stand on their own. This is their second chance at Marvel’s First Family, and they don’t want a repeat of the last films. If they had Wolverine popping in to saw their asses, it wouldn’t look good for them.
However, after they establish FF in their first two movies, why wouldn’t Fox want to do a crossover with the X-Men. The mutants already have six (soon to be seven) films under their belt, so there’s no need to set them up. Imagine if after the Marvel Cinematic Universe was announced, Marvel Studios said they had no plans to make The Avengers. We would have been pretty pissed off.
No one’s saying to rush a crossover movie, but to say you have no plans whatsoever is very shortsighted, especially after you’ve bragged about building a cinematic universe. Hopefully Fox will change their mind in the coming months/years, but in the meantime, at least throw a reference to mutants in The Fantastic Four. Give us some acknowledgment of continuity.
SOURCE: Schmoes Knows