Shared universes are all the rage nowadays in comic book films. Marvel paved the way and showed us how it’s done, Warner’s is trying to establish a shared universe with their DC Comic based films, and it looks like FOX is next in line with the Marvel franchises they control.
FOX’s overseer of the Marvel films, comic book writer Mark Millar, took questions from the readers of SFX magazine and he was asked if FOX’s Fantastic Four and X-Men franchise will share the same universe. He had this to say:
Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.
It’s at this point that we should mention that not every comic book franchise melds perfectly with every other comic book franchise. Nick Fury appearing in the solo Avenger films made sense because they were building to a bigger film. While the family-focused sci-fi action team of the FF teamed up with the costumed social allegory that is the X-Men numerous times in the comics, in films the two worlds will be much harder to intermingle.
Unless, of course, the FF reboot decides to introduce Reed and Sue Richards’ son Franklin in the mix. As any savvy comic fan can tell you. Franklin Richards was born a mutant. Unfortunately, this plot point is unlikely to happen as all the casting rumors for the reboot deal with actors who are kids themselves. None of theh names bandied about seem old enough to have a child who is exhibiting mutant powers.
We shall see.