Could the X-Men and the Fantastic Four team up for a future movie?

Director Bryan Singer certainly seems to think so...

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If you’ve long dreamed of seeing the world’s most iconic superheroes team up for the big screen, then your luck’s in – because you can watch the first Avengers film on Netflix. Yay!

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But if that’s not still quite enough hero crossover goodness for you, then X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer had heard your pleas – because he reckons his merry mutants could in turn team up with Josh Trank’s rebooted Fantastic Four at some point in the future.

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

And as for how exactly the two teams could join up, well, Singer has some ideas about that too. “It deals with time. That’s all I’m going to say,” he told Yahoo Movies.

If you’re a little confused about why this hasn’t happened before, or why the X-Men and Fantastic Four won’t be popping up in any Avengers movies (where various screen titans cross over all the time) then listen up – because it’s all a bit complicated. Basically, while Marvel comics are in a pretty good state now, a few years ago they were in dire financial straits and sold the movie rights to a few of their most popular characters.

These included Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, and various movie studios snapped up the characters. When Marvel later started to make its own movies with parent company Disney, it had to adapt the stories of less-known characters like Thor and Iron Man because its big names were still owned by other companies (though Daredevil’s rights reverted to Marvel, resulting in the character’s recent Netflix series).

Now, while Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, the Inhumans and the Guardians of the Galaxy are owned by Marvel Studios, Fantastic Four and X-Men are still owned by 20th century Fox – and they’re determined to forge their own movie universe, as Singer’s comments indicate. Same went for Spider-Man when he was solely in the care of Sony Pictures, though now the company has worked out a deal with Marvel so that the web-slinger can appear in future Avengers films.

In other words, while the source comics’ Marvel universe see the Fantastic Four and X-Men rub shoulders with Spidey and the Hulk et al, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe the two teams don’t exist at all – so it makes sense for them to try and work on their own crossover, as Singer is hinting.

Oh, but don’t ask us why none of them are friends with Batman. We really don’t have the page space to get started on that…

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Fantastic Four is released in UK cinemas on 6th August 2015