Ever since Marvel showed everyone that Superhero movies weren't to be screwed around with, other studios are getting serious about growing and connecting their own little universes. DC has always been looked at by fans to get it in gear, but now the two companies that own the cinema rights to Marvel properties are jumping in the mix as well. We already told you about Sony's plan to expand the Spider-Man universe, now Fox, owners of X-Men and Fantastic Four plan to get serious as well.
Bryan Singer has been hard at work on X-Men: Days of Future Past, trying to right the X-Men franchise after the horrible X-Men 3 and first Wolverine movies, and Kinberg has been right in the mix with him. Yesterday Singer announced the next X-Men Movie, with Apocalypse as the villain, showing they are pushing forward before Days of Future Past even hits the theaters. Kinberg has been tapped to write the Fantastic Four reboot and has bigger plans for Fox's version of the Marvel Universe.
He hopes to grow the franchise into one interlocking universe where movies connect to each other in some small way, the way Marvel has done. What this means for Mark Millar, the man who was supposed to have this role, is unknown. Perhaps he has moved on to other projects of his own, or will work with Kinberg as he was supposed to come on board after Fantastic Four.
I have a lot of ideas on how to built those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel. I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.
He doesn't plan to focus solely on franchises in his time with Fox however, with a desire to bring solo projects to the big screen as well. Rust, an adaptation of an amazing Archaia graphic novel, could get the green light next year. There are also sci-fi movies and more in the pipes that Kinberg is looking at as well.
There is a special kind of satisfaction on working on a story that no one has ever heard before.
I'm curious to see, not only a good Fantastic Four movie, but how they expand the two IP's beyond X-Men, Wolverine and Fantastic Four. They haven't allowed many other mutants to shine in the various X-Men movies, most fans jokingly refer to them all as Wolverine movies and Fantastic Four still has to get off the ground. With Marvel pushing into deep space, that does open up the possibility of Fox doing the same with cosmic character they own, like the Silver Surfer and other properties connected to the franchises, like the Shi'ar from X-Men. Rob Liefeld continues teasing fans with tweets about an upcoming X-Force movie, though it seems to be developing on its own at Fox so far, at least it will offer a new mutant star with Cable. They definitely have plenty to work with, but still have a lot of groundwork ahead of them to bring it all together and begin expanding.