Big, shared universes are all the rage, all the cool movie studios are doing it after all. The Marvel Cinematic Universe being produced over at Disney/Marvel Studios is a good example of the system working well, but keep in mind that they don’t have access to the film rights for all the Marvel Comics characters. This is where Twentieth Century Fox comes in. They have the film rights for the Fantastic Four and all the X-Men related characters, and one man has been involved in the production of both film franchises: Simon Kinberg. While at Wonder Con a couple of weekends ago, Kinberg was asked about how Fox is going to capitalize on it’s Marvel properties now and in the future. (more…)
It’s probably the worst kept secret, or at least one of them, that 20th Century Fox wants to create a similar shared universe feel for all their Marvel Comics properties as Marvel Studios has for theirs. Consider the sudden appearance of Thanos at the end of The Avengers, which will be followed up in next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, thus creating a universe-spanning bad guy for a universe-spanning series of films.
So the question becomes, can Fox do something similar, and if so, who could they do it with? How about Apocalypse, the mutant despot who’s thousands of years old and obsessed with his survival of the fittest mentality. If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was once questioned on the subject of Apocalypse appearing in that film and got pretty cryptic pretty quick when an interviewer got too close.
“I can’t tell you…” he said before clamming up. “This is how it gets started, when somebody starts piecing the little bits together….”
Adding fuel to that fire now is a website called Unleash The Fanboy, which quoted an unnamed Fox source in regards to any future appearance by Apocalypse in Days of Future Past or any other X-Men movie. Here’s the exchange:
This is what she said:
“He’s definitely a big part of Fox’s whole plan for a big X-Men universe with spin-off movies. The Avengers really is the template here”
Will he show up in Days Of Future Past?
“I won’t say too much about that. You’ll just have to wait and see”
“Want and see.” Which is exactly what your mom says when you ask her if you’re going to get a specific toy for Christmas. So can we take this to mean that Apocalypse will appear in someway shape or form in Days? We’ll see.
More news as it develops. X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out next summer.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Excitement continues to build for details concerning Bryan Singer‘s return to the X-Men franchise X-Men: Days of Future Past. As the latest casting news confirms fan favorite characters from prior X-Men movies involvement and the addition to the cast of Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy, fans now turn their thoughts to which villain or villains might take part in the storyline.
We know we’re going to get Sentinels and some Brotherhood of Evil Mutants mixing it up with our favorite X-Men, but what about Apocalypse? Bleeding Cool chatted up Singer the other day and has this to say:
Curious as to why he was interested in the Days of Future Past story in particular, I asked Singer what the film was going to be about. He told me:
“The movie is about destiny. What is your fate? What were you supposed to do, what should you have done when you were younger? What didn’t you do that would have made for a better future? And what if you could go back and change that.
I think I’ve got the time travel – I don’t really want to call it time travel, but for want of a better word, time travel figured out. I pitched it to James Cameron and he signed off on it.”
The topic turned to Apocalypse and:
On hearing the name Apocalypse, Singer’s face changed immediately but there was no point being timid. Might as well plough ahead with the question. Would he even consider using Apocalypse in the movies? How about in Days of Future Past?
His nervous answer:
“I can’t tell you…”
That was most interesting. So I leapt forward and asked if realizing the character of Apocalypse would require performance capture.
And now Singer looked even more nervous.
“This is how it gets started, when somebody starts piecing the little bits together…”
The non-verbal communication was even more compelling than what Singer was saying. If I had to bet on it, I would – we’ll be seeing Apocalypse in Days of Future Past, and he’s probably going to be a performance capture character.
These days everyone in Hollywood is walking the tightrope of publicity and trying to keep what they can under wraps in hopes of surprising fans, but if Apocalypse is going to appear it would make sense that Dinklage or Sy might be playing the role. Singer has gone on the record saying that Dinklage won’t be a CGI character, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating what that might look like.
Now Omar could also play the Apocalypse role, but wouldn’t he make a much better Bishop?
That’s what I am betting on. It may be splitting hairs but Motion Capture is not CGI, at least not completely CGI. What do you think? I just can’t see Dinklage playing a role inthe X-Men franchise that isn’t a major character AND A MUTANT.
Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18th starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy with Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy.
Last night we brought you the news of Peter Dinklage‘s casting for Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Today we’ve got an update on the role Dinklage will be playing. There is no name yet, but Variety is reporting from sources saying that Dinklage will be the main antagonist.
If true, this would rule out many fans, including this one’s, hope that Dinklage would be playing the mutant Puck. Shit, I was looking forward to seeing Puck on the big screen with hopes of an eventual Alpha Flight movie.
Which villain might Dinklage be playing?
Bolivar Trask (Sentinel creator) or Master Mold (Head Sentinel):
Nimrod: (Ignore Nimrod’s text bubbles, just an old joke)
Are a few of the names being thrown about on comic book forums. There’s always the possibility that Singer will create a whole new character for Dinklage, and with the news that X-Men: Days of Future Past would include a completely CGI character any of these are possible.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite X-Men or Marvel Comics villain that would fit the bill for Dinklage’s role as the main antagonist?
While Fox Studios have been hit (the first X-Men movie and X-Men: First Class) or miss (every other movie) with their Marvel mutant movies, what does the future hold? Well apparently the teen team The New Mutants might be up on the big screen soon.
