In the wake of the financial success of the recent X-Men spinoff film featuring everyone’s favorite nice-guy Hugh Jackman as the overly nice Wolverine, there’s been plenty of talk, speculation and excitement over what the future holds for X-Men film franchise.
That being said, some don’t want that future at all. Not with Fox Studios anyways…
Shortly after the huge box office opening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, it was announced that Ryan Reynolds would be getting his own spinoff film for Deadpool – a character that wasn’t utilized right in the movie at all, to the point where they literally ruined him (the character and his life in the movie) to the dismay of many comics fans.
The bright side to that was the fact the Reynolds’ portrayal of Wade Wilson in his few scenes early in the film were spot on and in my mind, were the best part of the movie. Most agree that he was cast perfectly into the role before the movie even debuted and he sure proved them right. It’s unfortunate what they ended up doing with the character on screen out of his control.
What made the idea of Reynolds playing Deadpool even better was the fact that the Canadian actor loved the character and the books and he knew he (Wade Wilson/Deadpool) wasn’t being treated right in the movie. He said multiple times before the film came out that he’d love to make a proper Deadpool film based on the comics and he looked at the situation as an exciting opportunity to 1) play the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ and 2) to get the character introduced on screen in hopes of getting the chance to play him again under better circumstances.
Well, he was right and his movie was greenlit first out of the many X-projects in development over at Fox.
In addition to that, the folks over at MTV Splashpage held a little poll the other week to see what the fans wanted to see most of the potential sequel/spinoffs to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The votes pushed Deadpool into the winning spot but only by a bit. It had 32% of the votes with a Wolverine sequel at a close second with 28%. Who knows how many voters there actually were but its interesting nevertheless and it matches my tastes too. The other options were X-Men Origins: Magneto and X-Men: First Class.
For the Marvel Studios-based movies, I’ve made it well known in my writing that I’m most excited for Kenneth Branagh’s Thor film and for Fox’s ill-treated X-franchise, I’m most excited for the Deadpool spinoff.
On that note, we have an incredible little comic on how X-Men Origins: Wolverine could have ended by Liam Bradley and Marc Vuletich (artist ScarletVulture on Deviant Art). Thanks to JoBlo for the find:
[Click the Image to get the full-size comic from Deviant Art]
What was missing from the poll however, was the popular Gambit who’s one of my favorite X-characters. Of course, he wasn’t done that well in the movie. Taylor, where’ the Cajun accent, bud? You had it for a good minute or so then switched it every other scene.
Apparently, Kitsch has a three-picture contract and he’s in love with the character and excited at the chance to play him again. I’m all for it, if he actually acts like the Ragin’ Cajun but I don’t know where he’ll get that chance.
He shouldn’t be appearing in the Wolverine sequel, and there’s uncertainty as to how closely the Deadpool movie will tie-in to Wolverine (especially with how it ended). My prediction from a long while ago is that he’d be a shoe-in to be part of the X-Men: First Class roster but producer Lauren-Shuler Donner says he won’t be because it’s about the “first class” and he wasn’t part of that in the comics.
I don’t know what that means since they messed up who’s actually a part of the first class in X-trilogy and if it’s in continuity (which they said it would be as a true prequel to X-Men) then it’s already missing two of the original five X-Men characters who belong there. I’m not sure I believe her on that.
Long story short, if X-Men: First Class is coming soon (it’s currently being written by Josh Schwartz) I’d expect Gambit to be a part of it. Kitsch’s profile as a film actor is just beginning and he’s not a big enough star to support his own big budget X-Film yet, but he did just get cast as the lead in John Carter of Mars, which is planned as a big-budget trilogy on the same scale as Pirates of the Caribbean. By that time that comes out, he’ll be a more mature actor and extremely well-known – the perfect time to see Gambit grace the silver screen in his own feature film.
Also on that note, we know that Jackman won’t have a cameo in that film. It wouldn’t make sense story-wise and the movie’s in development with him not involved in any way.
But that’s another Screen Rant story for another day. Back to Deadpool…
Ryan Reynolds is currently in the process of finding his creative team for the spinoff while he works in his other upcoming film projects. He has already come out and said that the movie will be just like the comics and that he will sport his trademark costume in it.
How much faith do you have in Fox letting Reynolds make the movie his way and what do you think of the alternate ending for X-Men Origins: Wolverine?