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Is Fox working on a Fantastic Four vs X-Men movie based on the 1987 comics?

Dec. 30, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Movie news can come from unlikely sources sometimes, like this report from the site The Motley Fool. Never heard of it? Same here, until today. The Motley Fool is an investment company, and according to them, Fox has plans for a Fantastic Four vs X-Men film that will be based on the 1987 comics.

Fox owns the rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men characters, who are among the most well-known comic book heroes of all time. After multiple movies in their respective franchises, Fox has now decided to combine the Fantastic Four and the X-Men for an "Avengers"-style movie that could pay off huge for shareholders. Based on a 1987 four issue comic called Fantastic Four vs. X-Men, the movie will see the characters against each other because of secrets regarding the Fantastic Four's origin.

Now, maybe the site is just speculating, but there's also a chance they know something that we don't. Mark Millar has said in the past that the two teams will share the same movie universe, and this isn't the first time a crossover movie has been rumored, so this report doesn't seem completely ridiculous. However, nothing has been officially announced by Fox, and if there is going to be a Fantastic Four vs X-Men movie, it probably won't be out until after X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and Josh Trank's THE FANTASTIC FOUR are released, which means sometime after 2016. I know this is something many fans would love to see, but until there's more solid information about FANTASTIC FOUR VS X-MEN, this is just a rumor for now.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will be in theaters on May 23rd, 2014, and THE FANTASTIC FOUR is scheduled to be released on June 19th, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think: any truth to this report or is it just bullshit?
Source: The Motley Fool

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9:54PM on 01/01/2014

holy mother of god...

THIS IS WHAT I WAS HOPING / WAITING / WISHING FOR!!!!!!! YAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D i am SO fucking excited, and can't wait to see how they plan on doing it, now that they've been reworking the X-Men film franchise's continuity, and also trank rebooting the Fantastic Four series, if done right, and with as much unique and innovative and epic writing, mapping out, and inter-connectivity of the Marvel cinematic universe and how they prepped it to all lead to the Avengers... if done right, this
THIS IS WHAT I WAS HOPING / WAITING / WISHING FOR!!!!!!! YAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D i am SO fucking excited, and can't wait to see how they plan on doing it, now that they've been reworking the X-Men film franchise's continuity, and also trank rebooting the Fantastic Four series, if done right, and with as much unique and innovative and epic writing, mapping out, and inter-connectivity of the Marvel cinematic universe and how they prepped it to all lead to the Avengers... if done right, this film could be fucking AWESOME!!!!!!! i can't wait.......


p.s. - just in case there are those unfamiliar with the 1987 miniseries, Fantastic Four Vs. X-Men, here is the plot description taken from the wiki entry (that can be found here: [link] ):

"Franklin Richards has a nightmare, wherein his father, Reed Richards, murders both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Reed then takes a book, disregarding the protests of his son, who says that the book is the cause of everything bad that happened. Reed opens the book and it transforms him into Doctor Doom. Waking in terror, Franklin finds his parents and tells his mother about the dream. As Susan unpacks boxes,[1] she finds Reed's college journal -- which Franklin recognizes as the book from his dream. Ignoring Franklin's warning, she shows the journal to Reed.

At Muir Island, the X-Men and geneticist Moira MacTaggert are in dismay. Kitty Pryde's phasing abilities have gone awry, making the atoms of her body drift farther apart.[2] Magneto[3] suggests seeking assistance from Reed Richards. Traveling to Four Freedoms Plaza in New York City, Magneto persuades the Fantastic Four to help.

Arriving on Muir Island, Reed seems troubled. After examining Kitty, Reed states that his molecular reintegrator device cannot help her in her advanced condition. Magneto, having read up on the device's capabilities, contends that Reed is lying, prompting Wolverine and Rogue to attack the Fantastic Four in order to force them to help. X-Men leader Storm diffuses the situation and renews her plea, but Reed still refuses. The teams are interrupted by a holographic communication from Doctor Doom. Doom offers to duplicate Reed's research, reconstruct the molecular reintegrator and save Kitty. Reed protests that they should not indebt themselves to Doom, but Storm counters that Reed has left them no choice.

Later, Susan reveals the contents of Reed's journal to the rest of the Fantastic Four. A key passage of the journal states that Reed planned to counter the potential supervillain threat by flying Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm, Susan and himself into the cosmic rays which would turn them into the Fantastic Four.[4] Although Reed denies writing the inflammatory passage, Ben, Johnny and the She-Hulk leave Four Freedoms Plaza.

