Rocketman producer Matthew Vaughn is making the press rounds to promote the Elton John biopic and he’s now commenting on what Marvel Studios should do with the Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises as they’re now heading home from 20th Century Fox. He is certainly is a person to comment on what Marvel should do with the properties since he is the co-writer/director of X-Men: First Class and produced the last Fantastic Four movie.
Vaughn tells CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast that Marvel Studios should give X-Men some “breathing room”, something that has been recently suggested by Kevin Feige himself as the X-Men hasn’t factored into their five-year plan. Instead, he would like to see Marvel focus on getting a new Fantastic Four movie into development first.
VAUGHN: “As the man that produced the last terrible Fantastic Four – and I will say that because I said it from day one, but no one listened to me — I think Fan Four is, for me, it’s the live action version of The Incredibles. It’s probably the most, I think, commercially viable Marvel Comic. Kevin Feige will get ahold of that and probably make a masterpiece. And the X-Men world, I imagine that might get put on ice for a little bit. I think it needs a little bit of breathing room. They made a hell of a lot since First Class, if you think about it. Fan Four would be the thing I’d like to see them do next. Disney and Fan Four and Marvel is a really potent combination.”
He reiterates that Marvel should set their Fantastic Four film in the 1960s as it could make it slightly easier on the filmmakers attempting to adapt the material.
VAUGHN: “That’s what I did with the X-Men, though. These ideas were born — sort of the Fan Four and the nuclear family and the dysfunctional family and science — it’s an easier time. I mean, superhero films in the modern world … everything in the modern world, it’s harder and harder to do. Because you know, the technology, it’s all out there. You know, Iron Man’s suit doesn’t seem that far away anymore. It’s sort of odd. The Iron Man suit when Iron Man came out [in the comics] was awesome. That was probably late sixties, early seventies. Iron Man, I don’t know when that came out. It’s easier because everything was sort of black and white, everything was more bad versus good. You knew what was what was what by then because there were boundaries and clearer horizons. So yeah, I love a period piece. I’ve just done another period movie [in the Kingsmen prequel]. It’s really good fun.”
Vaughn has a point here since Pixar figured this out themselves as their The Incredibles movies are basically a Fantastic Four knock-off taking place in the 1960s. There is an existing template within the original comics and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed has been trying to get something similar made at Fox for years (still wants to make a Fantastic Four film set in the 1960s).
REED: “I developed it for about a year and we went through some different permutations and some different writers, but yes, one of the big ideas was a set-in-the-’60s thing that at the time was structurally gonna be basically like [The Beatles’] A Hard Day’s Night, where we were not going to even deal with the origin story.”
“Fantastic Four, for those of you who aren’t avid Marvel Comics readers, they are the royal family of the Marvel Comics universe, right? The first family of Marvel. And it felt like they sort of wanted to make a B-movie out of it. So we parted ways.”
We don’t know what Feige officially wants to do with Fantastic Four, but Adam McKay (Vice) has met with them about poassibly adapting a Silver Surfer movie and Noah Hawley (Legion, Lucy In The Sky, Fargo) recently alluded that his Doctor Doom script he wrote for 20th Century Fox might carry over.
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