Twentieth Century Fox's superhero guru Mark Millar has confirmed that the X-Men will meet the Fantastic Four in future films.
Fox, which currently owns the rights to both Marvel comics sagas, will hope to ape the success of movies such as last year's $1.5bn The Avengers by cross-pollinating between them, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Millar, the leading comic book writer who is creative consultant on both the X-Men films and the upcoming Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four reboot, said he had been inspired by the success of Disney-owned Marvel Studios over the past five years.
"Without question, I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other's movies," Millar told SFX magazine. "I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch, it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that."
Fox, whose comic book movies have often failed to scale the critical or commercial heights attained by those from rivals Marvel or Warner Bros, has X-Men: Days of Future Past arriving next year, with Fantastic Four debuting in 2015. Millar admitted that the most recent incarnation of the superhero quartet, which spawned two poorly-received films between 2005 and 2007, had been "not very good", but promised improvements.
"It sounds obvious and it is," he said. "Sam Raimi gave us a great Spider-Man. Christopher Nolan gave us a great Batman. So a brilliant director is probably the most important thing for a great Fantastic Four. Tim Story [director of the earlier movies] was seen as an odd choice for Fantastic Four, but when you have a Josh Trank you know you are in safe hands."
Trank directed Chronicle, a well-received "found footage"-style superhero movie, last year. Millar, as producer, also currently has the independently-funded Kick Ass 2 in cinemas, based on his comic book series about masked vigilantes trying to become superheroes in the real world.
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