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The Next X-Men Movie Might Head Into Outer Space

Illustration for article titled The Next iX-Men/i Movie Might Head Into Outer Space

We know that the next installment of the X-Men franchise will likely be taking place in the 1990s, but now we might know where it’ll take place: in outer space.


Director Bryan Singer spoke with Fandango the other day, where he dropped several hints about what he was hoping to do for the next outing of the franchise:

“I imagine – and this is the first time I’ve actually answered the question this way – but another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored. And to me, that might be kind of fun because I’m a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting, visually.”


The comments have led to some speculation that we’ll see a familiar storyline: Dark Phoenix, which was somewhat adapted in X2 and X-Men: Last Stand. Needless to say, a do-over would be welcome.

A space-set X-Men film would be fun to watch, and it makes a certain amount of sense: Marvel has already shown that a space opera such as Guardians of the Galaxy can do really well at the box office, and the success of the new Star Wars films is certainly not going unnoticed.


Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

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Fox would be wise to FIRE BRYAN SINGER, JFC WTF IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT HIM!? He has held the franchise back since his first “Wolverine and these other guys” X-Men movie. Dump him and actually get some talent with a long-term cinematic universe in there.