The X-Men movie franchise has now been running for 16 years and not including this Februarys smash hit Deadpool encompasses seven movies. Unfortunately, the Bryan Singer X-Men cinematic universe has become so convoluted with time travel retcons and a whole string of continuity errors. Despite a soft reboot with X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Future Past's attempt to retcon the franchise using time travel, this summer's X-Men Apocalypse failed to live up to its own hype. With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence's contracts with the franchise concluded, with Hugh Jackman hanging up the claws after next years Logan, and with honored actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen no longer suitably viable for the roles of Xavier and Magneto, the possibility of rebooting the entire franchise would make sense right now.
The Hollywood Reporter today reported that 20th Century Fox is indeed looking into that possibility with Simon Kinberg remaining onboard to develop the narrative, but there are rumors that Bryan Singer will not be returning and the possibility that Deadpool could be used as a starting point for the new X-men movie franchise. With news that Fox is also planning to introduce X-Force in Deadpool 3, and with the studio looking to re-develop Gambit into a possible "New Mutants" which may also transition into an all new X-Men.
This year's Deadpool did introduce a different interpretation of the metallic-skinned X-Man Colossus than that which was showcased in Bryan Singers X-2, and did open the possibility of a cross studio deal with Marvel Studios with the inclusion (though not outrightly stated) of a Helicarrier in Fox's most successful comic book movie to date.
Every Marvel fan would love to see all of the comic book giants characters in one cinematic universe, and if a rebooted X-Men movie franchise could open up that possibility it will be welcomed by fans, even more so if the franchise is recreated with the same devotion that Ryan Reynolds inspired in the production team of Deadpool.
Logan March 3rd, 2017
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Directed by James Mangold, Logan's release date is March 3rd, 2017.
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