In Latveria, Kitty prepares to commit suicide in order to prevent the X-Men from indebting themselves to Doom for her sake. Franklin, present on the scene via one of his "dream-selves", successfully pleads for Kitty not to do so. While Reed wonders if he might have subconsciously planned for the cosmic radiation to bombard the rocket years earlier, Sue eventually realizes that Reed could not have written the passage from the journal, citing how he responds to Franklin as a parent where the clinical man in the journal would never have done such a thing. Feeling compelled to overcome his self-doubt and help Kitty, decides to travel to Latveria (with Franklin in tow). The other members of the Fantastic Four, having come to terms with the changes their powers made to their lives, return to FF headquarters and volunteer to accompany him. Misunderstanding their intentions, the X-Men attack the Fantastic Four upon their arrival. The two teams relent when Franklin arrives and reminds them that saving Kitty is what is important.

Doctor Doom begins the treatment to save Kitty, with Reed overseeing. When Reed claims that he has made a crucial mistake in the reintegration process, Doom refuses to listen, but Franklin speaks up and shames him into letting Reed help. Seeing Doom's reaction to Reed's struggles with the process, Susan realized that he forged the journal and planted it among Reed's things years ago. Reed successfully navigates the problems with the reintegration, saving Kitty's life and causing her molecular structure to begin its slow return to normal. While the Fantastic Four and the X-Men make amends, Susan confronts Doom, but he will not admit to having written the journal entry. After issuing a veiled threat to Doom, Susan allows the celebration of Kitty's recovery to resume."
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8:23PM on 12/30/2013
Well to the obvious non-readers the 2 teams do share a link which has led them to meet up several times.

That said, this still reeks of desperate casg-grab & I have no faith in Fox pulling it off successfully.
Well to the obvious non-readers the 2 teams do share a link which has led them to meet up several times.

That said, this still reeks of desperate casg-grab & I have no faith in Fox pulling it off successfully.
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1:41PM on 12/30/2013
Hey fox how about you give us a decent fantastic 4 film then we'll talk
Hey fox how about you give us a decent fantastic 4 film then we'll talk
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1:01PM on 12/30/2013

HELP????

Never read this, and never was a big fan of FF, but how could the FF possibly keep up on a right with the X-Men? Can someone explain? And can someone tell me the plot of that series from the 80s (if there was one and it wasn't just to sell issues). I don't mind them sharing a universe and some little things said, but I don't think X and FF should share a movie. There's way cooler stuff from the X comics they can focus on, and seems like they are trying. Plus, X just seems so much darker
Never read this, and never was a big fan of FF, but how could the FF possibly keep up on a right with the X-Men? Can someone explain? And can someone tell me the plot of that series from the 80s (if there was one and it wasn't just to sell issues). I don't mind them sharing a universe and some little things said, but I don't think X and FF should share a movie. There's way cooler stuff from the X comics they can focus on, and seems like they are trying. Plus, X just seems so much darker in tone, and getting more that way. Did FF have a dark tone in a lot of their comics? I guess maybe a team up galactus movie, but that would seem like a complete avenger ripoff.
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1:28PM on 12/30/2013
Movies studios want to emulate Marvels The Avengers when they realize the money they can make. WB has Justice League, Sony has the Sinister Six, and now Fox wants to do one of there own with FF vs Xmen . This is all and will always be only about MONEY.
Movies studios want to emulate Marvels The Avengers when they realize the money they can make. WB has Justice League, Sony has the Sinister Six, and now Fox wants to do one of there own with FF vs Xmen . This is all and will always be only about MONEY.
4:47PM on 12/30/2013
It's a double story where X-Men turn to Dr Doom for help after the FF refused (Kitty Pride couldn't control her phasing powers after a fight gone wrong) on one side, and a plot from Doom to destroy the FF from within, with a fake personal journal from Reed, supposedly made during his college years, in which he wrote a plot to turn him and his friends in super-heroes on purpose...
As far as I remember, anyway.
It's a double story where X-Men turn to Dr Doom for help after the FF refused (Kitty Pride couldn't control her phasing powers after a fight gone wrong) on one side, and a plot from Doom to destroy the FF from within, with a fake personal journal from Reed, supposedly made during his college years, in which he wrote a plot to turn him and his friends in super-heroes on purpose...
As far as I remember, anyway.
10:08PM on 01/01/2014
here's what you're looking for to explain the plot of the 1987 series:

[link]
here's what you're looking for to explain the plot of the 1987 series:

