'X-Men' Movies Won't Dwell on the 'Professor X vs Magneto' Conflict Anymore

Monday, 06 March 2017 - 7:55PM
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Monday, 06 March 2017 - 7:55PM
'X-Men' Movies Won't Dwell on the 'Professor X vs Magneto' Conflict Anymore
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Regardless of how you look at it, Logan represents a turning point in Fox's X-Men movie franchise. It's the last film starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and it's the first R-rated film for both characters.

But with the film's success, and with the success of last year's Deadpool in comparison to the disappointing X-Men: Apocalypse, it appears that the X-Men movies are going to be a little different moving forward. But just how different? According to producer Lauren Shuler Donner, the days of Professor X vs Magneto are now over.

"We cannot, once again, explore the Erik/Charles dynamic," Shuler Donner told Vanity Fair in a recent interview. She added that moving beyond those two characters is "both liberating and makes me nervous - it's mostly liberating... there are other stories to tell." Among those new stories is the FX series Legion, which represents a shift in the franchise's thinking and shows they're willing to take chances by featuring a villainous, little-known, mentally ill character in an artsy drama.

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"We thought if we're going to go into television, then we better keep it far away from the movie universe. I love to say that what's great about Legion is that if you haven't read a comic book and you haven't seen an X-Men movie, you can come in and understand it - and this can be your comic."
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And with a number of very different new projects in the pipeline, from a possibly funny New Mutants adaptation to Deadpool's expanding R-rated franchise to a long-delayed Gambit solo film that promises to be a new type of character exploration, it seems like the X-Men universe is out to find its identity in the post-Jackman/Stewart world. Schuler Donner says this of the franchise's future:

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"I wish we had a plan in place and I could tell you that it was all planned out, but it really wasn't. I'd like to think it's a natural evolution."
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Logan came out on March 3, 2017. Check out our full review here.
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