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X-Men

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

Avengers and X-men

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

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…)

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Tim Burton has delighted audiences for years with his imaginative style of movie making. His Batman movies Kicked off a franchise that drastically went downhill after his departure. While his movies tend toward a darker side, there’s always a hint of mirth that lightens the seriousness of the situations Burton’s characters find themselves in. Now his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children finds the answer to many fans questions about what Burton’s version of the X-Men might have looked like back in the 90’s. Check out this latest trailer and see for yourself. (more…)

Jackman

The untitled sequel being dubbed asWolverine 3 is currently shooting in Louisiana and some newly revealed snapshots may give some insight into the film’s story.  Hugh Jackman has gone on record saying that this new film, which will be Jackman’s ninth X-flick he has appeared in, will indeed be his last. Many fans have hoped that the farewell movie for this iconic character adapt the fan-favorite story-line Old Man Logan as part of its plot. (more…)

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As the box office continues in the ‘Age of Superheroes,’ it’s no surprise that X-Men: Apocalypse is the number one movie this weekend. The film opened to $65 million so far this weekend, and with it being Memorial Day Weekend, the film is expected to make $80 million when it’s all said and done. However, it’s not all fine and dandy. As you can see in our review here and the current 48% Rotten Tomatoes score, not everyone likes this movie. This being Brian Singer’s fourth X-Men film, we just were expecting better from such an accomplished director. With Captain America: Civil War having come out a few weeks ago (and knocking it out of the park) and setting the tone, we just have come to expect more from our superhero films nowadays.

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X-Men Animated

Depending on how old you are, Fox’s X-Men: The Animated Series was your comic book bible during the ‘90s.  The show premiered on Fox as part of their Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup, you know back when there were cartoons on Saturday mornings.  The show gave the most accurate-to-the-comics stories from any adaptations that have come from comic books during that time, and probably since then.  The show did an exceptional job capturing the feel of the comics during the Jim Lee era.  The show covered all sorts of hugely popular stories from the comics including Days of Future Past, Dark Phoenix, Genosha, Mojovision, Weapon X, The Phalanx, and much more.  Needless to say, before superhero films exponentially grew, this was the best comic book adaptation we had.  I dare you not to hum the theme song!

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