After about 16 years, a multitude of actors and a truckload of tangled continuity, the X-Men franchise appears to be getting the reboot treatment. Some would say this is long overdue and with the underwhelming (studio opinion) $544 million performance of X-Men: Apocalypse, the powers that be at Fox have decided to start fresh.
Well, sort of fresh. According to THR, the X-Men franchise is being “reconfigured” and Michael Fasbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McCavoy are being kept “optimistically in mind” as the script is in development. As good as that acting trifecta was, I feel like if they are going to start things off fresh then you should probably just actually start fresh. Fassbender, Lawrence and McAvoy were great in the trilogy of movies they’ve already starred, but how many of them would actually want to come back for future movies? How much longer until they start feeling franchise fatigue? Honestly, Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in Apocalypse actually felt like a phoned in paycheck role. And as cool as it would have been to see the fully fledged team of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Nightcrawler in action, a reboot isn’t the worst thing that could happen with the X-Men.
Reportedly, Bryan Singer will have finished his directorial run at this time so it will be interesting to see which director they bring in to steer the franchise. Might I suggest Josh Trank? But seriously, get James Gunn to leave Marvel and give us our cosmic X-Men/Dark Phoenix Saga!
It doesn’t appear that Deadpool will be included in the X-Men reboot as Fox is moving full steam ahead with Deadpool 2, next and of course, Deadpool 3 not too long after that. Word is, that with Cable being brought into Deadpool 2, X-Force will be introduced in the third movie. This will then lead into the X-Force movie that we’ve heard of Fox wanting to launch these last four years. Patiently waiting…
Obviously with the smashing box office success of the merc with a mouth, X-Force and other projects had to take a back seat so Fox can continue to capitalize. Deadpool is going to have to be the new starting point for the X-Men cinematic universe, which it appears Fox is already prepared to do. The Colossus we saw in Deadpool was a bit different, and truer to the comics than the Bryan Singer version was, and they’ve already introduced Negasonic Teenage Warhead. That’s a good start if they bring in a new X-Men team. Another route – they could forestall any new formation of a team and just get to the nitty gritty by introducing the team as already formed and operating out of Westchester, as was confirmed in the first Deadpool movie. Regardless of what direction the X-Men reboot sends the franchise, expect to see a lot of changes in the coming years. New Wolverine casting anyone?
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter