A Neverending Story

With Disney’s imminent purchase of Fox’s movie division you would think they would halt their comic book movie production, but not so. With the sale, Disney/Marvel will attain back  the rights to X-MenDeadpool and Fantastic Four and could introduce them into the Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe after Infinity War has concluded.

Before the sale was agreed to, Fox was already scheduled to release Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, New Mutants and Gambit through 2018-2019.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, 2018
New Mutants, 2019

Project 143

Deadline is now announcing that Fox wants to have one last go at an X-Men film before it is passed to Disney. A secret film called 143 has been leaked, which will be directed by Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool. The story will be written by Brian Michael Bendis, a legendary Marvel comic book writer. At this point in time little is known about who or what the film is about, hence secret project.

Kitty Pride Is Attacked By The Brood In Original Art from UNCANNY X-MEN 143
Original art from UNCANNY X-MEN #143 by John Byrne (Penciller) & Terry Austin (Inker)

If it is to be a team movie it could be an X-Force film following on from Deadpool 2, or it could be a single-character film like Deadpool or Channing Tatum’s Gambit. Brian Michael Bendis is on record as saying that Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) is his favourite X-Men character. In the Singer Universe films she was played by Ellen Page. The idea of a stand-alone Shadowcat is the favourite at the moment.

Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat

Hopefully it will not be long before we get more news and start fan-casting. Comic Con 2018 can’t come quick enough.

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