With the arrival of 2018 we are now entering the 18th year of existence for the big screen X-Men franchise -- and boy, has it changed a lot over the years. No longer just a single main-line series, it has blossomed into a full cinematic universe, growing spin-offs made by filmmakers given freedom to experiment with rating and genre. The full scope of the future is a bit of a mystery thanks to the looming merger between the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, but at the very least there are some very big things going down in the next 12 months.
There are two new X-Men movies coming in 2018, with plenty of machinations going on behind the scenes -- and all this certainly generates a certain amount of expectation. There are some key events, happenings, and moves that we are looking forward to this year, and we have built this feature with those desires. So read on, and tell us what you personally want to see from the X-Men franchise in the coming days, weeks, and months.
After a crazy extended development period, the Gambit movie looked like it was finally going to go into production this year. Fox carved out a Valentine's Day 2019 release date for the blockbuster, and they had secured Fox veteran Gore Verbinski to helm the film starring Channing Tatum. The last few months have outwardly appeared to be the most optimistic in the history of the project... but now the project has lost Verbinski and is back to square one.
All in all, Gambit has now lost a total of three directors -- Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman, and Gore Verbinski -- and that certainly seems like a sign from the Movie Gods that it's time to just throw in the towel. The titular mutant certainly has his fans, but there aren't a ton of people demanding this project, and there is clearly some kind of pre-existing wrench in the gears that is causing a lot of problems. Channing Tatum and producer Lauren Schuler Donner seem dedicated to making this film happen, but with the Disney-Fox deal on the horizon, it may be best if they just let this one go. The studio has pushed the film's release date back to June 7, 2019, but here's hoping that before the end of the year they just decide to kill it.