At New York Comic Con over the weekend, the big Marvel Comics news was that the publisher is cancelling Fantastic Four in the new year, just months before the new FF movie is released in theaters everywhere. Many pundits and fans are taking the move as an “Eff You!” on the part of Marvel Comics to a rival company that owns the license to make movies based on their characters and won’t give it back. The X-Men are in the same boat, so the question was asked at NYCC, or at least one related to the issue of whether or not Marvel likes other people getting to play with their toys. The rumor’s been persistent, so one dedicated fan asked, “Why doesn’t Marvel make any new mutant characters?” (more…)
Yesterday, we reported that the Marvel temper tantrum that resulted in the cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic book series’ was no more than the internet’s best way to avoid blaming itself. Rather than accepting that low sales killed FF, many fans are blaming Marvel’s decision to pull the plug on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. If these fans are to be believed, Marvel is actively trying to sabotage the film’s success by removing any products that they consider advertising for the 20th Century Fox reboot. This notion seemed completely ridiculous and implausible, considering the fact that Marvel really has nothing to fear from any other studio at this point. Well, as much as I hate to think it, we just received some news that lends more credibility to rumor. (more…)
When the Deadpool movie test footage leaked last month creating an Internet avalanche of support that prompted FOX executives to do a one hundred and eighty degree reversal and fast track the production by announcing a release date, a lot of fans wondered how it would fit into the rest of FOX’s Marvel properties, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Now Simon Kinberg, the man with a three-year deal to oversee the future of the X-men and Fantastic Four movies has weighed in on the future of Deadpool. (more…)
While I loved watching this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, I felt like I had been, in part, been robbed. The aggressive marketing campaign would lead viewers to believe that all of the characters featured in the posters, on the magazine covers, and even the dollar store toys and novelty cups would have at least some bit of screen time. Most of us knew going into the film that the reality was that with a film with so many X-folks, the bigger guns—Xavier, Magneto, that clawed fellar—would capture more screen time than the little fish like Blink and Bishop. However, with the release date of Days on Blu-ray and DVD just next month, it looks like Rogue and the other X-Men who got the short shrift will get their due in an extended version of the film next summer. (more…)
Bryan Singer–director of X-Men, X2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past–has at last been confirmed by 20th Century Fox as director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
This announcement (reported originally by Deadline) will come as a real surprise to precisely no one, as Singer has been attached to the project since it was first announced, but legal troubles reportedly caused the studio to have second thoughts about hiring Singer to helm his 4th X-Men flick. More after the jump: (more…)
There’s been a lot of movement on the Deadpool movie in the last couple of weeks. After years of waiting, and wanting, Twentieth Century Fox finally announced last week that the “Merc with the Mouth” was not only greenlighted for his own solo adventure, but it’s also got a release date set in just one and a half years time. To what do we owe this sudden interest in a big screen Deadpool? Well, one could point out the test footage that was released this past summer, and the excitement it generated with fans, as the primary cause, but can it really be that simple? Actually, it can. And Rob Liefeld says it is. (more…)
X-Men: Days of Future Past was one of the most enjoyable superhero movies this year and in a landscape that pits pretty much any superhero movie against Marvel Studios, that’s saying something. Right before the release of the movie, the superhero franchise was tarnished a bit by allegations that the man behind the lens, Bryan Singer, had abused a minor years ago. Now that the suit has been dropped, 20th Century Fox is ready to get moving on their next entry in the rejuvenated X-Men franchise, and it looks like filming will begin in April of 2015. (more…)
Plenty of fans were ecstatic to witness their favorite X-Men on screen again in this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and rightly so! The movie was a perfect way to reunite the cast of Bryan Singer’s original X-Men series while also maintaining the wonderful cast of the X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class. Unfortunately, the release of the blockbuster was soiled a bit by accusations of sexual abuse by Singer, the victim being a minor at the time of the alleged abuse. After a lawsuit was filed against the filmmaker, the future of the X-Men franchise seemed a bit uncertain. However, it appears that we may see Singer back in that director’s chair for the next X-Men entry, as the lawsuit has been dropped. (more…)
There’s a child like belief built into the Internet that if you want something bad enough, make enough noise about wanting it, and get enough other people to do the same, that someone somewhere with the power to make it happen will cave in and give you what you want. Any parent can tell you how that usually works out, but this time around I am totally down with holding my breath until Deadpool gets his own movie. That didn’t work out so well. I passed out after about 3 minutes and hit my head on the edge of the coffee table. So instead, I’m going to retweet Rhett Reese‘s Deadpool Movie plea. What will that do? Let’s find out! (more…)
The critical and commercial success of X-Men: Days of Future Past proved that there’s still a lot of life in the X-Men as a film franchise. But while we’ve heard a lot about Sony Pictures specific plans to franchise random Spider-Man characters, even in spite of the lackluster returns of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s been mostly quiet over at Twentieth Century Fox aside from one announcement that the next X-Men film, Apocalypse, was in development. Although there’s occasionally talk of another spin-off film aside from the next Wolverine solo adventure, such as Jeff Wadlow’s X-Force project, there’s mostly been long periods of silence between small bits of news about process.
And then something weird happened. Either by accident or on purpose, test footage for a Deadpool film hit the internet last weekend as San Diego Comic Con, and its drought of genuine movie news, came to a close. Although fans were uncertain of the degree of legitimacy the nearly two-minute clip actually had, it was soon revealed by the production company that made it, the Culver City-based Blur Studios, that this was indeed commissioned by 20th Century Fox to do a proof of concept for an ultra-violent, hard-R-rated Deadpool movie. Now the question for the many Deadpool fans around the world is, would such a movie be allowed to come to fruition from a major Hollywood studio? And the answer, despite Blur’s instantaneous success in capturing the character on film, is no. (more…)