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In the era of The Avengers, Batman vs. Superman and X-Men: Days of Future Past, comic book movies have begun to look more like comic books. Multiple movies featuring multiple characters all take place in the same universe, making crossovers possible. There are, unfortunately, some crossovers that are currently impossible because various studios own the rights to major characters. Spider-Man, for example, is at Sony, while the X-Men and Fantastic Four are at 20th Century Fox. That makes crossover with the Marvel Studios characters legally difficult.

According to Hugh Jackman, those barriers almost broke down in 2002. A few short years after Bryan Singer’s original X-Men, then lower level Marvel producer Kevin Feige suggested Wolverine cameo in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Jackman even traveled to the city, but something stopped it from happening. Read More »

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The Wolverine

Fox’s X-Men universe is a rich one filled with beloved characters of all kinds. But by far the most recognizable figure in it is Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman in a record seven films: X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Which means Jackman’s been brandishing those adamantium claws for well over a decade. At this point, it’d be understandable if he felt the urge to move in. But Fox, not surprisingly, is hoping he’ll stick around, and rumor has it they’re willing to pay him very handsomely to do so. Like, $100 million for four movies handsomely. Hit the jump to get the dirt.

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X-Men panel

Of all the exciting things to come to Hall H on Saturday, one of the biggest highlights was the X-Men: Days of Future Past panel. Director Bryan Singer assembled much of his massive cast, including Omar Sy, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, and Evan Peters and showed the first footage from the comic book sequel (look for our play-by-play soon).

Among other things, the group discussed the possibility of a Deadpool movie, Peters’ depiction of Quicksilver, and more. Hit the jump to find out what we heard.

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X-Force

Thirteen years after the first X-Men, the film series is still going strong with a fifth installment (X-Men: Days of Future Past) due out next year. But Fox hasn’t had much luck expanding that world outward. The only spinoff released so far, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, made OK money but earned dreadful reviews. James Mangold’s The Wolverine looks more promising, thankfully, but we won’t know how things shake out for another few weeks.

With Mark Millar now on board to oversee Fox’s X-Men universe, though, the studio seems to be getting more ambitious. Comic book creator Rob Liefeld has now confirmed that an X-Force movie is in development at the studio. “In development” is still several steps away from “in production,” let alone “in theaters,” but it’s a start. Hit the jump for all the details.

Update: Info came fast on this one. Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been announced as the screenwriter and possible director.

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[UPDATE: Coming Soon has now verified that Alan Cumming will not, in fact, return for X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's unclear who they spoke with, but since Cumming was never 100% confirmed for the film this shouldn't come as too much of a shocker. Original story follows.]

Here’s one more to add to the growing pile of returning original trilogy stars for X-Men: Days of Future Past. As has long been rumored, Alan Cumming will reprise his role as the Kurt Wagner, who in the Munich circus was known as the Incredible Nightcrawler. Or so says Cumming’s would-be co-star James McAvoy, anyway. Hit the jump to see what he said.

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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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What tools will bring X-Men to the screen for their timeline-hopping story Days of Future Past?

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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