X-Men made a triumphant return with the recent films [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942)and the upcoming Apocalypse. Fans can't help but wonder what will come as the end might be near for the X-Franchise.
I know, I know! I can't bear to hear it either!
Although, I wouldn't be that upset if it ended. Don't get me wrong, the last two X-Men films where amazeballs! It's just that the X-Franchise has more holes than cheese. They tried to be slick and retcon it under the rug with Days of Future Past. But overall, The X-Franchise feels too flawed.
Here's proof that the X-Franchise could be rebooted in the near future:
Hugh Jackman Says His Time Is Up!
Hugh Jackman is ready to hang up his claws. Hugh confirmed via Instagram that he’ll only be playing Wolverine for one last time. The photograph featured his clenched fists and the famous or infamous, depending on who you are, claws of his X-Men character with the caption "WOLVERINE ...ONE LAST TIME. HJ"
According to a source who spoke with The Wrap, Hugh’s post is referring to the upcoming sequel to 2013’s The Wolverine. Although Hugh’s Wolverine is also rumored to appear in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse or Deadpool, it is most likely that Wolverine 3 will be Jackman's last film.
In a 2014 interview, Jackman hints that the upcoming sequel would be vastly different than what we fans have been used to in the past. “I’d probably move it to a different visual palette,” Hugh says, “We are looking at a lot of different story lines. No one has jumped out.” Consider this the end of an era, folks!
A Television Series Is in Development
In January, it was announced that a live-action TV series was in development at Fox. 20th Century Fox holds the film rights to the franchise, but in order to use the mutant heroes on Fox, the company will need to get comic publishing titan, Marvel to sign off on the deal. This could most likely take a while development-wise. Meaning, we probably won't see the series air until either the fall of next year or in the years following the next movie. After Apocalypse, Fox could reboot the X-Franchise using the TV series.
Rumors and rumblings about an X-Men show have been in the air for some time. Last April, Simon Kinberg, writer of the film X-Men: Days of Future Past, told Collider that he thought an X-Men television series was actually a good idea.
“We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at ‘SHIELD’ to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with ‘Daredevil’… it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV.”
Apocalypse Concludes the First Class Trilogy
Kinberg said in another interview:
"The thrust of Apocalypse is really to complete the trilogy we began with First Class – to complete the stories of young Raven, young Hank, younger Charles and Erik. And complete this trilogy of four people who began the films sort of disparate and in different worlds who we’ve followed through the span of decades. So that’ll be the thrust. There will be familiar characters and new characters that we haven’t seen…ever…but it’ll be the completion of what we began in First Class."
Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult Are Also Exiting
The actors who play Mystique and Beast in the X-Franchise, will not be returning for any more installments after next year’s sequel.
At the New York premiere of her depression-era drama Serena, the actress confirmed she will depart the role of shape-shifting mutant, Mystique, once filming is complete on the 2016 film.
“It is my last one, actually,” the 24-year-old actress said.
Lawrence isn't the only one either. Actor, Nicholas Hoult's contract is up after Apocalypse as well. He revealed this in an interview with E! Online. However, the actor isn't too keen on letting the character go.
“The first one did so well and [Days of Future Past] got received so brilliantly. It’s like, ‘Wow, people really want to see the films’ and the best thing is it’s a great crew and cast to work with and he’s a fun character. I have a good time playing him so I’d keep making them.”
Where should the Mutants go?
X-Fans, give me your thoughts below!