What hath the Disney/Fox deal wrought?
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Some $71.3 billion later, Disney now owns most of Fox. And yes, fans, that includes the X-Men! Of course, the question now is what does this Disney/Fox merger mean for the merry band of mutants. Will they be rebooted in the MCU and meet the Avengers? Will they continue to exist as their own universe of characters? Will Deadpool show up and mess everything up?!
Basically, we don’t know for sure yet. But we have a pretty good idea about the status of the various X-projects that have been in development in recent years. Read on for our rundown of all the X-Men movies that probably won’t happen now that Disney owns Fox (and a few that probably still will)…
Status: Probably Dead
X-23, a.k.a. Laura from Logan, was said to have a spin-off film in development at Fox. Logan filmmaker James Mangold reportedly was working on a script for the film, which would’ve likely followed the young, clawed one as she took up the Wolverine mantle from her dear old departed “dad.” Alas, it appears that the Disney/Fox deal has sent little Laura and her solo movie off into the great yonder… just like Shane, actually!
Status: Probably Dead
Remember that time Channing Tatum took the stage in Hall H at Comic-Con with Stan Lee and the rest of the X-Men movie-verse cast? Well, that was in 2015, and the Gambit movie he was supposed to star in isn’t any closer to happening today then it was then. The 21 Jump Street actor joined the project in 2014 as producer and star, and a variety of directors came and went in the years since, including Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), and Gore Verbinski (the original Pirates trilogy). Now, with Fox wearing mouse ears and Marvel expected to reboot the X-Men, Tatum’s — and Gambit’s — luck may be up.
Status: Probably Dead
This one took many fans by surprise: In late 2017 it was reported that James Franco was is in negotiations to star in a Multiple Man film. The character, also known as Jamie Madrox, had a small role as one of Magneto’s henchmen in X-Men: The Last Stand, but otherwise is fairly obscure for non-comics fans. Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg was said to be writing the script, but again, it seems unlikely that this project is still viable in an MCU world.
Status: On Hold/Status Unclear
Another X-Men: The Last Stand character who maybe kinda was going to get her own movie, Kitty Pryde — a.k.a. Shadowcat — is a popular X-Man who was personified by Ellen Page in The Last Stand (and again in X-Men: Days of Future Past). Revered comics scribe Brian Michael Bendis was on the record as writing the script and Deadpool 1 director Tim Miller was going to direct the project, which was dubbed “143” internally. (Of note: Uncanny X-Men #143 featured the young Kitty Pryde facing off against a N’Garai demon in the X-mansion at Christmas-time.) As recently as February 2019, Bendis said he was still working on the project, but at the same time X-Men uber-producer Lauren Shuler Donner said that the film and all other pending X-Men movies (that haven’t been shot yet) are on hold due to the Disney/Fox merger.
Status: On Hold/Could Still Happen
Now we’re getting to the projects that could still happen. Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was intended to helm an X-Force movie as early as 2013, though eventually he departed the project. After Deadpool was released in 2016 and proved to be a hit, the project became more of a spin-off around that Ryan Reynolds character. Drew Goddard (Netflix’s Daredevil) took over the project in 2017, but as of now it is on hold along with all the X-films that haven’t already been shot. Still, since X-Force is rooted in the Deadpool world, and since Deadpool is clearly still a viable property for Disney — they’re using his face in their marketing already! — it wouldn’t be surprising if this team movie happened eventually as well.
Status: Probably Will Happen
Surprisingly enough, Deadpool 3 is not officially happening yet. But that is likely due in part to the (until recently) pending Disney/Fox merger. Now that the deal is closed, expect to hear some news on this front fairly soon. We’ve already seen Disney using the Merc with a Mouth in their marketing materials, and Disney boss Bob Iger has said that the studio will continue to make R-rated superhero movies like Deadpool. That said, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds said in May of 2018 that he wasn’t sure if Deadpool 3 would just wind up being an X-Force movie instead. Either way, the character will return.
The New Mutants
Status: Already Shot/Status Unclear
This film’s status seems to be up in the air. An adaptation of the comic about a “young” X-Men team, New Mutants stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga, and was directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars). A trailer was released for the film back in October of 2017, but it appears that the film has had a problematic post-production period. Reshoots were rumored, and there’s also been talk that it might wind up debuting on one of Disney’s streaming services like Hulu rather than getting a theatrical release. That said, it technically still has a theatrical release scheduled for August 2, 2019, so we’ll see what happens…
Status: Definitely Happening
What is almost certainly the last X-Men movie featuring the old Fox-verse continuity will be released on June 7, 2019, as director Simon Kinberg tries to stick the landing on the Dark Phoenix story one more time. It’s the end of an era, guys. Let’s hope they go out in style!
Which of these projects do you hope to still see happen? Which are you glad are probably done? Let’s discuss in the comments!
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