The Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to save the ‘X-Men’ franchise and start it from scratch

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The “X-Men” franchise as we know it needs to end so that the Marvel Cinematic Universe can reinvigorate its characters after the Disney-Fox merger.
Upcoming “X-Men” movies, “Dark Phoenix” and “The New Mutants,” have faced delays and extensive reshoots, which could spell trouble.
The franchise’s timeline has become a convoluted mess, and the movies are only good when they ignore it.
The MCU would breathe new life into the X-Men characters like it has others, but Disney shouldn’t be afraid to hit the pause button either.

It’s been 18 years since the original “X-Men” movie arrived in theaters. It kickstarted a superhero movie revolution, leading the way for “Spider-Man” and other, less successful movies to follow in the immediate years after.

Since then, the “X-Men” franchise has grown into its own cinematic universe, before that term was even mainstream. It’s spawned prequels, sequels, and spin-offs — some better than others. The Marvel Cinematic Universe owes a lot to the “X-Men” franchise, which has managed to churn out movie after movie over such a long period of time.

And now, the “X-Men” franchise as we know it needs to end — if only to survive. How it should do so is by succumbing to its new owner Disney and joining the MCU, which has been its competition for the last ten years.

The next film in the “X-Men” series, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” was pushed back in March from this November to February 2019. And now, according to Montreal newspaper La Presse, the film will need three months of extensive reshoots, based on a report from the Quebec Film and Television Council.

A spin-off horror movie focused on superpowered youths called “The New Mutants” also saw changes in its release date — twice. It was first pushed back from this April to February 2019, and then moved again to August 2019 for reshoots.

Reshoots don’t necessarily spell disaster for movies, and the creators have maintained that they aren’t a sign of trouble.

But reshoots can mean that a movie is in trouble. The “Star Wars” franchise is a fine example. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” went through reshoots, but ended up being, for the most part, a critical and commercial success. This year’s “Solo” was a different beast. It was the worst-reviewed movie in the franchise since “Attack of the Clones,” and was expected to lose Disney money when it disappointed at the box office.

At this point, especially with the news that “Dark Phoenix” reshoots will take three months, it’s not hard to imagine that the franchise needs to be reinvigorated and start from scratch. The best way to do that would be for these characters to join the MCU after the Disney-Fox merger.

Ever since 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the franchise’s timeline has been a convoluted mess. “Logan” got around that by being a standalone movie that focused on the title character, and subtly acknowledged …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Tech

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