While at WonderCon, writer/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) revealed some great new details on the reboot for The Fantastic Four, and he even provided some insights into how they could potentially crossover with other epic Marvel franchises.
During an interview with Crave, Kinberg talked a lot about which direction Fox wants to take with the super-powered team.
If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between [Sam Raimi's] 'Spider-Man' and 'Chronicle'. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man. It's still in the direction of Spider-Man. It's not like Dark Knight. And even Chronicle has a lot of fun in it.
He went on to talk about how sequels would progress if the first movie takes off.
We're treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you'd have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent, but in this one we tried to ground the science as much as possible and make it feel like it could take place in our world before it cantilevers into other worlds."
If you're a fan of the comics, you know that some of the best adventures had by the Fantastic Four take place in some crazy new settings out in space. "Rise of the Silver Surfer" was a small step in that direction, but as many of you would probably agree: it just didn't feel like a Fantastic Four movie should.
Of course, it wouldn't be an interview about superhero movies if the topic of crossovers wasn't brought up. When asked about whether or not the Fantastic Four reboot could ever branch off into other Marvel storylines, Kinberg wasn't shy about addressing it.
The dream is, obviously, one day to do a Marvel movie that is with all the Marvel characters or at least a universe where they can dive in and out of one another's films. Because that's the way the comics were created, I think that's the way the movies should actually be.
For a series of business reasons, they aren't. That's not for narrative or creative reasons. The dream is that we could cross-pollenate and everyone would be building off the momentum of each other, which is what actually happens. We're not in competition with each other. We actually can be helping the cause for all these different movies.
It's been shown that audiences have enough of a palate for them. We will have, within the span of a month and a half, "Captain America 2," "Spider-Man 2" and "Days of Future Past." I would hazard to say -- touch wood -- they'll be three of -- let's not be too aggressive -- ten of the biggest movies of the summer. They'll probably be three of the top five or six most successful. It'd be cool if, yeah, one day we could do that.
Maybe it starts with us and "Spider-Man." Maybe it goes into sort of a TV show something at some point where the stakes are slightly lower. Then, eventually, you could build toward a shared movie.
Television? Sounds a lot like the DC/Warner Bros. playbook, which could really be a good thing for these disparate studios (at the moment, neither Marvel, Fox, or Sony are willing to budge on sharing their rights to Marvel characters).
For now, we'll just have to wait and see how "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." continues to perform on ABC.
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