Dark Phoenix hits DVD and Blu-ray on September 17. It’s the final adventure for this cast of characters. And it’s the next-to-last X-Men film we’ll see for a while, assuming The New Mutants eventually gets released. There have been a LOT of X-Men movies, ranging from fair to awesome. And then there are those that might have been.
Let’s take a look at days of future past with X-Men movies that were never made:
X-Men Origins: Magneto
Wolverine got his own spin-offs, so why not give one to the X-Men series’ most popular villain? Sheldon Turner wrote a script set between 1939 and 1955. It followed Magneto trying to survive in Auschwitz. Xavier is a young soldier who helps liberate the camp. Magneto tracks down and exacts vengeance on the Nazis who tortured him. This quest for vengeance puts him at odds with Xavier. While the film was eventually shelved, parts of it were absorbed into X-Men: First Class.
The fan favorite comic book character has only appeared in one X-Men movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was played by Taylor Kitsch. However, Channing Tatum was attached to star in a full-length Gambit film for years through several script changes, several changes of directors, and several release date changes. After Disney acquired Fox, they finally cancelled the project. All hope is not lost though. Gambit may not get his own movie, but Marvel will probably bring him to life when they finally make their own X-Men movie(s).
Byron Burton wrote a script featuring Nicholas Hoult’s Hank McCoy (not Kelsey Grammar’s). The film would have featured a mutant with a mutation similar to his own that was terrorizing an Inuit village. It would also have featured a connection to Mr. Sinister from the comics. And Beast would have been fighting alongside Wolverine in the final act. However, that’s the reason it never got made. Simon Kinberg, who was in charge of the X-Men film property, refused to even read the script as he had his own plans for bringing Wolverine back into the X-Men universe.
X-Force is a team of superheroes often associated with the X-Men. According to Wikipedia, they take a more militant and aggressive approach toward their enemies than the X-Men do. Deadpool 2 featured a version of the X-Force. However, the X-Force were slated to get their own violent, raunchy, R-rated movie similar to Deadpool. Unfortunately, the X-Force movie was another casualty of the Disney-Fox merger.
Fox’s Marvel crossover movie
On Kevin Smith’s Youtube show Fatman Beyond, writer Zack Stentz revealed a project he’d been co-writing in 2011 that would have used every Marvel character that Fox owned at the time. In addition to the X-Men, the movie would have featured The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and Daredevil. Paul Greengrass came close to directing it. I wish Disney/Fox would publish/release the script for this unmade film because I’m so curious. Stentz was a co-writer on Thor and X-Men: First Class. I’d love to see what his take on these characters would be and how it differs from how others have portrayed them. Plus, it would just be fun to see them all together.
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