'X-Men' Issues: Comic Book Universe Crumbling? Fox Considering To Reset The Franchise
Marvel's "Deadpool" may have reached the audience and gained their support but the mutant movie series "X-Men: Apocalypse" was noted to be disappointing making Fox consider a reset to the $4 Billion franchise. Is the comic book universe crumbling?
According to reports, Fox considering a reset should not come as a surprise. The "X-Men" movie franchise has maintained a stagnant development on their projects and managed to focus obsessively only on three recurring characters - Wolverine, Charles Xavier, and Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr.
Despite the audience's response to "X-Men: Apocalypse", the franchise still has a lot of potential left to bring in the big screen. It is just a matter of figuring out the best way to dig deep into their stories and bringing them out.
Fox acquired the movie rights to Marvel's "X-Men" characters since the 1990s. But after everything that has happened - the highs and the lows plus the reset in 2011 ("X-Men: First Class"), signs of a wear and tear is already imminent on the franchise. Currently, the "X-Men" franchise is caught in a crossroad.
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Reports have it that "Deadpool 2" is experiencing some sort of personnel trouble. Following Tim Miller's resignation as "Deadpool's" director, Junkie XL confirms his exit thru a Facebook post. You can check more details here.
On the other hand, Wolverine will be appearing in his last movie feature, "Logan". Hugh Jackman is already retiring. The trailer of his last movie was already released gaining the most watched spot in "X-Men" history.
The solo spinoff, "Gambit", failed to start its production this year after losing its director Doug Liman in August. The spinoff was supposed to star Channing Tatum. No updates were released regarding any progress of the production.
In addition, "X-Men" stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and James McAvoy contracts have already ended. Fox's studio chairman Stacy Snider wants them back but this could cost the franchise much.
With all these combined, the comic book universe's fate is uncertain. There are speculations of Fox trying to recuperate by doing a reboot of the franchise and another source said that Fox is putting their faith on "The New Mutants" spinoff.
Let's just hope for the best. Stay tuned for updates!