[link]
11:47AM on 12/30/2013
Sony and Fox are desperately trying to make sure that their Marvel Franchises stay with them so far as to announce future films that arent even in any form of planning stage, Sony has already announced sequals for The Amazing Spiderman 3,4 and 5 and Fox has announce Xmen Apocalypse a Fantastic 4 reboot and now perhaps a F4 vs Xmen. This is all nothing but hot air at the moment, Marvel/Disney are closely monitoring any Mavel licenses that they dont have the movie rights to. They just got back
Sony and Fox are desperately trying to make sure that their Marvel Franchises stay with them so far as to announce future films that arent even in any form of planning stage, Sony has already announced sequals for The Amazing Spiderman 3,4 and 5 and Fox has announce Xmen Apocalypse a Fantastic 4 reboot and now perhaps a F4 vs Xmen. This is all nothing but hot air at the moment, Marvel/Disney are closely monitoring any Mavel licenses that they dont have the movie rights to. They just got back Blade, Ghost Rider and Daredevil, but what they covet most is Spiderman and Xmen and Sony and Fox won't ever give them up, that's why they need to keep making those movies weather it be a sequel or a reboot in order to keep the licenses, Sony and Fox need to make a marvel movie every 3-4 years in order to keep the license, BUT if they announce that a Marvel movie in the works then they can get that time extended longer to make the movie.
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6:34PM on 12/30/2013
Daredevil came out in 2003 and Fox lost the rights this year so it's more like ten years.
Daredevil came out in 2003 and Fox lost the rights this year so it's more like ten years.
9:08PM on 12/30/2013
@martinphipps Fox had planned to reboot Daredevil but they couldnt get it done in time,
@martinphipps Fox had planned to reboot Daredevil but they couldnt get it done in time,
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11:38AM on 12/30/2013
I hate you, Fox. So very, very much.
I hate you, Fox. So very, very much.
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11:35AM on 12/30/2013

Lame

What a lame idea. Make it the avengers vs xmen.
What a lame idea. Make it the avengers vs xmen.
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11:35AM on 12/30/2013

Go home Fox...

You're drunk and reek of desperation.

You're drunk and reek of desperation.

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11:28AM on 12/30/2013
I agree with arseface. It would be cool to see, but I feel like the two groups don't have anything to do with each other.

Now seeing Avengers and the X-Men crossover in one film would be the ultimate dream.
I agree with arseface. It would be cool to see, but I feel like the two groups don't have anything to do with each other.

Now seeing Avengers and the X-Men crossover in one film would be the ultimate dream.
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9:02PM on 12/30/2013
Franklin Richards, anyone?
Franklin Richards, anyone?
10:48PM on 12/30/2013
There's that. But not enough to get me excited about a film with both groups.
There's that. But not enough to get me excited about a film with both groups.
11:20AM on 12/30/2013
Im sure theyre developing something, if it ever happens is something else.
Im sure theyre developing something, if it ever happens is something else.
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11:05AM on 12/30/2013
If you count Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four as the most important franchises, I think the combination X-Men and Fantastic Four is by far the least interesting. They really have little to nothing to do with each other.
If you count Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four as the most important franchises, I think the combination X-Men and Fantastic Four is by far the least interesting. They really have little to nothing to do with each other.
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10:57AM on 12/30/2013
If they're trying to scramble a "universe" of their own, this seems logical. The pipe dream still is Civil War, though.
If they're trying to scramble a "universe" of their own, this seems logical. The pipe dream still is Civil War, though.
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4:58PM on 12/30/2013
Or for some us the pipe dream is Secret Wars.
Or for some us the pipe dream is Secret Wars.
9:54PM on 12/30/2013
Or even Kingdom Come (although that's DC).
Or even Kingdom Come (although that's DC).
10:50AM on 12/30/2013
I can easily seeing this news being true. It makes sense for Fox to do this. Now maybe they wait until the reboot of Fantastic Four is released, but yeah I can easily see this happening. I'd also like to see if maybe Fox and Sony could work together, and maybe add Spider Man somewhere down the line. That would really tick off Disney.
I can easily seeing this news being true. It makes sense for Fox to do this. Now maybe they wait until the reboot of Fantastic Four is released, but yeah I can easily see this happening. I'd also like to see if maybe Fox and Sony could work together, and maybe add Spider Man somewhere down the line. That would really tick off Disney.
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10:29AM on 12/30/2013
There might be some truth in it. Marvel sure has their Avengers. Warner Bros. is revving up Batman/Superman. Fox needs their own "Avengers" or superheroes mash-up and Fantastic Four vs. X-Men might be the answer.
There might be some truth in it. Marvel sure has their Avengers. Warner Bros. is revving up Batman/Superman. Fox needs their own "Avengers" or superheroes mash-up and Fantastic Four vs. X-Men might be the answer.
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10:55AM on 12/30/2013
from a marketing point of view, it makes perfect sense for Fox to try to bring something as big as that.

I only hope they develop the X-Men a bit more on X-Men: Apocalypse and they do a good work with the 4f first too.

Once they do that, everything else will be fine by me
from a marketing point of view, it makes perfect sense for Fox to try to bring something as big as that.

I only hope they develop the X-Men a bit more on X-Men: Apocalypse and they do a good work with the 4f first too.

Once they do that, everything else will be fine by me
9:56PM on 12/30/2013
I think X-Men: Days of Future Past is a good stepping stone for them to go.
I think X-Men: Days of Future Past is a good stepping stone for them to go.