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Monday, 23 January 2017 04:30

Could Fox's 'X-Men' Movies Rescue Its Failing 'Fantastic Four' Franchise?

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When it comes to Fox's Marvel licenses, there are two inescapable facts: First, that people really seem to like those X-Men-related movies, with even satellite projects like Deadpool and Logan eliciting excitement from beyond the core fan base.

Second, it's apparently impossible to make a good Fantastic Four movie — or, at least, Fox hasn't worked out how to do it, leaving that property essentially dead in terms of a big-screen franchise.

That second one feels particularly sad, when you consider the strength of the characters contained inside the Fantastic Four property. Not the eponymous quartet itself — indeed, it could be argued that, Ben Grimm aside, the Fantastic Four are the least interesting characters in the entire FF mythology — but everyone that surrounds it: Galactus and the Silver Surfer. Doctor Doom. The Skrulls and the Kree. The Impossible Man, the Puppet Master, the Mole Man and so on — there is an army of potential trapped inside a franchise that seems destined to go nowhere.

So why not rescue those characters by placing them in X-Men movies?

There may, of course, be practical reasons why this cannot be the case — perhaps restrictions on the usage of particular characters under specific licenses, or a clause simply demanding that the FF and X-Men characters are never to be mixed — but, if not, it seems like a solution to a number of problems for Fox, beyond simply answering the question "Is there a way we rescue Annihilus and the Negative Zone from cinematic purgatory?"

Read more at HollywoodReporter
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