Collider brought the topic of a New Mutants movie up with Fox CEO Tom Rothman and he had this to say:
Collider: I know you guys have New Mutants and a lot of characters in the X-Men universe. Obviously you guys are moving forward on an X-Men sequel, you’re moving forward on Wolverine, do you envision New Mutants or some of these other characters as franchises that the door can be open to? It does seem to me that the superhero genre is bigger than it’s ever been, and you guys have some of the crown jewels.
Rothman: (smiles) Yes.
Collider: When can fans expect an announcement on some of these other properties? Before Comic-Con, after Comic-Con, at Comic-Con?
Rothman: In the summer.
Collider: Are you talking to filmmakers right now?
Rothman: Let me just say this. All I have to say is, I agree with you in your assessment of the potential in a lot of these characters.
With Fox retaining the film rights to many characters in the Marvel Universe (such as every mutant character) it is nice to see they will expand beyond just doing different iterations of the X-Men, personally I think if they do it right it could be really good.
Let’s have some fun with this, what version of the New Mutants do you want to see? The classic line-up from the 80’s? Maybe the Liefeld era? Who would you cast?
Admit it, Stephen Lang would make a kick-ass Cable.
Feel free to sound off below.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Equal rights for mutants and humans is a big deal in the Marvel Universe. In reality, however, the situation is rather different and it all comes down to a matter of money. Check out this ironic business dealing!
In The Real World, Marvel is claiming that mutants are not human. This has nothing to do with any sort of “ism” beyond capitalism. The rationale behind this line of thought is that toys that are made in other countries are taxed less heavily when they are of non-human characters than when they are of humans. The matter is entirely financial in this situation, and not ideological by any means. Of course they’re going to capitalize on this distinction as much as they can; by claiming that X-Men mutants are not humans, Marvel pays less taxes. Why the hell not?
The great Radiolab podcast has a show that begins with two international trade lawyers who noticed an interesting distinction in taxation for categories of products being imported into the US. ‘Dolls,’ which are toys that represent humans, are taxed at 12%. ‘Toys,’ meanwhile, are, well, toys, but ones that don’t represent humans. Those are taxed at 6.8%. You can probably see where this is headed.
Who the fuck knows why there is such a huge difference in the taxation prices. At the end of the day, Marvel’s lawyers have won numerous legal cases that have led to the result that all licensed X-Men products are to be taxed at half the rate of toys representing human characters. This is pretty badass.
This shit actually worked! Just imagine all the possible applications of this knowledge for various corporations to cut down on taxes. Of course Batman’s not a “man”; he’s a Batperson, which is technically not a “human”. (This kind of fuckery will lead to the rules being changed, but whatever.)
The most recent issue of Total Film is out and they are packing the treats for X-Men fans. In addition to a cover story brimming with news about the flick there are three different collectible covers all modeled on a magazine style from the 60s. The three covers featuring Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr and Emma Frost parallel the vintage looks of classic mags like Life or Esquire.
Stay with us after the jump, won’t you, for some fun, spoilery tidbits about the film.
Most people suspected that the trailer for Matthew Vaughn directed X-men: First Class was going to hit airwaves on Super Bowl Sunday. Not only was there no trailer, there wasn’t even a mention of the next film in the X-men franchise anywhere near football’s biggest day. Talk about missing the field goal and spoiling the whole game 20th Century Fox, that could have been huge. As of right now however (literally, right now) the world gets it’s first look at the X-men of the 1960’s with these exclusive trailer from the official X-men Movies Facebook page.
Get the popcorn and go-go boots ready
How was that for satisfaction? Does the trailer make up for how bad X-men 3 or Wolverine Origins was? Admit it, you hated those two. Yes, Marvel and Vaughn have magically switched up the origin of the X-men into something different (The original X-Men were Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel), but this alternate universe does give us the essence of ‘classic’ X-Men. It blends Singers X-men with a 1960’s aesthetic. Mutants. Cuban Missile Crisis. Planes. Xavier with Hair and oh so sexy Emma Frost. It should be well worth the price of admission when X-men: First Class comes out June 3rd, 2011.
FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.
It stars Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havoc, Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Kevin Bacon Sebastian Shaw, and as James McAvoy as Charles Xavier.
Stan “The Man” Lee creator of the greatest superheroes of our time, Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and so on knows a thing or two about folks with special abilities. An expert on the fantastic, wouldn’t you say? With that being the case it appears reality has finally caught up to his marvelous (<– haha see what I did there?) fantasies. According to THR, Stan Lee will be seeking out and exposing real life people with superhero like abilities for his new TV series for the History Channel called “Stan Lee’s Superhumans”. This is not to be confused with “Who Wants to Be a Superhero“. Which was a reality series that offered comic fanatics the chance to immortalize their own super character creation into a comic book. Nope. Stan is tired of that (which is a shame because that show rocked). His latest venture will actually be similar to the show Superhuman on the Science Channel. A show that looks at the remarkable abilities of those that are genetically diffrent. Kinda like X-Men but in real life.
Just so you know, there are in fact crazy ass things some people can do. There are folks than can drain electricity from everyday batteries, to full on buildings. Magnet men that are able to attract metal objects. Blind folks that use echo location like Daredevil. Stan Lee looks to show us these mutant like powers and prove that superheroes are indeed among us.
“Stan Lee’s Superhumans” is scheduled to air during The History Channel’s third quarter. It will also be co-hosted by Daniel Browning Smith, who’s also known as the world’s most flexible man.