X-Men producer Simon Kinberg is looking forward to seeing Marvel Studios’ reboot of the franchise.
One of the most prominent comic book producers alongside Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is Simon Kinberg. Kinberg notably helped shape Fox’s X-Men trilogy started with X-Men: The Last Stand. The producer worked with the franchise all the way until Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, the former of which he directed.
One would think that Simon Kinberg, who heralded the franchise for over a decade, would be disappointed to see Marvel Studios take on the X-Men characters after the rights were reverted back to the studio. On the contrary, Kinberg told CBR.com that he’s looking forward to Marvel Studios’ reboot of the mutant franchise. The producer even mentioned that he would be willing to work on the franchise once again should his expertise be needed.
“I mean, you know I love the characters. I love the comics. I adore [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige. I adore what he’s done. I’m such an admirer of what he’s done with the MCU. I would always be open to working on it, because I love the characters so much.”
“But there’s also a part of me that feels like I’m really interested to see what they will do with it, to make it different if I’m not a part of it, or even if I am a part of it, because it’s a little bit like — not to sound bombastic, but it’s a little bit like Shakespeare, where a million people have played Hamlet. There’s been tons of fascinating versions of Hamlet. I myself started with the original X-Men cast and then went into the First Class cast and then put them together in a movie and split them back up again and did something very different with Logan than what we were doing with Wolverine and the X-Men mainline franchise. So there’s just so many different ways you can go tonally and cast-wise.”
“I’m excited to see what they do. I don’t have any hopes for what they do. I know it’s gonna be cool because everything they do is cool and smart and really well thought-out. As a fan of the comics and as a fan of Marvel movies, I literally can’t wait. So yeah, I’d certainly be open to being involved. If not, will be first in line and wildly excited to see what they do.”
Many have been hoping to see the original X-Men cast be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the multiverse. Should that happen, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige bringing in Simon Kinberg to look over the characters he’s helped shape since 2006.
Here is the official synopsis for Fox’s Dark Phoenix:
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
Dark Phoenix is now available on Digital HD, 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Chris Claremont and the future of the X-Men!