Don't get me wrong, the X-Men series has had some great moments. X2, Days Of Future Past, and Deadpool were all so much better than I thought movies about a school of laser kids ever could be. But it is a remarkably inconsistent franchise. The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Apocalypse are all either fiercely mediocre or X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is so bad that at points it doesn't feel real. Why would you take Ryan Reynolds and turn him into a shaven, mouthless teleportation demon? Were you literally bullied by the X-Men in high school?
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Whoever made you like this, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
However, at their worst, the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are still okay. And people love them seemingly unconditionally, whereas the X-Men franchise, in terms of modern superhero box office, kind of struggles to get people to come see its stuff. With the MCU, even if you don't dig one of the movies, you'll probably want to see one of its many spinoffs or sequels. With the X-Men universe, if you don't dig it, that sucks, bro. Sorry about how we basically rendered a decade of your nostalgia ultimately meaningless. Come back next time when a new-esque team fights some dude in a way that's remarkably similar to how they fought some dude a few movies ago. X: Men: It'll Excite You! Sort Of!
Patrick Stewart doesn't make any definitive statements about where Xavier is going to roll next, but the fact that he says "It's not for me to say" says bountiful amounts. He loves being Xavier, and he's totally fine with not doing Xavier anymore. But it would be mighty cool if someone were to call and offer him a spot in Deadpool 2 or any other thing that didn't have "X-Men" in the title. "This relationship has been great, but I really want to work on myself right now. And date other people."
It also shows how omnipresent the superhero genre has become. Usually, when actors make a stance and say "I'm done with [Insert Blockbuster Franchise Here], and I want to work on other things," they mean that standing in front of a green screen for half a year just isn't as fulfilling as working in real locations with actors that weren't added in by a computer anymore. "The big action series was fun, but now I'd like to try to win some gold statues."
20th Century Fox
Time to practice an obscure accent and gather some of these trophies that everyone seems to be so wild about.
But Jackman and Stewart aren't talking about playing a coal miner that leads a revolution (Hugh Jackman in The Canary) or a blind but insightful chess player ("Sometimes, you don't neeeeed sight to see, Emma Stone's character"), respectively. They're talking about going from the B-list of the superhero movie world to the A-list. Hell, on that note, I wouldn't bar them from showing up as totally different super characters in the future. Michael Keaton, Chris Evans, Willem Dafoe, and Ryan Reynolds have already done it. Hugh Jackman would probably be down with cameoing as a friend of a friend of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Anything is possible if Fox and Marvel are able to work things out, which seems less like a question of how and more of a question of when. But if they never show up in another movie about a world in which most major wars are fought by a private academy full of human weapons, Jackman and Stewart ended their X-Men careers by publicly wishing that they were on the VIP list at Tony Stark's club.
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