Say what you will about the hit-or-miss nature of the last batch of proper X-Men movies, one of the things that have been universally-praised by fans was the casting of the younger versions of Magneto and Professor X. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy have done a fantastic job stepping into the roles that were originated on the big screen by Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
While fans debate the relative quality of films like X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't love to see more of Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto. Especially if he ever got a solo film, or another X-Men movie that gives the character space to grow like X-Men: First Class did.
The problem is: It's now up-in-the air whether or not we'll ever see Fassbender's Magneto again.
With X-Men: Apocalypse, Fassbender became one of several X-actors whose contracts were completed. Since then, much has been made about the fact that Fox is trying to figure where to go next with its X-Men franchise. While it was instantly assumed that X-Men: Apocalypse would get a direct follow-up that takes place in the 90s, we've been hearing rumors of another soft reboot being in the works.
With Fassbender, McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) all, essentially, being free agents now, it's anyone's guess who'll be brought back; If anyone. Fassbender more or less confirmed that his future with the series is completely unknown at the moment, while promoting Assassin's Creed on the Empire Film Podcast.
"I don’t know to be honest," the actor said. "I haven’t made any sort of decision on it because I have no idea what’s happening next with the franchise to be honest."
In today's day and age, where the futures for all of these superhero movies are so meticulously plotted out, with both Marvel Studios and DC doing their best to create, announce, and produce years of sequel installments, it says something that one of the stars of X-Men series has no idea what's next despite Apocalypse having come out seven months ago.
So this raises two key questions:
- Will we ever see Fassbender in another X-Men movie?
- What's the situation over at Fox that finds them taking this long to figure out what's next for the proper X-Men movies?
For now, one thing that's perfectly clear is that we may have seen the last of Fassbender and the other "new" actors introduced in X-Men: First Class.