Bryan Singer On Building The X-MEN "Universe" & Competing With Marvel

Bryan Singer On Building The X-MEN "Universe" & Competing With Marvel

While speaking with SFX magazine, the director again discusses building a shared movie universe with Fox's Marvel Comics characters. He also says that he can "never compete" with Marvel, and that their movies are "not so serious". Read on for more..

In an interview with SFX, Bryan Singer talks about the road towards a shared movie universe using Fox's stable of Marvel characters (X-Men, Fantastic Four etc). He suggests that he is looking at Marvel Studio's Avengers movie as a template, and also seems very excited to see future projects from them and Warner Bros. -- specifically their Justice League movie.

"I’ve basically rebooted the universe twice already, in that I booted it up once with X-Men and then rebooted it with First Class. I’m very keenly interested in exploring the X-Men universe in the same way that Marvel have done with the Avengers. It’s an enormous universe and not just in the issues that it confronts. A lot of Marvel’s famous characters have already been used but there’s still a few left. DC have got some as well; the Justice League film is going to be a monster!"

So will they be in direct competition with Marvel? Singer reckons they won't be, but then goes on to suggest that both sets of films bring different things to the table anyway, and -- while praising their characters -- says that Marvel perhaps don't take things as seriously with their movies. "You can never compete with that," admits Singer. "Tonally it’s a very different experience as the X-Men movies operate on very specific themes and it’s a much more serious kind of universe, as the Marvel movies universe is not so serious. It’s got its own emotional points and the characters are obviously amazing."

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Jollem - 6/15/2013, 3:13 AM
competing with marvel studios?

Starkasm - 6/15/2013, 3:19 AM
Rebooted twice? Huh?
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 3:20 AM
"the Justice League film is going to be a monster!"

damn right

Starkasm - 6/15/2013, 3:30 AM

I guess time and box office will tell.
From what ive read it seems that the action will be what makes the money not so much the story.
Starkasm - 6/15/2013, 3:31 AM
I'll make my own judgement when it hits Aus on the 26th
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 3:36 AM
@Starkasm - the action. the acting. the characters. the costumes. the lighting. the story. the camera work. the feels. the scope and scale

powerful. beautiful
gambgel - 6/15/2013, 3:39 AM
agree with Singer, he didnt say anything we didnt know.

and yeah, Justice League is gonna be Mindblowing
TheGambitFreak - 6/15/2013, 3:39 AM
Haha, they know to not even dare ask him about MoS cause it just shoved a big, plump, luscious pineapple up his ass!

kadetra - 6/15/2013, 3:40 AM
The highest grossing x-men movie made slightly more money than thor.
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 3:42 AM
pluto nash made 7 million...
Assassing - 6/15/2013, 3:47 AM
All I have to say Bryan is "Superman Returns"....'nuff said.
rebellion - 6/15/2013, 3:49 AM
well SUPERMAN RETURNS has 75% on rotten, and you guys seem to care so much about it. i guess it's a good movie then?
CaptShipwreck - 6/15/2013, 3:51 AM
At least singer understood superman more than goyer
Ramiel - 6/15/2013, 3:59 AM
JL will be amazing alright, but some of will be dead by that time happens. And I'm pretty sure Thor: TDW and Cap: TWS will be serious movies. At least, that's how they look like to be.
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:04 AM
TheGambitFreak - 6/15/2013, 4:06 AM
@weneedrevelation: Sorry, what plot holes? Also, why can't DC make a shared universe? It's pretty apparent that with mentions of SPOILER, highlight to read: STAR Labs (Cyborg) and Wayne Enterprises (Batman), not to mention the recent news of possible Wonder Woman and Aquaman films, PLUS the fact Goyer is working on Justice League currently as Snyder is being harangued by WB to fast track a sequel to MoS, how is there no chance of having a DC universe? Seems to the 4 viewings of MoS I have caught, they've left the universe pretty damn open...

