Paul Greengrass has an extensive history as a movie director, including credits for three movies in the Bourne series and the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips. Although he never seemed to be seriously interested in this particular Marvel project, the fact that Fox was seriously thinking about it is meaningful when considering their circumstances.
In a recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, director Paul Greengrass spoke on plans for a Marvel crossover movie with the properties previously owned by 20th Century Fox.
Although this concept was scrapped prior to the Disney/Fox merger, Greengrass details that he thought about directing an “X-Men vs Fantastic Four” movie that was in the works at the studio:
“They [Fox] did talk to me about it. I wouldn’t say I was attached to it… I thought about it. I think in the end… I slightly felt like, maybe those movies, I wasn’t right for those kinds of movies.”
Greengrass doesn’t provide a timeline of when these talks occurred, yet past reports indicate that Fox was making the most headway on their ambitious crossover project around 2010.
The X-Men movies turned into a major franchise that lasted nearly two decades, with iconic characters like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier, and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool leading 13 movies. Fox’s Fantastic Four had far less success, releasing three movies from two separate franchises between 2005 and 2015, all of which arrived to widely mixed reactions.