Jennifer Lawrence is super-popular and will likely continue to get great roles, but her marquee franchise, The Hunger Games, will wrap up in November 2015 with the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. If she’s looking for another blockbuster series, she may need to get a little blue. In a recent interview with EW, X-Men: Days of Future Past producers Lauren Shuler Donner and talked about X-Men spin-offs. Donner once again talked about her desire to do Gambit and Deadpool movies, and Kinberg added “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with [Mystique], 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.” I agree that Mystique is an interesting character, and Lawrence could potentially do a lot more with the role. Then again, that was the opinion going into X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and that turned out to be abysmal. A good concept isn’t close to enough.
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Among the potential spin-offs, I’m still rooting for Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland). In a very unscientific EW.com poll, the fans also want to see a Deadpool spinoff more than any other character. The biggest obstacle remains the necessary R-rating. I suppose you could still have him cracking wise, breaking the fourth wall, and dealing out (bloodless) violence, but it wouldn’t be the same. If you’re going to make a Deadpool movie, do it right. While it may not be a Wolverine-sized hit, it could still be a success.
As for the actual future of X-Men franchise, the X-Men Days of Future Past sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, is already set for May 27, 2016 and then The Wolverine 2 will probably follow even though Hugh Jackman hasn’t officially signed on to the spin-off sequel.
Nevertheless, Fox knows that superheroes are now ruling the box office, and if they want to stay in the game with one of their two big superhero properties (the other being Fantastic Four) then spin-offs are probably the way to go. The studio may as well start with Deadpool, Gambit, and Mystique.