Fox has long had plans for an X-Force movie, plans that were seriously rekindled after the success of Deadpool. Writer Drew Goddard recently revealed that he's still attached to the project, in spite of the Disney purchase.
It's safe to assume that X-Force will include the cast of the Deadpool movies. If that's the case, we should expect to see a blend of different incarnations of the comic book team: Cable, Deadpool, Colossus, Domino, and probably Negasonic Teenage Warhead as well. Given that it spins out of the Deadpool films, that makes it likely the film will still go ahead should Disney's purchase of Fox be approved.
Surprisingly, in November last year, Fox announced that they were moving forward with a Multiple Man film, starring James Franco. It's something of a curveball; although the character has a firm following, he's not exactly an A-lister. Although there's no word on a director, Allan Heinberg has been signed up to write the script.
Many fans are speculating that the movie will be inspired by Peter David's popular X-Factor run. This saw the Multiple Man head up a team of superhero private detectives, known as "X-Factor Investigations." The comics were well-known for their offbeat noir style, and are viewed as some of David's best work in the last 20 years.
Director Tim Miller may have stepped aside from Deadpool 2, but still seems to be a part of the X-Men franchise. To everybody's surprise, there has been recent news that he's begun working on a Kitty Pryde movie. One of the most popular X-Men, Kitty is usually a team player, so the idea raised a lot of eyebrows. The project seems to be at a very early stage of development, so it's unclear when - if ever - it will materialize.
Dafne Keen's performance in Logan wowed fans and critics alike, and there were reports Craig Kyle and James Mangold were developing a script for a solo film. Unfortunately, this is one movie that's under threat by the Disney deal. Worse, any delays automatically hamper the project; as a teenager, the longer Keen's out of the franchise, the more different her return would have to be. Meanwhile, there are reports that Disney are planning to recast Wolverine, in which case X-23 may sadly be surplus to requirements.
Alpha Flight and Exiles
In February 2017, Simon Kinberg revealed that Fox is also looking at new team films. He specifically name-dropped "X-Flight and Exiles." There's never been a team called "X-Flight," so most fans assumed he was referring to the Canadian superhero team known as Alpha Flight. Meanwhile, the Exiles are an interdimensional group of heroes who travel through different realities. There's been no mention of these two concepts since Kinberg's throwaway comment, so it's doubtful they're being seriously considered.
It's impossible to know what the future holds for the X-Men franchise right now. Fox clearly intend to assume it's business-as-usual, and are continuing with their current plans. Given that's the case, it's safe to assume at least two more X-Men films will have started production by the time regulators have reached a decision on the Disney purchase; Fox has two more Marvel-related release dates booked for 2019 (in June and November, respectively) that would have to start production over the course of this year. But after that, and assuming the regulators green-light the deal, the series' ultimate fate won't rest with Fox. Instead, it will be in the hands of Marvel visionary Kevin Feige.
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- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
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