In an interview with The New York Daily News (via ComicBook.com), producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker threw water on the wildfire of rumors and speculation surrounding a potential crossover between the "Fantastic Four" and the "X-Men" film franchise, stating the two superteams exist in parallel universes.
"The Fantastic Four live in a world without mutants," Kinberg and Parker stated. "And the X-Men live in a world without the Fantastic Four."
This comes despite earlier reports of a crossover between the two franchises on the way and the rampant fan freakout and speculation following the uniting of the main actors from "X-Men: Apocalypse," "Fantastic Four" and "Deadpool" alongside "Gambit" star Channing Tatum on stage at Comic-Con International in San Diego last month.
Although the producers also said, "Crossing them over would be challenging," comic books have a long history of just that. Parallel universes are common in comics, and the X-Men and FF travel across them all the time. We're even pretty sure Reed Richards gets his morning coffee every day from a parallel universe. Not to mention last year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" played with the idea of time travel and alternate timelines already and fans responded just fine to it.
So although many reports claim the comments put the kibosh on a potential franchise crossover, we say in a parallel world, it's already happened.
"Fantastic Four," directed by Josh Trank and starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, arrives in theaters Aug. 7.