While its cinematic branch increasingly braces for the Apocalypse, the X-Men franchise may yet have come closer to mutating into a live-action TV series. FOX updates that continued negotiation for a “long-running series” rages on, though Marvel will have final say on use of the characters.

FOX boss Dana Walden updated from the TCA press tour that “We’re in negotiations with Marvel. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to announce something soon. We’re not closed on a deal yet but it’s something we’re definitely pursuing.” It remains to be seen exactly how much universe will be shared with its cinematic counterparts, though Walden also reminded that the X-Men worlds and MCU will keep separate:

The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature [films] side, so we won’t be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney. This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.

Months earlier, rumors emerged that an X-Factor TV series might complement the films, though more recent reports identified 24 producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto as showrunners to any potential X-Men series, with Star Trek Beyond scribes Patrick McKay and JD Payne on board to write.

The question stands if Marvel proper would sign off on a TV X-Men project, given their broadcast struggles with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, but how should we imagine an X-Men series taking shape?

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