Do you want a new #XMen movie? If the answer is no, you'd better brace yourselves, because it's happening anyway. If the answer is yes, thanks for reading, Bryan Singer.
All jokes aside, it looks as though Fox is moving quicker than we thought in establishing a new X-Universe comprising the X-Men movies, Deadpool sequels and at least two spin-offs, designed to establish a cinematic playground in which the #mutants can compete with the #MCU and the #DCEU.
This week news broke that an unnamed X-Men movie will begin shooting in May 2017 in Montréal, Canada — which begs the question of exactly which X-adventure will be joining Deadpool 2 in theaters in 2018. Let's take a look at the 3 likeliest options.
In the absence of a proper title, we'll call this one X-7. We've already heard whispers that the Apocalypse sequel will be both a soft reboot and the beginning of a new trilogy, just like First Class, and Bryan Singer has made it known that he won't be in the director's chair next time around. What we don't know is when this movie is happening — Apocalypse's box office was solid but unspectacular, and fans were divided over its quality (I loved it, but I have notoriously rotten taste in movies).
Continuing with the 10-year time leaps would place X-7 in 1993, a time of high-waisted denim jeans and Janet Jackson on the radio (which, needless to say, I'm totally down for), but it would also mean that, in-continuity, Charles and Erik would be at least 50 years old — which is pushing the boundaries of believability, considering neither James McAvoy nor Michael Fassbender has yet hit 40. Let's not even talk about J-Law.
Another issue: None of the three lead cast have yet signed new contracts, and Lawrence previously stated that either all three will return, or none at all. You'd expect this movie to follow through on the first flourishes of the Dark Phoenix saga teased in Apocalypse (and hopefully get it right this time), but you can't tell that story without Charles Xavier. And right now it kind of feels like the world could use a break before a new X-Men trilogy begins, so I'd be surprised if X-7 arrived so soon.
If what this universe needs is a refresh, to take a detour away from Mystique's refusal to be blue and the rollercoaster bromance between Magneto and Xavier, New Mutants could be the perfect tonic. Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) is attached to direct, and according to Simon Kinberg the script has a young adult genre vibe. Little of the story is known, although a recent leak claimed that the comic book villain Demon Bear would be the movie's main villain, which would be awesome, if also a little His Dark Materials.
Rumors surrounding the cast — principally Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Anya-Taylor Joy as Magik and Nat Wolff as Cannonball — have been intensifying for months now, suggesting the movie is much closer to shooting than X-7. If we are getting New Mutants so soon, expect an official announcement in the new year.
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If the idea of the teen-focused New Mutants isn't doing it for you, perhaps X-Force is more up your street. Born out of the New Mutants, the X-Force are a strike team with more flexible moral code than the X-Men, lead by Cable and probably best described as anti-heroes. Their adventures are typically more violent, more badass, and insiders have been hinting at an X-Force movie ever since the huge success of Deadpool.
Various incarnations of the team have included Cyclops, Psylocke, Cable, Deadpool and X-23, all characters which exist in some form in the current X-Men universe. Still, we haven't actually heard anything concrete about a director or cast for an X-Force movie, which is unusual if it were so close. It's also unlikely that Fox would give us two R-rated movies in the same year (and a PG-13 X-Force is a bit like a vegan cake — you'll have a piece, reluctantly, but you'd really rather not) and nothing with the broader/youth appeal of a film like New Mutants. In reality, I'd be surprised if we met the X-Force before 2019.
Of course, there's a chance the mystery movie might be not be any of the above, in which case you just wasted five your minutes of day. My apologies.
Which X-Men movie are you hoping for in 2018: X-7, New Mutants, X-Force, or something else entirely?
(Source: Le Journal de Montréal)