For the past two years, The Gifted has brought fans a new take on the X-Men universe, but now it looks like the show’s journey is coming to an end.
According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has opted not to renew The Gifted for a third season. This live-action drama is among the first cancellations for the newly-independent Fox Entertainment network, alongside freshman comedy series Rel. As THR updates, both shows are made by 20th Century Fox Television, which now exists under the Disney umbrella after the historic purchase of Fox’s assets that the House of Mouse made.
The Gifted series, which debuted in 2017, follows the Strucker family, and their life is turned upside down as they learn that their children have mutant abilities. The Struckers soon become part of an underground network of mutants, as they’re thrown into a war they were not expecting.
“We really tried to hammer out that they are not much different than you and me. And hopefully, their experiences are relatable to the audience, that they will go through things that are relatable to the audience,” The Gifted producer, Derek Hoffman, previously told in an interview. “And by doing that it is all about the metaphor for the characters and making sure the audience is invested in that relationship between them. I love the Strucker family. But I feel really bad for what we put them through. I enjoy it very much. But we try to put them through the wringer, and see what they are made of then pull them apart together and put the characters through the wringer.”
While it seems that The Gifted is on hold for now, Deadline reports “there is a chance” that the series could still find a new home within the Disney family, either through Freeform or Hulu.
“There’s 100% a cliffhanger, but it is not what people think,” the series star Emma Dumont teased earlier this year. “Maybe a new dimension? A new world? Or a new fashion? Maybe a new comic book character? Literally, it is the craziest twist. We were all shocked. It was like, ‘What is this?’”
“It is a big season finale,” added the showrunner Matt Nix. “this is the first episode where [the production] was like, ‘We have to do a meeting where everyone can come and sit there for a full hour approving effects, all meeting long,’ because there just was so much. Production basically was like, ‘This is impossible. I do not know what you were thinking; you should not have written this. So I was like, ‘Everyone breathes. We’ll figure out a way.”
So, how do you feel about the iconic Marvel drama The Gifted getting the axe at Fox? Share with us in the comments!
X-Men and Spider-Man: The Classic ‘90s Animated Series on Disney+ at Launch
With the launch of Disney+ just around the corner, the upcoming streaming service has provided us a few updates on what we can expect in terms of content. Fan-favorite Marvel Comics animated series from the ‘90s will be part of the initial offering for Disney+.
The Marvel classics will include animated series such as X-Men (1992), Spider-Man (1994), Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1994), Spider-Man (1981), Spider-Woman (1979), Iron Man (1994), Fantastic Four (1994), Spider-Man Unlimited, Incredible Hulk, and Silver Surfer.
The Disney+ will also launch with new and old movies and TV series from Marvel, Star Wars, and other Disney imprints as well as their animated classics. The Marvel and Star Wars shows will be part of the canonical and shared cinematic universes inhabited by both brands and their catalog of characters. This news comes from a Twitter account dedicated to Disney+ updates.
Disney+ will have classic Marvel animated series like X-Men ‘92, Spider-Man ‘94, Spider-Woman ‘79, Spider-Man ‘81, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Iron Man ‘94, Fantastic Four ‘94, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Spider-Man Unlimited. pic.twitter.com/Yzj3DiZtwg
— Disney+ Updates (@moredisneyplus) September 12, 2019
Furthermore, it seems that Disney+ will be taking the Disney Afternoon into the digital frontier, as the streaming service announced an “ideal afternoon schedule” which suggests that they’ll be making several popular kids’ shows from generations past available on their platform. According to the tweet below, other classics like DuckTales, TaleSpin, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Gargoyles, and Darkwing Duck will also be part of the upcoming lineup streaming exclusively on Disney+. While DuckTales has been revived in a new form and even has a “classic” art style, the rest of the series have not.
Us: OUR IDEAL AFTERNOON SCHEDULE IS
3:00 pm – DuckTales
3:30 pm – Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
4:00 pm – TaleSpin
4:30 pm – Darkwing Duck pic.twitter.com/hpSIGD9bVQ
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) September 10, 2019
The hit ‘80s and ‘90s series can be streamed – even if you pay to buy or rent them – on Amazon Prime or some other platforms, but will not stream free anywhere as far as we can tell. Darkwing Duck doesn’t appear to be streaming even if you pay for it. For years, fans could not get their hands on decent-quality copies of the shows in questions, with DVD releases coming fairly late to the game. A number of older series that the House of Mouse has in their vaults, such as the original Muppet Babies and House at Pooh Corner, are still unavailable at all.
