20th Century Fox is diving head first into a new look for their X-Men franchise in 2018.
The studio's only entry to their mutant property franchise has come and gone in 2017 with Logan serving as a jumping off point for many of the original stories. Now, the studio will continue to move forward with the new world created in 2016's Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse movies. However, the new X-Men films will be very different from what we have seen before.
In 2018, 20th Century Fox will release X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2, and New Mutants.
Speaking to ScreenRant about the upcoming blu-ray/DVD release of Hugh Jackman and James Mangold's Logan, executive producer of the X-Men franchise Hutch Parker opened up about the upcoming slate of films. More specifically, he shared exciting new details about X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is set to arrive in theaters on November 2, 2018 and will do so with a fresh take on an iconic X-Men character we have seen more than once.
Phoenix Rising (Again)
Between X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Apocalypse, audiences have seen two variations of the Phoenix character rising up from Jean Grey in perilous moments. With the new film promising to show off Sophie Turner's portrayal of the character once more, Parker promises the Phoenix will be "quite a bit" different.
"I can't really speak to anything specifically but I think the challenge as offered by all the films we've mentioned is very – we're very aware of the challenge that those movies pose and what it sort of demands of us as storytellers mining, again, one of the great comic runs in The Dark Phoenix Saga," Parker said. "Our hope and expectation is to try and do something that feels different, that takes the audience into a different tone and a different sense of cinematic style that is appropriately suited to the story we're telling. So I'm trying to answer your question without giving anything away."
"We are committed to that and know that it's not as simple as picking up where we left off in anyway. We actually have to be more bold [sic] and more inventive than that."prevnext
Welcome to the Cosmos
With Cable coming into the mix for at least five movies with Josh Brolin in the part, fans of X-Men comics are hoping that the 20th Century Fox properties will get a taste of the cosmic world laid out in Marvel Comics.
"That is certainly a possibility," Parker said. "That is certainly a possibility. Yes."
The X-Men franchise has no reason to shy away from going to space. Not only has the Marvel Cinematic Universe shown that cosmic properties are acceptable for audiences but the stories laid out by Cable on the pages of Marvel Comics have a great foundation for the movies to build on. With Tye Sheridan taking on the role of Scott Summers, the opportunity for Summers family stories to be explored through the cosmos have already written themselves.prevnext
The Deadpool sequel, which is being directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) and written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, is currently in pre-production and is expected to begin filming at the end of this spring. The film will introduce Deadpool's time-traveling mutant partner, Cable, as well as X-Force member Domino, who is being portrayed by Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz. Supporting characters from the original film — such as Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and taxi driver Dopinder (Karan Soni) — are also expected to return.
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Deadpool 2 is the fourth most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook readers, with a 4.23 out of 5 ComicBook User Anticipation Rating, it is safe to say that fans are waiting anxiously for these reveals.
Deadpool 2 will arrive in theaters in 2018.prev