X-Men Franchise Future: What We Know
In the last handful of years, we have been getting absolutely bombarded with superhero movies. Warner Bros. has officially launched their DC Extended Universe with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and they have a massive slate ahead of them. Marvel Studios is chugging along and they have at least two movies coming out every year, with three coming out next year including Spider-Man: Homecoming. But, Fox is still around and still making X-Men movies, like the little engine that could, they haven't stopped and they seemingly have no intention of doing so.
Fox officially ushered in the age of the modern superhero movie with X-Men back in 2000, and nothing has really been the same ever since. To date, all of the movies in the X-Men movie universe have grossed more than $4 billion according to Box Office Mojo, and it actually is at an all time high, by some accounts. Deadpool raked in record money for the studio earlier this year and Apocalypse continued with the main X-Men franchise, still managing to pull in pretty decent money as well.
Fox has definitely made some mistakes along the way, and up until X-Men: Days of Future Past, the X-Men franchise had never been one to pull in the massive money that one has come to expect from superhero movies. However, it is still more than enough to keep Fox happy. Fans were hoping that after the failure of Fantastic Four and with a lot of the classic X-Men cast leaving the franchise, that perhaps a deal could be worked out for X-Men characters to finally make their way to Marvel, much like what happened with Sony. That seems very unlikely, as Fox seems to have big plans for the future of the X-Men franchise. What are those plans exactly? Well, we're glad you asked, because here is everything we know about the future X-Men movies.
A lot of details about specific future X-Men movies are way up in the air right now, but one thing you can count on is a Deadpool sequel. Ryan Reynolds had been trying to get a Deadpool solo movie made for a decade, but he and fans knew that to do it right, it had to be rated R. Fox figured that would hinder the movie from making enough money to justify making it, and it turned out that they were very wrong about that. Tim Miller and Reynolds got to make the movie and not only was it a critical smash that fans loved as well, but it made a truck load of money. Deadpool made nearly $780 million worldwide and is now the highest grossing movie in the X-Men franchise. Fox almost immediately greenlit a sequel and even put a in a post credit scene that referenced a little bit of what we can expect from Deadpool 2.
Thanks to that post credit scene, we know that Deadpool 2 will finally bring the character of Cable into the X-Men franchise, but we don't yet know who will be playing him. The other really great thing for fans of Deadpool is that the core creative team from the first movie are all coming back. Tim Miller will be back to direct, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are penning the script and of course, Ryan Reynolds will be back as Wade Wilson. We don't know when exactly Deadpool 2 will be coming out, but Fox is very likely going to want to fast track it if they can. At the earliest, we could expect a sequel next year if they really get moving, but 2018 seems more likely. Either way, Deadpool is going to a massive part of Fox's plans moving forward.
The idea of an X-Force movie has been floating around at Fox for a very long time in an on-again, off-again sort of fashion. However, during the course of the press tour for X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer revealed that Simon Kindberg is in the earlier stages of writing the script and that the movie is part of the pans for the studio in the near-ish future. The success of Deadpool no doubt has a lot to do with Fox being big on finally getting X-Force off the ground.
In the comics, the X-Force is very closely associated with the X-Men, but they are more of a band of mercenaries and take a bit more of a mercenary style approach to getting the job done. It is a bit more gritty. The original leader of the X-Force was Cable, who will be appearing in Deadpool 2, so that could easily build out to an X-Force movie. Plus, Deadpool has been a part of the X-Force before, so the team is already coming together. Not to mention that Singer has already teased an appearance by the fan favorite character X-23, who is basically a female Wolverine clone. "I have discussed that with the studio. I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female," said Singer in an interview with Fandango. We have no idea when an X-Force movie would land in theaters, but it would probably be sometime after Deadpool 2.