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‘X-Men 4’, ‘X-Men 5’, and Deadpool: It’s All Happening

Remember when X-Men: The Last Stand had to be haphazardly thrown together because Fox and Bryan Singer had some sort of disagreement on the scheduling, so then he left to make Superman Returns instead, and Fox got Brett Ratner to jump in for a quick fix on The Last Stand, and then they both turned out to be pretty lame? Long story, but it happened, swear to God. And even worse, they made another franchise prequel after The Last Stand called X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it ended up being an even bigger mess, had a bunch of horrible takes on new characters like Deadpool, and seemed sure to be the death knell of the entire X-Men franchise. And this came after they called one of the movies The Last Stand. Remember that? Fox did, because instead of continuing on with that series of films, they totally recast the roles, totally rebooted the story, and have made Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Probably we’ll have to see if audiences are receptive of this new reboot to see if there will be more X-Men movies, right? Right?

Nope, the new issue of Empire Magazine, which sports several X-Men: First Class themed covers, has some quotes about the upcoming direction the franchise is going to take. Apparently I was wrong in thinking The Last Stand needed a reboot, or that it was some sort of last stand, because sequels to that film are in the works. Longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner is quoted as saying, “We took the treatment to Fox and they love it… And X4 leads into X5?. Speculation is that Bryan Singer himself may be the one doing the treatments, as he has expressed his desire to return to the X-Men film world before, and was at one point going to direct X-Men: First Class until a scheduling conflict wouldn’t allow it. I’ve talked about so many X-Men colon somethings that my head is spinning, but that isn’t even the end of the news.

Donner also says that a new Deadpool film is in the works. And apparently it will have nothing to do with the character as he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. She explained, “It’s a total reboot… We’re either going to pretend that didn’t happen – or mock it, which he could. It’s insane, it’s definitely comedy… But it’s an R script, it’s really irreverent and violent. Right away, we’re out of the X-Men world.”

So what can we take from all of this? It sounds to me like Fox’s official take on their X-Men franchise is that X-Men Origins never happened. After The Last Stand disappointed, they seemed to panic with that one and try to shoe horn a solo Wolverine solo story in with an origins of the X-Men story, and none of it really worked. They don’t seem to be too embarrassed by The Last Stand though, as X4 and X5 were mentioned as direct sequels to it. So what do we have coming out? A new origin of the X-Men world in First Class, a new Wolverine solo story in The Wolverine, a completely rebooted take on Deadpool, and fourth and fifth sequels to the original trilogy. These X-Men films have started to look like a mutation that’s going to spread through Hollywood until it’s devoured. But at least we can all forget about X-Men Origins.

Source: Obsessed With Film

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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