The Wolverine appears to be the beginning of a long line of X-Men films to branch off of the original trilogy. Days of Future Past, First Class, X-Force, Deadpool, and much more, Fox is certainly ready to take advantage of the X-Men properties while they are still off to a good start. But, is this the right time to throw up a red flag and worry about the X-Men franchise’s future?
This is what they had to say about this course of action:
“We’re not talking crossovers or anything just yet; the idea is to build it quietly in its own way and bring in the best possible talent but you’re right – Marvel sold the X-Men franchises back in the ’90s when they needed the cash but you have to remember they were the crown jewels…
The reason they got snapped up is that they were Marvel’s best-selling book really for 20 years. So we’re sitting on gold right now. Very vaguely, we are talking about lots of possibilities but I think there’s a good five to ten golden franchises in there.”
While fans of the X-Men would definitely be happy that Fox is taking the time to use actual storylines from the books to mold these 5-10 future films, I do think there is room for error. Yes The Wolverine was a success and brought them the big bucks, but aren’t they pushing it with 5-10 more films that are spinoffs?
Some could say that they might actually be milking the X-Men for what they have right now. We don’t know how the superhero world of movies will thrive in the next 5 years, but to think they can keep it going that long begs the question whether they are willing to really put time into these films or get them out as fast as they can. So far they have been hit and miss, that means that not all of these will be successful and it’s this kind of action which could provoke the general audience to look elsewhere when Hollywood may eventually become over saturated with superhero films.
Who knows, I could be wrong and they have a concrete plan, but I’d be skeptical when I hear 5-10 films that are spin offs of a franchise that didn’t have the best ending.