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As Fox quietly announced yesterday that there will be a 2016 follow-up to next summer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "X-Men: Apocalypse," it has also been revealed that "Days of Future Past" writer and producer Simon Kinberg (pictured above) has signed a three-year deal with Fox, in part to allow him to create a shared universe for the studio's "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" films.

Talking with The Hollywood Reporter, Kinberg said of the new deal, "I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel. I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies."

The idea of building multiple narratives around a single continuous through-line does seem to be a daunting task for a storyteller, but it could mean billions of dollars for the studio, so it's understandable that they'd at least want to try. The Marvel movies have been perfect examples of how comic book-style continuity can work cinematically on both a creative and commercial level.

Kinberg is working on the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, as both a writer and producer, and is also heavily involved in Disney's relaunch of the "Star Wars" brand -- potentially on board to write one of the "Star Wars" installments or proposed spin-off movies.

And while Kinberg's comments do seem to indicate a joining of the "X-Men" universes, "Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman seems unsure about donning the adamantium claws again, even with yet another installment in development.

Talking to Vanity Fair about the upcoming "Wolverine" sequel, with original director James Mangold set to return, Jackman said: "I don't know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of 'The Wolverine' and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That's exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn't reach those, I won't be doing it."

So just because Fox is eyeing the development of a "shared" Marvel universe doesn't mean its biggest star will be a part of it.

[via THR, Vanity Fair]
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