Marvel Studios' sat out Comic-Con International: San Diego as far as its movies are concerned, but in many ways they're the bear in the roo for superhero movies -- especially for Marvel movies outside of the MCU. In an interview with Deadline, X-Men director Bryan Singer was asked about the divide between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the long-running X-Men franchise, and the oft-discussed chances that a deal would be worked out ala Spider-Man for a connection.
"I only believe that’s worthwhile if it makes story sense," Singer said. "If you’re doing it for the sake of doing it, and you’ve run out of stories and have to find another way to keep that box office going, then that can get messy. If done right it can be magnificent. I’m not opposed to it. It’s a wonderful idea and there’s precedent for it in the X-Men comics, just like there was precedent for time travel with X-Men: Days of Future Past. I just hope it’s done for the right reasons."
Singer goes on to talk about his plans for the X-Men movie franchise, citing the trio of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm as key characters he wants to develop to the level of Xavier and Magneto.
When asked if there was an end-point in mind for Singer with the franchise given he's now directed five movies with the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, the director doesn't see one yet.
"It will all depend on the story. If I can find a way to tell a different story in that universe than what I’ve told before, then I’m not opposed to returning," said Singer. "The X-Men universe is every bit as big as the entire Marvel universe itself. It is huge. What’s great about Apocalypse is there is such a different kind of adversary, a different kind of conflict, one that doesn’t distinguish between humans and mutants, and one that comes from ancient times. It’s so different that it’s got Raiders of the Lost Ark elements in it. It has apocalyptic elements, and things I haven’t explored yet. Last time was time travel and robots. This is new stuff. As long as there’s something new, I’m okay with going back. But I’d also like to do some different things. I’m not going to live forever."
Singer actually left the X-Men franchise in 2004 when he received an offer from Warner Bros. to direct what became Superman Returns. In 2009, Singer made in-roads to return to the 20th Century Fox franchise with plans to direct X-Men: First Class. That was scuttled due to his work on Jack the Giant Slayer, leading Matthew Vaughn to direct X-Men: First Class (though he served as producer). Singer ultimately returned in full with 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past.