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

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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A few days back, we put up part one of “The Next X-Men Films” series, our look into the future of Fox Studio’s growing and financially successful movie series based on Marvel’s mighty mutants. This was based on quotes from Empire’s recent feature on Lauren Shuler Donner, producer of all films X-Men related, and today we’ll look at the other two anticipated films she spoke about.

In Part One we discussed Wolverine 2, the most-likely-to-happen solo flick out of Fox’s development slate as well as X-Men: First Class, the prequel to Bryan Singer’s first X-Men which is currently in its writing stages with Josh Schwartz penning the script.

Now, it’s time to look at two other popular character solo movies that are in early stages of development: Deadpool and X-Men Origins: Magneto. One of these is likely to happen, one may not.

After the financial success of Wolverine’s solo prequel, we saw a quick greenlight for the Deadpool film and knew there’d be a Wolverine 2 down the road. Prior to this, X-Men: First Class, a team prequel to Bryan Singer’s first X-Men was already in the works. So, we all knew those were the three go-to projects for Fox Studios to come the soonest. What I never felt sure about was X-Men Origins: Magneto, since it would involve a recast of title character and wouldn’t tie-in too much with the franchise. That and the fact it would be based heavily during the holocaust made it less bankable as a superhero flick and more limited in playing with other popular mutants of the X-Men universe, especially compared to the other potential films they could create with those resources.


The first thing Donner said about the hopeful Ryan Reynolds starrer, Deadpool, is that it won’t be based on the messed up version of what we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. By that, she means Fox and/or the folks responsible for Hugh Jackman’s solo title admittedly did a poor job of bring Deadpool to live-action.

“I want to ignore the version of Deadpool that we saw in Wolverine and just start over again. Reboot it. Because this guy talks, obviously, and to muzzle him would be insane.”

Yeap. Almost as insane as giving the character lasers that shoot from his eyes or swords longer than his forearm that come out of his arm…

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Not the Deadpool we like

The one big issue that came not long after hype for the Deadpool project started to build was the unexpected announcement that Ryan Reynolds would be starring as Hal Jordan in the DC Comics movie, Green Lantern. Why would Warner Brothers choose the lead of an upcoming Marvel-based movie as the lead in their upcoming DC-based movie? More importantly for fans, does this mean he can only do one or the other?

“I don’t see it as a problem that Ryan [Reynolds] is also playing Green Lantern. I mean, look at Harrison Ford – he was in Stars Wars and Indiana Jones at the same time and everyone was fine with that. Green Lantern could not be more different to Wade Wilson. Green Lantern is a guy who finds a ring and is thrust into this world, much like Spider-Man. Wade Wilson is a guy who unfortunately gets cancer, and volunteers for a test that will give him healing powers. He is a bad ass, a wise-cracking mercenary, who will go out and kill anyone for money. But the thing about him is that, underneath it all, and he wouldn’t want you to know this, sometimes he’s not such a bad ass after all. Sometimes he does the right thing.”

As a fan of Reynolds and of his portrayal of Wade Wilson (pre-surgery) from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I want to see them make a Deadpool flick, especially with Donner, Reynolds and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld making statements that the project will stay true to the comics, bring his red & black costume, break the fourth wall and bring a ton of attention to why he’s called the “Merc with the mouth.”

With that said, what kind of style and story can we expect from a Deadpool film?

“It’s going to be a dark, snarky, very funny movie. It’s the hardest story to tell, I think. There’s no clear cut villain – though you do have great baddies from the comic-books like Black Tom, Slayback, Blind Al and the Weasel. Blind Al is this blind woman in his house, who he abuses and mocks… it’s terrible. But you find out that she was a convict who did something terrible and he saved her from execution. So he lets her live in his house and she looks after him, but they both torture each other. Anyway, there are good stories and we’re figuring out which ones to incorporate.”

Lastly, Donner touched on where they are in pre-production for the flick and re-iterates that they’re really trying to push new boundaries in the comic book movie genre with this project.

“We’re right in the thick of talking to writers right now, and hopefully by November we’ll have decided who’s going to do it. We need someone really imaginative because we want to do some really innovative, ambitious stuff. Ryan’s mentioned this in an interview already but there are parts where he’s going to break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience in the cinema. We have to work out how to do that. I don’t know that Fox will agree with all our decisions, but we’ll see!”

Unfortunately, she ended with the statement about Fox’s approval. Uh oh. Maybe we won’t see any fourth wall breakage and maybe they won’t have Deadpool wearing his mask after all. For once, I think fans need to see the folks responsible for production of the film to have more creative control. I’d love to see what the Donner, Reynolds and the writing team come up with if given complete creative freedom.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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  1. I’m going to go out on a limb here, throwing a cat among the pigeons.

