It seems to be en vogue to really berate the X-Men movies, but I think we often do forget the importance the franchise played in laying the foundation for superhero movies as a whole. A lot of the improvements that were made were made on the mistakes made in this franchise. Additionally, in my opinion, ever since they rebooted the franchise with X-Men: First Class, there has been a fairly high bar of quality they’ve managed to meet, Apocalypse notwithstanding.
But all good things must come to an end, and with Disney reeling in 20th Century Fox, it’s fitting that Fox seems to be wrapping things up with Dark Phoenix. The film comes from writer-director Simon Kinberg, who has been a shepherd of the franchise since he helped write X-Men: The Last Stand. With this “cycle” seemingly coming to an end, one can’t help but wonder if he’s interested in continuing on with the franchise going forward with Marvel Studios’ inevitable takeover. LRM Online participated in a roundtable with the director, and here was his response to the question.
“I would love to continue to work on these movies. I love these characters and we’ll what form it takes as this merger evolves. We’ll see what the future plans are, but yeah, I would like to continue to work on it, because I like these characters. But I will say also, separate from all the Disney/Marvel/Fox stuff of it all, I think the question would be, ‘What is the next story to tell in the X-Men world?’ Because we really did approach this movie of ‘Let this be the culmination of this cycle, and then let us be challenged the same way we were challenged with X-Men: First Class after X3.’ Maybe it’s not coincidental that both X3 and this movie were culminations of a cycle with a cast of characters making X-Men movies. And after X3 we rebooted with X-Men: First Class. I think there’s something about the Dark Phoenix story that feels like the ultimate X-Men story.”
Kinberg went on to say that as interested he is in looking to the future, his head has been in Dark Phoenix (yes, I hear it) for so long that he hasn’t really had a chance to really look ahead and think about what the future actually holds for the franchise as a whole.
What do you think of Kinberg’s comments? Would you like to see him have a hand in the future of the franchise and do you think having someone like him come in work under Feige could be good for shaping things going into the MCU? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: LRM Online