Simon Kinberg Signs Deal with Fox for the X-Men and Fantastic Four Franchises

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Fox announced last week they are in the stages of following in Marvels money green footsteps with a Fantastic Four reboot and possible X-men cross over.

With the massive success of Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, and the anticipation of Warner Bros. upcoming Batman vs Superman and potential Justice League films, Fox is planning out its specific corner of the comic book film universe and it heavily involves Simon Kinberg.

Simon Kinberg, writer of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, has signed a new three year deal with the studio which will include his current work on a Fantastic Four reboot set for 2015. By pushing a Fantastic Four plan before 2014, Fox is protecting itself from a contract stipulation that states that they need to begin filming a Fantastic Four film within 7 years of the last films release, otherwise the rights revert back to Marvel.

Mark Miller (Kick-Ass creator and former creative consultant for Fox) first hinted at the possible shared cinematic universe of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four earlier this year when he said “without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s films”.

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While Days of Future Past hits theaters in a few months, the Fantastic Four reboot has yet to add any cast or plot points that could suggest a shared universe, but it’s still early. While the idea of a shared universe might be big news in the movies, crossovers have been a staple in comics for decades.

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The Fantastic Four comics have included appearances from not only the Uncanny X-Men, but She-Hulk was once a member along with her cousin The Hulk, who served with the New Fantastic Four alongside Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider. Film rights across various studios would make the inclusion of characters like the Hulk or Spidey impossible, but with the wide array of characters in the X-Universe there are plenty of options.

With the success of The Wolverine and the ever growing buzz on the upcoming Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer announced yet another addition to the X-franchise with X-Men: Apocalypse, which is sure to be one of the films included in Kinberg’s three year deal.

Fox confirmed the film will open Memorial Day Weekend, and Bryan Singer announced later that the film will focus on the First Class era of characters, meaning we won’t see the return of the original cinematic X-Men.

An all but confirmed sequel to Hugh Jackman and Jim Mangold’s stand-alone The Wolverine has gone from a firm yes to a solid maybe with Jackman stating ”I don’t know whether or not I’ll do the next movie. I am really proud of this movie (Wolverine) and am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, to see what we come up with, but I have a very high expectation of what it would be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn’t reach that, I wont be doing it”.Jackman added that there is no script for a Wolvy sequel, but he and Mangold are throwing around ideas, though any sequel would be “way off.”

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Even with the far away release dates and rumored films or crossovers, it seems that all the studios have taken note and are eager to strike while the super hero iron is hot. And from the looks of things, the films are going to be bigger and even more epic. Comic and action move fans have a lot to look forward to in the next few years.

As a wise man once said, Excelsior!

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