Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM | Labeled as , , , ,

Marvel Studios is simply a trend setter with every other studio who has super hero movie properties following their lead. In August 2012, Marvel Studios signed The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon to oversee Phase 2 of their super hero movie universe after The Avengers became the No. 3 grossing film in history.

Shortly after Marvel Studios signed Whedon, in September 2012, 20th Century Fox signed comic writer Mark Millar to do pretty much the same thing for their X-Men and Fantastic Four movie properties. Then, two weeks ago, news broke that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment signed David S. Goyer to a similar Whedon-like role. Now it sounds like Fox's deal with Millar is not what it initially appeared to be.

UPDATE: On Twitter, Millar said Kinberg "re-upped his deal" and they all have been working together to expand Fox's Marvel movie universe. So it sounds like Millar is definitely in board still.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has signed X-Men Days of Future Past and The Fantastic Four (rumored title) writer Simon Kinberg to a new 3-year first-look deal to expand their own Marvel universe. Kinberg is a very busy guy since he's been working on Fox's Marvel films and is also working with Disney and Lucasfilm on a Star Wars spin off film down the road too. However, where this deal with Fox leaves Millar is unknown but past reports have implied that Millar's role with Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four movie properties has not been what was expected since he was not really involved in developing The Wolverine or next year's X-Men Days of Future Past.

Kinberg's presence with building Fox's Marvel films into something much bigger is already evident as the studio (and X-Men helmer Bryan Singer) officially announced that X-Men: Apocalypse is coming to theaters in 2016. Kinberg's role as either writer or producer for X-Men: Apocalypse is not confirmed as of the publishing of this post but it is assumed since he has a first-look at all things Marvel-related with Fox, his approval stamp is already on X-Men: Apocalypse. And his X-Men Days of Future Past script is obviously building toward the introduction of one of the most imposing villains the X-Men have ever faced in the comic book universe.

Plus, don't forget about The Fantastic Four reboot which has director Josh Trank working pre-production on the film right now and has Kinberg writing it too. This means Marvel's first family will could likely share the same movie universe with Fox's X-Men movies sooner than later.

An eventual/hopeful crossover film starring both the X-Men and Fantastic Four could be the biggest grouping and ensemble of actors ever put together but what villain would cause two Marvel super hero teams to potentially come together in one film? With X-Men already moving toward a meeting with Apocalypse and Dr. Doom most likely the main villain of a Fantastic Four reboot, Galactus comes to mind... just sayin'.