It is an exciting time for fans of the live-action X-Men universe. With all the talk about Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) joining the #NewMutants film, the premiere of #Legion next month, and the discovery of another planned film (codenamed X-Men: Supernova), the rumor mill is working overtime. Beyond the films, a new #XMen television show is in the works, fueling even more speculation and questions, most notably: Will the show be in the X-Men movie universe? We now have an answer!
Where Will The X-Men Fit In?
During the winter press tour for the Television Critics Association, showrunner Matt Nix (Burn Notice) candidly addressed this vital question:
"A fan of the movies but also the comics would not be disoriented at all as to where this fits in the mythology. If you look at the movies, which take place from — they started in 2003 to now — they don't all line up perfectly. I'm not slavishly fitting them into a particular slot. But at the same time, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to the movies. It exists in the same general universe."
This, of course, begs the next question: Will we see characters from the X-Men films or completely new ones? According to Nix, there will be a bit of both.
"[I get to invent] some. It's designed to sidestep questions like, 'Where is Wolverine?' You have to answer those questions. I didn't want to do anything where it's like, 'Wolverine is just off-screen.' It exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend a lot of time dwelling on that issue. Within that, there are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I'm inventing — but everything is invented with a nod toward the existing mythology."
Mutants, New And Old: Who Will Cross Over?
The untitled project is set to focus on a human couple on the run with their teenage mutant children. While we don't know who those younger mutants may be, we can hardly imagine which mutants will make the leap from the silver screen to the small one.
It is difficult to picture Hugh Jackman making an appearance, but, then again, he does love a good cameo, so why stop with the films? Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) would each be fantastic characters to see again, and would serve well to tie the show to the films. If we are feeling really ambitious, we could even hope for Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) to show up — fingers crossed.
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X-Men Creative Team Assemble
If the show gets the green-light, Nix intends for it to be a shorter-order, "heavily serialized" series. The prospective 10 to 13 episodes will focus on telling a coherent, fluff-episode free, story. Nix will serve as executive producer alongside X-Men film alumni Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg along with Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. With a team like that, hopes are already getting high while we look forward to getting our next X-Men fix.
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