For everyone who grew up during the ’90s and watched the original X-Men The Animated Series, it looks like Marvel has begun development of another entry into the X-Universe and it may be more adult-oriented than previous attempts. There are not many details yet as to who is developing the show and for which network, but a recent leak/rumor has indicated that an announcement should be coming sometime this year.
In the comic books, X-Men and Cloak and Dagger are kind of related because it was found out that Cloak and Dagger were actually latent mutants whose powers were activated when they were exposed to experimental drugs. So it’s appropriate then today that both should appear in the news together about their TV adaptations, even though Cloak and Dagger’s mutantness will likely never be discussed on their upcoming Freeform series because of rights issues. Still, we’ve got TV news for both X-Men and Cloak and Dagger, and while one has definitely found a director, the other might have found its two stars. (more…)
Although Fox’s mutant movies do not have a working relationship with Marvel per se, they do have a partnership on the TV level. Next month, FX and Marvel Television will be releasing Legion, and based on the previews, the anticipation is high for that show. For a while, there was some buzz going around about a second show that would be produced by director Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse) being developed for quite some time. It looks like that show is coming to fruition.
As far as those of a certain age group are concerned, Wolverine is Hugh Jackman. Even in the most lacklustre X-men outings, Logan’s bursts of frenetic action tend to be highlights. Although not always blessed with the best scripts, Hugh Jackman always does his best to capture the gruff demeanour, fierce loyalty and feral intensity of a character he’s got to know pretty well over the last 16 years. Comforting to know, then, that he intends to see the character off in appropriately bloody fashion, even if that means losing a decent share of his hefty fee.
The comic book X-Men is a great big world with many different facets, but seeing that world brought to life in the live action realm has only covered so much ground. The 10 X-Men movies so far have focused mostly on the team, the solo adventures of Wolverine, and one slightly off-kilter tale of everyone’s favourite Merc with the Mouth, but there’s a lot of nuance to the world of X-Men, a subtlety that can often be lost in big screen, blockbuster filmmaking. Good thing then that Legion is coming to fill that void, and this new look at the show will make you look forward to its premiere – now in the not too distant future – all the more. (more…)
After the credits of Deadpool, which were mostly a tribute to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, fans were given the news that Cable was going to be a part of the Deadpool sequel, a creative decision that became reality once the Merc with the Mouth crossed the three-quarters-of-a-billion dollars mark at the box office. So Cable will definitely be in Deadpool 2, and we’ve heard reports that the production had a small list of actresses that they were considering for the part of Domino, and that right there you’ve got two members of X-Force for the Deadpool sequel. As for the rest of X-Force, sources are saying that Fox wants to set them up for their first appearance in the X-Men Movie universe in Deadpool 3. (more…)
In 1975, Chris Claremont and John Byrne took over an under selling Marvel comic The X-Men taking the series to new heights in sales and popularity over the following 16 years. When the X-Men movies in early 2000 jump-started the superhero movement to the big screen, many of the characterizations and plot points were pulled straight out of the Claremont/Byrnes run. In a recent interview at New York Comic Con Claremont talked with Hugh Sheridan (via BleedingCool) and discussed the current state of the X-Men comics at Marvel. (more…)
Things have been pretty quiet on the X-Men front since the release of X-Men: Apocalypse in May. On the other hand, no news is good news, especially in light of the recent reveal that Doug Liman has abandoned Gambit in favor of Justice League Dark, so perhaps no further announcement about future X-Men projects isn’t so bad. But now there’s this: news about the upcoming New Mutants film. The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was recruited last year to bring the team of junior X-Men in training to the big screen, and now they’re making it a full Fault reunion by bringing onboard screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. (more…)
With the onslaught of superhero films, it’s a great time to be a geek. All of our favorite childhood comic characters are showing up on either the big screen or the small screen. While some are warning about “superhero fatigue,” most of the movie going public is really enjoying all the films that have been coming out in recent years. The only real frustrating aspect of it all is that not every character’s rights are with one specific movie studio. As a result, a single coherent cinematic universe hasn’t been 100% established. The most popular one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which is provided by Marvel Studios. Many of the characters involved in that are associated with the Avengers films as well as the solo titles surrounding those characters. Other characters’ rights are owned by 20th Century Fox which on the rights to characters associated with the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. As a result, it looks like we will never be able to see Wolverine fight The Hulk (even though Wolverine was introduced to the world in a comic book with The Hulk). Looks like that might be about to change, though.
For the most part, Fox has enjoyed their ability to maintain their own cinematic universe separate from Marvel Studios and be able to make a great deal of revenue as a result. Fox had never even considered selling the rights back to Marvel, or even working out some sort of cross promotional film between the two studios. However, recently with the critical and commercial failure of the most recent Fantastic Four film, and the critical failure of X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be changing their tune. Since Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to be in the MCU which allowed Spider-Man to be one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War and the web-slinger will soon have his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. It looks like Fox is revisiting the option to play nice with marvel Studios.
In a recent interview Matt Key, producer of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Key shared some insights that he has been hearing within the industry.
“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”
Sounds like they will soon play in the same sandbox, which could lead to all sorts of new films. If a Sony-type of deal could be worked out, it probably would give Marvel creative control, but Fox would still make a great deal of money. With the postponement of the Inhumans film, and the fact that there are up to 3 planned MCU films that are currently unnamed, perhaps Marvel has already been making plans and one of them could be a film featuring a Fox-related property. Imagine what they could work with if they had the rights to Dr. Doom, The Kree Empire, The Beyonder, and many other characters tied into Fox properties?!? We could get The War of Kings, or even Avengers vs X-Men!!!
Until we actually hear of an actual deal we can simply hope something gets worked out so that we can have a true cinematic universe for all Marvel characters.
Source: ComicBook Movie
X-Men: Apocalypse will not go down in cinema history as one of Marvel‘s biggest successes. Surrounded by a controversy about whether or not it was appropriate to show Mystique getting throttled in an area struggling with domestic violence, the turnout at the box office was low, to say the least. Many fans felt that there was something lacking character development and that part of the story felt somewhat rushed. Some even felt that Apocalypse’s final downfall happened too conveniently for such an epic villain. (more…)