It won’t be long now until the X-Men franchise sets a new record for onscreen mutants with Days of Future Past, a movie about future X-Men and past X-Men and perhaps even some present-day X-Men. Beyond lies Apocalypse and another Wolverine and a mysterious spin-off movie that might be X-Force, with the implicit promise that they’ll keep making X-Men movies until X-Men 2099 is considered a period piece. (Remember X-Men 2099? Skullfire!) But a new dark horse has entered the X-Men Spin-Off Showcase sweepstakes: Channing Tatum told MTV’s Josh Horowitz that he has spoken to X-producer Lauren Shuler Donner about essaying the role of Gambit, the card-tossin’, lady-killin’, New Orleans-bein’-from superhero beloved by children of the ’90s and generally loathed by the older siblings of the children of the ’90s. (Speaking as the former: He’s our Dazzler.) READ FULL STORY
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Fifty-six years is a pretty big chunk of time — especially when we’re talking about the mythology-heavy X-Men universe.
In an effort to bridge the gap between 1962 — the time when X-Men First Class took place — and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, set in 2018, Fox has unveiled an interactive history lesson in the form of a website titled 25 Moments.
The site sets up the Days of Future Past backstory by explaining 25 key events that have led to the dystopian world of 2018. Significant milestones and conflicts in human-mutant relations are highlighted, from President Nixon’s deals with the anti-mutant Trask Industries to the building of a massive “Mutant Wall” between the U.S. and Mexico for “security” purposes (Captain America: The Winter Soldier apparently has nothing on this film’s attempts at real-world allegory). READ FULL STORY
Two time periods. Six countries. More than a dozen stars. Hundreds of killer robots. It’s not hard to see why 20th Century Fox’s $200 million-plus X-Men: Days of Future Past is the priciest and most complicated X-Men film to date. “I think this is the biggest movie Fox has made that James Cameron didn’t direct,” says producer-writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class). Adds producer Lauren Schuler Donner, who’s worked on every X-Men film, “We have to deliver, and that’s really hard. Plus, we don’t use guns, we use powers. The power is a visual effect. So by its very nature, it’s going to be pricey.” READ FULL STORY
On May 23, Fox will release X-Men: Days of Future Past, the studio’s bold attempt to connect the various strands of its decade-old mutant franchise. And Fox has already made plans for further expansion of the X-Men universe. X-Men: Apocalypse will open in 2016, followed by another Wolverine film in 2017. The studio has also announced a Marvel film for summer 2018 — the precise nature of which remains TBD. READ FULL STORY
In Hollywood, Marvel’s biggest superheroes are controlled by three different studios. Over at Disney, home-brewed Marvel Studios owns the Avengers and lots of lesser-known characters that it hopes you’ll like as much as the Avengers. Sony is hard at work turning its solo Spider-Man franchises into several Spider-Man franchises, which would inspire a joke about the Clone Saga if we hadn’t all agreed years ago to never mention the Clone Saga. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox has spent the last few years in recovery mode, mashing together its various X-Men sub-franchises into the anticipated Days of Future Past while rebooting Fantastic Four with a hip young director and a hipper young cast.
In a sense, Fox is trying to split the difference between Marvel and Sony. (Days of Future Past is to Avengers as Fantastic Four is to The Amazing Spider-Man.) And earlier Friday, Fox announced its own aggressive slate of superhero movies, sprinkling its franchises across the back half of this decade. A new Wolverine solo film will arrive in March 2017, one year after the already announced X-Men: Apocalypse. Summer 2017 will bring Fantastic Four 2. But the real news is another film, currently lacking a title, a concept, or anything more concrete than a release date: On July 13, 2018, Fox will release some kind of Marvel movie. What could it be? Here are three totally likely theories, plus one somewhat less likely theory and one extremely-unlikely-but-totally-awesome theory. READ FULL STORY
One of the newest members of the X-Men, Marvel’s mutant supergroup and long-running platform for various flavors of civil-rights allegory, came out of the closet in this week’s Uncanny X-Men #14. Although that makes it sound like a cosmic revelation, in fact Benjamin Deeds — a.k.a. Morph — rather casually mentions his homosexuality in conversation in the issue.
Gay characters are becoming more commonplace in superhero comic books. Just last year, occasional X-Man Northstar got married. And, as a representative for Marvel told the Huffington Post, the character’s sexual orientation is just “a small facet of who he is.” (Some context: he also has the power to alter his appearance, which will probably come up more frequently in supervillain fights than with who he shares his bed with.) READ FULL STORY
2015 is overcrowded with uber-geek movie projects: An Avengers sequel here, a Batman/Superman crossover there, Jurassic Park IV, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and even a freaking Star Wars sequel. By comparison, Fox’s planned Fantastic Four reboot is currently flying under the radar. The film will mark the first studio effort by Josh Trank, who made last year’s sleeper hit Chronicle; supposedly, Chronicle (and Fruitvale Station) star Michael B. Jordan is in the running to play Johnny Storm. Morever, the film will mark a complete break from the continuity of the mid-00s Fantastic Four series, which are mostly live on as artifacts of the pre- performance-capture era when poor Michael Chiklis had to walk around wearing orange rocks.
Although little is actually known about Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, rumors have abounded that 20th Century Fox has big plans for the reboot series. The studio also owns the big screen rights to the X-Men franchise, the longest-running series of the modern superhero era. In this post-Avengers moment, Fox is moving forward aggressively with the X-Men, with next year’s Days of Future Past uniting all the various franchise strands into one time-hopping mega-movie. Would Fox seek to link together X-Men and Fantastic Four, creating their own version of the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe? READ FULL STORY
After years of the bald pate that has made him utterly recognizable from his days as Jean-Luc Picard through X-Men‘s Professor X, Patrick Stewart is opting for silver-fox elegance alongside fellow Marvel universe-er Ian McKellen for a pair of stage classics.
This shot, exclusively debuting on EW.com, is from Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, in which Stewart plays Hirst opposite McKellen’s Spooner, as a pair of men in a North West London house sizing each other up over a hot summer night. Performing in repertory with No Man’s Land will be Samuel Beckett’s legendary Waiting for Godot, with Stewart and McKellen taking on Vladimir and Estragon, respectively. Joining them for both productions will be Billy Crudup (Arcadia) and Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!). Sean Mathias, who just helmed the Emilia Clarke-starring Breakfast at Tiffany’s, will be directing.
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The buzziest project at the four-day geekfest known as Comic-Con must have been something with elaborate costumes, breathtaking special effects, and an epic battle between good and evil… right?
Interestingly, not so much.
EW has partnered with General Sentiment to develop aggregate scores that record not just what’s trending on social media, but also what users are actually saying about those topics. And according to our analysis, the most talked-about thing on social media at the Con wasn’t superhero, sci-fi, or fantasy-related — it was CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, a sitcom entering its ninth and final season this fall.
Those who feel that TV has taken over the Comic-Con crown from movies in recent years have reason to feel validated in this data as well: four of the top five topics trending this year were TV shows (X-Men being the lone movie in that short list).
Check the list below to see which other TV shows, movies, and brands made the top 10 list.
Does Hugh Jackman ever slow down? From what we can report, the answer is a definitive no way, mate. For the cover story of our annual Summer Must List issue, EW visited the actor last year on the Sydney set of The Wolverine (in theaters July 26), where Jackman jumped and leapt and charmed his way through a series of seemingly back-breaking stunts that he made look as easy as pie. That’s entertainment — and who embodies the power and pop of summer in the cinema better than Jackman? READ FULL STORY
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