    Just an impromptu thought but does anyone think a Deadpool movie directed by Quentin Tarantino would work?

  2. I’m not a tarantino fan but I could definitely see him as being a good director/writer for Deadpool. At least for all the pop culture jokes and references. Can’t say I’m terribly excited for X-men first class. I think all the more interesting stories involve the current adult x-men. I also don’t see the appeal of a magneto movie. I’d be fine with x-men 4, wolvie 2 and deadpool.

  3. I’m so glad they are not sticking with Wolverine Origins for Deadpool. What a mess they made of him lol. Reynolds should do him justice so we’ll see.

  4. as weird as it is, I really just want an X4 directed by singer. All these other films are well and good, but I really just hate the way the story of X3 went. I would love for them to bring back Cyclops and Professor x (I don’t care about Jean).

    Order of priority,IMO:

    Wolverine 2
    First Class

    Studio’s likely order (sadly):
    Wolverine 2
    First Class
    Magneto (not happening)

  5. @vid

    Yeah I can’t say I’m all that excited for X-Men First Class either. Although an X-Men Origins film with Cyclops, Beast, Marvel Girl, Angel, Iceman and Prof X would be really cool if done right.

    I know I’m probably in the minority, but I would love to see an all new all different director, perhaps after X-Men 4.

    As for Tarantino directing Deadpool, I’m not a huge fan but I do find his work interesting and I think it would bring a whole new audience to appreciating super hero films.

    And you’ve always got Quentin’s buddies Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Can you imagine Deadpool with all three directors alla “Sin City” style but in a gritty colourised form? Again I’m just throwing out some random thoughts.

  6. Wow. They are determined to run that franchise right into the ground, aren’t they?

    Well, if that means the X-Men Origins: Magneto film never gets made by Donner (who is guilty of X3, Constantine, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Goyer (Blade Trinity, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD), that it is shelved until the rights revert back to Marvel Entertainment, I’m fine with that.

  7. I’m hoping it ties in with the Wolverine film. It wouldn’t be right to have established Wade Wilson in one film and then reboot just that one particular character for another……

    They could always say that Weapon XI seen at the end of the film was a clone of Wilson with other mutants powers injected in. Since we never really saw what happened to Wade Wilson after the scene in Africa, they could pick up his story from there. That way all the X films can still have the same continuity.

  8. I still say get rid of reynolds. I never liked reynolds in anything.

    Ditch the whole magneto movie. Don’t do a magneto movie unless they’re going to get an actor that resembles magneto physically in the comics. Which they completely failed doing so with McKellen. Good actor but is NOT magneto.

    • McKellen is the best Magneto ! He is a great actor.
      Who cares if he doesn’t resemble a comic book person, really, this is the big screen. I agree keep Reynolds as deadpool, he is the right choice. They can recast green lantern, if they make a part 2.
      Rise of Magneto movie w/ Mr McKellen ! Make it happen !

    • McKellen is the best Magneto ! He is a great actor.
      Who cares if he doesn’t resemble a comic book person, really, this is the big screen. I agree keep Reynolds as deadpool, he is the right choice.
      Rise of Magneto movie w/ Mr McKellen ! Make it happen !

  9. @ ORi,

    Sorry man, Ryan Reynolds IS Wade Wilson. I think he’s perfect for the role.

  10. If you got rid of Reynold there might not be a Deadpool film for years or his replacement could be ten times worse.

  11. Reynolds,I meant.

  12. ORI

    Although they are rebooting the character, perhaps they want to keep some resemblance of X-Men Origins: Wolverineas to not confuse people thus still having Reynolds play the character. And, fans already like seeing Ryan as Wade.

    Having said that, they do not HAVE to make Reynolds Deadpool… considering that he did NOT play Deadpool in Xmen Origins: Wolverine. He played Wade Wilson but they had a martial artist with makeup play the role of Weapon XI.

    Hell wear a mask anyways so his face wont show, so what is the point?

  13. Oh,

    And like Rob said, “hes a perfect deadpool” I agree, hes great.

    But hopefully even though his face may not show much… let’s keep our fingers crossed that they use the usual Reynolds comedy in the Deadpool movie.. that way we can TELL it’s Reynolds behind the mask.

  14. @ORI

    Ryan Reynolds makes a perfect Deadpool. I can’t see anyone else playing him.

  15. Have anyone played Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2? The level where you meet Deadpool, one of his remarks while you’re playing is something like “Look what they did to all of these cherry blossoms! It’s not like those things grow on trees!” LMAO!!

    And like if you let his health get low he’ll break the fourth wall and be like “hello, look at my health, time for a heal…” Or when you beat someone he’s like “Yah, I bet you wish the game makers gave you a bigger health bar huh?”

