– by Joseph Jammer Medina

By this point in history, almost every major comic book superhero has had some onscreen appearance of sort. We’re at the point where the real B-level or even C-level characters are starting to get serious consideration, and given the plethora of unique stories, it makes sense that studios would be mining that territory.

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The latest character confirmed to be getting the big screen treatment is Multiple Man, a mutant who is able to clone himself. On board to play James Madrox himself is actor James Franco. But what will be the approach Franco and 20th Century Fox will take with the character?

It sounds like they’ll be taking cues from previous out-of-the-box successes Deadpool and Logan, as Franco indicated to THR.

“I do have a superhero that I am developing. I don’t know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it. It’s early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there’s a need to develop more.”

“Our bottom line MO is, how can we push this into new ground? A little bit, but still make it entertaining? [But] what I love about what Simon Kinberg and Fox and the X-Men people have done with Deadpool and Logan — it took a while to get there, maybe 10 years — but they are going to go hard R. And we’re going to take this superhero thing and really just push it into a new genre. So we’re working with Simon Kinberg on an X-Men property.”

What is key here is not that Fox just went hard R, but that they went hard R when it fit the characters and their mythology. So in addition to being creative and pushing new boundaries, we certainly hope that no matter what they do with Multiple Man, that it’s in keeping with the spirit of the character.

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  • Kindofabigdeal

    I hope they go with my idea. The runaway Multiple Man being chased by a bunch of versions of himself, each with various abilities they’ve adapted. They need some information that he was sent to get about a secret island resort called Genosha. Instead of finding it’s secrets he decides to go on vacation and fall in love. Now they need his experience and access. But he knows that if he returns to the source he loses all individuality.

    • randomironicname

      I hope this just develops into a remake of Michael Keaton’s “Multiplicity”.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        With a dash of Mr. Mom.

        • Rey

          220, 221, whatever it takes.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.