Fox had quite the stable of Marvel characters prior to their absorption by Disney. If that merger hadn’t happened would we have just expected yet more X-Men movies, steadily declining in quality, and yet another Fantastic Four that seemed like everyone, even the cast and crew, thought they were making a different movie?
Well, maybe, and maybe not. Some serious talent has confirmed that they wqere invokved or talking about being involved in an X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four crossover film.

Back in the dim and distant past of the last decade, 2019 to be precise, X-Men: First Class scribe Zack Stentz revealed that he had previously co-written a screenplay for 20th Century Fox with writing partner Ashley Edward Miller. The kicker here is that apparently it would have rolled out the entire Fox roster into one mega-adventure. Stentz claims it:

“…used the X-Men. It used the Fantastic Four. It used Daredevil. It used Deadpool…”

Stentz said that the was in development in 2011 and that they were looking at Paul Greengrass to direct. Greengrass is a serious director of note through The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93, and Captain Phillips. So can we infer that the tone would have been as serious as the rest of his works?

Paul Greengrass

Greengrass was asked about this project during his recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. He was publicizing his new movie with Tom Hanks, News Of The World on Netflix. Greengrass didn’t go into too much detail, but confirmed:

“They did talk to me about it. I wouldn’t say I was attached. [We] talked, and I thought about it, and in the end…”

One other comic adaption he did talk about was his aborted version of the comic book than many consider the best ever written, Alan Moore’s Watchmen. He said it wasn’t to be completely faithful as his version would have been set in the current, real world and the heroes themselves would have been delusional.

Greengrass compared his vision to what Todd Phillips’ did with Joker. He went on to admit that his version probably would not have worked.
So instead we got Zack Snyder’s adaption of Watchmen that seems to be growing in stature over time and ultimately got him the Superman gig. We must wait to see what Disney and Marvel have planned for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.