Fox’s Marvel Universe: What Is Mark Millar Teasing?

by Brett White

Earlier today we reported on Mark Millar’s friendly chat with Bryan Singer about “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Everything was as expected; Millar thinks the film is great, he’s excited about Fox’s overall plan for its Marvel properties and he plugged Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four,” due out in 2015. And then he dropped a bombshell by announcing that he will be dropping a bombshell in the next few weeks.

“There’s a very exciting announcement you guys will hear about over the coming months (if not before).”

We can assume it has to do with Fox’s Marvel properties given the context in which it was posted. But with that in mind, what could he be talking about? Splash Page is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, using good old-fashioned assumptions and guessery!

“Deadpool” or “Gambit”
These are two characters that fans have been wanting more of since their less-than-satisfying debut in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The latter hasn’t had much buzz, but it’s a topic that tends to come up during interviews with Taylor Kitsch. The actor says he’s willing to put the trench coat back on for a darker take on the Cajun X-Man, so maybe it’s in the cards for Fox.

A Deadpool movie has been even closer to production, going so far as to have a director attached (Tim Miller) and a script turned into Fox. Ryan Reynolds, who previously played a character called Deadpool, is still passionate about the project…at least he was a year ago. Giving either of these films a release date would be huge news for X-Men fans.

“Fantastic Four” and “X-Men” share a universe
Fans are kind of assuming that the two upcoming X-Movies, “The Wolverine” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” share continuity. Hugh Jackman is in both films and every casting announcement makes it seem like the creators involved are trying their hardest to make all the disparate X-Men films work together. The next step would be to take this cohesion further and announce that the rebooted Fantastic Four film is set in the same universe as the X-Men films.

This doesn’t mean that the X-Men will be teaming up with the FF any time soon, but it could mean that mutants will be a very real part of Josh Trank’s reboot, either in passing mention or something more. In the comics, Reed Richards often calls upon the genius of Charles Xavier; could a cameo from Patrick Stewart get the cross-over ball rolling, similar to Tony Stark’s appearance in 2008’s “Incredible Hulk“?

“Fantastic Four: The Coming Of Galactus”
It only took their subtitles to get fans excited for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Those subtitles firmly state their source material, and when that source material is respected, fans get excited.

To drum up similar hope and hype for 2015’s “Fantastic Four,” all Fox needs is that subtitle. The pinnacle of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s record-breaking run on “Fantastic Four,” the story pits Marvel’s first family against a planet-devouring cosmic entity called Galactus and his sentry, the Silver Surfer. If those names sound somewhat familiar, that’s because they were used in 2007’s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” In the film, Galactus was a weird space cloud, so it’s safe to say that fans wouldn’t mind another try at this story. A faithful, modernized adaptation of this classic story from 1966 would be perfect.

“Silver Surfer” or “Inhumans”
Fox may have decided that “Fantastic Four” needs a sister film, to mirror the one-two punch of “The Wolverine” and “Days of Future Past.” A Silver Surfer film could be on their mind, and there are plenty of great Surfer stories to pull from (Stan Lee and Moebius’ “Parable” from 1988 would be a good starting point). And if “Fantastic Four” goes in a Galactus-less direction, the Inhumans wouldn’t be a bad substitute. This race of superhumans have been mainstays of the Marvel Universe since 1965 and are comprised of enough visually interesting characters to make the Mos Eisley Cantina look like a Midwestern Starbucks. If Marvel can get the equally oddball “Guardians of the Galaxy” off the ground, Fox wouldn’t be crazy to try “Inhumans.”

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