Fox Looking to Potentially Reboot the X-Men While Moving Forward With More Deadpool; Updates on Gambit and the New Mutants

When people think of longevity in the comic book movies, they tend to immediately think of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, actually, the X-Men universe has been around almost twice as long, since 2000 to be exact. It probably just slips people's minds because we don't think of it as one aesthetic universe, what with all the changes and continuity errors and the soft reboot with X-Men: First Class. With Deadpool's unmitigated success in February and X-Men: Apocalypse under-performing both critically and financially, the question has become where the franchise goes from here? I wrote an editorial shortly after Apocalypse hit theaters where I pretty much said that the future of the franchise was not in the core characters of Cyclops or Storm, but in the side characters being spun into main characters. Deadpool, New Mutants, X-Force. These are the future of the X-Men franchise. You can read my full article here. But regardless of that being my thinking, there was no way to know where exactly Fox planned to take the franchise, until now.

The Hollywood Reporter broke a huge story, detailing Fox's plans for the future of their X-Men movies. According to the report, they plan to move forward with Deadpool 2 and even have plans for a Deadpool 3, which is said to be introducing the X-Force team. Fox also plans to move forward with the Josh Boone helmed New Mutants, which could film as early as spring. In terms of the main X-Men, Simon Kinberg is working on a script that optimistically has James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence returning to their roles as Professor X, Magneto and Mystique, respectively. But that would depend upon huge contract negotiations, and if they actually sign on for more movies. There is also talk of a potential reboot of the entire series. The long stalled Gambit film will also go back into production, after a hiatus when Deadpool became the success it was. And above all, Bryan Singer will not be returning to direct anymore X-Men movies. 

Let's take a second to digest this, because this is a lot of information. So let's start with the news on Deadpool. I think a lot of us were apprehensive when director Tim Miller left the project, but the fact that they are confident enough in the property to already confirm a third film, and to already talk about what that movie will entail, is reassuring. Deadpool 2 has been confirmed to introduce Cable, who is the leader of X-Force. So it would make sense they would use Deadpool as the same vessel to introduce X-Force. I won't be totally reassured about Deadpool 2 until we hear who officially will be directing instead of Miller, but this is good to hear for now. Also, I'm glad that New Mutants and Gambit are back in production. These are films that I think could really work, and I want to see them get made. It was a disconcerting to see them postponed and delayed before, so I'm glad that they're back on the table and look to be more of a priority. 

But the big thing here is the news about the X-Men, and I'm not entirely sure what they're going for here. On one hand, it seems like they want to tell with next story with McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence returning. However, on the other hand, it seems like they want to reboot it. I think the X-Men franchise could benefit from a reboot, but not now. We just got Deadpool. We're finally branching off into other aspects of this world. Rebooting it would stop all of that progress. Plus, I don't know if I want to go back to the beginning and see a new Professor X, a new Cyclops, a new Wolverine. We've seen those stories countless times before, and I want to see something new. That's why I honestly believe the best thing to do is to gravitate away from the X-Men and make the New Mutants, Deadpool and X-Force the new focus. Give us new characters and new storylines that exist in the world they've already created. You can references to the X-Men. You can one or two pop up now and then, just like how Colossus had a role in Deadpool. But I think we should be done telling stories about Professor X and his school fighting against Magneto, because we've had so many movies tell that story already. I want to see something new.

I'm hearing speculation online that they can reboot the X-Men and just make part of Deadpool the rebooted universe, since we didn't actually see Professor X or Wolverine or any of the other central characters. I think this is an awful idea. Deadpool was built entirely to be a satire of this current X-Men universe. It's filled with references to James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and has a lot of imagery from the X-Men films, including the exterior of the school and the Blackbird. If you reboot the rest of the X-Men movies and then just claim that Deadpool is part of that, I think it cheapens Deadpool. Sure, you can do it because of the nature of Deadpool and it's fourth wall breaking, but I think it would really hurt the first film, and it would be a terrible mistake. Plus, I would not want to see a rebooted X-Men film for a while. If they reboot this universe, I want to wait several years before we see anything new. But I want Deadpool 2 and 3 and the X-Force and New Mutants movies as soon as possible! Don't reboot it, just pivot the attention of the franchise away from the central X-Men characters to these new characters, and I think that's the best and smartest way to salvage the franchise. 

What do you think? Would you like to see them completely reboot the X-Men, or continue the franchise with new properties like X-Force and New Mutants? Are you glad they already have plans for Deadpool 3? Are you happy that Gambit is back on the table? Should James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender return? Should Bryan Singer return? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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