Twentieth Century Fox has seen some ups and downs with the X-Men film franchise. The first two X-Men movies are considered the best superhero movies for its time, but Fox had a tough time trying to keep the franchise intact until the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past last May. Movies such as X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were real low points for the franchise, while X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine were examples of how the series could be good again.
The success of Days of Future Past has put Fox ahead of Sony with The Amazing Spider-Man film series and Warner Bros. with the DC Cinematic Universe. X-Men: Apocalypse is on deck for 2016, but what does Fox have in store for fans afterwards. Back in March, Fox announced new releases dates for their superhero slate, which features dates until 2018. Let's take a look at the dates:
Fantastic Four on June 19th, 2015,
X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016
The Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017
Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017
and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018
Could one of this 2018 release date be a villain-centric Brotherhood of Evil Mutants movie?
While the popular belief is that Fox would make an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover movie, the movie studio could also make a movie with X-Men villains front-and-center. Fox has the film rights to all of the characters in the X-Men universe and the term "mutant" in movies. We'll have to see if Fantastic Four feels like it could crossover with the new X-Men reboot film series, but let's say, for argument sake, that Fox might plan a Brotherhood of Evil Mutants movie instead.
Firstly, Fox would have to change the movie's title. Brotherhood of Evil Mutants sounds really cheesy and unwieldy. Simply calling the movie Brotherhood certainly sounds cool enough, or X-Men: Brotherhood just to get some brand recognition in play for the uninitiated. Doesn't that sound better?
Secondly, if Sony's Sinister Six movie is a success (Side Note: I do think Sony might change the movie's title to The Amazing Spider-Man: Sinister Six), then the next trend in superhero movies could be making the villain the coming attraction. Fox could follow up Sony with their own villain-centric movie and the movie studio could do a better job with bad guys than Marvel. Yes, Marvel, who has had a tough time bringing memorable villains to the big screen. Of the bad guys in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, so far, Loki has been the only real villain that has had an impact on general audiences. Not even Thanos has yet to make an impression on viewers. Fox has Magneto, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Toad, Sabretooth, and Mystique, who can all be in a proposed Brotherhood of Evil Mutants movie.
Lastly, the Brotherhood isn't completely evil and could be seen as anti-heroes more so than the Sinister Six. The Brotherhood just want a world without humans, where mutants are the dominate species, while the X-Men want to live in a world where mutants and human live in equality. Magneto alone has shown time-and-time again that he cares deeply for his fellow mutant, so audiences are already sympathetic to his character and plight. This emotional investment in the character really sets the stage of Brotherhood.
I wouldn't be surprised if Fox is already developing a Brotherhood of Evil Mutants movie. With four years until 2018, it would be good to see something like that on the big screen. Lord knows, I'd much rather watch a villains-centric movie than a Gambit standalone film. At least this movie would feature Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in starring roles.
What do you think? Should Fox make a Brotherhood of Evil Mutants movie?