While Disney is known for leading superhero movies to greatness with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the House of Mouse has just Doctor Doomed a load of comic book characters to oblivion.
As we suit up in spandex and wait for the X-Men and Fantastic Four to jump ship to the MCU, the question mark over how many mutant movies Fox has left has finally been answered. Although that upcoming Fox-Disney merger is great for the Avengers, it’s led to the ‘X-termination’ of several X-Men movies.
According to industry insider Daniel Richtman, Fox’s upcoming slate of superhero movies is looking a little sparse. Apparently, the likes of Gambit, Doctor Doom, X-Force, Silver Surfer, Multiple Man, and Kitty Pryde have all felt the squeeze from Disney.
Not a huge surprise but from what I hear Gambit and Dr. Doom are officially dead.
As for X-Force, it's not "Officially" dead, but they only have two months to start filming it and that's not gonna happen. So… not happening, not with Fox anyway.
— Daniel Richtman (@DanielRPK) January 11, 2019
It’s guesswork at the moment, but it’s not looking good. Fox previously said it would push ahead and try to complete all the X-Men and Fantastic Four movies it had planned. Even after their various delays, it means Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix and Josh Boone’s New Mutants could be the last superhero movies under the Fox umbrella.
With the rumoured axe of X-Force, there’s also an unclear future for the Ryan Reynolds-led Deadpool franchise, but to be honest, Disney and Fox would be foolish to stop after two record-breaking movies. Either way, X-Force co-creator Rob Liefeld isn’t very happy with the news.