Disney+ kicks off on November 12 this year. The service will cost $6.99 per month (or $69.99 per year).
Dark Phoenix Ends Theatrical Run as the Lowest Grossing X-Men Movie Ever
After suffering one of the worst box office debuts in the X-Men series, it comes as no surprise that Dark Phoenix limped across the finish line while grossing a franchise low. The movie has wrapped up its theatrical run and cemented its status as the worst-performing X-Men film out of all 12 movies released by 20th Century Fox.
According to final results from Box Office Mojo, the domestical total for X-Men: Dark Phoenix ended with only a $65.8 million haul, less than half of The Wolverine’s $132.5 million total, becoming the second worse total in the franchise. Ouch.
Globally, these numbers are much closer, but as far as consolation prizes go, that is still pretty terrible. Dark Phoenix only made $252.4 million worldwide, but that is still a healthy distance behind the second-worst gross in the franchise – the original X-Men film made $296.3 million across the globe when it first arrived in theaters nearly 20 years ago.
During a conference call with investors, Disney CEO Christine McCarthy had to answer for the company’s lackluster earnings report, blaming the performance of 20th Century Fox movies including Dark Phoenix. The company also revealed that they would be working on the studio’s strategy as it moves forward under the Disney umbrella.
“[The 20th Century Fox] film studio had an operating loss in the third quarter of about $170 million that was driven by the underperformance of theatrical titles including ‘Dark Phoenix,’ marketing for the future releases, and development expenses,” Christina McCarthy explained on the call.
There’s a question for whether or not Disney put the movie’s best foot forward during the promotional blitz, as a new report from Variety indicates that the company effectively cut the marketing budget for X-Men: Dark Phoenix and fired the team most familiar with the movie before advertising could pick up.
However, Dark Phoenix writer and director Simon Kinberg hasn’t absolved himself from blame.
“It clearly is a movie that did not connect with audiences that did not see it. It did not connect enough with audiences that did see it. So that is on me,” the filmmaker told KCRW’s Kim Masters. “I loved making the movie. And I loved the people I made it with.”
Either way, this failure heralds a new dawn for the X-Men franchise as it now moves under the banner of Marvel Studios, where fans are undoubtedly excited to see what’s coming next. But it is still a disappointing finish for this series that should be credited in helping kickstart the new age of superhero cinema.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on September 17.
Marvel Studios Now Has Creative Control Over X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four
Now that the historic deal between the Walt Disney Company and 20th Century Fox is in the books, fans are eager to see how Fox’s catalog of characters and IP will further evolve. One of the most highly-anticipated parts of that is Fox’s Marvel characters. And it sounds like they are one step closer to being folded into the MCU. During Disney’s quarterly earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger referred to the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four as “part of Marvel Studios,” though he didn’t hint how they would be introduced.
While discussing 20th Century Fox's place at Disney, Bob Iger name-checks X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic 4 as "part of Marvel Studios," but he does not mention any plans of how those properties will be integrated in the MCU.
Will we hear more at the D23 panel in 2.5 weeks? 🤷♂️
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) August 6, 2019
To an extent, diehard Marvel fans have been assuming as much for several months now, ever since the Disney/Fox merger was officially done. Certainly, there is still the nature of when those characters will be introduced. While Fox’s characters weren’t part of Marvel’s Phase 4 slate that was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige did hint they had plans in the works for mutants and the Fantastic Four.
“The truth is, I am excited for all of [the characters],” Kevin Feige said in an interview with Variety earlier this year. “And it is not just the marquee names you know. There’re hundreds of names on those documents and agreements. The fact that Marvel is now as close as we may ever get to having access to all of the character. It is something I have been dreaming about for my almost 20 years at Marvel. And it is very exciting.”
— Variety (@Variety) July 21, 2019
“It will be fascinating to see what Kevin Feige does with the properties he is getting from the Disney/Fox merger with X-Men and Fantastic Four now,” Avengers: Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus previously told LA Times. “And to see what the MCU version of these things is, because I very much doubt that it will be something that resembles what you have seen before. So that’ll be very exciting.”
Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1st, 2020; The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6th, 2020; Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12th, 2021; WandaVision and Loki series in Spring 2021; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7th, 2021; What If…? in Summer 2021; Hawkeye in Fall of 2021; and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021.
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Home Media Release Dates
Now X-Men fans can add X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the final chapter of the saga, to their home media collection this September. The 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will release on Digital on September 3 and on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 17.
