Spinoffs and Sequels

Deadpool Spinoff Confirmed

On May 6, after the success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine 20th Century Fox confirmed that Ryan Reynolds will return as the merc-with-a-mouth (Wade Wilson) in a Deapool spinoff.

“The character is one of the most popular in Marvel Comics’ X-Men universe. Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a mercenary who, dying of cancer, submits himself to the Weapon X genetic alteration experiment and emerges as an indestructible semi-sane anti-hero. Reynolds seemed destined to play the character. In one reference in the Marvel Comics, Deadpool is described as a mix between “a Shar Pei and Ryan Reynolds”” (Filmonic).

Josh Grossberg at EOnline reports that Deadpool’s (movie) mutant powers will include “superhuman powers, enhanced strength and self-regenerating healing powers, the slightly unhinged Deadpool can absorb the abilities of dead and captured mutants”.

You can check out the Deapool Spinoff article at EOnline, read about Deapool and his abilities from the comics at Marvel, and check out this interview from March 17, 2009 with Ryan Reynolds.

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Wolverine Sequel Confirmed

After grossing a worldwide estimate of $158.2 and counting it has been announced that a Wolverine sequel is already in the works.The sequel will center around the Japanese storyline hinted at the closing credits of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. (Apparently I was to preoccupied with the possibility of a Deadpool movie and completely missed that hint). This new Wolverine movie would portray Wolverine attempting to practice control through the way of the samurai and includes another love interest, Mariko Yashida (a non-mutant).

You can read more about the Wolverine sequel at EOnline and learn more about the storyline and characters at Marvel.

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X-Men Origins: Magneto (2011)

X-Men Origins: Magneto is set to release in 2011, and will center around the early idealistic days of Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Eric Lehnsherr (Magneto).

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner states, “We have a script on Magneto, which is actually sort of Magneto and Charles Xavier” in their early years.

Here is part of the plot synopsis: “The original X-Men film began with a prologue that showed the character as a child being led to a concentration camp by Nazis and that is the period in which the Magneto film will take place. This setup will allow a future villain to at least flirt with the designation of protagonist since the character will be seen almost exclusively in his formative years. The storyline will heavily involve Professor X, the wheelchair-using X-Men leader. That character was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps. The professor meets Magneto after the war and while they bond over the realization that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies” (ScreenRant).

The script will require younger actors to portray the roles of Xavier and Magneto, but hopefully Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will have cameos in the film. David S. Goyer and James McTeigue are directing X-men Origins: Magneto.

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X-Men: First Class

20th Century Fox’s plans for X-Men: First Class became official last November (2008) with Josh Schwartz as scriptwriter.

Variety spurred some confusion when it speculated that the film would center around young mutants featured in the previous X-Men movies, like Kitty Pride, Rouge, and Iceman. However, the original X-Men: First Class comics specifically focus on Professor Charles Xavier’s first students: Cyclops, Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), Beast, Iceman, and Angel.

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner states that the movie “is the first class of Xavier’s school, way back when, so it’s young Scott, young Jean, young Beast and that’ll be really fun. I think [the plan] is to follow some of the characters into their own stories, and weave them back into the X-Men world. And hopefully First Class will become its own franchise and we can follow them as they grow up.”

If the franchise is going to be anything like the previous three X-Men movies count me out, but if Fox is getting it’s act together and is capable of producing X-Men films similar to Wolverine, the new movies might be good. But really, how far is Fox willing to go with the X-Men themed franchise? Right now the focus seems to be on tracking individual mutants through their pasts, but maybe a film uniting them into their respective teams is in the works — hey, the remade Hulk, so why not remake the X-Men? Most importantly, I think fans just want to see Fox stick to the characters as original portrayed in the comics — I know I do.

Larry Carroll over at MTV also has rumor reports about possible cameos from previous X-Men stars like, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Famke Janssen; which you can check out at MTV.

You can also red more about the X-Men: First Class film at Cinematical and Rotten Tomatoes.

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