During a panel at New York Comic-Con 2019, legendary X-Men comic book writer Chris Claremont apparently said he wasn’t terribly happy with how 20th Century Fox adapted his characters/stories on the big screen.

CLAREMONT: “I wished they’d gotten my films right.”

His work was adapted for The New Mutants, Dark Phoenix, X-Men: First Class, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Claremont was behind co-creating a staggering wave of characters in the X-Men comics which include Rogue, Psylocke, Kitty Pryde, Phoenix, The Brood, Lockheed, Lilandra Neramani, Shi’ar, Shi’ar Imperial Guard, Mystique, Destiny, Selene, Reverend William Stryker, Lady Mastermind, Hellfire Club, Emma Frost, Tessa, Siryn, Jubilee, Rachel Summers, Madelyne Pryor, Moira MacTaggert, Shadow King, Cannonball, Warpath, Mirage, Wolfsbane, Karma, Cypher, Sabretooth, Empath, Sebastian Shaw, Donald Pierce, Avalanche, Pyro, Legion, Nimrod, Gateway, Strong Guy, Proteus, Mister Sinister, The Marauders, Purifiers, Captain Britain, Sunspot, Forge and Gambit.

A bulk of which was never adapted by 20th Century Fox.

Chris isn’t a random comic book writer sitting on the sidelines of the X-Men movies. 20th Century Fox and producer Simon Kinberg brought him into the fold having him pen the story of their Gambit (a character he co-created) feature film starring Channing Tatum before screenwriter Josh Zetumer took over scripting duties.

A project that stalled due to rewrites/budgeting issues for years and ultimately may have been thrown on the scrap pile after the Disney/Fox merger.

This position for X-Men fans isn’t terribly shocking as the Fox movies took their own routes with character/story adaptations, Bryan Singer banning the cast of the original films from reading the comic books.

The glaring issues over the years for myself being that on-screen characters such as Rogue, Cyclops, and Storm didn’t actually match their comic book counterparts.

Psylocke actress Olivia Munn revealed to GQ recently that she had to help inform both Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg about her character along with other X-Men lore during the X-Men: Apocalypse shoot which was “frustrating”.

There is a glimmer of hope that we could see that Marvel Studios respect the Claremont source material (I’m holding out for the Jim Lee/Claremont era costumes) as they have with some of the Jim Starlin stories/characters.

Starlin’s Thanos and Infinity Saga helped influence Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame giving Marvel Studios it’s largest box office hit with Endgame toppling Avatar.

Shang-Chi, another Jim Starlin character is getting his own franchise staring with Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Claremont’s Captain Britain (teased in Avengers: Endgame) getting his own franchise as well or lead a United Kingdom-based team (Invaders/Excalibur?) potentially including Union Jack, Spitfire, Gemma Chan’s Sersi, and Kit Harington’s Black Knight.

Kevin Feige has alluded that the X-Men won’t be part of their five-year plan over the summer, despite some teases from Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds that Wade could be coming in Phase 5.

I’m still going to stand by my desire to see Captain America/Avengers screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely write the X-Men movies.

We’ll have to wait and see what Marvel plans to do with the X-Men.


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