Stars Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence all return for this final of the X-Men movies franchise. In Dark Phoenix, during a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is transformed into the infinitely powerful and dangerous Dark Phoenix. As she spirals out of controls, the X-Men must unite to face their most devastating enemy – one of their own.
The release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix on home media entertainment includes hours of special features and behind-the-scenes content with director Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker as well. One of those features is Beast (Nicholas Hoult) offering a one-on-one lesson in “How to Fly Your Jet to Space.” You can also watch a clip from this special feature below.
And here is the list of special features included with the X-Men: Dark Phoenix home media release.
X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD Special Features:
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by director Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker:
– Edwards Air Force Base
– Charles Returns Home
– Mission Prep
– Beast MIA
– Charles Says Goodbye
- Rise of the Phoenix: The Making of Dark Phoenix (5-Part Documentary)
- Scene Breakdown: The 5th Avenue Sequence (Available on Digital only)
- How to Fly Your Jet to Space with Beast
- Audio Commentary by Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker.
In X-Men: Dark Phoenix, “this is the story about one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic Dark Phoenix. Then during a life-threatening rescue mission in space, she’s hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with the increasingly unstable power and her own personal demons, Jean Grey spirals out of controls, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of the planet. The movie is the most intense and emotional X-Men film ever made. It’s the culmination of 20 years of X-Men films, as the family of mutants that we have come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet – one of their own.”
So, are you ready to bring X-Men: Dark Phoenix home?
New X-Men Films Poster Teases The Phoenix Will Rise and the Legacy Featurette
The final chapter in Fox’s X-Men franchise will soon be upon us. Before it is fully closed, fans will see the Phoenix rise one last time according to a slick new poster for Dark Phoenix.
In this epic finale, Sophie Turner will bring Jean Grey’s journey to becoming Phoenix and ultimately Dark Phoenix, and the new comic book style poster bears the tagline “The Phoenix Will Rise.” Alongside Turner, we can see Jessica Chastain’s mysterious character in the poster, as well as Magneto, Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Beast, Mystique, and Charles Xavier.
The new poster also teases some exclusive content, special events, and fun surprises will be dropping on X-Men Day, which takes place on Monday 13th. As to what that will be we are not sure, yet hopefully, fans will either see some new footage or learn about another screening opportunity. You can see it in full below.
With Dark Phoenix will not be the true last Fox’s X-Men film (that will go to The New Mutants in 2020), it’s the final chapter for this current cast of X-Men, as the cast that came into the fold starting in First Class. Now the X-Men franchise is back under the Marvel Studios umbrella thanks to the Disney & Fox deal. The next time we’ll likely see some huge characters, so fans should definitely enjoy the last time of this crew out for a while.
Meanwhile, tickets for Dark Phoenix are now on sale. And 20th Century Fox has also released a featurette looking back on the legacy of the X-Men films franchise.
This featurette has the cast of X-Men franchise discussing how life-changing it has been, how it changed superhero films, and how the franchise is different than anything that has come before or since. The movies featured included X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, First Class, The Wolverine, Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Logan, and Dark Phoenix. Check out the video above.
The X-Men films began in 2000 and set the modern superhero movies renaissance in motion. After nearly 20 years, Dark Phoenix is expectedly the final installment of the series as Disney regained the rights to the franchise through the merger of 20th Century Fox.
This Dark Phoenix will be the X-Men films’ second attempt at adapting “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” the most popular X-Men story of all time. X-Men: The Last Stand previously tried to follow that story, but unfortunately, fans were disappointed in the outcome.
We will wait to see how the Phoenix rises when it comes to theaters on June 7.
New “Dark Phoenix” Trailer Features the X-Men’s own “Avengers: Endgame” as An Epic Finale
A brand new IMAX exclusive trailer for Dark Phoenix goes back to the beginning of the franchise, showing off the full X-Men saga from the first X-Men movie in 2000. As we can see in the video above, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Ian McKellen, along with all the other mutants who have graced the big screen in the last 20 years, stuffed into preamble for this latest installment.
Aside from The New Mutants – which has been pushed back a couple of times with a current release date of April 2020 – now Dark Phoenix is rumored to be the last film in the X-Men saga.
That concept is similar to one of the TV spots for Avengers: Endgame, which featured the ten years of Marvel Cinematic Universe culminating in one last showdown. However, the key difference is that instead of avenging those lost and defeating the Mad Titan (Thanos), the X-Men go against one of their own: Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey (who they also went against in The Last Stand, but this is a different kind of Jean Grey).
