'X-Men' Producer Wants to Try Spin-Offs Again, Maybe with Mystique
If there's one thing pretty much every X-Men fan can agree on it's that the origin spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine was absolutely terrible. It turned Logan (Hugh Jackman) into a walking punchline, had poorly completed special effects, and completely ruined the character of Deadpool. But that doesn't mean longtime franchise producer Lauren Schuler Donner wants to give up on the prospect of spinning off characters into their own films again, especially with how successful Marvel has been with their cinematic universe. And one of those characters might be Jennifer Lawrence as shapeshifting mutant Mystique. Read on!
Speaking with EW, Schuler Donner explains the lack of motivation and awareness for spin-offs last time:
“There was a regime [at the studio] 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. I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”
Schuler Donner previously talked about Gambit, and went so far as to mention Channing Tatum as being a prime candidate to fill the role (and the actor has also expressed interest in the same character). His inclusion in the X-Men in the near-future seems likely since Gambit was also one of the mutants that director Bryan Singer recently said he wanted introduce into the mix in X-Men: Apocalypse coming in 2016. Meanwhile, it's writer and producer Simon Kinberg, hired to shepherd a hopeful shared universe between X-Men and Fantastic Four, who sees potential in Mystique. He says:
“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."
And if the latest trailer and posters are any indicator, Mystique is quite prominent in this film. Plus, much like Hugh Jackman, Lawrence has become a breakout lead, and could easily draw an audience in for her own spin-off. At the same time, we're not sure if Mystique as a character is loved in the way that Wolverine is, so a spin-off featuring her character may not fare so well. Still, it sounds like Fox will have plenty of X-Men to play with after X-Men: Days of Future Past premieres this summer, so we'll see which other mutants from the team end up getting their own movie, if anyone. Thoughts?