‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Writer Simon Kinberg Talks Possible Marvel TV Spinoffs
Whether or not ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ has lived up to the hype of its cinematic brethren, there can be no arguing that 20th Century Fox’s ‘X-Men’ franchise and Sony’s ‘Amazing Spider-Man‘ have looked to emulate the broad-spectrum success of ‘The Avengers.’ Might that mean that the ‘X-Men’ could spill into their own ongoing TV series after the events of ‘Days of Future Past‘? Writer-producer Simon Kinberg weighs in.
We’d never for a second propose that Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman or any of the A-list cast would suddenly take on a live-action ‘X-Men’ TV series, but speaking with Collider, ‘Days of Future Past’ writer Simon Kinberg certainly agreed that extending the franchise or another of FOX’s Marvel properties to television somehow seemed like an wise business model, given the nature of comics:
We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at S.H.I.E.L.D. to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV. Because that’s it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week it’s the same characters, different story.
I think what [Fox is] seeing now is with the proliferation of new kinds of visual and special effects, there’s a way to make these stories that doesn’t cost $300 million every time you have to make a huge movie.
Fox certainly has its hands full with ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘ and the forthcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot, not to mention whatever crossover between the two may result, but we might not be surprised to see the X-universe getting in on the TV game, especially if ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ makes it to a second season, potentially accompanied by ‘Agent Carter.’ Lest we forget, the X-Men and other mutants have plenty of characters that could work in their own series.
What do you think? Is Simon Kinberg talking loco, or could any ‘X-Men’ wind up in live-action TV? Who would you want to see given their own ongoing series?