I can barely keep up with the content spilling out from just a 30-second Super Bowl commercial for Avengers: Endgame. I’m literally stumbling over theories that I’m not even looking for and hating myself for clicking on them anyway. (If potential spoilers are your bag, bon appétit .) So I’m not exactly champing at the bit to open the floodgates on the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which fortunately won’t start happening until after Dark Phoenix and New Mutants are unceremoniously farted into theaters this summer.
However, outgoing X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner dropped some information during the TCA 2019 panel for the now-canceled Legion — I’d expect news on The Gifted’s fate to be coming soon. — so here we are.
First off, Shuler Donner made it crystal clear that the X-Men are Disney’s baby now, and that she has the utmost confidence in Kevin Feige, who worked for her on the first film. She also revealed that Feige will cast a younger Wolverine. Mostly because it’s pretty much a given that everything’s getting rebooted from the ground up, but also because Hugh Jackman will literally die if he eats an entire chicken farm for lunch again.
“This man worked so hard to bulk up, would get up at four in the morning to bulk and eat protein meals every two hours because his natural state, they used to call him Worm when he was a kid. So his natural state is a very skinny guy. Once you reach a certain age, the body just won’t go anymore. I think he was wise to say, ‘I’m at that point. I can’t do it.’ Now, that doesn’t mean he can’t come back as older Wolverine. You never know. Future Wolverine, you never know.”
As for the fate of the X-Force spinoff that was hinted in Deadpool 2 and Channing Tatum’s Gambit, I wouldn’t hold your breath.
“That is up to Disney,” Shuler Donner said about Gambit. “That really is up to Disney. I hope so, but that’s up to them. The problem is you can’t have too many Marvel, X-Men superhero movies out there because we will cancel each other out. Each one has to be distinctive and yet you’ve got The Avengers to follow through. You’ve got so many distinctive story canons to follow through and yet we want new ones, but I don’t think you can have more than four. Four is a lot because people are going to get sick of them so we have to be careful. He has to be careful.”
Of course, there’s the elephant in the room that I’m sure Disney is hoping to wash off as quickly as possible by pretending the Fox X-Men movies never happened and paving right the hell over them.
Namely this guy:
I’m sorry, Magic Mike, but your Gambit’s dead. He died.
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