Marvel Studios has finally started meeting with writers to discuss its upcoming X-Men reboot, though a decision isn't expected to be made until early next year.
Kevin Feige and company aren't thought to be in any rush to reintroduce these characters, no great surprise considering 20th Century Fox all but killed the franchise with flops like Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. Plus, there's one mutant now expected to be at the forefront of the Multiverse Saga.
Deadpool 3 will reportedly leave Hugh Jackman's Wolverine stranded on Earth-616, making the character a key part of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. However, the new Wolverine - who may also appear in that threequel - reportedly won't be part of the initial X-Men lineup.
The original X-Men movies were often criticised for making everyone other than Wolverine feel like a supporting character. It appears Marvel Studios wants to establish other mutants before throwing Logan into the mix, a bold move given his popularity.
It's worth pointing out that this lines up with the comic books where Wolverine didn't join the team until 1975 (they were introduced in 1963). We also wouldn't be surprised if the hero gets his own Disney+ TV series or movie that tells his story before he crosses paths with Professor X.
Does this mean the reboot will kick off with the Original 5? (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Angel Beast, and Iceman) We can only hope as that's something fans have waited a very long time to see on screen.
The new X-Men movie isn't expected to be released until after Avengers: Secret Wars, with that movie launching a new MCU where mutants exist. However, we're still not sure what that means for a character like Ms. Marvel who has already been confirmed to be one of them.
Stay tuned for updates on X-Men (they've got to call it The Uncanny X-Men, right?) as we have them.
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