Bryan Singer has brought his directing talents and massive bankability to multiple X-Men movies, and now rumor has it that Fox is hoping he will do the same for the Fantastic Four...and more X-Men.
There have been rumblings for months now that 20th Century Fox has been looking into the likelihood of building an interconnected cinematic universe. The strategy has paid off splendidly for Marvel, which is dominating the franchise game with record-breaking movies and critically acclaimed TV shows, but the same approach didn't work out so well for Sony's rebooted Amazing Spider-Man movies.
So, now the question is: Which path will Fox take after The Fantastic Four hits theaters in August?
According to some rumors over at This Is Infamous, Fox is hoping that Bryan Singer will be enough of a force to shepherd their two major properties into one uber successful universe.
Supposedly, the plan is to mobilize efforts for a Fantastic Four sequel quickly after the first one is released, using the rebooted team as a jumping off point for another movie (this time without director Josh Trank). If this is the case, the story goes that Fox wants Singer to take over control of the sequel before teaming up with producer Simon Kinberg for the Fantastic Four/X-Men crossover movie slated for 2018.
Singer has now offered his guidance to two distinct X-Men trilogies (even though they are the same world, for Singer's purposes, they were two separate opportunities). It makes sense that Fox would want someone with an overarching vision (like Marvel's Kevin Feige) before getting into a crossover or even larger event, and Singer has proven to be a reliable force for them.
This could also offer Fox the opportunity to expand their use of the perennially adored mutants after the release of [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) (maybe even some other than Wolverine!), and they clearly have some faith in the new Fantastic Four group.
Now, we play the waiting game to see how much truth there is to this, but in the meantime, let's discuss.