When it comes to the world of Marvel movies, all eyes are currently on Kevin Feige, Joss Whedon, and the various members of The Avengers, but Fox has been in the game of bringing characters from the House of Ideas to life for some time now. After bringing the X-Men to life back in the year 2000, they’ve gone on to put out films based on the Fantastic Four and Daredevil as well. Now, they’re more focused on students of Charles Xavier and even after ‘The Wolverine’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, they just hitting the tip of the iceberg.
A little event called San Diego Comic-Con wrapped recently and while there, Fox’s Marvel consultant Mark Millar was promoting his new film, ‘Kick-Ass 2’. But you can’t have a conversation with this man without bringing up the future of the X-universe in film. So, in an interview with Collider, Millar was asked about Jeff Wadlow’s ‘X-Force’ and whatever else is in the pipeline for 20th Century Fox. Before watching the interview, I figured that there would be one or two spinoffs, but the multi-faceted Scottish writer gave a bigger figure than I was expecting:
“We’re not talking crossovers or anything just yet; the idea is to build it quietly in its own way and bring in the best possible talent but you’re right – Marvel sold the X-Men franchises back in the ’90s when they needed the cash but you have to remember they were the crown jewels…
The reason they got snapped up is that they were Marvel’s best-selling book really for 20 years. So we’re sitting on gold right now. Very vaguely, we are talking about lots of possibilities but I think there’s a good five to ten golden franchises in there.”
Millar talks a bit more about what’s to come with the X-Men, his role at Fox, and his excitement for ‘Kick-Ass 2’ in the video below:
Like the interviewer mentioned, there are a ton of teams and characters present in the X-Men’s circle like The New Mutants, X-Force, X-Factor, Generation X, The Marauders, and so on. Fox could easily create tent pole films for all of them, but I feel like the market would be incredibly saturated if that happens. Eventually, they’d be putting solo films out there for X-Men like Doop and Boom-Boom, who are both probably bad examples since they are pretty awesome… Anyway, I can get behind sequels and prequels. Follow along with these characters that we’ve already met and see where they go next or where they came from. Like with Marvel Studios, we don’t get an Avengers film every year. We go off and see what everyone is up to outside of the team and that’s what makes it all the more interesting when they do assemble. But when it comes to a point that Alpha Flight might get their own movie, I’m not sure how down I’ll be with Fox’s choices.
What do you think about the possibility of five to ten X-Men franchises out there at once? Which characters or teams would you want to see on the big screen? And will Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movie EVER be among those movies that Fox is going to get behind? Share your thoughts in the comments.