[X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) is less than a year away, and Bryan Singer's mutant brain child seems ready to elevate the Fox films to the level of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Keen to get a slice of that nerd franchise pie, Singer is promising far more X-Men movies after Apocalypse, with Deadpool and Gambit broadening the series and opening the universe up to more possibilities. But the times are changing: could X-Men Apocalypse mark the end of the X-Men movies, paving the way for X-Force to lead the franchise instead?
The Little Movie That Couldn't
X-Force has been a hot topic at Fox for a few years now. There was actually an X-Force movie considered before X-Men: Apocalypse was announced, with a script penned by Kick-Ass 2 writer Jeff Wadlow. The proposed story was apparently pretty awesome, getting everyone at Fox excited. But alas, Bryan Singer had other plans, as Marvel Comics bigshot Rob Liefeld revealed...
So what was the reason for the sudden shift? Apparently, Wadlow's script relied heavily on the character of Apocalypse, and obviously that wouldn't work with X-Men Apocalypse. But that doesn't mean the X-Force movie is dead forever! Many of the execs at Fox are interested in pursuing it, and now that the Deadpool movie is totally a thing, there's even more chance for X-Force to get made.
However, X-Men producer Lauren Schuler Donner is concerned about saturating the market, as much as she wants X-Force to enter the movie universe.
“I think we have to figure out how many films a year can handle without getting into X-Men fatigue. Take into consideration there are also Marvel movies coming out. At a certain point people want to see other movies besides comic book movies so you have to be really careful what you’re going to pick."
But if what Bryan Singer says is to be believed, X-Men: Apocalypse may mark the end of the X-Men series, allowing X-Force to lead the franchise in the future!
Death & Rebirth For X-men
Bryan Singer has been teasing major changes coming up in X-Men: Apocalypse, and it's clear that the franchise won't be the same after the end of the film.
According to Singer, Apocalypse will conclude what he calls the First Class trilogy of films, heralding a new age of X-Men.
"This is kind of a conclusion of six ‘X-Men’ films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters."
This news is especially interesting considering Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence's departures from the franchise. From the start, Wolverine has been the lynch pin of the X-Men films, and in recent years Lawrence has added her star power to the movies' popularity. With these actors gone, there's something of a vacuum to be filled.
So What Does This Mean For X-Force?
With Apocalypse ending the second trilogy of X-Men films, this paves the way for the Fox universe to go in a new direction, and X-Force may play into that. Could we end up with two team-up movies, like DC is doing with Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad? This might make a lot of sense, especially considering the new X-Men will be set in the 80s. After Deadpool's solo movie, maybe he'll team up with other mutants to form X-Force in the present, while the X-Men movies continue in the past.
Ok, this is just speculation, but Singer IS hinting a new direction, and this might be one way to re-envigorate the franchise and prevent the "X-Men fatigue" that Donner is concerned about. And Rob Liefeld is sure we'll see Cable's appearance in the movies soon...
"Cable is awesome. And when he appears on screen, we’re all going to nerdgasm, because he’s coming. They can’t hold him back."
We'll just have to wait and see, but I'm personally all for a grittier X-Force series (a la Suicide Squad), with Cable and Deadpool leading the way.