11 items from 2017
When the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with 2008's original Iron Man film, few people realized that the first appearance of Nick Fury in the inaugural Marvel Studios post-credits scene would've led to something so monumental. It's actually kind of hard now to think about a superhero film climate without the massive shared universe's presence, since it's existed for nearly a decade by now. In 2008, the big superhero movies that arrived that summer were the aforementioned Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and that was also the summer that gave us The Dark Knight. We were only two years removed from entries like X-Men: The Last Stand and Superman Returns, with both of those franchises being in precarious positions by the time the McU debuted. Now, though, we...
- Chris Clow
With a constant flow of rumors circulating, fans are trying to figure out what the next X-Men movie will be. Last month, a rumor surfaced that claimed the next movie will be called X-Men: Supernova, which will reportedly be a reboot of the Dark Phoenix saga centering on Jean Grey, played by Sophie Turner from X-Men: Apocalypse. Over the weekend, Sophie Turner attended the BAFTA Awards, where she confirmed that shooting on this mysterious new X-Men movie will happen soon. Here's what she had to say about her shooting schedule for the remainder of this year.
"We're about to start shooting the next X-Men, we've just finished shooting Season 7 of Game of Thrones, and I've got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8. So I've got a busy year lined up."
Unfortunately, Sophie Turner doesn't reveal more about this X-Men movie »
When you have a canvas that's as large as the entire mutant universe associated with the X-Men, it can be pretty tough to decide which characters to use in your films. That's the conundrum that has faced previous directors like Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner. Matthew Vaughn, Gavin Hood, James Mangold, and Tim Miller, who have all made films in the X-Men Cinematic Universe (Xcu). Some have succeeded, while others have failed.
In the early years, when Singer was the sole captain of the X-ship, restraint was the name of the game. The director was very adamant about only including characters that served the story, and not merely just throwing a ton of fan service at the screen. Then that philosophy seemingly went out the window when he left the franchise. The two films that followed his departure, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, both featured far more mutants yet yielded far less results. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The state of affairs with regards to the X-Men franchise is a little all over the place at the moment, but with the re-casting of old characters including that of Jean Grey (played by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner), it look like it may be time to revisit the franchise’s classic Dark Phoenix Saga storyline once again.
Originally adapted as part of X-Men: The Last Stand and leaving many fans disappointed, it would seem there’s some feeling behind the scenes that there is some unfinished business regarding this iconic plot line. And, in a returning rumour, and according to a film listing on My Entertainment World, we will soon be going back to story of Jean Grey and The Dark Phoenix.
The synopsis is listed under the title X-Men: Supernova and reads thusly:
Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, »
- Samuel Brace
James Hunt Feb 3, 2017
With two TV shows and many movies on the way, here's our look at the thus-far unused X-Men mutants we'd like to see Fox bring to the screen.
A mild spoiler for X-Men: Apocalypse is contained within.
It’s been 17 years since Fox brought the X-Men to cinema, and despite making nine movies in the universe (with a tenth about to come out) they’ve barely scratched the surface of Marvel’s expansive mutant franchise.
However, with two TV shows in the works and further spin-off movies planned, it seems as though the X-Men franchise might finally give fans the deep cuts they’ve been looking for – and we don’t just mean from Wolverine’s claws. No, more screen time means more roles to fill, and that means Fox might start making use of some of the lesser-used characters available to them.
That’s why we »
FX’s “Legion” is the first television series based on Marvel’s X-Men characters, who’ve been depicted on the big screen in nine feature films from Fox. Creator and executive producer Noah Hawley has downplayed the potential for a crossover — but he’s not ruling it out.
“I think it’s important for us to establish this as a fully realized world with fully realized characters,” Hawley says. “It does connect and it can connect, but I’m not relying on that. I have to prove myself. I have to prove that the show is good enough to incorporate those elements from the movie world, if that were ever possible.”
“Legion” stars Dan Stevens as David Haller. In the comics, Haller is a gifted and psychologically damaged mutant who’s the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier — played in the last three films by James McAvoy.
While Xavier and his cohorts may appear in “Legion” at »
- Daniel Holloway
Brett Ratner’s rise through the directorial ranks as a helmer of consistent studio hits was swift and immediate. A veteran of the music-video world, his feature debut, “Money Talks,” became a low-budget success in late summer 1997, and would cement his strong relationship with actor-comedian Chris Tucker.
“Chris helped me get my job on ‘Money Talks,’ ” Ratner says. “When the original director left the project, Chris apparently said to the producers that he knew this ‘cool white boy named Brett Ratner’ and that’s how it happened. I knew I could work with Chris and that it would be a lot of fun. ‘Money Talks’ made sense because I had come out of music videos, and it fit with what I had learned. It happened very fast. I was 26 when I got ‘Money Talks,’ and I’d done over 100 music videos, but back then, you had to do commercials and »
- Nick Clement
After the disappointing critical and commercial performance of the last film in the X-Men franchise, Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox went silent in regards to how they were going to proceed. The various spinoffs in development – Deadpool 2, New Mutants and Gambit (?) – are still chugging along, but we’ve heard nothing yet on what’s happening next for the main series. At least, that was the case up until a few days ago.
Earlier this week, a production listing was spotted for two X-Men films that will shoot in Montreal this spring. The first is the aforementioned New Mutants and the second is for a mysterious project titled X-Men: Supernova. Immediately, fans jumped to the conclusion that this must be the sequel to Apocalypse and now, it looks like they may be right.
Fox hasn’t commented on the situation just yet, but we’ve heard in the past that they’re »
- Josh Wilding
Ever since X-Men: Apocalypse hit theaters last summer, fans have been kept largely in the dark about 20th Century Fox's plans for continuing the main X-Men franchise. The studio has announced a number of spin-offs, such as The New Mutants, X-Force and Gambit, but there is practically nothing known about how the studio intends to continue the flagship series. One of the more persistent rumors is that the studio will reboot the Dark Phoenix story line, which was told over the original trilogy. While that still hasn't been confirmed, a new production listing may have the most damning evidence yet that the studio is rebooting the Dark Phoenix saga.
The Dark Phoenix saga was largely told through 2003's X-2: X-Men United and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. However, the events of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past essentially eliminated that entire timeline, creating a brand new timeline where Jean »
In celebration of DreamWorks Trollhunters, which premiered on Netflix on Friday, December 23rd, DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix have released an out-of-this-world mash up featuring elements of the wildly-popular Stranger Things! Trollhunters took fans by storm when it premiered all 26 episodes, a first for a Netflix original. Not only were fans ecstatic but critical acclaim has soared since the premiere putting Trollhunters at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes! See your favorite characters back in action in the video below!
From the limitless imagination of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes a tale of two worlds set to collide in the epic saga DreamWorks Trollhunters. When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil, »
- ComicMix Staff
After the success of 2000’s X-Men and 2002’s Spider-Man, the bell had been rung: Comic book movies were viable once again, and every studio was eager to push their own Marvel heroes into the ring. Outside of the further adventures of the X-Men and Spider-Man, the next few years brought with them cinematic outings for the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and more, with everyone behind them eager to launch franchises. It’s easy to take for granted now how good we have it thanks to Marvel Studios’ uncanny ability to push out hit after hit, but only just a decade ago comic book films had begun leaving more failed corpses behind than success stories, many of whom deserve to disappear into film history.
That’s not to say that even some of the worst didn’t have their occasional merits – for all of X-Men: The Last Stand‘s faults, »
- Geoff Cox
11 items from 2017
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