Originally Posted by Gunga Diner
How many years does Fox have to reboot Fantastic Four before the rights go back to Marvel?
X-Men and Spider-Man belong in their own universes, cinematically. But Fantastic Four belong in the same 'verse as the avengers.
How do you figure? Just because we're used to them being in their own stand-alone film franchises?
Spider-Man and the X-Men have always crossed over into other books and vice-versa. In fact, it's been beyond "cross-overs" really. Every single Marvel book is like a window into a particular character or group's story within the larger Marvel Universe.
Why should it be any different for the films?
...except for these rights issues holding it back...