While X-Men: Apocalypse wasn’t as well received as the previous entry, X-Men: Days of Future Past, there are still plenty of upcoming projects in the Fox franchise to keep things fresh. From a potential X-Men-related television series to the upcoming Wolverine-centered Logan film, Fox has certainly doubled down on its commitment to the comic book-inspired series. Still, there have been a lot of questions from fans wondering where the main films will go after the middling response to X-Men: Apocalypse. Though it’s known that the potential film will be set in the ‘90s, not much information is available beyond that.
With that said, it’s been rumored for months that Josh Boone’s upcoming New Mutants film would be titled X-Men: Supernova. New information suggests that this is not the case, however, and that title may in fact go to the next main entry in the X-Men series.
According to the most recent issue of Production Weekly (h/t Omega Underground), the title of X-Men: Supernova has apparently been confirmed alongside a name for Boone’s film (which is simply called X-Men: The New Mutants), and rumors seem to suggest that it’ll be the title for the eleventh film in the X-Men franchise.
Of course, this is not a complete confirmation that X-Men: Supernova will be the next main installment or just another spinoff film, but it’s reasonable to assume at this point that the former is much more likely. Going off this assumption, what exactly does the X-Men: Supernova title mean as far as potential storylines? Well, there are a few different ways it could play out. The most obvious comes from an X-Men comic released back in 2007 titled X-Men: Supernovas, which focused on a group of the heroes led by Rogue and their fight against the Children of the Vault - a cousin species of modern humans who believe that they should rule Earth.
There’s also the possibility that X-Men: Supernova is simply a working title meant to throw fans off the trail of the actual narrative that the next main story will tell, but given the scarce details available, there’s really no way to be sure. If that’s not enough, there’s also speculation that the title is a code for a Phoenix-centered film, which would make sense considering that X-Men: Apocalypse showed Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) unleashing her Phoenix powers.
After X-Men: Apocalypse, however, some fans may not be interested in another main entry in the X-Men series, and with Deadpool surprisingly grossing far more money than that film (especially with an R-rating) and the upcoming Logan getting a ton of positive early buzz, many would be happy to just see spinoff films set in the X-Men world for the foreseeable future. Then there’s the fans who want Marvel Studios to finally get the rights back for X-Men so they can do a proper reboot set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Neither seems particularly likely however, given how much money Fox has made from the series.