X-Men Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg Hopes For A Cross-Studio Marvel Cinematic Universe
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.21.2014
He can dream...
In an interview with Superhero Hype, X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg says that he hopes one day there will be a multi-studio Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here are highlights:
On if the Days of Future Past tease at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will lead to a crossover: "Listen, I would love it. The dream to me – I almost feel like Martin Luther King or somebody. I see a world where everyone is joined together. The dream is, obviously, one day to do a Marvel movie that is with all the Marvel characters or at least a universe where they can dive in and out of one another's films. Because that's the way the comics were created, I think that's the way the movies should actually be. For a series of business reasons, they aren't. That's not for narrative or creative reasons. The dream is that we could cross-pollenate and everyone would be building off the momentum of each other, which is what actually happens. We're not in competition with each other. We actually can be helping the cause for all these different movies. It's been shown that audiences have enough of a palate for them. We will have, within the span of a month and a half, "Captain America 2," "Spider-Man 2" and "Days of Future Past." I would hazard to say — touch wood — they'll be three of — let's not be too aggressive — ten of the biggest movies of the summer. They'll probably be three of the top five or six most successful. It'd be cool if, yeah, one day we could do that. Maybe it starts with us and "Spider-Man." Maybe it goes into sort of a TV show something at some point where the stakes are slightly lower. Then, eventually, you could build toward a shared movie."
On how Fantastic Four is coming: "It's great! It's two weeks away from shooting. I was in Baton Rouge the day before yesterday. I'm going back tomorrow. The cast shows up this week. The script is in really good shape. I think it's going to be a really neat, special different movie."
On Marvel and Fox both using Quicksilver: "I think you just have to assume that people are sophisticated enough to figure it out now. When I was a kid, people wouldn't have been sophisticated enough to figure out it. It would have been confusing for people. I think that now we live in a world where there are so many comic book movies. Audiences, I think, to some extent, largely are the casual fan. They're about 80 percent of the moviegoing audiences that go to these movies. They probably don't understand that Marvel movies are different than Fox Marvel movies and are separate from Sony "Spider-Man" movies. They don't know about that kind of stuff. They've survived it even within the same franchise. I think there's two or three incarnations of Kitty Pryde within the X-Men movies. There's a few different versions of Bobby or Iceman and of Pyro. How many different Batmans have there been already? Audiences — I think especially young audiences today — are just a lot more sophisticated because they've grown up on the proliferation of these movies."