It's been rumored since Fox first announced plans for a Fantastic Four movie reboot, but it seems we might finally have confirmation of one of the biggest crossovers in superhero moviedom: The Fantastic Four and The X-Men are set to team-up on screen.
Or, at least, that's what the latest leaks from Sony seem to be suggesting.
Wondering how leaks at Sony have revealed what is - presumably - a pretty big secret at Fox, though? Well, never fear, Fox-fans (and Sony-cynics) - Fox still owns the rights to the heroes' movie careers.
The reason for the reveal coming via Sony? The co-president of another company entirely - Columbia Pictures' Michael De Luca, whose (leaked) email to Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal (who's been having a really bad week) came with the major revelation that:
“[Fox Producer Simon] Kinberg told me Fox is steering X-Men and Fantastic Four into an eventual team up film...”
Which, seeing as Kinberg is very much the guiding force behind both the Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises, is theoretically as good as an official announcement.
The FF and the X-Men are Probably Teaming Up on Screen
After all, though Kinberg poured cold water on the idea of a crossover back in May, suggesting that the FF and X-Men "live in discrete universes," he has recently begun rapidly back-pedaling, telling ComicBook.com that:
"I love the characters, I love the characters in Fan Four, I love the new cast. Obviously I love the characters and cast of X-Men. So, hypothetically, the notion of putting them together is really intriguing, and there’s some really fun stuff that the comics have done in the past. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility."
Which means that in public, the brains behind both franchises is saying that a team-up is entirely possible, and in private he is apparently saying it's a done deal.
Which, in turn, means we should probably all start getting ready for a summer 2018 team-up movie.
The best part?
We Might Already Know What That Movie'll Be
Or, at least, there's a whole lot of precedent in the comics.
The two teams are among the longest-running groups in the Marvel comics universe, so it's not too surprising that they've run into one another a few times over the years.
The question is, will any of them influence how we see them crossover on screen?
Well, there have been plenty of variations on the basic premise, from the original '60s comics, which may well prove a little too old-school for modern tastes...
...through to Marvel's 'Ultimate' universe, which - though an obvious inspiration for the movies with its youthful take on the teams - remains slightly controversial for its alternative take on the heroes...
...to the recent 2005 X-Men/Fantastic Four, which saw the team fight the alien race The Brood - though that seems an unlikely source of inspiration for the fairly grounded movie series.
The 1987 Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men, though, saw the X-Men - desperate to save the life of Kitty Pryde, whose mutant powers were slowly causing her body to break down, killing her - seek out the help of Mr. Fantastic of the FF. His inability to save her then led to the X-Men turning to the FF's nemesis, Doctor Doom, for help instead.
Now, change Kitty Pryde (there's no sign that Ellen Page will be reprising the role in a future film) to Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, and that sounds like a decidedly plausible movie scenario to me...
What do you guys think, though?
Will we be seeing the FF and the X-Men team-up on screen?