Kinberg Talks FANTASTIC FOUR / X-MEN Movie Crossover

Fantastic Four #1 cover by Jack Kirby
Fantastic Four #1 cover by Jack Kirby
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For all the fans worried that John Trank’s forthcoming Fantastic Four film won’t be anything like the comics, producer Simon Kinberg says relax. In an interview with LatinoReview.com’s Kellvin Chavez, the long-time genre writer/producer explains that while the 2015 reboot will not be based on one specific story or arc from the comic series, it’s a distillation of the best of what the comics have done.

“I actually think that this Fantastic Four movie is sort of a celebration of all the Fantastic Four comics that have preceded it,” Kinberg said, refuted comments from actress Kate Mara in an overseas magazine interview. “We have elements from the original Fantastic Four that there’s a sort of optimism and inspirational quality to the film. In some ways a comedy that was really distinct in the original Fantastic Four. Also, the notion of this dysfunctional surrogate family that comes together and has to work together is very present in the movie that owes a great debt to the originals.”

Kinberg, who conducted this interview by phone from Fantastic Four’s primary shooting location of Baton Rouge, says that Fox will not have anything from the film at this weekend’s Comic-Con. Although the film is reportedly past the half-way point in terms of principal photography, Kinberg says they don’t want to show anything before it’s ready.

“I can definitively officially tell you that there will not be anything from Fantastic Four at this year’s Comic-Con,” Kinberg told LatinoReview. “We are still very much in the middle of shooting and we don’t want to show anything until it’s ready and it’s not ready yet. We want the first stuff that we show from the film to really blow people away, and it will but we have got to wait until it’s ready.

Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 by Pascual Ferry
Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 by Pascual Ferry
Credit: Marvel

When asked about the long-rumored possibility that the X-Men movie franchise and Fantastic Four’s would crossover given that both are owned by Fox, Kinberg says that as a fan he “would love to see” it but the challenge he sees, as a writer and producer, is that they “essentially live in different universes.”

“In the X-Men world of the movies we never hear them talk about a famous super team called the Fantastic Four and in the Fantastic Four movie they are fantastic because they are the only ones of their kind meaning there aren’t other people with super powers on the streets,” Kinberg explains. “The Fantastic Four are in this movie are the first to transform into something super powerful. So given that they exist in these different domains or dimensions there are some inherent challenges. Part of the fun of working in this realm is trying to overcome those challenges and try to figure out how you can bridge the gaps between different worlds and different dimensions.”

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