Fantastic 4 Movie is Still in the Cards

The Dark Phoenix Saga

While I think fans have the right to be nervous about someone possibly making their directorial debut with an X-Men movie, I'd point out that Deadpool marked the directorial debut of Tim Miller, and that turned out OK.

However, Comicbook.com recently spoke to writer/producer (and possibly director) Simon Kinberg, who has a hand in all of Fox's Marvel titles and who provided an update on those two outlier franchises, Gambit and Fantastic Four.

His more direct involvement may also prove to be key for actors looking for a through line from X-Men: First Class to the present.

Longtime X-Men film scribe and producer Simon Kinberg is in talks to direct the next installment of 20th Century Fox's film franchise, according to Collider.

Nonetheless, while this universe may have enough pieces to endure bad core X-Men films right now, it is best not to test that theory further.

Kinberg's checkered X-Men past when he's not a producer, along with the uncertain future of the core X-Men series after Apocalypse, may not paint a promising picture for the next chapter.

But the series essentially followed the typical Hollywood pattern of a new X-Men film every few years.

"It's in active development".

While X-Men: Apocalypse certainly wasn't the film many fans were hoping for, it was ultimately a box office success and earned almost $550 million at the worldwide box office.

It's exciting to hear that the film has taken so long because Channing Tatum wants to get it right.

"We know that when we get those right, the movie succeeds so we want to make sure we get Gambit right because we want him to be the beginning of a whole new franchise".

Both Fox and Kinberg have supposedly denied the claims, but rumors of the producer stepping into the director's chair for the next mutant-powered movie are continuing to build.

The smartest thing for Fox to do with the Four would be to cut a deal with Marvel Studios to bring them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, similar to what has been done with Spider-Man.

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