As a lot of us know, the superhero cinema industry isn't governed by only Marvel and DC. Sony still has a decent portion of the rights to Spider-Man, Universal still has Namor, and Fox is still sitting pretty with both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four (and let's not forget Deadpool) tucked under their belt. While the X-Men franchise has had it's share of hits and misses, and the Fantastic Four movies were an overall disappointment, we can never count Fox out of the fight.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Jamie Bell, who plays the Thing in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, stated that he would like to fight Wolverine if he ever got the chance.
"Oh, I'd batter him. I'm telling you. He's not getting up. He's going home."
While Bell might talk a big game about taking on the adamantium-boned brute, it makes you stop and think for a second. Could a X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover really be possible? Well it's not only possible, I believe that the crossover is inevitable for several simple reasons.
The X-Men Need Something New
The first X-Men movie first came out in 2000, and after X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters next year, the franchise will have sixteen years and nine films to their name, counting the two origin films. After Apocalypse, the X-Men: First Class trilogy will come to an end, and the studios are going to have to think up new ideas if they are going to carry on the franchise.
Imagine the fresh dynamic that would be introduced if Charles Xavier and the other mutants found out that mutants weren't the only ones with powers. Instead of genetic mutation, the mutants will be forced to realize that similar strange abilities would be possible through scientific accidents, and perhaps that they weren't as special as they once thought. That would be better than another mutant terrorist group trying to wipe out humanity for the betterment of mutant-kind. That's basically every movie.
Fox Needs an Answer to Marvel and DC
2016 is looking to be one of the most anticipated years for comic-book movie fans for a few major reasons (other than Deadpool, of course). DC is bringing us a clash of their two biggest titans with Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and Marvel is returning in kind with Captain America: Civil War. With decades of heroes fighting villains, we're finally getting the hero versus hero movie that we've been waiting for.
Since Fox still holds on to the film rights to X-Men and the Fantastic Four, they have the ability to do the very same thing. Who wouldn't want to see Shadowcat or Mystique fight Invisible Woman? Or what about the Human Torch going toe-to-toe with Iceman? These battles could become a reality if Fox wanted, and is this crossover really happened.
Fox Is Introducing a Younger Generation of Heroes
One of the largest complaints about the new Fantastic Four reboot is that the cast is too young. These thirty-something year old scientists now have twenty-year old actors playing the part. Well that's excusable for two reasons. One, this Fantastic Four film is basing their characters off of the Ultimate storylines, where the characters are much younger. Also, the cast resembles the age group of the new younger cast of X-Men: Apocalypse.
Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (playing Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler respectively) are all about eighteen or nineteen years old. That puts them less than a decade away from most of the Fantastic Four, save for Kate Mara. If the FF cast was older, it's likely we wouldn't see a cross-over because we wouldn't want to see a bunch of 35-year olds whale on a bunch of barely-legal adults. Since their age group is so similar, we could very well see them brawl it out in a crossover movie.
Fox Has Long-Term Plans for the Fantastic Four
The new Fantastic Four hasn't even hit theaters yet, yet on June 9th, 2017, Fox has plans to release a sequel. After how hard the first FF films hit with fans, it's odd to see how eager studios are to shoot out this reboot franchise. With all of the early-screening reviews I've seen, the new film looks to be pretty promising. That could be why they already have sequels planned this early on.
If the studios have one sequel, planned, why not more? We could see the Fantastic Four go on for many years. The X-Men has been surviving for fifteen years, and if the Fantastic Four lasts long enough, we can be sure to see the storylines of both franchises merging at some point.
Fox Wants to Keep Their Characters
It's the simple but sad truth that Fox and Marvel aren't on the best of terms. Marvel may have made a deal with Sony to partially get Spider-Man back, but Fox isn't budging on their characters. In fact, Fox isn't even letting Marvel use the word mutant.
Fox has a gold mine of characters at their disposal, but they can only use them for so long. With Hugh Jackman hanging up his claws as Wolverine, Fox is starting to lose some of their biggest characters. In order to make the best use of what they have left, it only makes sense to have their different franchises work together (or maybe against each other) at some point). Perhaps they could rig up a Fox Cinematic Universe. What do you guys think?