Early this morning, financial investment website The Motley Fool seemingly broke the news that Fox was moving forward on a Marvel superhero mash-up of its own with Fantastic Four vs. X-Men, based on a popular 1987 comic book mini-series of the same name.
This was their exact wording:
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. The new movie also comes as Fox is rebooting the Fantastic 4 series with new actors and actresses."
There was no mention of where the site got its information from, but soon thereafter, it released this statement.
The fake story is interesting for two reasons. The rumors of a Fantastic 4 and X-Men crossover movie have been crawling around online for a while, ever since acclaimed comic book creator Mark Millar was brought in by Fox to act as a consultant for both franchises. Simon Kinberg was later brought in for similar reasons. Their shared goal is to create and build stories for the screen that will span over the course of multiple movies.
This does not rule out the possibility that characters from both franchises will crossover. Its possible that we could still see, or even be introduced to the new Fantastic 4 in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. But there is no full-on match-up or crossover planned for the immediate future. The most we can hope for is a cameo.
This is something Mark Millar confirmed back in August of this year. Here are his remarks about this very subject.
I keep seeing 'news' that Fantastic 4 and X-Men movies are crossing over. No, they're not. They exist in same universe but movies stand-alone.
News sites get very excited about very obvious answers, but the Chinese whispers thing is frustrating. There is NO crossover planned."
So, for now, that is the definite answer on a Fantastic Four vs. X-Men movie.
The Fantastic Four comes to theaters June 19th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey. The film is directed by Josh Trank.