Oh, one more thing, if, for some vacuous, ignorant reason you truly believe this film is "Confusing" as you say so, please for the love of Zod, do not ever go anywhere near Pulp Fiction because that movie will absolutely [frick] your shit up to no repair. Like, you'll have to keep that orifice sealed up with rubberbands and corks.
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:06 AM
i'm just glad they didn't go with their first choice for superman...

INSTANTJUSTICE - 6/15/2013, 4:07 AM

X-Men is supposed to be serious?

PeterDarker - 6/15/2013, 4:09 AM
This guy is a complete joke. You rebooted it twice and still couldn't get it right. And @rebellion, I don't give a shit about rotten tomatoes, suck is suck is suck, and Superman Returns suuuuuuuucked.
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:12 AM
EarOne - 6/15/2013, 4:15 AM
marvel movies are not 'serious' ?? you must mean DULL, your Superman 'friggin' Returns. well, yeah, sure..they can't be THAT. thank God.
gambgel - 6/15/2013, 4:16 AM
cool banner.... crowded but still cool :D

that easily shows how big and diverse the Xmen universe is and thats why I cant wait to learn the future movies of the franchise
CorronZenith30 - 6/15/2013, 4:18 AM
Not so serious? Dont agree with that statment when it comes to all MS movies except IM3
kadetra - 6/15/2013, 4:20 AM
the next Batman reboot would probably not get a single good review from the critics,they would complain batman is too strong, too intelligent or that the movie is not grounded.
RorMachine - 6/15/2013, 4:21 AM
Sorry but he's not wrong is he? For better of worse the X-flicks ARE more serious than Marvel's output..they at least try to tell loftier stories. Whether the succeed or not is another matter..
RorMachine - 6/15/2013, 4:25 AM
Despite the talent involved in their FF reboot so far, I don't have high hopes..largely due to the fact that I [frick]ing hate the FF.
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:26 AM
i may be wrong, but i don't believe anyone involved in the movie said they were going to make a 100% faithful adaption of the dofp story from the comics(or the 90's cartoon, if that's what you're going by)
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:29 AM
i've given iron man 2 crap for bastardizing the Demon in a Bottle story, but i really don't care that much. same thing. johnny favs never said it was supposed to be exactly like the comics
kadetra - 6/15/2013, 4:29 AM
@RorMachine - So you think that x-men wolverine movie has a strong plot?
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:31 AM
no. singer is not right, for he is the enemy
silverdog - 6/15/2013, 4:31 AM
LOL at singer trying to win points with the DC crowd.. getting ready to jump ship again after DOFP ends being another "last stand"?
RorMachine - 6/15/2013, 4:34 AM
He's not my enemy. He's directed one of the best CBMs of all time imo...Superman Returns!;)..nah, X2.
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:36 AM
A vs. X ain't got nuthin' on marvel studios fans vs. singer
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:38 AM
x 1 and 2 are pretty high on my list
AstonishingArachnid - 6/15/2013, 4:39 AM
People saying IM3 wasn't serious. In what superhero movie have you seen a main character shot at point blank range with no warning at all. Just it appearing out of nowhere. Even Bane killed the scientist of screen and he wasn't a prominent character like Maya.. Plus I'm pretty sure terrorism is serious.
Jollem - 6/15/2013, 4:41 AM
Happy11 - 6/15/2013, 4:43 AM
I think fox will come to regret giving daredevil back to marvel. If they are going to do a crossover with the X-Men and FF, daredevil would've been a great addition to this as the hero who hasn't got superpowers. Much like what Batman is to the justice league, that ppl can relate to.
RorMachine - 6/15/2013, 4:44 AM
Ha, yes indeed..Trevorism. But yeah the terrorism themes in IM3 were handled really well. I was digging it until it switched into a comedy and ruined the menace.
RorMachine - 6/15/2013, 4:53 AM
See I'm kinda the opposite. I wouldn't have minded so much that they didn't stick to the source if it'd worked, but I don't think it did..took me out of the movie. I mean it was funny, but I wasn't there for chuckles.
JoeMomma29 - 6/15/2013, 4:59 AM
Looks like Marvel will not be getting the rights back to X Men anytime soon. Also good luck Singer on trying to take on Marvel Studios/Disney!
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