Fox has been sitting on some juicy Marvel properties for years, but it wasn’t until the success of Marvel Studios’ The Avengers that they finally started trying to build their own Marvel Cinematic Universe. To that end, Fox brought on Mark Millar to oversee all of the studio’s Marvel films, including The Wolverine, Fantastic Four, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. But it sounds like his role may not be as involved as we’d previously thought.

Though Millar’s done a bang-up job talking up the new X-Men movie in public, in private it seems he hasn’t had much of a hand in the film. In fact, according to Bryan Singer, they haven’t spoken at all since Singer took over the directing gig back in October. Hit the jump to read Singer’s comment.

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With a new trailer hitting today and the film’s release coming up in just a couple weeks, Jack the Giant Slayer director Bryan Singer is doing some press rounds. He’s fielding quite a few questions about X-Men, which is inevitable given his return to directing the franchise after a ten-year stint working as a producer on the series.

Jack the Giant Slayer makes use of more CG than any other film in the director’s filmography, and that is leading many to wonder if he’ll apply some of the same imagery to X-Men. The answer seems to be “yes,” though precisely what characters will appear through the magic of computer-generated imagery is something we’re  not going to learn today. In addition, Singer addresses questions of Halle Berry‘s return to the franchise with a big “maybe.” Read More »

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Are movie studio execs really as blinkered and limited in scope as some pundits make them out to be? Or are lawyers so in control that good ideas are pooh-poohed as too difficult or risky? It varies, of course, but there’s no doubt of one thing: Fox has, for years, been sitting on a goldmine set of properties licensed from Marvel, but it took Marvel’s own success with The Avengers and films leading up to it for Fox to realize that films can act as cross-promotional efforts for one another. Maybe the studio just looked at the hit it took with Daredevil spinoff Elektra and thought “well, that’s clearly not going to work.”

But The Avengers changed everything, and now Fox realizes that, years ago, it should have done what Marvel did.

Enter Mark Millar, who has become Fox’s own version of Josh Whedon, and is overseeing the creation of new films based on properties Fox has licensed from Marvel. We know that a new Fantastic Four film is part of that package, and that Daredevil is not, with the latter having gone back to Marvel. More X-Men films are to come, and Millar will try to make Fox’s properties all feel like they take place in one interlinked “universe.” But how? Read More »

Most movie fans know that Marvel’s X-Men characters reside at 20th Century Fox and The Avengers reside at Marvel Studios, owned by Disney. It’s the type of distinction that might seem insignificant to some, but is in fact very important, as movie studios rarely share their prized properties. So while Avengers vs. X-Men has been a huge success in the Marvel Comics world, with new Avengers and X-Men movies both in the works independent of one another, the odds of a crossover are slim to none.

But slim is better than none and the wheels are turning. Mark Millar, a huge comic fan, has just been brought on board at Fox to extract some of the magic Marvel has tapped into with their Cinematic Universe and now Lauren Shuler Donner, one of the X-Men producers who has been on board since the film franchise launched, has said she’d “love” to blend the two universes. Read her quote and more after the jump. Read More »

Want to see a possible new poster for The Avengers? How about a tease of high end toys based on the whole team? What are Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans and Irrfan Khan saying about The Amazing Spider-Man? If Bruce Wayne built a suit like Iron Man, what would it look like? Was a student humiliated when he got caught wearing Superman underwear? Who would have been cast in an X-Men movie if it got made in the 1990s? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

What are eight things we can expect to see in The Dark Knight Rises? Does Chris Hemsworth have thoughts on possible Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins? Which villains could possibly appear in later films in the Man of Steel universe? What do the X-Men look like in stained glass? Who is the new head of Professor X’s school in the X-Men universe?  Read about all of this, plus a ton of quotes about The Avengers, in today’s Superhero Bits! Read More »

LOL: “Born This Way” X-Men Parody

I’ve been listening to Henry Jackman‘s X-Men: First Class soundtrack on repeat ever since I saw the movie last week, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan. Before that, I loved John Ottman‘s score from X2, and before that, I was humming along to the theme song from the ’90s cartoon. Yet as wonderful as all of this X-Men-related music has been, there’s always been something missing — and that something is words. You can hum along to these melodies, but you can’t quite belt them out in the shower.

Thankfully, Ryan at TheWarpZone has taken it upon himself to rectify that. Inspired by the “epic win” of First Class, he’s penned a new, much more shower-friendly song that pays tribute to the mutant superheroes. Even better, I don’t have to learn a whole new tune, as the hilarious lyrics are set to Lady Gaga‘s inescapable “Born This Way.” Watch him perform the whole thing on an acoustic guitar — while wearing a Magneto costume — after the jump. Oh, and don’t worry if you haven’t gotten around to seeing First Class just yet — the song contains no spoilers whatsoever.

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