Let’s get the big stuff out of the way: Empire Magazine has some new images from Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Here are the three different covers for the next issue:
Now, the news:
The Marvel mutant universe is a murky one, both in comic book and film form. People die and get reborn, change sides, change appearances, change names so much that you really have to be dedicated to follow it all. One of the nice things about the first two X-Men movies was that, much like Marvel’s “Ultimate” line of comics, in a way it represented a fresh start, a clean slate that utilized the same basic characters and principles, but allowed for a new universe that could still appease fans.
And then, much like the Ultimate universe, they got carried away and shit got confusing. And then they gave Brett Ratner the wheel, and shit just got terrible. Things were made worse by the hideous Wolverine adaptation that completely screwed with the chronologies, and now it’s getting even weirder with X-Men: First Class (although that actually looks like it has a shot at being good).
And yet, apparently FOX hasn’t given up on the original franchise. In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, mega-producer Lauren Shulen-Donner indicated that the X-Men saga will continue, despite the gratuitous Ratnerfucking at the end of X3. In fact, there will be a fourth and a fifth film. She said that they’re in “active development” for X-Men 4, and that, “We took the treatment to Fox and they love it… And X4 leads into X5.”
It’s going to take some creativity to salvage a coherent story out of the wreckage of X3
Better news, however, is that the Deadpool project is still alive. You may recall that Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, was present in Wolverine, portrayed pretty nicely by Ryan Reynolds… until a horrendous ending that ruined the character. Well, the good news is that, well… read Shuler-Donner’s thoughts on the subject:
“It’s a total reboot… We’re either going to pretend that didn’t happen - or mock it, which he could… It’s insane, it’s definitely comedy… But it’s an R script, it’s really irreverent and violent. Right away, we’re out of the X-Men world.”
That right there is the best mutant-related news I’ve read in a long time.
(Source: Obsessed With Film)