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Could Fox Bring X-Men, Fantastic Four to TV?


Fox’s plans for its X-Men and Fantastic Four may be too big even for the big screen.

Writer/producer Simon Kinberg, who was signed to a three-year deal in December to help develop those franchises, told Collider at WonderCon that the studio has “a real interest and appetite for how to explore and expand that world into other movies, into spinoffs, into different time periods, the whole gamut.”

That’s no surprise; why else would Fox hire Kinberg? But more interesting is that the studio isn’t ruling out borrowing a page from Marvel, whose cinematic expansion reaches into television with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Netflix series starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

“We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at S.H.I.E.L.D. to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV,” he said. “Because that’s it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week it’s the same characters, different story. I think what [Fox is] seeing now is with the proliferation of new kinds of visual and special effects, there’s a way to make these stories that doesn’t cost $300 million every time you have to make a huge movie.”


  • CudaBiro

    While I could be wrong, I was under the impression that Fox’s licensing rights only extended as far as the movies. That’s why Marvel was still able to produce the X-Men/Wolverine animes and the WATXM cartoon.

  • Jackraow21

    X-Force on FX could be $$$. Get the guys who did Sons of Anarcy or the SHIELD, add superpowered mutants…boom. Instant hit.

  • Bl00dwerK

    I’d be all for it if FOX wouldn’t fuck it up…

  • dekko

    “Xavier Institute” seems like a natural. (Sounds better and probably more name recognition than “New Mutants” (since there’s a big “X” there…))

  • Oliver Queen

    I was thinking the same thing. They either don’t know they don’t have the rights to TV or they might and we may have mixed them up with Sony who i know 100% doesn’t have the TV rights to Spidey. As for Marvel making the other X-shows, it may only apply to animation for Fox and animation and live-action for Sony. That being said i would love a mutants TV series.

  • Oliver Queen

    *animation for X-men/FF and animation and live-action for Spidey. Hehe twisted the studios up with the actual characters there LOL.

  • Hypestyles

    A lot of people are forgetting the “Mutant X” series that aired in syndication that Fox ended up suing about. LOL– now 12 years later, they finally want to develop their own mutant-team based shows. They need to get to it, right now. There’s no excuse for there not to be a New Mutants series.

  • thesnappysneezer

    that Mutant X series was made because Marvel couldn’t make an X-Men series at the time. They ripped themselves off. Fox sued Marvel over Mutant X saying they couldn’t do that but Marvel won saying it wasn’t the same thing.

  • kagbalete

    Heard there is a lot of wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes…. Fox wants to use some characters which Marvel has an exclusive right and the same goes for Marvel with regards to some characters that FOX has a lock on…. the Silver Surfer for instance….

  • akkadiannumen

    I don’t know if Fox really has the rights for TV but if they do they should have done something before now considering how successful X-Men was from the beginning, how successful it remains and how long they’ve had the property in their hands. Serial comics are well-suited for TV and X-Men in particular is perfect with its school environment and tons of material including drama, romance, mystery and action. They can even explore different audiences. The New Mutants concept can easily be aimed at teens (and younger). I’d love to see Wolverine in a series exploring his life starting in the 19th century or before that. Imagine Wolverine during D-Day or the Viet Nam war. X-Factor as the government team or as the PI agency. X-Force as the black ops kill squad or some of the previous versions like troubled kids on the road saving people and meeting other mutants or paramilitary squad in training for a future war.

  • landshark

    Fox will butcher any good concept they get. Witness what they did to the Tick. I’m still surprised no one else has picked up on that- Warburton & crew got it, the writing was good, and so….it ran 8 episodes.

  • Jonathan Alan

    Fox has the live action rights. Marvel has the animation rights. Stage shows are a loophole in Marvel’s favor. Otherwise, if it’s live action, it’s Fox, if it’s animated, it’s Marvel.

  • Jon_Irenicus

    Is there an actual source that confirms fox has the “live action” rights to the xmen/fantastic 4 universe? I read something that suggested that while marvel retained the tv rights to the xmen universe, they could not do a live action tv show unless fox gave the OK. That sounded more like marvel still had the tv rights, but Fox had veto power over live action tv rights (effectively meaning no one could make a live action xmen series if that was correct).

    Others say Fox has the live action rights, like its a clear cut thing. Which is correct?

  • Sceptical guest

    I’ll believe it when I see it, same goes for a fantastic four / xmen cross over, or films of Alpha flight or any of the other side properties that are linked to xmen.

    (Look at guardians of the galaxy, Namor, Inhumans etc all side comics of Fantastic four owned by Marvel)