Since X-Men: Days of Future Past hit the reset button on the entire X-Men movie universe, all of the new movies are going to have the opportunity to do whatever the heck they want. This gives director Bryan Singer and the other creative minds behind X-Men: Apocalypse the unique opportunity to recast characters who were botched the first time around and give them a second chance on the big screen. And few characters deserve a second chance as much as Warren “Angel” Worthington, who has been confirmed as part of Apocalypse’s superhero ensemble.
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This isn’t exactly surprising news, since it’s been speculated for some time now that Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy might be making X-Men: Apocalypse their last outing with the franchise. Lawrence and Fassbender in particular are in increasingly high demand (and they aren’t particularly cheap, either), so it makes sense that either or both of them wouldn’t want to remain tied to the franchise for much longer. Lawrence has confirmed as much in a new interview, putting the speculation to rest once and for all.
Matthew Vaughn has twice departed a franchise after directing the first installment: first, there was Kick-Ass, which was followed up by a horribly underwhelming (to say the least) sequel. Then there was X-Men: First Class, in which Vaughn reinvigorated the franchise with a fantastic origin story, followed by Bryan Singer’s triumphant return with Days of Future Past. But if Vaughn had stuck around for the X-Men sequel, things might have been a little bit different.
The ‘X-Men’ franchise is headed for an ‘Apocalypse’ in the near future, making headlines left and right with its latest castings, but a small-screen outing of Marvel’s mightiest mutants might evolve into place as early as 2016. FOX has confirmed development on a potential ‘X-Men’ TV series, though Disney may well block the efforts.
Last year, Marvel Comics announced the ‘Secret Wars’ event and yesterday, they explained exactly what this series is. We’ll get into the nitty-gritty in a moment, but it seems to involve the destruction and rebirth of the Marvel comic book universe as we know it. Yep, the Marvel superheroes are getting their own ‘Crisis’ and like that famous DC event, there’s probably an ulterior motive. You don’t break something unless you have big plans for how you want to fix it. If you’ll allow us to turn on our little speculation machine, we’ve got some ideas on what the new Marvel universe is going to look like.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, a weird ‘Batman v Superman’ rumor springs up, ‘Ant-Man’ releases its first trailer, and ‘Daredevil’ locks in a release date.
It wasn’t that long ago that we learned Channing Tatum would be playing the role of Cajun mutant Gambit in an upcoming ‘X-Men’ spinoff film. To make the news a bit better, we also learned that ‘RoboCop’ remake writer Josh Zeteumer was working on the script, which is based on a treatment by ‘X-Men’ comics writer Chris Claremont, who also co-created the original character. And today, in even better news, Tatum has announced the release date for ‘Gambit,’ which will be coming to a theater near you in 2016.
Not long before ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ hit theaters, we heard that Anna Paquin’s scenes as beloved mutant Rogue had been excised from the film due to time constraints. We also heard that the scenes featuring Rogue would have made for a slightly different viewing experience. Fox planned to release the deleted scenes and there was talk of releasing a “Rogue Cut” with Paquin’s scenes restored to the movie, but they were curiously absent from the DVD/Blu-ray versions of the film. So what happened to that fabled “Rogue Cut” of ‘DOFP’? We finally have an update.
And the leaks keep coming from the now infamous, massive Sony hack. Over the last week we’ve learned a lot about the studio’s plans as other outlets have sifted through countless e-mails. The latest batch of information regards not just Sony’s upcoming plans, but the alleged plans of their rival studios, including Fox and Warner Bros.: The director for ‘Aquaman’ has reportedly already been chosen, Fox is planning a crossover between ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four,’ and we have more info on the studio’s hopes for ‘Spider-Man.’
As successful as Marvel Studios has become, there’s still one thing we haven’t seen yet: a major movie crossover with other Marvel characters owned by different movie studios. Imagine Spider-Man and the X-Men fighting alongside the Avengers—it would be the biggest film ever. Unfortunately, as the rights to these characters all belong to different companies, we might not see such a crossover in the near future. However, in a new interview, Marvel comics creator and icon Stan Lee addresses the potential for a major multi-studio crossover, and it’s the most hopeful answer we’ve gotten yet.