So, the much anticipated Fantastic Four film is here and while many of us were pretty excited for it, the reviews have not been pretty. With a whopping 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has definitely not lived up to expectations. There is already a sequel planned but that looks like things may change relatively quick. Remember when Bryan Singer teased the idea of a Fox Cinematic Universe? A universe that both the X-Men and Fantastic 4 share sounded amazing. It even looked as if we were going to have a X-Men/Fantastic 4 crossover film. With Fantastic 4's very underwhelming success, will that crossover still happen?
Producers claim that X-Men and Fantastic 4 are in separate universes?
X-Men Director Bryan Singer really led everybody to believe that the X-Men and Fantastic 4 films share the same universe. Well, according to producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker, that is far from the truth.
They exist in parallel universes. The Fantastic 4 live in a world without mutants. And the X-Men live in a world without the Fantastic 4.
Crossing them over would be challenging, but we sure would love to see all those actors together, the way we had them on stage at [San Diego] Comic Con.
Wait a second, so everything that we thought about X-men and Fantastic 4's futures has been wrong? Why the sudden change of heart?
Less than "Fantastic" reviews to blame?
With the film being a fantastic flop, it is likely that we will never see this Fantastic 4 team on screen again. Fox is attempting to distance themselves as much possible from this film. Even the director of the film, Josh Trank, is giving up on the film by blaming Fox for the film's downfall in a deleted tweet. (Luckily we have screenshot)
I have never heard of a director lashing out at the studio the day that a film comes out. This just goes to show that the film's main problem was internal. Unfortunately, these issues are only delaying a quality Fantastic 4 film being made. Hopefully Fox gives up and gives Marvel the rights to Fantastic 4. It would have been great to see the X-Men and Fantastic 4 get a crossover and build a separate universe, but it seems as if that will never happen. If Marvel re-acquires the rights to Fantastic 4 then maybe we will get a Fantastic 4 films more in line with the comics. Until then we are stuck with Fox's iterations.