Can Jean Grey be the new Thanos?
So, does a look back into the past of this franchise have as much emotional weight for Dark Phoenix as it did for Endgame? Word is still out on just how the last X-Men film delivers its final emotional punches, but Endgame did raise the bar.
Dark Phoenix is expected to bring the past 20 years of X-Men films to a close.
Today has been dubbed “X-Men Day” in celebration. A new featurette looking back on the film franchise’s legacy was also released.
On the nostalgia side, 20th Century Fox delivered a more hefty lookback – less Dark Phoenix trailer but more sentimentality – where the cast members of X-Men films talk about the impact of the franchise and how it changed comic book movies.
Along with the IMAX trailer, Marvel Studios also released a new throwback poster in the style of Steven Spielberg’s go-to artist, Drew Struzan.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters on June 7th.
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Final Trailer Released
Yesterday, Dark Phoenix star Sophie Turner teased a surprise to X-Men fans. Now the surprise has arrived. The 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for Dark Phoenix, the final movie in the X-Men franchise. Enjoy the trailer above.
In X-Men: Dark Phoenix, “The X-Men will face their most powerful and formidable foe when one of the team, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean Grey is nearly killed when she was hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, the force not only makes her infinitely more powerful but far more unstable. Now the X-Men must band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Jean Grey’s new abilities to rule the galaxy.”
Simon Kinberg co-writes and directs Dark Phoenix. The film stars James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Even Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
Previously in an interview, Sophie Turner acknowledged the pressure to get this version of ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ right.
“Yes, a lot of pressure,” said Turner. “I know Simon was taking me out to lunch and he sits me down and tells me it is Dark Phoenix. And I was like ‘f***k.’ I know it is one of the most loved stories in the X-Men universe and for Simon to trust me enough with the responsibility is my big honor. So I want to do the fans of the original story justice. Of course, there is a lot of pressure especially having been done before. And Simon would tell you that it was a B-plot of the movie. He felt that it had to be the main plot of it.”
Also in an interview, Simon Kinberg brushed off concerns over X-Men: Dark Phoenix being rescheduled following reshoots.
“Movies get pushed all the time, “ says the director. “I remember J.J. [Abrams] pushed Star Trek a year; then he pushed Star Wars a year. Those movies turned out great. And our movies turned out great as well. We all really wanted to wait until the visual effects done… The biggest challenge of the movie in terms of time is visual effects. There is a lot of visual effects in the movie. They are really intricate, more intricate than we have ever had in these films, partly because it goes into outer space and that is hard to render. The movie actually will be done in just a couple of months. And you look at the calendar and start to see competitively where the best place for this film to be released would be the best time. The studio also felt like it warranted a big summer blockbuster because it became, despite the intimacy, a very big-scale movie. So, we started looking at summer. And that’s the perfect date for it in the summer.”
Are you excited to see Dark Phoenix? The film arrives in theaters on June 7.
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Star Alexandra Shipp Doesn’t Want Storm and Black Panther Romance
The X-Men films are facing an end of an era, as this long-running franchise will likely be rebooted after Dark Phoenix premieres later this summer. Shortly after that, the mutants will be reshuffled into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making a lot of new team-ups and relationships possible for the future.
Recently, while some fans might be waiting to see the Black Panther franchise as a way to introduce Storm, Dark Phoenix star Alexandra Shipp explained that she didn’t think Ororo Munro needs a romance with T’Challa.
“No, I do not think Storm needs T’Challa. I think she needs her own movie! It does not have to be me, it just needs to be made,” Alexandra Shipp said to LRM Online during an appearance at WonderCon. “A woman doesn’t need a man in order to give her validity, and she has also been around longer than him.”
When Alexandra Shipp was asked if she would like to reprise her role as Storm in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the star was surprisingly candid about the entire experience.
“I would and I would not [like that]. Storm barely has nothing to say as it is,” Shipp explained. “I do not know about you all [other factors] but like we never talk. So it’d be really nice if we were not piled into yet another jam-packed cast, in which you can only see me in the back of the shot like a f**ing sasquatch.”
As Marvel’s president Kevin Feige has a lot on his plate, it might be a while before the studio attempts to tackle a character like Storm again. Feige previously spoke with MTV News about that opportunity to use those characters.
“The truth is, I am excited for all of them. I’m excited, and it is not just the marquee names you know. There are hundreds of names on these documents and agreements,” Feige said. “And the fact that Marvel is now as close as we may ever get to have access to all characters is something I have been dreaming about for my almost 20 years at Marvel. And it is very exciting.”
