Most of the major movie studios own a piece of the Marvel pie, and after the enormous success of Marvel’s The Avengers and all of its tie-in solo movies, Sony and Fox are looking to expand their franchises as well, as is Warner Bros. with their catalogue of DC Comics titles. Sony is currently in the process of turning The Amazing Spider-Man into a powerhouse of villainy with Venom and The Sinister Six spin-offs. Warner Bros. is building Man of Steel into Justice League, and Fox has X-Men: Apocalypse andWolverine 3 on its slate, not to mention a Fantastic Four reboot now in production.
Fox also has other Mutant related titles that fall under the X-Men banner, with Deadpool,New Mutants and X-Force all rumored to be getting their own movies sometime soon. But what is Fox going to do with all these titles? Will they huddle them altogether for aMarvel’s The Avengers-like ensemble? Simon Kinberg talks about working towards that.
At this time, Marvel is working to bring four titles to Netflix in the form of television dramas, with Daredevil kicking off things in 2015 followed by Luke Cage, Iron Fist andJessica Jones. This will culminate in an epic The Defenders miniseries. They also haveMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. currently airing on ABC (though it hasn’t yet been renewed for season 2) and are planning to launch Marvel’s Agent Carter this winter. While Sony doesn’t currently have any plans for a Spider-Man TV series that we know of, DC and Warner Bros. are finding great success with Arrow on The CW, and it will soon be followed by The Flash. They also have Constantine at NBC and the Batman inspiredGotham at Fox. What about 20th Century Fox and X-Men, though? Are there plans for a mutant TV series?
Mutants have invaded TV before. Avi Arad produced Mutant X, which followed a group of ‘new mutants’ for three seasons in syndication from 2001 to 2004. But it wasn’t based on characters from the X-Men comics, and actually spurned a lawsuit between Marvel and 20th Century Fox. In 2003, the two parties resolved their differences in a confidential settlement. There was also the 1996 Fox TV movie Generation X, which was a spin-off of the X-Men and portrayed some of the members we’ve seen in the more recent movies.
Finally, Simon Kinberg commented on the prospects of an R-rated Deadpool movie, something that has long been discussed and continues on in development. It sounds like we’ll see it at some point, but who knows when?
Are you excited about the idea of an X-Men TV series? Should they make Deadpoolsooner than later? Anything is possible in the world of Marvel mutants.Deadpool is in development and stars Ryan Reynolds.