Writer and Producer Simon Kinberg Says Fantastic Four and X-Men May Not Share A Universe
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.12.2014
It would make them less special...
In an interview with Screen Crush, Fantastic Four writer and producer Simon Kinberg said that the reboot may not share the same universe as X-Men, even though the same studio (20th Century Fox) owns the rights to both. Here are highlights:
On if Fantastic Four can be in the same universe as X-Men: "None of the X-Men movies have acknowledged the notion of a sort of superhero team–the Fantastic Four–and the Fantastic Four acquire powers, so for them to live in a world where mutants are prevalent is kind of complicated, because you're like, 'Oh, you're just a mutant. What's so fantastic about you?' No, they live in discrete universes."
On rebooting the property so soon: "People have a very different relationship to the Fantastic Four movies than they had to Raimi's Spider-Man movies. Raimi's first Spider-Man movie is a beloved movie that sort of redefined, tonally, sort of what comic book movies could do, so rebooting a movie that was beloved less than ten years after it had come out is challenging. We approach ‘Fantastic Four' with a different set of challenges."
On the tone of the film: "Our version, the ‘Fantastic Four' movie we're making differs than those other films. Where I think superhero movies define themselves is not in plot and character, but in tone, and the tone of our ‘Fantastic Four' movie is so different than those other films, and I actually think, more importantly, different from other superhero movies. It's like, there's a spectrum, tonally, from like Raimi's ‘Spider-Man' to Josh Trank's ‘Chronicle' movie. We're on the spectrum, but between those two movies. I don't know where the needle turns, but we are in-between those films. On the other side of ‘Chronicle' is probably like, ‘X-Men' is around there with the darkness, and then ‘The Dark Knight' is the darkest. And on the other side is ‘Spider-Man' — the original ‘Fantastic Four' movies are probably on the other side of the goofiness. So, we're somewhere in-between the joyfulness of Raimi's ‘Spider-Man' movies and the reality and drama of Josh's ‘Chronicle.'"