Using the most advanced computer technology ever invented, and a proprietary algorithm devised by a secret government think tank, The Dissolve created The Speculometron to determine the mathematical probability of the Internet’s latest movie rumors.
Rumor: Fox wants to unite its X-Men team with the Fantastic Four in a 2018 crossover film, assuming that both franchises are still going strong in the coming months and years.
Source: Latino Review reports on the possibility.
Evidence: “If Josh Trank’s reboot of Fantastic Four can manage not to suck and Fantastic Four 2 in 2018 isn’t a complete disaster in the production phase AND assuming X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t nose dive the entire franchise, the current plan is to have 2018’s Fox comic book movie be a crossover film that features the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.”
The Speculometron’s calculations: That is just...a lot of demands to get one feature film going. If X, then Y formulas are notoriously tricky in the movie world, and this one hinges on films that have not even been made yet. This whole thing stems from the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, which has been plagued with, at the very least, a lot of bad press, the kind of stuff that makes it sound DOA. Perhaps the film is great, but things are not looking so rosy just yet, which knocks this entire rumor right off its axis before it even gets spinning.
Even if Fantastic Four is not a bust, that still means that X-Men: Apocalypse needs to knock it out of the park (certainly a high possibility here) and that a second (again, still not even made yet) Fantastic Four feature is able to keep all that momentum going. Then the studio needs a story, a screenwriter (eh, probably more than just one), a director, and a cast. The Fantastic Four side of things might not be too bad—after all, the series does have a brand new cast—but what about those pesky X-Men? That series is always evolving (time travel and all), and now that we are set for a Channing Tatum-starring Gambit film and Hugh Jackman keeps yakking about leaving and then not leaving the franchise, things are only going to get more messy. Basic question to be answered: Who the eff is going to be in this movie? Geez.
There are just too many moving parts and too many what-ifs, no matter how cool it would look.
Odds: 100:1. Rumors of such a crossover have abounded for years (gee, wonder why that is?), but have never even come close to panning out. With Fox in the middle of rebooting Fantastic Four and their X-Men franchise continually moving, changing, and evolving, now is not the time to smash the two series together and hope for the best. 2018 doesn’t look so good either.