After X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, What’s Next For Marvel’s Movie Mutants?

Although the release of X-Men: First Class is still months away, fans are speculating and news is coming out about the future of Marvel's mutants in movies. Right now the most talked about ones are Deadpool and The Wolverine, although both have been hit by problems — namely Ryan Reynolds busy schedule with Green Lantern impacting Deadpool and for The Wolverine there is a search for a new director after Darren Aronofsky opted out. But there's more to the the X-Men film universe than those two, so let's look at all the X-related movie projects that been announced, as well as some that those in Hollywood should try as well.

X-Men: First Class II

The first film isn't out yet, and already the movie's producers have said on the record that they envision X-Men: First Class as the start of a trilogy. There's a wealth of stories to be told in the X-Men movie universe taking place in the 1970s and 80s. If they do these as period pieces with heart, and a great topical story, they could definitely work. I just hope Cyclops doesn't wear Ray-bans.

The Wolverine

We've talked before about the prospects of this Wolverine sequel after the departure of director Darren Aronofsky, and it's more a matter of "when" as opposed to "if". Expect this to show up in your local multiplex in 2012 or early 2013.

Deadpool

There's been talk of a feature film based on Marvel's Merc With A Mouth going as far back as as the early 2000s, but all those hopes and ambitions solidified with the expert performance of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The screenwriting pair behind Zombieland were hired to write a script, and the script was sent to Robert Rodriguez who almost signed on the dotted line. As of now not much is known about this movie's current status, but all Deadpool fans — including the character's creator Rob Liefeld — are aching to see Deadpool on the big screen.

Cable

Back in 2009 Marvel Studios issued a public call for screenwriters to work up proposals for some movies including Cable, and not much has been said since then. With the entirety of the X-side of the Marvel U currently licensed out to 20th Century Fox, it's unknown if a Cable movie would spawn out of the X-Men film continuity or would be reborn sans his X-related past. For my money, I'd love to see them give it a chance — a time-traveling story of a man and his cyborg twin. I just hope they keep Cable as much older than the standard super-hero — Stacy Keach, this is yours for the taking.

Angel

This one's in the category of pure speculation, but what if movie producers went back to the uneven X3: The Last Stand and took Ben Foster in the role of Angel and hoisted him to a solo feature. Foster is one of the most talented members of young Hollywood, and Angel's story — as told through team books through the years — is a strong psychological tale. What if they refashioned Warren Worthington III with his silver spoon upbringing through the crucible of Apocalypse and the Four Horsemen and see what came out of the other side.

New Mutants

It's every Hollywood producers' wet dream — Super-Heroes meets Harry Potter. The idea of the next generation of X-Men in a school setting with a sprinkling of veteran stars from previous X-Men movies could be catsnip to comic fanboys and the movie-watching world at large. Although the vagaries of previous X-Men movies lay waste to the idea of a New Mutants cast perfectly in line with the original comic, I think they could fashion a respectable cast of characters — and child actors — to make this work.

Rogue

Although she played a major role in the first X-Men film, her role diminished over the course of the remaining two movies — and it wasn't until the success of True Blood did actress Anna Paquin regain the spotlight. Although a Rogue comic series has failed to work for any discernible amount of time, there's an immense amount of story in her X-Men years to fashion into a unique and standalone series. Here's my idea — Anna Paquin starring in a standalone Rogue movie; you can even throw in Gambit, but only if you recast him with Vincent Cassel.

Comments

  1. MisterJ says:

    I cannot believe that I have not heard more regarding New Mutants as a project. It seems like such a no-brainer.

  2. WheelHands WheelHands says:

    I don’t want Anna Paquin anywhere near Rogue ever again. She was miscast, and her place in the story was all wrong. She was Kitty, not Rogue. Until Kitty was Kitty, and then my brain imploded. Besides, I don’t care how much tit she shows in True Blood, she’ll never have the sexual allure required to play Rogue.

    Cassel’s not a bad pick for Gambit, though. But I’m still silently lobbying for Josh Holloway.

    Both characters desperately need a reboot, but realistically we’ll never see a movie centered around them. So we’ll have to wait til the X-movieverse is finally snatched away from Bryan Singer.

  3. CaseyJustice CaseyJustice says:

    [ATTEMPT AT DELICATE X3 SPOILERS FOR THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE MISSED IT]

    Doesn’t Rogue’s status at the end of X3 kind of prevent her from starring in her own movie? Unless they do a reboot, of course, but Fox is pretty stingy about those rights, so I’m betting that’s a no-no.

  4. X-Men First Class II, come on — X-Men: Second Class and then the third part of the trilogy, X-Men: The Third Class.

    I think more solo movies featuring characters who aren’t Wolverine would be cool.  But in today’s world everyone wants the action packed fantasy world that Wolverine brings.  I’d rather see, Rogue, Storm, Angel and Iceman, just for example.

    My actual pick would be an origin story for Colossus.  Showing what mutant life is like in other countries would be cool.  Storm would also be a good choice.

  5. NaveenM NaveenM says:

    I’d like to see the New Mutants as a TV show, as long as it’s not on the CW.

  6. WheelHands WheelHands says:

    @NaveenM  Good idea. They can go non movie canon that way.

  7. redlibertyx redlibertyx says:

    @CaseyJustice If Mags gets his powers back at the end, what makes you think Rogue’s status was permanent?

  8. I want Deadpool to be a film in the worst way possible. Not like how Liefeld wants it though, cause he’s fucking crazy to get that thing made.

    I don’t even care if it’s a piece of shit. Ryan Reynolds being Deadpool was perfect casting but with Green Lantern coming out I doubt we’ll see it any time soon. Shame, cause the guys who did Zombieland apparently did a pretty damn good job with the script. 

  9. srh1son srh1son says:

    A New Mutants/X-Kids movie building pushing forward from X3 would be great.

    Iceman, Colossus, Kitty, Rogue, Angel as instructors.  New characters as students.

    I could see Ellen Page and maybe Anna Paquin being a problem to re-sign for new film(s).  I like Ben Foster, though he didn’t impress me much as Angel.  The guy playing Colossus didn’t make any impression.  Iceman is fine.

  10. icn1983 icn1983 says:

    You know what, if “First Class” is good and begets the first appearance of mohawk Storm on the silver screen I’m totally down.

  11. CaseyJustice CaseyJustice says:

    @redlibertyx – Touche. Even when it’s movies, it’s still comics, after all.

  12. sideswipe says:

    I think they should bring Cyclops back :(