For both film aficionados and trade pundits, the Disney-Fox merger has been an interesting case study. Finalized at an approximate $71.3 Billion of valued Fox assets, this is easily among the costliest business acquisitions ever in the history of the known world, but what we are here for primarily concerns only with the impact this merger is bound to have, and has already had on the entertainment industry.
While I wouldn’t claim Fox’s ‘X-Men’ franchise to be a home run like the MCU, given its many temporal inconsistencies and continuity issues, it really seemed to be getting into its own with spin-offs and new solo and character films including the wildly successful ‘Deadpool’ movies and ‘Logan’, plus a pivotal, central ‘X-Men’ franchise with newer mutants brought along with ‘Apocalypse’ and the rebooted timeline from ‘Days of Future Past’. This seemed to be a good direction for the franchise and the studio to be headed in along with a number of films in the pipeline, before the merger led to major shelving of a majority of the projects already in various stages of development. However, that wouldn’t stop us from wondering and intelligibly guessing what new directions the franchise could be headed in. Here is the list of upcoming X-Men movies (new releases) that one should keep an eye on. We hope these latest X-Men movies are better than some of the recent ones.
9. Multiple Man (TBA)
The chatter on this one died quite as quickly as it begun, but there is still no saying when and if this would materialize into an actual film. Being among the numerous character based solo spin-offs that Fox announced after the success of ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’, its current fate as with numerous other properties on this list lies in the hands of Disney, and there is still no saying whether an audience friendly studio such as Disney would be interested in investing in a non A-lister comic book character, even if James Franco was initially attached to star.
8. Gambit (TBA)
The ‘Gambit’ movie has unfortunately long been stuck in development hell; at least long enough to certainly inhabit that zone for the foreseeable future. Despite a number of directors being attached to the project and eventually leaving, including Doug Liman and even Gore Verbinski, coupled with Channing Tatum’s numerous attempts to revive the project at his own end, ‘Gambit’ hasn’t taken off beyond the writing board for now, and stepping into new hands, I hardly think it will be likely that Disney would be interested in making one. Seems like we will be stuck with the ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ incarnation of the character, which was cool too, but nothing to warrant a solo origins film. The animated versions suffice though.