BOURNE Director Paul Greengrass Confirms X-MEN VS. FANTASTIC FOUR Movie Talks

BOURNE Director Paul Greengrass Confirms X-MEN VS. FANTASTIC FOUR Movie Talks

Back in 2019, it was revealed that Fox came close to greenlighting a crossover movie that would have featured the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and more. Now, Paul Greengrass has confirmed the report...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 02, 2021 12:01 PM EST
Filed Under: X-Men

Back in 2019, X-Men: First Class screenwriter Zack Stentz revealed that 20th Century Fox was considering a massive crossover film that would've seen the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and Deadpool all share the screen with Paul Greengrass (The Bourne movies, Captain Philips) at the helm.

The film was going to be penned by Stenz and Ashley Edward Miller, and would have borrowed from the premise of Marvel's Civil War comic by having the heroes split into two sides after Johnny Storm goes nova and decimates Manhattan while trying to apprehend Molecule Man.

The project never saw the light of day (obviously), and the success of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class is believed to be a major factor in the studio's decision not to greenlight the movie. We're not sure exactly how close it came to becoming a reality, but Greengrass has now confirmed that he was indeed in talks to direct the hugely ambitious crossover.

“They did talk to me about it,” the filmmaker admitted while speaking on the Happy. Sad. Confused podcast. “I wouldn’t say I was attached. [We] talked, and I thought about it, and in the end…”

Greengrass trails off here, possibly deciding not to go into too much detail for whatever reason.

It's a shame we never got to see this movie, but now that all of these characters are back with Marvel Studios, there's a decent chance we will get a similar sort of crossover someday.

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dracula
dracula - 1/2/2021, 12:39 PM
Really it would have been too late anyway, at 19 years of continuity, its way too late to try to start a shared universe with another property. Would have needed to reboot the x men and make a good fantastic four movie
AC1
AC1 - 1/2/2021, 5:25 PM
@dracula - agreed that it would've been too late however it sounds like this was planned for around 2012-2015. Still over a decade of solo X-Men with no allusions to any other super characters so your point still stands.
SonOfAGif
SonOfAGif - 1/2/2021, 12:41 PM
Fox was to X-Men what Sony is to Spider-Man.
PicolasCage
PicolasCage - 1/2/2021, 12:42 PM
@SonOfAGif - dead weight?
SonOfAGif
SonOfAGif - 1/2/2021, 12:42 PM
@PicolasCage - A toxic relationship
mastakilla39
mastakilla39 - 1/2/2021, 1:16 PM
@SonOfAGif - A beginning to something promising until the mouse machine oversaturates it
kazuma
kazuma - 1/2/2021, 3:19 PM
@SonOfAGif - good with some bad? Not cookie cutter? Different?
Repian
Repian - 1/2/2021, 12:46 PM
I want Paul Greengrass in the MCU. The man behind Bourne, I think he can do a great job with Wolverine.
Skrull
Skrull - 1/2/2021, 2:35 PM
@Repian - I want to see Mystique wearing clothes. And acting like the villain she really is. Is that too much to ask?
globaltravels
globaltravels - 1/2/2021, 6:53 PM
@Skrull - not when you’ve got hot property Jennifer Lawrence playing her! Can’t have all those impressionable teen girls looking up to a villain now, can we? (I imagine this was the exact conversation at the studio)
WruceBayne
WruceBayne - 1/2/2021, 1:05 PM
This title makes it seem like talks are currently going on.
LeonNova
LeonNova - 1/2/2021, 1:19 PM
Probably would've been trash given Fox's track record, glad it didn't happen.
WeaponXCII
WeaponXCII - 1/2/2021, 1:32 PM
Fox couldn't even handle the franchises separately, but together? There's no way Kinberg and the executives at Fox would have allowed this to be a good film.
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