With the Disney/Fox deal roughly two months away from becoming final, the end is seemingly near for the current version of the X-Men universe, and according to a new report, several mutant-related properties have now been canned.
The claim comes to us from frequent leaker DanielRPK, who relays intel that the various spinoff movies planned for Gambit, Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer, Kitty Pryde and Multiple Man have all been shelved. And while this report has yet to be confirmed, it would genuinely surprise us if any of these projects saw the light of day at this stage, at least in the forms that Fox intended.
Out of all those movies, the only one with a release date set is Gambit, which was said to be headed for cinemas on March 13th, 2020. Nonetheless, the fans have long had their doubts that the film would actually make that deadline, especially in light of the various delays that the project has already faced. Back in October, producer Simon Kinberg even felt the need to address the public’s skepticism towards the project, telling the doubters via Collider, “I share your cynicism generally, but in this particular case we’re working very hard to get the movie going.”
As for all those other movies, many fans had long assumed that they were off the table, despite Fargo writer Noah Hawley reportedly finishing a Doctor Doom script at least as far back as June.
In any case, DanielRPK goes on to observe that Fox’s X-Men universe may have only two releases to go, with Dark Phoenix coming out on June 7th, 2019, followed by The New Mutants on August 2nd. As for X-Force, the fate of the planned Deadpool spinoff is still up in the air.