There finally appears some movement on the Marvel Studios reboot of the X-Men film franchise. With the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), studios are finally able to get back to work and start developing and writing projects again. That includes the reboot of X-Men for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to a report by Deadline, writers are talking to studios again for some big assignments, and one of them is Marvel Studios’ X-Men. Marvel Studios is reportedly going to start meeting writers later this fall for pitches for the upcoming movie. Additionally, there is said to be no rush to fill the job since Marvle and Disney haven’t even dated the film for release yet. Also, the decision on the writer probably won’t even be made until early 2024.
MARVEL STUDIOS LOOKING TO MEET WRITERS SOON FOR X-MEN REBOOT
Deadline notes that Marvel declined to comment on the news. While there have been hints and teases of Mutants in the MCU so far in Ms. Marvel and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there still isn’t a full-on reboot on tap as of yet.
Next year will see the release of Deadpool 3 from Marvel Studios, featuring Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as Deadpool/Wade Wilson, and Hugh Jackman back once more to portray Wolverine/Logan. It’s not yet clear how the sequel will tie into the MCU Multiverse at large.
The X-Men haven’t had a theatrical release since 20th Century Fox’s Dark Phoenix in 2019, which was a gigantic critical and financial disappointment when the studio was amid a merger with Disney. Since the merger, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been overseeing the development of the X-Franchise, but there’s been no rush to reboot it either since Marvel has been focusing on so many other projects already in development. And while Marvel has teased Mutants, they’ve yet to truly dive in.
Before even Deadpool 3 hits the screen, the upcoming rival of the beloved X-Men: The Animated Series, X-Men ’97, will debut on Disney+. The new revival series is slated to debut on the streamer in early 2024. The animated series will pick up where the original series left off with the series finale, “Graduation Day,” back in 1997.
Also, while the WGA and AMPTP dispute has been resolved, the actors union, SAG-AFTRA, is still striking against the AMPTP. That means major Marvel Studios projects won’t be able to resume production or complete shooting, such as Deadpool 3 and Captain America: The New Order, won’t be able to resume shooting until the SAG-AFTRA strike is resolved.
Films like the Blade reboot, The Thunderbolts, and Fantastic Four won’t be able to start filming either until the strike is resolved. SAG-AFTRA has been on strike since July 14. Variety reports that SAG-AFTRA will re-enter negotiations with the AMPTP on Monday, October 2.
X-Men ’97 is expected to premiere on Disney+ in early 2024. Meanwhile, Deadpool 3 is still dated for May 3, 2024. Whether or not the film can still make that date with the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike remains to be seen.
What do you think of the news? Do you think it’s a positive sign that Marvel Studios is finally developing the planned X-Men reboot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What are your expectations for seeing the Mutants in the MCU? Let us know your thoughts about the news on The Illuminerdi’s social media.