Thanks to the wild success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, each and every film studio that owns the rights to a grouping of comic book characters is struggling to match Marvel/ Disney’s success by creating their own world of team-up films buttressed with a constellation of interconnected spin-off films. Warner Bros. is using the Man of Steel franchise to introduce/ launch Batman and Wonder Woman, which will in turn lead to an eventual Justice League film, and Sony is using the Spider-Man franchise to launch a series of villain spin-off and team-up films.
And then there’s 20th Century Fox, which is having to go the other way around. They’ve already established their superhero team-up films—X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse—and their now working to build an interconnected series of individual hero spin-offs. So far, only Wolverine has received the solo film treatment. But according to a recent interview with producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg in Entertainment Weekly (via /Film), characters such as Gambit, Deadpool, and Mystique may be getting their own flicks soon.
According to Donner, “there was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it,” Donner said. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”
Kinberg added that he loved Jennifer Lawrence’s approach to the shapeshifter Mystique, “and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”
Now that it’s established that audiences will gladly accept an interconnected series of comic book films, don’t be surprised if you see a Gambit or Mystique film in your multiplex within the next few years. But between now and then, you can see X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23.
What do you think of the X-Men news?