Michael Fassbender Unsure Of X-Men Future

Michael Fassbender Unsure Of X-Men Future

By Robert Dougherty Dec 26, 2016 10:34 AM
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Much of the buzz around Michael Fassbender this holiday season is around Alien: Covenant and Assassin's Creed. But in between returning to the Alien/Prometheus franchise and trying to launch an Assassin's Creed franchise, he is still in limbo with his first franchise in the X-Men.

Fassbender told the Empire Film Podcast that he hasn't "made any sort of decision" on whether to return to the X-Men series. It certainly doesn't help that he has "no idea what’s happening next with the franchise to be honest" and neither does anyone else at the moment.

After Fassbender's last X-Men film in X-Men: Apocalypse was the lowest grossing superhero film of the year, and after Deadpool did so much more for Fox and Marvel, the X-Men as a whole are in a holding pattern. While Fox and Marvel may be focused more on the Deadpool series and the New Mutants now, the X-Men may well have to start all over again afterwards.

At the least, it needs to decide what to do while it still has the chance to keep Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence around, if they still really need their versions of Magneto, Professor X and Mystique. Director Bryan Singer has already moved on to direct a Freddie Mercury biopic as his next project, so the X-Men are sure to have a new direction in some fashion whenever they return.

The last time the X-Men needed to change after an underwhelming movie or two, Fassbender was chosen to follow in Ian McKellen's footsteps. Three X-Men films, two Oscar nominations and at least one other franchise later, now Fassbender has cast a long shadow for a third possible Magneto to try and live up to, if a new one is needed soon or in a few years.

In the meantime, Fassbender has gone from villain/anti-hero to leading hero in Assassin's Creed right now in theaters, and will go from master of metal to a fully metal character once again in Alien: Covenant on May 19, 2017.

Tags: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Assassin's Creed (2016), Alien: Covenant (2017), Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence
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