Mark Millar, comic writer and consultant to 20th Century Fox has been discussing forthcoming Fantastic Four and X-Men movies and the possibility of crossovers between the two franchises. He’s stated that there’s always a chance that you’ll see characters from each series appearing in other films and cites the appearance of Nick Fury in Iron Man for an example of how a simple cameo can bring an extra level of excitement to a movie.

Although he’s stopped short of saying that a crossover is being planned, it’s clear that the studio is considering a number of possibilities for the direction of future films. With X-Men: Days of Future Past due out next year with a Fantastic Four reboot scheduled for release in 2015, there’s plenty of superhero action to come in the meantime.

It’s not the first time different franchises have come together. Here’s a selection of some of the more interesting pairings in the movies.

5. Freddy vs. Jason

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees are two of the most iconic horror characters of all time, so it’s no surprise that eventually somebody decided that it would be a good idea to put the two in the same arena to see what happens. Combining Kruger’s sense of humour with the brute strength and determination of Voorhees, Freddie vs. Jason was the result.

The film centres around Freddy (Robert Englund) losing his power to haunt people’s dreams. People living in his home town of Springwood, Ohio, have forgotten about him, removing his ability to hurt them. In a bid to rekindle their terror, he summons Jason (Ken Kirzinger) and gets him to travel to Springwood, sparking major panic that Freddy has returned. His power duly restored, Freddy is free to kill again, but Jason has an annoying habit of killing Krueger’s potential victims first, leading to a showdown between the two men.

The film was the last appearance by Englund in the role of Krueger, having played him in all seven of the films in the franchise as well as the television spin off. It also marked Kirzinger’s last outing as Jason. It garnered mixed reviews, but given that it was the latest in two exceptionally long franchises, that was to be expected.

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