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wolverineThe Empire magazine website has an article regarding the future of The X-Men franchise.  They talk to producer Lauren Shuler Donner who updates us on the four movies.  It appears Wolverine 2 is the most advanced film on the books.  She explains how it is the film they wanted to make before but were vetoed by the studio who wanted an origins movie.  A convenient position considering what a mess Origins turned out to be and as I said at the time a film that felt like a stopgap before the next big project comes along.  She explains “This movie will really focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Mariko”.  This fits in well with the post credit scene set in Japan.  The article also suggests the story will be taken from the comic books including one by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.  This is a good start as Frank Miller has provide the inspiration for some great adaptations in recent years. 

X MenFar less is said about X-Men: First Class but it goes without saying the film will slot in-between X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the first X-Men movie.  The Harry Potter reference suggest a school set story with the characters most likely in their teenage years.  We have seen brief glimpses of this in the first three movies but here it will be the main focus.  Continuity dictates we will not be seeing Wolverine or Rouge in this movie so they will have to make the most of the characters they have.  The existing members of the X-Men at the start of the first film Jean Grey, Scott Summers/Cyclops, Ororo Munroe/Storm could all be used along with Henry ‘Hank’ McCoy/Beast who it was revealed in X-Men: The Last Stand was a previous member.  All these characters will need younger actors to play them as will Charles Xavier, this could prove interesting.  To make up the numbers they will have to introduce some other characters, the most interesting of these that springs to mind is one who made a brief appearance in Wolverine.  Emma Frost aka The White Queen. 

ryan reynolds deadpool movieDeadpool also looks set to get his own movie, inevitably really following the fans response to his characters appearance in Wolverine.  Fortunately it looks like we are getting the wisecracking Ryan Reynolds version and not the mute seen towards the end of the film.  Lauren Shuler Donner is quoted as saying “I want to ignore the version of Deadpool that we saw in Wolverine and just start over again. Reboot it. Because this guy talks, obviously, and to muzzle him would be insane”.  To work this will need a great script and the right supporting characters not to mention a top director. 

magnetoThey seem far less confident about a Magneto movie suggesting it could be five years away.  This isn’t a bad thing as I’m not sure I want a Magneto origins movie.  The character works fine with going into it but Lauren Shuler Donner does assure us that “David Goyer has written a brilliant script. It starts in the concentration camps” This fits in with the movie continuity where flashbacks tell us how he discovered his powers whilst in a concentration camp.  The big problem is casting.  How do you find a young actor capable of filling Sir Ian McKellen’s shoes?  This is something they will have to do; as good as his acting skills are I think he will struggle to play a teenager! 

Mystique and RogueIt will be interesting to see how it develops in the next few years.  My biggest problem is they are looking back to try and squeeze things into gaps in the original films that often aren’t there instead of looking forward to new stories.  What the filmmakers must appreciate is that they already have a strong cast of characters who have been introduced.  In most cases they have done an excellent job is casting them but they aren’t getting any younger.  Wolverine supposedly ages very slowly but at 40 Hugh Jackman is ten years older than when he first played him in the first X-Men movie.  He won’t be able to play him convincingly when he is 50 so don’t waste the time you have now by making more rubbish like the last film.  Finally I still think they are missing a trick and should make a Mystique and Rouge Movie.

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