Fantastic Four & X-Men To Be In Discrete Universes

Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men Movie

There have been rumors flying back and forth about the possibility of 20th Century Fox building a shared universe out of their two Marvel Franchises, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Producer Simon Kinberg seems to have quashed that idea, saying that those two properties exist in different universe. Speaking to Screen Crush, Kinberg said that putting the two franchises together may just end up taking away from both. "Well, it's complicated," he said. "Because 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.' Like, 'What's so fantastic about you?'…No, it is, they live in discrete universes." The X-Men franchise is already budding into a shared universe itself, with rumors of solo films for several characters and a possible X-Force spinoff in the works. Meanwhile, Fantastic Four is just trying to reboot itself into viability after two past cinematic failures. As it is, both franchises have plenty of challenge on their plate without trying to orchestrate a shared universe.