Despite the deal between Disney and Fox, Brian Michael Bendis is still working on a script for an upcoming X-Men movie. News of Bendis' involvement with an X-Men movie initially emerged in early 2018, with him being attached to the movie Tim Miller (Deadpool) was recruited to direct. The tentative title of the film, 143, suggests that it will revolve around the character of Kitty Pryde.
In 2017, DC announced that Bendis would join its ranks as he took on writing duties for some of the company's biggest titles, including Superman and Action Comics. Bendis will also act as curator for DC's new imprint Wonder Comics. Although Bendis currently writes for DC Comics, he made a name for himself writing for Marvel. Not only did he help create Marvel's Ultimate line of books, he also created the character of Jessica Jones in Alias and created Powers, with both series eventually getting adapted for TV. So it makes sense that 20th Century Fox would hire him to pen the script for a new X-Men movie. However, most fans believed that his film's status was up in the air after Disney began to prepare to buy Fox assets in a deal expected to be completed by June. With Disney essentially taking over the X-Men franchise, many believed that Bendis' project would end up in limbo or be cancelled altogether.
However, Bendis recently took to Twitter to answer a fan's question about the project. In a tweet, he confirmed that he is still working on the X-Men film. The writer has previous experience writing for X-Men comics, having spent time working on Ultimate X-Men, All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. He was also an executive producer and consultant on the recent film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film for Sony.
Yeah, I’m working on it right now. It’s vvvvvvvery surreal and delightful to be so deep inside the X mansion and the fortress of solitude at the same time https://t.co/trsQtX4rS9— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) February 4, 2019
The next movie in the X-Men universe is Dark Phoenix, starring Sophie Turner. The film will try to tackle the subject of Phoenix's transformation into Dark Phoenix, with many hoping that the new movie will offer a better version of the story than the one seen in X-Men: The Last Stand. Disney and Marvel don't have official plans for X-Men after the deal with Fox is done, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been open about his excitement for the possibilities, including bringing some lesser-known characters to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney could also bring X-Men to tv for its streaming subscription service, but that also can't happen until the deal is finalized.
Although the Disney and Fox deal is not yet complete, it's good to know that the upcoming acquisition may not affect the previously announced Bendis project. However, it may just be the case that Bendis will continue working on it until it's officially cancelled. After all, a Kitty Pryde movie is just what X-Men fans need to breathe new life into the franchise.
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- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020