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It appears as though Simon Kinberg, producer and writer for 20th Century Fox, has made waves again today by stating that an expanded X-Men universe could be taking shape with their upcoming slate of mutant movies. To anyone following X-Men related news headlines over the past couple of months, this may come as no surprise to you as it seems that Fox is putting a lot of time and resources behind the filming and marketing of 2016 comic book films, Deadpool and Gambit respectively. When MTV caught up with Kinberg at Toronto International Film Festival, where he is currently representing the highly anticipated fall film adaptation of The Martian, he had this to say about the potential future of X-Men and X-Men related films:

The idea is that we’ve sort of reset the timeline after ’Days of Future Past’ in some ways, and if not erased, certainly allowed for change from ’X1,’ ’2,’ ’3,’ everything from ’Days of Future Past’ forward, 1973, everything we set now becomes canon…So the ’Gambit’ movie, the ’Deadpool’ movie, will exist in a world that acknowledges whatever happened in ’Days of Future Past’ and moving forward. Doesn’t mean they’ll always interact with those characters, obviously, it’s not like every movie has all the characters, but they all have to exist within the same rules…There will be interplay between different characters in different movies.

Now, this next segment may be jumping to conclusions a bit, but bear with me. If it does come to fruition that an X-Men crossover happens with the Deadpool and Gambit characters, then I think that it is possible that they could be the new Wolverine replacements.

For those of you who do not know, Hugh Jackman will be making one final movie with the studio, Wolverine 3, before hanging up the claws for good. With the future of the franchise's most popular character now up in the air, it may be prime time for others to pick up the slack. That just may be what Fox is up to with the studio's new blood. Jackman may be hard to replace as Wolverine with his excellent portrayal so fresh in the minds of fans, but perhaps Channing Tatum and Ryan Reynolds can use their characters to sort of ease fans through this transition process.

If this is what the studio is thinking, I am sure that they are staying quiet until they have a better feel for how these films will be received. Marketing for the Deadpool film looks promising thus far and we have seen next to nothing on Tatum's Gambit. It is promising that an X-Men character is going to be in the aforementioned Deadpool movie, but it is a little concerning that they did not use the same actor from the [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) film that was such a success. I suppose fans will have to wait and see until 20th Century Fox reveals more of their cards (pun unintended).

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