According to producer Lauren Shuler Donner, the future lies in spin-offs. While Marvel Studios have peddled plenty of standalone movies starring Captain America, Thor and Iron Man, Fox, who make the X-Men movies, have so far limited theirs to the Wolverine films, starring Hugh Jackman.
“There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it,” explains Donner who has produced all the X-Men films. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”
But also on Donner’s radar is Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique who plays a key role in Days of Future Past’s plot. And according to X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg, it’s Mystique who presents exciting opportunities for a standalone feature.
“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her,” he said, “and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”
Keep your eyes peeled, folks. And in the meantime there’s plenty of big-screen Marvel comics action to get excited about in the coming years, with a further mutant film, X-Men: Apocalypse due for release on 27 May 2016 and another Wolverine flick scheduled for 3 March 2017.