Kitty Pryde ‘X-Men’ Spinoff Reportedly in the Works From ‘Deadpool’ Director
Following their recent acquisition by Disney, Fox is continuing to expand its X-Men universe beyond the core franchise. The next Marvel mutant on the docket may very well be Kitty Pryde, the character previously played by Ellen Page. According to a new report, Deadpool director Tim Miller is developing a film based on the mutant hero and frequent X-Men team member — a fairly exciting prospect for a few reasons.
Despite exiting Deadpool 2 over creative differences with Fox, it looks as though Miller’s relationship with the studio remains on good terms as the director is said to be developing a Kitty Pryde movie to join their growing arsenal of X-Men spinoffs. Collider broke the news, citing multiple unnamed insiders that claim Miller is currently developing — though not yet attached to direct — the spinoff project.
Kitty Pryde, also known as Shadowcat, is a popular character from the X-Men universe. In the comics, she’s occasionally acted as the leader of the X-Men, and has the ability to “phase” herself (as well as other people and things she’s touching) through solid objects. A former student of Professor Charles Xavier, Kitty Pryde was originally introduced as a little sister type before eventually coming into her own as an adult and earning the nickname Shadowcat. In the comic universe, she’s also joined the Guardians of the Galaxy and has taken the name of her fiancé: Star-Lord (watch out, Gamora).
Fox has not yet confirmed the Kitty Pryde spinoff, which joins several other upcoming projects in the ongoing X-Men franchise. Next up is The New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, followed by this summer’s Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix in the fall. Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie is still in the works, along with plans for an X-Force spinoff with characters from Deadpool.
Even though Dark Phoenix will revolve around Sophie Turner’s young Jean Grey (and feature a female villain played by Jessica Chastain), the Kitty Pryde movie would be the series’ first female-led X-Men spinoff — and it’s about time Fox ordered one of their own.