Cinematic universes have become all the rage these days, especially in the realm of superhero movies. We’ve talked about this at great lengths before, but it bears repeating: Fox’s “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” properties have quite a bit of ground to make up to catch Marvel and to a lesser extent, Warner Bros.

 

They seem to have begun to make up their ground, with the strong potential of a shared cinematic universe between the “X-Men” franchise and the upcoming “Fantastic Four.”

 

With regards to the potential crossover, “X-Men” director Bryan Singer admitted it as a possibility:

“Those ideas are in play… that would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it.”

 

Image from the upcoming "Fantastic Four" film

The upcoming “Fantastic Four” film is much more tied to reality than the previous, cartoonish version. (screenrant.com)

Although the “Fantastic Four” and “X-Men” franchises both feature prominent celebrities, the two do seem to differ from Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. in that Fox’s properties revolve more around team efforts. While Marvel and Warner films do also revolve around the mechanics of ensemble — see: “The Avengers,” and “Batman V Superman” — few can argue that characters like Iron Man and Batman do not steal the limelight.

 

The greatest strength of the “X-Men” films, and potentially “Fantastic Four,” come from the lack of true central characters. With the upcoming departure of “X-Men’s” biggest stars — Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence — Fox should seize this opportunity to place an emphasis on themes of teamwork and collaboration.

 

Cast members from the upcoming "X-Men" film

The acceptance of comic book culture brings the essence of the fantastical nature of comics to the big screen. (denofgeek.us)

Some obstacles still exist towards properly blending these two properties. Fox showcased the new look of the “X-Men” franchise at San Diego Comic-Con this year, highlighting the new, more fantastical visual aesthetic of the franchise. By comparison, the new “Fantastic Four” film seems to be opting for a decidedly more realistic and science-based approach to its style. Also, at this point we cannot see how the comedic “Deadpool” will factor into this new universe.

 

Much remains to be seen, but as time goes on Fox’s late arrival to the world of the cinematic universe could prove as its strongest asset.

 

Do you think a crossover between “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” is a good idea? Are you excited about the upcoming films for each franchise? Comment below or tweet @connerws to tell us what you think!