Marvel Mutterings: X-Men and Spidey Spin-Offs & Sequels

Whether it’s Fox, Sony or the Marvel stable themselves, here are the world-wide witterings!

This week: Keen to catch up with Marvel Studios rosta of upcoming movies, we hear more about potential X-Men and Spidey Spin-Offs & Sequels !

X-Men: X-Men: Days of Future Past  may not open until May 23, but that hasn’t stopped its producers from considering spin-off films: “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,” says producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who’s produced all of the X-Men films. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.” Producer/writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) also says he likes the idea of a Gambit spin-off and one for Mystique: “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her, 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.” According to a recent poll, the most wanted X-Men spin-offs are Deadpool (24%), Gambit (21%), X-Force (19%), Storm (17%), Mystique (11%), and finally Magneto (8%). So far they have only dated the next mutant sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, for May 27, 2016, and another Wolverine standalone movie for March 3, 2017.

Now, focussing on Gambit there, Lauren Schuler Donner also added, “I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum. That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story. He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.” That’s twice Tatum has been mentioned in relation to the X-Men. Wolverine star Hugh Jackman has long been teasing a retirement from the role, although it’s assumed he would re-team with director James Mangold for the sequel, which is set to enter production right after Bryan Singer’s 3rd outing,  X-Men: Apocalypse. Jackman named his possible successor for the role, saying “I don’t know who could play [Wolverine]. Channing Tatum could probably play him.” Hmm…

And speaking of X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer has revealed it will be “somewhat” based on the 90s X-Men storyline Age Of Apocalypse – the dark mirror image of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, where mutants rule a dystopian world, overseen by the ancient and powerful mutant Apocalypse. “[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” said the director. “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days Of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply,” added writer-producer Simon Kinberg. “You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse,” said Singer. “What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen. Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?” If it is split between two timelines, the focus is likely to be on the First Class era once more with James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) confirmed to be returning.

Spider-Man: here in the SilverFox household, the latest sequel for Ol’ Web-head was a surrounding success, so we are pleased to hear that Drew Goddard is in negotiations to direct Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff “Sinister Six” from his own script. Sony & Marvel revealed the “Sinister Six” and “Venom” projects in December. Both projects are being produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach as part of Sony’s move to expand the Spider-Man universe by bringing in more characters. The “Sinister Six” supervillains first appeared in 1964 and were drawn from Spider-Man’s list of enemies – led by Doctor Octopus, they included Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and the Vulture. Marc Webb directed 2012′s franchise reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man” and the current “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”  The writers for those two are now writing the screenplay for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” with Webb directing. That film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. “The Amazing Spider-Man 4″ has already been dated for May 4, 2018. “Venom” and “Sinister Six” have not been dated… yet! Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach did though, tease a possible villain for their Venom spin-off – Carnage. Asked about the possible pairing, Tolmach said, “Exactly. The idea of Venom and Carnage… taking it into consideration. Watch out for this Venom movie. We are crazy excited.”

Sources: Entertainment Weekly, EW.com, VarietyPress Association, Entertainment Weekly, IGN

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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