After watching Logan, it’s pretty much impossible to not be excited in some sense for the future of the X-Men franchise. We already know about a number of new films that are being planned, but Simon Kinberg, producer of several entries of the X-franchise, reiterated that they are in development. He specifically addressed X-Force, and how it would play into the larger scheme.
Kinberg says that the movie will feature both Deadpool and Cable as part of the team. This isn’t terribly surprising, but it will be interesting to see how Deadpool will work in a team movie. Domino is also probably a sure bet, and it wouldn’t be too much of a leap for X-Force to also feature X-23 if it were to take place around 2040. Although, since Cable is a part of the team, it wouldn’t be hard to have some time travel shenanigans either. Kinberg also notes that the team works at a “R-rated decibel” which could insinuate that the film will mark the fourth R-rated entry into the franchise after Deadpool, Logan, and the upcoming Deadpool 2.
Kinberg’s quote below lists the next four X-Men movies (aside from the Apocalypse sequel, Supernova) and describes X-Force in a little more detail.
“We are working hard on New Mutants, Gambit with Channing Tatum, Deadpool 2 and the new X-Force movie where Deadpool is alongside Cable and other main characters. Deadpool 2 is going into production this year. Then X-Force which is a combination of Deadpool, and Cable –they’re like the Black ops of the X-Men. They’re much darker and have an R-rated decibel. There are other X-Men characters coming into X-Force at different times in the comic, but it’s separate from X-Men.”
“There is a larger architecture to tell these stories in. I talk to the studio all the time about this and there is a plan for how these movies can connect and be a part of a larger narrative. It’s something that’s fun, exciting and it will be interesting to see how we marry the different tones that we’ve been generating in these standalone movies of the X-Men universe. But we go into making the best movie we can. It’s not just about a Colossus or Deadpool cameo. Connecting all of these movies will happen when it organically makes sense. These movies aren’t simply being built as stepping stones to a larger story. Each one is wholly enclosed and a movie worth seeing.”
6 Directors Who Should Direct The Next ‘X-Men’ Movie
Rumors are swirling about Simon Kinberg possibly directing the next X-men movie for Fox. The longtime writer and producer of the franchise has been negotiating via the press to make the case for his directorial debut on X-Men: Supernova, a re-adaptation of the Dark Phoenix storyline he scripted. Personally though, I wish Fox would hand the franchise over to someone with fresh eyes.
With Logan proving that smaller, more personal stories work just as well (or more) than the average destruction-fueled rampage we saw in X-Men: Apocalypse, I want a director who can make the emotional and personal scenes feel like the most important parts of the movie. Remember the first X-Men movie where the emotional connection between Wolverine and Rogue was the most important beat of the story? Ahh, the good old days. Mutants, and the persecution they endure for their superpowers, are an allegory for the discrimination, bigotry, and racism that humans face every day. I’m not saying this movie needs to be outright political, but the franchise has a history of highlighting emotional barriers to distinguish the X-Men from the rest of the MCU.
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