Ok, so this might be the most interesting and exciting news since.... I don't know, a long time probably. Fox and Marvel appear to have to come to a deal that will see the two collaborate on an X-Men live action TV show.
The project is currently unnamed and probably isn't going to be what you'd first expect. The current information is that it will focus on a family who discover that their son has mutant powers and have to go on the run from a hostile government and find refuge with an underground group/ network of mutants.
There's a lot of different ways this could go, because of how loose the current plot description is. They don't mention any characters involved, so the mutant son could be any major or minor X-Men character. A hostile government suggests Sentinels, but that isn't confirmed and an underground network of mutants could be any number of groups from the X-Men franchise, be it the X-Men themselves (as a more gritty and realistic imagining) it could be one of the newer X-Factor groups or, hell, it could even mean the Morlocks. It also hasn't been stated whether or not this will tie in with the X-Men film series. If it does, then we are likely to see a focus on less well known characters that haven't featured or haven't featured heavily in the films. If it doesn't, then we could see reimagining's of everyone's favourite mutants for an episodic format.
The most exciting thing about this whole thing however is the fact that Marvel and Fox are working together on this project. Now, I can't be the only one who sees this and immediately thinks, Marvel have the MCU, Fox have X-Men and The Fantastic Four, they are collaborating on a project together involving one of those groups.... so X-Men for MCU? It is way too early to know what is going to happen here, but as with Spider-Man, if some sort of deal can be worked out both sides make ALL OF THE MONEY, and the fans literally lose all of their minds, all of them. Because who doesn't want to see the X-Men in the MCU, especially if this TV series doesn't have anything to do with the film series, because then you don't have to worry about fitting the X-Men films stupidly complicated timeline in with the MCU.
You can read the full article as published by Variety here. Thoughts down in the comments below people. I'm sure there's going to be a lot of you who are excited about this project.
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It’s a bit early for me to be excited for the project. On the plus side, the creative team looks solid. On the negative side, it’s going to Fox…
This Fox/Marvel team up isn’t really as earth shattering as it might first appear. Legion is also a collaboration between the two studios and is far further along in production (and has a better network and creative team). Given that Marvel owns the TV rights to X-men, the only way an X-men show could be made at all is with their input. Something that hasn’t been brought up before, or at least that I’ve seen, is whether this studio cooperation is a result of the fracture between Marvel’s film and television departments. I’m not saying that Feige would have said no to the cooperation, but I could see Perlmutter being more open to that conversation after losing out on the films. Just a thought based in no way on actual evidence.
I’m also in the camp that’s cool with the X-men not being in the MCU. The two work better independently of each other IMO. Fox has been able to carve themselves a pretty nifty little niche that is its own.
Definitely interesting but I’ll reserve thoughts until there’s an actual product. For the most part, Fox has done well with “Gotham.” But I don’t want an X-Men TV series to be another “Gotham.” If they fall into that trap, the show is already doomed.
I’m thinking the characters will be minor or made-for-TV. The heavy hitters are established in the movies. Just as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” alludes to but never shows the bigs and featured Lady Sif once. No real complaints with “Agents,” either. Except the brutal murder of Agent Hand. Despite that, I hope they do find a way to bring back Brett Dalton (Grant Ward / Hive).
At first, I thought why Fox not ABC? Yeah, this is the best way to keep X-Men out of the MCU. It’s too late to inject them into “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. It’s Marvel. I’m sure they can come up with some convoluted way to make it happen.
Right now, I’m just dying for more CW. I love what they’re doing with The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Maybe bringing Supergirl over from CBS will improve her show. And more “iZombie,” plox!