Though Marvel Studios is dominating the superhero space with both films and TV, Fox wants to remind you that Disney isn’t the only one with a Marvel cinematic universe. The actors that make up the X-tended family of X-Men films assemble in a group xx-me for Empire magazine, showing the present and future of the superhero line-up.
Working our way from the left side of the image, we see T.J. Miller (Weasel), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Channing Tatum (Gambit), Ed Skrein (Ajax), Gina Carano (Angel Dust), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), and Evan Peters (Quicksilver). This cast extends across four films that’ll start rolling out this year — Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, the solo Gambit film, and the third and final Wolverine movie. Check out the full image below.
In addition, it offers a sneak peek into what the future of the X-Men franchise might look like. Jackman will be making his final stint as the adamantium-clawed hero, and Lawrence will likely do the same, which leaves only standalone films like Deadpool and Gambit to further expand this universe. Unless, that is, New Mutants will be part of a core trilogy. The film was announced for development and, while we don’t know exactly who’ll be in it, a recent image from Deadpool featured Hildebrand’s character donning a New Mutants-esque super-suit.
Aside from that, there’s Jeff Wadlow’s X-Force movie, though we haven’t heard much of anything on that front, suggesting Fox may not have given it an official green light. So far as we can see, the post-Apocalypse landscape is very much centered on solo outings for many of these heroes. However, this year’s Bryan Singer film will introduce younger versions of classic X-Men characters, like Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp), to name a few. I wouldn’t be surprised to see these folks continuing on in their own series of films, especially if Apocalypse performs well at the box office.
The start of this stretch will begin on February 12th when Deadpool debuts in theaters.