Fox May Use Comic-Con Panel to Announced Expanded X-MEN Movie Universe; X-FORCE Could Lead the Way [UPDATED]

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In the comics, the world of mutants goes far beyond the X-Men and their enemies.  There are other teams of good mutants to the point where going through all of the X-books became a burden due to their numerous crossovers.  In addition to the X-Men, you also have X-Force, X-Factor, X-Club, X-Statix, X-Terminators, X-Men-in-Training, X-Corporation, Excalibur, Generation X, Lights, and New Mutants (I’m sure I’m probably leaving some out, but this what Wikipedia provided).  20th Century Fox, in appraising the superhero movie landscape, may be embracing the concept that if other studios are going to go one superhero per movie in order to build a team, Fox has the power to introduce entire teams right off the bat.  The X-Men movies have continued to pile in more and more mutants, and now that it’s busting at the seems with Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the studio may be close to moving into the secondary teams.  If so, the announcement may come at their Comic-Con panel next Saturday.

Hit the jump for more including signs that X-Force might lead the way. [Update: X-Force creator Rob Liefeld says that an X-Force movie is in the planning stages, and he's known about it since March.  Hit the jump for why I have an issue with Liefeld's statement.]

x-force-comic-book-cover-second-comingBleeding Cool has been tracking down rumors that Fox plans to announce an expanded X-Men universe during the studio’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20th from 4:15 – 5:45pm.  X-Men Days of Future Past will be there, and it would be a good launching point especially when you consider how many mutants are in the movie (although I personally believe a lot of them will be cannon fodder for the sentinels).  If the universe does expand, it could lead off with X-Force, created by horrible artist/writer Rob LiefeldX-MenFilms.com has learned that Fox registered x-forcemovie.com, although there’s currently nothing there at the moment.

For those who don’t know about X-Force, it’s a slightly darker and more aggressive team than the X-Men.  The team is usually led by the hulking time-traveler Cable, and in the past the team has included members such as Deadpool, Colossus, Cyclops, Archangel, and, of course, Wolverine.  While I don’t believe all or perhaps any of those characters will be joining Cable on a potential X-Force movie, the announcement would make a lot of sense.  Every studio is looking to make a splash at Comic-Con, and an expanded X-Men universe would create a lot of buzz on a day when other major films are fighting for attention.

We’ll be in Hall H, so we’ll be sure to let you know if even more mutants are headed our way.

Update: Replying to fans on Twitter, Liefeld made it clear that the movie was only at the planning stages, but already that’s something.  However, he also thinks a Magneto movie is in development, and that’s almost certainly false.  There was a Magneto spin-off in development years ago, but they decided to fold that picture into X-Men: First Class, which is why screenwriter Sheldon Turner has a story credit on the picture.  Basically, don’t leap to take what Liefeld says at face value.  The man can’t even draw feet:

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  • ItsNotaSchooner

    would love to see more X-men universe movies, hope fox does right by ‘em. also, dear lord, that liefeld cover is horrendous, just look at Cable. so hilariously bad!!

    • Roy Batty

      I know! look at his tiny leetle hands hahaha

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  • ItsNotaSchooner

    would love to see more X-men universe movies, hope fox does right by ‘em. also, dear lord, that liefeld cover is horrendous, just look at Cable. so hilariously bad!!

  • 80sRobot

    Does this mean Cable will appear in Day of Future Past to start establishing an X-Force movie? And I’m betting X-23 will be part of this team. Which young actress who isn’t an unknown right now could plausibly play her?

  • Greyson

    The feet joke made me laugh.

  • Doug_101

    Kind of torn on this. While it would be smarter to spin X-Force out of X-Men and have the later incarnations of the team in a film – the ones with Wolverine – I think I’d like to see the earlier versions of the team. It would open the door to all new characters to get to know. Of course if they do that, it will involve making the X-Men movie universe far more outlandish than it already is. If I had my druthers, though, I’d say do a New Mutants movie first.

  • Doug_101

    Kind of torn on this. While it would be smarter to spin X-Force out of X-Men and have the later incarnations of the team in a film – the ones with Wolverine – I think I’d like to see the earlier versions of the team. It would open the door to all new characters to get to know. Of course if they do that, it will involve making the X-Men movie universe far more outlandish than it already is. If I had my druthers, though, I’d say do a New Mutants movie first.

  • brNdon

    Something tells me that Goldberg’s knowledge of Rob Liefeld’s work doesn’t expand beyond the 4 minutes of research he did before writing this article.

    • Jezzer

      It’s not like extensive exposure to his body of work improves it. It’s footless turtles, all the way down.

  • nom79

    What gives you any right to call an art style “horrible”? What’s horrible is how you judge and review. Instead of pointing out the positive in something, you manage to give your negative take. Sounds like the words from a person who’s had a horrible life and wants to take his rage out on anything he sees or reads. Wake up and change your perspective………or prescription.

    • ItsNotaSchooner
    • Lex Walker

      Rob Liefeld’s work is the object of huge amounts of derision and ridicule throughout the modern comic book world. From the disproportionate bodies to his inability to draw feet to his general lack of understanding of what muscles look like, Liefeld has been rightfully mocked in the years since his heyday in the 90s. His look was distinctive, but it was also horrible.

    • 80sRobot

      I give Liefeld props for co-founding Image and advocating for comic creators’ rights. And he’s created several characters, intriguing and whacked-out, that are still with us today (like Cable). But the guy is just a flat-out terrible artist. He’s improved somewhat today, but not by much.

    • Rick_McRockock

      I could change my perspective… or ignore perspective altogether like Liefeld does. The same way he ignores anatomy, proportion and composition. It’s OK to like something that is poorly put together if it appeals to you I guess. But good art, despite people’s arguments to the contrary, has structure and a foundation. When you clearly do not understand those things or choose to ignore them it’s just bad. Even people who create art in a heavily stylized way like Mike Mignola do so with a foundation of the principles of art. Which is why it looks good even in a heavily stylized way. Liefeld is clearly not making those choices. He’s just bad… as well as having a well-documented and extensive history of outright plagiarism.

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  • http://viendammage.blogspot.com/ VienDammage

    Liefeld is kind of a jerk in real life but his art was a seminal part of the 90′s. Give him a break on the feet thing.

  • FE

    When I look at this artists pictures, to me, his style is what defined the Marvel comics I collected as a kid, I like the over the top comic stylings, seems the negative comments are a bit nitpicky.

  • Jabroni Baxter

    There are at least two BRILLIANT runs on X-Force (Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s reboot, which later became X-Statix) and the recent Uncanny X-Force run my Rick Rememder, et al. There’s no reason to outright dismiss the concept simply because it is Liefeld-originated. The comic that many have argued is the best on stands these days (Prophet) is a rebooted Liefled book.

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  • MarleysGhost

    I don’t read comics, so correct me if I’m wrong, but are all the characters supposed to be suffering from giant tumors all over the body? Or is that part of their superpowers?

  • Btbcc12859

    When marvel was selling off there movie titles did they just bundle everything with a “X” on it?

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  • Jezzer

    Where will they find enough busty, footless actresses with broken spines?

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