Five Marvel Comics Arcs that Could Become the X-Men/Fantastic Four Movie
Now that director Bryan Singer has confirmed that Fox has an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover movie in the works, it's time for the wild speculation to begin! These two super teams have crossed paths a few times in the pages of Marvel Comics, and Fox also owns the rights to several major comic events that could warrant both teams joining forces. Here are five storylines from the comics that could turn into a movie:
Onslaught is one of the biggest bad guys Marvel's ever trotted out, and he's linked to both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in a big way. For one thing, he is literally a being made of pure psychic energy created from the consciousness of Professor X and Magneto, so there's your X-Men connection. Secondly, he kidnapped Reed and Sue Richards' son Franklin in order to exploit his reality-altering powers. And lastly, Onslaught is extremely powerful. It took the combined efforts of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers to defeat him in the comics (though a movie version would have to settle for just the X-Men and the FF). Now, the movie version of the Fantastic Four seems a little young to be introducing Franklin Richards anytime soon, but Onslaught would still be a worthy opponent for a crossover film.
This earlier story deals with an alien race called the Z'Nox who drive their own planet across the galaxy and use its gravity to destroy other planets. Professor X finds out about their plan and tries to stop them with a psychic attack, but fails. Then the X-Men and Fantastic Four travel to space and Reed Richards is able to send the Z'Nox planet into another dimension and save the day. From the trailers for Fantastic Four, it seems that Fox is putting all their eggs in the alternate dimensions basket, so this storyline remains a distinct possibility.
Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men
Obviously, superheroes fighting each other is pretty hot right now. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War both come out next year, so it's probably safe to say that Fox will want in on the action. They could do so easily enough by adapting Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men (a winner of a name already). Magneto himself asks Reed Richards to save a dying X-Man (Kitty Pryde in the comics), but Reed says he's incapable of helping her. This causes a skirmish between the X-Men and the Fantastic Four until Doctor Doom offers to save Kitty. The X-Men bring Kitty to Doom, but then Reed changes his mind and decides to help Kitty. The Fantastic Four show up at Doctor Doom's and the X-Men fight them, only relenting when they realize they came to help Kitty and not to stop Doom. Reed helps Doom save Kitty, everybody's happy. It would probably be difficult to fill an hour-and-a-half with this storyline, so it's a better bet that Fox will throw out the actual story and just use the idiot-proof title.
The Coming of Galactus
Although the classic story of the planet-eater Galactus coming to Earth didn't involve the X-Men, it's an extinction-level event that would justify their involvement. Plus, Fox could use a do-over after botching one of the greatest comic book stories of all time in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Cloud Galactus, #neverforget.
One of the best Marvel crossover events of the last 10 years, this also happens to be one of the biggest storylines to which Fox owns the rights. Obviously lots of characters would have to be changed, but the basic idea remains the same: the shapeshifting alien Skrulls have been infiltrating Earth for years, going so far as to pose as some of our beloved superheroes, including X-Men and Fantastic Four. No one knows who to trust, and it would make for a great, tension-filled, spy thriller-ish movie. Plus, as a bonus, the movie version could show Doctor Doom saving the day instead of Norman Osborn!