The premiere of X-Men: Dark Phoenix in theaters is set on June 7.
“X-Men” Star James McAvoy Revealed His Interest in Playing The Riddler from DC Universe
James McAvoy has become one of Hollywood’s top talents. The actor has shared his work with Marvel for some time. McAvoy stepped in to play a young Charles Xavier within the X-Men film universe, but Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox will likely complicate the gig. So, it seems that the star is ready to throw his name in the hat for another comic book role.
However, this time, it turns out that James McAvoy would be very interested in playing an iconic DC Comics baddie.
James McAvoy says he's down to join the DC universe as The Riddler if he's out as Professor X in the MCU — ‘I’ve always thought DC does really good bad guys’
(via jamesmcavoyrealdeal | Instagram) pic.twitter.com/V6AXXglYAc
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) March 19, 2019
“The Riddler? I always liked him when I was growing up. That would be cool,” he said. “I have always thought DC does really good bad guys.”
Still, there are no public plans for the Riddler joining the DC Extended Universe, but James McAvoy would make an interesting pick. Currently, the Riddler does appear in Gotham, and the serial gig of this villain has become a favorite within the series.
Following what happens with Disney’s buyout of Fox, James McAvoy will be in the market for a new superhero gig. The actor began his tenure with X-Men franchise when he nabbed the role of Professor X. McAvoy debuted his take on the mutant in X-Men: First Class, but seemingly there are plenty more roles this Scottish actor wants to explore. And If the Riddler never pans out, McAvoy did say he has considered a try at Star Trek if the right role comes up.
“I’ll take you where no Star Trek fan has gone before,” James McAvoy said during a recent interview where he shared his interest in playing a young Jean-Luc Picard. “I’ll reveal things about Jean-Luc Picard that nobody even wanted to see. And I’ll rip this captain to shreds.”
So, do you think James McAvoy has what it takes to tackle the DC Comics character? Share with us in the comments!
Marvel May Not Make X-Men Films Until 2021 or Later
The merger is done, and it seems that the mouse has taken over the fox. At long last, Disney’s acquisition of the 21st Century Fox has finally come through, leaving the entertainment industry in a state of flux. With Disney becoming a bigger powerhouse than ever, details are beginning to trickle out about what is next for the studio. But it doesn’t seem there are immediate plans out for the X-Men franchise.
According to a new piece by THR, it appears the team at Disney – and Marvel Studios by proxy – are not ready to embrace Professor Xavier’s gifted youngsters quite yet.
“Unless [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige has a completed script waiting in his desk drawer, the newly arriving superheroes from the Disney-Fox merger are unlikely to hit screens until at least 2021, if not later,” The Hollywood Reporter reports.
And for those who want to know why the report takes such a hard stance, it all comes down to timing. This big acquisition of Disney has given the studio a slew of big-name properties, but fans are paying their close attention to Deadpool, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men. In the past, many reports have stressed Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool is apparently the only Fox-led iteration to jump on board with Disney. However, the story of the latter two franchises is now a bit different.
Feels like the first day of ‘Pool. pic.twitter.com/QVy8fCxgqr
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 19, 2019
Disney not only did inherit dozens of properties, but it also took on two yet-released X-Men films.
With Dark Phoenix will be the first X-Men film marketed by Disney, the movie is slated to debut on June 7 while New Mutants is aiming for a tentative August 2 premiere in spite of troubled reports. The House of Mouse is about to have its hands full sorting out these existing projects. And that does not account for lingering producer deals.
“The X-Men movies date back to 2000’s X-Men. There are also producer deals that will need to be looked at and either untangled or bought out, sources say. Lauren Shuler Donner, who championed the 2000’s film and has been a producer on all Fox’s mutant-centric films, is said to have a deal that calls for her to receive an executive producer credit on any X-Men film whether or not she’s actively involved. Kinberg may have a similar deal,” THR writes.
* Simon Kinberg is a longtime X-Men producer/writer and Dark Phoenix director.
With so much instability rocking Fox’s former IPs, it’s difficult to tell when Marvel Studios could being actively pursuing projects for the X-Men. With the MCU a blank slate following upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, anything seems possible for the world-famous franchise. And if Disney could whip up a rebranding of the X-Men or Fantastic Four by 2021, fans would be happier about it, but netizens should hold their breath over any movie announcements now.
So, would you mind waiting a bit longer for, say, a Wolverine x Hawkeye team-up? Let us know in the comments!