Logan leaves the X-Men movie universe in an odd place. With it supposedly being Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart‘s swan song, it definitely feels like an important turning point in the history of the franchise, both the end of something, and the opportunity to start something else. But what does the future of the X-Men look like? Well, if only person can know it would be Simon Kinberg, the writer/producer who’s had his hands in every X-Men project for over a decade. We’ve heard all the rumours, but in a new interview Kinberg elaborated on how Deadpool, Cable and others all fit into the big picture going forward in this cinematic universe.
While talking to Deadline, Kinberg pointed to the development of New Mutants and Deadpool 2 as the next line of X-Men universe films, and he also mentioned Channing Tatum‘s Gambit film, which is apparently still a thing despite the fact it’s lost two directors and was supposed to come out last fall. In other news, Kinberg seemed to indicate that both Cable and Deadpool, after appearing in the Deadpool sequel, will both take up a role in X-Force, and he seemed to give the impression that continuity was *not* going to be a consideration going forward while making the X-Men fims. Here’s what Kinberg had to say:
“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.”
John Wick co-director David Leitch will helm Deadpool 2 later this year, The Fault in Our Stars filmmaker Josh Boone is presently working on New Mutants, and the very busy Joe Carnahan is said to be working on the X-Force script. The next X-Men film, supposedly code-named “Supernova“, is also said to be in the works. When we have more news on any of these developments, we’ll bring it to you on the double.