Simon Kinberg On Movie Crossovers, Possible X-MEN TV Shows, APOCALYPSE, And Xavier’s Legs
This weekend at WonderCon, 20th Century Fox had a big presentation showing off a few of their more geek-friendly films. The centerpiece of the big panel was some new footage from X-Men: Days of Future Past and a Q&A session with screenwriter Simon Kinberg (who took the place of Bryan Singer due to some current legal issues). After the panel, Kinberg talked to the press and revealed a few interesting tidbits about the X-Men universe and his other superhero writing gigs. The movie scribe talked about his desire for a gigantic crossover with other studios’ heroes, the possibility of the X-Men taking over the small screen, how close X-Men: Apocalypse will follow the comics, and why the heck Professor Xavier is up and walking.
There have been several rumors the past few months about a potential X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover. The X-Men are rolling out new movies and the Fantastic Four is about to be rebooted, so many thought the time was right for the two groups to meet one another. While that doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon, Kinberg tells ComingSoon.Net that he is actually thinking a lot bigger when it comes to a potential crossover:
Listen, I would love it. The dream to me – I almost feel like Martin Luther King or somebody. I see a world where everyone is joined together. The dream is, obviously, one day to do a Marvel movie that is with all the Marvel characters or at least a universe where they can dive in and out of one another’s films. Because that’s the way the comics were created, I think that’s the way the movies should actually be. For a series of business reasons, they aren’t. That’s not for narrative or creative reasons. The dream is that we could cross-pollenate and everyone would be building off the momentum of each other, which is what actually happens. We’re not in competition with each other. We actually can be helping the cause for all these different movies. It’s been shown that audiences have enough of a palate for them. We will have, within the span of a month and a half, “Captain America 2,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Days of Future Past.” I would hazard to say — touch wood — they’ll be three of — let’s not be too aggressive — ten of the biggest movies of the summer. They’ll probably be three of the top five or six most successful. It’d be cool if, yeah, one day we could do that. Maybe it starts with us and “Spider-Man.” Maybe it goes into sort of a TV show something at some point where the stakes are slightly lower. Then, eventually, you could build toward a shared movie.
With a Days of Future Past stinger being shown at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it seems the studios are open to working with one another. While that situation came about because Fox was calling in a debt over Sony taking director Marc Webb away from a movie he was supposed to direct, it could be a sign of more cooperation to come.
Speaking about a potential crossover coming by way of a TV show to lessen the stakes, Kinberg sounds like he’s very open to the idea of the X-Men furthering their adventures on the small screen. When asked if a TV show is something Fox might consider doing to expand the X-Universe, Kinberg says, “It could. There’s so many X-Men stories to tell and you can’t tell them all in movies. They’re serialized and, if you think about it, comic books are better suited to television than film in some ways simply because it’s a serialized medium following a character every issue, every week. The stories change. I think it would be cool. I think it would be neat. It makes sense, given that Fox has a network as well. A couple networks. Maybe.“
The writer spoke to IGN as well about Days of Future Past and the recently announced X-Men: Apocalypse. When asked about Xavier being out of the wheelchair in the film, Kinberg says that there is an explanation about how that happened, but it’s more about the journey of Xavier losing hope and then ultimately going on the journey to become the Patrick Stewart version of the character. The scribe also sounded interested in a Mystique solo-movie, but he says there hasn’t been any talk about it.
Finally, Kinberg was quizzed about Apocalypse. He seems to confirm that we will see younger versions of characters from the other movies (like those rumors about Gambit and Nightcrawler). Kinberg says that you want to stick close to the “essence” of the Age of Apocalypse books, much of which will be incorporated into the movie he says, though he admits they’re still breaking the story so he can’t commit one way or another when it comes to a bad guy like Mr. Sinister. You can watch what he has to say below. What do you think?
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