X-Men: Days of Future Past hits cinemas this May, delivering the largest superhero/villain ensemble audiences have ever seen on screen. Even bigger than The Avengers. But while Marvel’s success thrives off a series of solo films that culminate in one mammoth ensemble piece, Fox, who make X-Men, haven’t enjoyed the same success. Yet that’s all about to change in the future.
X-Men producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, has spoken to EW about Fox’s new stance on solo-outings, citing an out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new mentality that should delight every Marvel fan around the world. Donner says “There was a regime that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it.”
The producer even went as far as mentioning the particular characters she would like to see in future solo outings. And the names should excite fans: “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”
Simon Kinsberg, producer of X-Men First Class, also states that he would like to see Jennifer Lawrence donning the blue body paint for an all-out solo outing. “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past features characters from both Bryan Singer’s original films, and Matthew Vaughn’s younger incarnations in First Class. Check out this roll call: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, and Omar Sy (plus a rumoured Kelsey Grammar).
The story is set in the future (hence the name), a place and time where the Mutant race is threatened to the point of extinction. X-Men heavyweights, Magneto and Professor-X, take it upon themselves to send Wolverine back to the past in an effort to convince their younger counterparts to change the course of their lives.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits UK cinema screens 22 May, 2014 (23 May, USA).