    It’s pretty funny, I like playing as Deadpool just to hear his stupid remarks.

  16. do an x-men origins:magneto, do it with professior xaviour and have it in the war and bring it to them bilding the mathion and cyreebro and then magneto going his seperate ways because of there differnt view. they should do x-men 4 as well.

  17. hey there sonic asassin i also want to see x-men origins film featuring cyclops,marvelgirl,iceman,angel & beast. the way it should have been done the first time. please marvel make an x-men origins film with only origin team members.

  18. Hey Michael,

    Yeah it would be great to see. But IMHO it would need an (A List) Director with a strong vision and attention to detail for the original source material.

  19. Gotta say, and I’m obviously in the minority here, but First Class is the project I’m looking forward to most. There’s so much potential there, even with all the discontinuity. And First Class can easily give us the origin of Magneto and Xavier. My biggest problem with a Magneto movie is I just feel like the character can’t carry an entire film on his own, but incorporating some of Goyer’s Magneto script into First Class could be feasible.

    As for Deadpool, didn’t they have that after the credits ending where they show the audience that Weapon XI is alive just to set up the Deadpool movie? Seems kind of pointless otherwise.

  20. @ Josh Rose

    they did show Weapon XI after the credits alive and well, but it was so dumb what they did with/to him that the new Deadpool movie has nothing to do with it.

  21. @ORI, You’re dead wrong on both counts but everyone’s entitled to his/her opinion which is what makes this site rock.

    @Sonic Assassin, Quentin Tarantino would NEVER work for one reason and one reason only: Ratings.
    You can’t have (or hope to make any money on) a comic book character movie with an ‘R’ rating that wasn’t marketed for that audience originally. (Case in point, The Crow)

  22. @JessSayin

    How am I wrong about not liking reynolds as an actor? Because that’s what I was saying. I’m wrong about my own opinion? I just don’t like him. Every movie I’ve seen him in he has to add a little bit of his obnoxious and annoying personality and I can’t get over it. So I avoid any movie he’s in. It’s just upsetting that he has to be linked to these great movies that will eventually come out. Green Lantern(which I am VERY upset about) and Deadpool. I dunno lol maybe I’m just jealous he’s married to scarlett johansson.

    And as far as magneto, no doubt mckellen is a great actor but he just never looked the part to me. I know these movies had to have a certain aspect of SOME realism to it but in the comics magneto was never this frail looking old man. He was muscular, had a build to him and LOOKED powerful and imposing. They nailed jackman and stewart for their parts but they just failed with magneto.

  23. I don’t know why everyone is so impressed with Ryan Reynolds. For the very brief period Deadpool could speak, he came off as a frat boy trying to sound macho (he was definitely not funny). And the rest of the time, he couldn’t speak and most of his fight choreography was special effects.

    What is the big deal?

  24. RE: Magneto casting. The fact is they could not have Magneto look like a 30-40 year old as he does in the comics because then they would have to explain how the character was deaged, otherwise he would have been too young to have experienced the Holocaust. To explain how Magneto was deaged would have taken too much time and distracted from the main story. Looks are not everything. Given the level of dramatic chops needed to pull of a character like Magneto and have the audience take him seriously, McKellen was perfectly cast.

  25. @ Ori

    jess saying said it’s your opinion. Did you even read the comment?

    I agree though. Reynolds is great for the role. Also, Ian McKellen is a wonderful actor in my opinion.

  26. Hang on, so they wanted to make a deadpool movie, yet allowed that awful version of the character to be in Wolverine? Do they not have script or story editors over at Marvel? Why, when they were making Wolverine, did someone not say ” Hang on a minute guys, nothing in this movie works, lets make it better”.
    Sometimes i really wonder how these bad films get made. Its a genuine mystery, the ammount of money and talent thrown at Wolverine and they still mucked it up.

  27. @ kiplingkat,

    I thought Reynolds was hilarious – best part of the film for me.

    I love that dude

  28. Rob,

    For me that was the ONLY good part about the film. Everything else was just trash.

  29. @kiplingkat

    Finally someone that agrees with me on reynolds. I took into account what you said about the magneto casting. I’m glad someone brought that up because otherwise I wouldn’t have known. I only followed X-men comics for a short while until Magneto removed the adamantium from Wolverine and was unfamiliar with the de-aging. I can accept Mckellen now to an extent. Still, I would prefer to see something regarding his de-aging in the future. Guess I just have to look at him as a REALLY old frail magneto.


    I did read. Not that it really matters but did YOU read? Yes, he did say it was my opinion but not before saying my opinion was dead wrong. Meaning, what I was dead wrong about was my own opinion….???? Wow. Don’t really care anymore anyways.