Earlier this week news broke that Channing Tatum had abruptly (at least from an outsider’s perspective) exited the Gambit solo film. No reason was given, although with the reported, proposed budget coming in at $160 million (that’s $10 million more than X-Men: Days of Future Past), it seemed fair to speculate that Tatum’s departure had something to do with budget issues. You can breathe a sigh of relief now, though, because Tatum is back on the Gambit pony.
We previously learned that neither Patrick Stewart nor Ian McKellen will be appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, as the new sequel focuses more on the younger cast. But Bryan Singer’s latest photo from the set may be giving fans a glimmer of hope, with Stewart paying the production a little visit.
Deadpool wasn’t the only character who wasn’t properly represented in X-Men Origins: Wolverine — Gambit was also fairly disappointing in that film, leading many fans to wonder if we’d ever see a decent version of the character on the big screen. We’re finally getting our wish with Channing Tatum in the role of the Cajun mutant, and new info on the film not only reveals that it will begin shooting this fall, but gives us some idea of the players involved.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve gotten some sneak peeks at X-Men: Apocalypse via photos in Entertainment Weekly, featuring new characters like Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse, Olivia Munn’s Psylocke, and Alexandra Shipp’s Storm. But what about the other new, young mutants? 20th Century Fox has released a gallery of high-res photos featuring Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Cyclops and more.
“Shared universe” used to be a phrase that only got tossed around in comic book shops. It was the kind of phrase that would earn blank stares from the cool kids, often right before you were shoved into a locker. Now, all of those cool kids wear Avengers shirts and know that shared universes are the Next Big Thing in Hollywood, were sprawling franchises will tell various stories about various characters who happen to share the same world. This was popularized by Marvel Studios, but their arch-rival, 20th Century Fox, isn’t going to let them hog the spotlight. Oh, no. Director Bryan Singer has confirmed a rumor that’s been floating around for quite some time: the studio wants to spin-off the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into their own crossover movie.
That someone is likely Storm. As teased at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Apocalypse’s titular big bad (played by Oscar Isaac) has origins in Egypt — he is likely the oldest mutant, and perhaps the very first. But he’s not the only one who comes from that part of the world. Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, grew up in Cairo, putting her right on Apocalypse’s home turf.
We were greeted with an unexpected — but totally welcome — surprise yesterday at 20th Century Fox’s Comic-Con panel. Hugh Jackman was the first to arrive on stage for the X-Men: Apocalypse portion of the evening, where he once again confirmed The Wolverine 2 as his last Logan outing. We weren’t expecting much in the way of news from the sequel, but then Jackman said three words: “Old Man Logan.”
20th Century Fox is holding their big Comic-Con 2015 panel tonight, where we’ll likely see new stuff from X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four. But if you can’t wait until then, you can get your first look at X-Men’s newest villain right now via an official poster that’s circulating around Comic-Con today.
Take this rumor with a big heap of salt, but it’s one that doesn’t seem implausible: after helping to revitalize the X-Men franchise he started with 20th Century Fox, Bryan Singer is apparently their choice to direct the Fantastic Four sequel. This would lend credence to recent rumors that Fox is looking to set up an X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover film down the line.
On July 2nd 1963, the first issues of two different series hit newsstands, and launched franchises that would some day be recognizable to the entire world: The Avengers and The X-Men, the teams that would truly tie everything together and serve as the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe.
One of these books brought together the company's mightiest heroes; the other featured all-new characters and introduced the idea of mutants battling to save a world that hates and fears them.