The Next X-Men Films Part Two: Deadpool, Magneto

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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X-Men Origins: Magneto

After X-Men 3: The Last Stand made its run, talk about the future of the franchise was focused on going backwards in time with prequels of the more popular characters introduced in the trilogy: Wolverine and Magneto.

While Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine took priority we did see a lot of movement on the other with David Goyer being picked up last summer to write and possibly direct the Magneto spinoff.

At the time, we knew the following about the plot for the film:

“The storyline will heavily involve Professor X, the wheelchair-using X-Men leader. That character was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps. The professor meets Magneto after the war and while they bond over the realization that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies.”

Although a de-aging special effect was used in X3 and to make Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen appear many years younger, there would need to be a re-cast of Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr for a movie based heavily when they were younger.

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Fast forward to present and we see that McKellen is doubtful of him playing Magneto in the prequel as well and hasn’t been kept in the loop in terms of the script. In an interview with Empire several weeks back, he discussed the situation.

“There’s meant to be a ‘Magneto’ script floating around… [But] I’ve not read it, so I suspect it wouldn’t involve me… I think it would be about the younger Magneto, and the most I could hope for would be to top and tail that. They can’t have someone whose face is as lined as mine any longer!”

With McKellen and Stewart not involved and this solo film standing alone from the X-Men movies, this project seems harder to sell to mainstream movie audiences in my mind, at least, compared to the other characters we’ve heard rumblings about. In Empire’s interview with Lauren Shuler Donner, the producer also touched on this project briefly but hinted at it being very low priority for the studio.

“David Goyer has written a brilliant script. It starts in the concentration camps and has Magneto coming out of there. But you know, I’m not sure that film is going to be made. The studio has a wealth of potential stories, and they have to stand back and decide which ones to make. And Magneto, I think, is at the back of the queue. Maybe it’ll get made in five years – who knows? I can tell you that Ian McKellen won’t be playing the character the whole way through. We used Lola technology in X-Men 3 to de-age Ian and Patrick for one scene, but it’s very expensive. To do that for a two-hour movie would be prohibitive financially. And to find a younger actor to fill Ian’s shoes, that’s pretty daunting. It’s not easy.”

I’m sorry for the Magneto fans out there but I think the idea of a movie featuring a younger Magneto and Prof. X has been replaced by X-Men: First Class where they can again play with a large cast of characters to market and merchandise. If my predictions on that come true, I think it’s possible we see a younger Magneto working alongside Patrick Stewart’s Xavier in that movie to build and start the school for mutants.

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  1. Not totally off topic,,,

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  2. i heard they are going to do x-4,and x-5,andx-6? if so great news. i want to see the magneto film over deadpool really,but i want to see a deadpool done wright. also first class or x-4 should done the sentinel story wright,and have sinister,and apocalypse in it.district-x would make a great film.i also hear they might do mystique’s film,and nightcrawler,and gambit if so awesome.but beak,anole,angel salvador,husk,prosimian,orb weaver,glob herman,rockslide, and chamber better be in one of these films or so help me lol.i think they should add them into the mutants in the new mutants film they are going to do. kinda like new x-men special class mixed with new mutants,and generation-x. even some of the mutants from x-men 2099 would be cool to see. my list of x-men films in order that i want to see are. new mutants if done how i said, x-4,x-5,and x-6,first class 1,2,and 3,wolverine2 and 3,magneto,gambit,nightcrawler,district-x,mystique,and deadpool.

  3. @ 790,

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  4. @ Gigan300,

    Ya, can’t say I disagree with ya

    [Big sad face]

  5. Hmm, personally I’m torn now, wolverine 2 sounds like a cop out, we get it, fox loves wolverine, lets stop concentrating on him for a while. I would personally love to see a magneto movie based solely on his branching away from the professor and making his outcast group. Deadpool, although cool, isn’t well known and I fear that it won’t draw a crowd like the more well known mutants.

    So really I think they should just make X4 and then concentrate on the other projects, my reasoning being that the other projects don’t require the entire original cast and the longer you wait the more chance you have of actors losing interest which means recasts, and NOBODY likes that. If I had prof x powers I would just have them make X4, delve into the Prof X/Magneto relationship in either that or an origin movie and really just take a break for a bit. Really it seems that more they make the less quality goes into them and the more disconnects with the original content arise. Just fix the main story and go from there because although all of these projects sound neat, I know half of them are going to be crap.

  6. Personally I really want to see X4 and X-Men First Class, and then maybe Deadpool.
    I also heard they were going to do a Colossus Origins, Nightcrawler Origins, and Cyclops Origins.
    If they do X4 they really need to concentrate on some of the characters they’ve just almost IGNORED or only use to make a point (e.g. Cyclops, Kitty, Colossus).
    I’m a big Kitty fan and also Colossus fan and was cut at the amount of screen time they actually gave these characters.
    I also feel that they need to fix up these storylines they’ve been attempting. I’m sad that the First Class team can’t be the original. They can’t really do the proper comic storylines now.
    Good luck to them, I hope they do a fantastic job, but I hope I won’t be as disappointed!

  7. Whats up with apocalyspe and mr.sinister and the acolytes

  8. If Magneto is not played by McKellen than don’t make it, period! Make the story line happen before the last stand, or make a movie for after it when he gets his powers back? Who cares, we want to see him as Magneto again! ! I have been an x-man fan my whole life, I’m 44 now! Make it happen..

  9. Listen, who cares about correctness, why can’t they make an Magneto movie with Me McKellen?
    He is the best Magneto and the one we want to see period!
    Why can’t it take place after the last stand timeframe ?
    Call it the rise of Magneto, it shows him regain all his powers
    This time he is the victor .I like the present x-men and want to see more. Give us what we want ! You can still do the other movies, any true x-men fans will see them..