Simon Kinberg surely has been a 'Chatty Cathy' these days, hasn't' he? Well, Collider magazine's interview with Days of Future Past writer-producer brought to light some hints of what to expect out of the future of the Fox X-Men/Fantastic Four franchise. The one thing he acknowledged was that these are different times. When asked if Fox had acknowledged, in the last six months, what they have in movie rights like New Mutants, X-Force, Deadpool, and the need to do more with this, Kinberg responded:
“Yeah, they definitely understand what they have now in a way that—having worked on the X-Men Fox movies since 2003, [it was a] different regime, really different culture inside the studio [back then], but outside the studio like you say, the juggernauts, the big movies of every summer are [now] superhero movies. We’re gonna have three big superhero movies in the span of like a month and a half between Cap 2, Spider-Man, and us. So Fox does understand that they are sitting on this massive universe with the X-Men, also with Fantastic Four obviously. But they definitely have a sense of it and there’s a real interest and appetite for how to explore and expand that world into other movies, into spinoffs, into different time periods, the whole gamut.”
What was once a risky endeavor is, now, a gateway to box office success. Fox knows now that, if it works at making the movie rights a FRANCHISE with successful stand-alone spin-offs, that they have the cash cow they've been looking for.
“We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at S.H.I.E.L.D. to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV. Because that’s it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week it’s the same characters, different story.
I think what [Fox is] seeing now is with the proliferation of new kinds of visual and special effects, there’s a way to make these stories that doesn’t cost $300 million every time you have to make a huge movie.”
I think it's obvious that Marvel/Disney will have a great deal of success with not only more movies and spin-offs on the big screen, but the little screens as well. Deals with Netflix, Hulu, possibly X-box, cable companies like AMC and USA will be the next big explosion for the Superhero universes. Warner Brother has already proven themselves capable of succeeding in this area in days past with shows like Smallville and, more recently, Arrow. Marvel is trying to learn from DC's success on the small screens like DC is learning (hopefully) from Marvel on their big box office successes.
When challenged about stepping over the RATED R line, something Sony and Marvel don't seem to want to do, Kinberg responded:
Yeah, it makes sense to me. Genuinely it’s early phases, early days, but if you’re gonna do a Deadpool movie, I think you've gotta do a hard-R, darker movie and he is the perfect character to do it with.
There you go, True Believers. With Fox owning the rights to not only the X-men and the Fantastic Four, but much sought after titles as Deadpool, New Mutants and X-Force, they are definitely in a position to do well. We also seem to be one step closer to a real Deadpool movie with no holds barred action and I for one think it's none too soon. The only thing left to be seen is CAN FOX ACTUALLY DO IT AND SUCCEED?