Following a rough patch that included films X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine(2009), it looks as though 20th Century Fox has finally righted the ship. With 2011′s X-Men: First Class and this summer’s The Wolverine, Fox has now made two straight hits as the studio hopes to expand its comic-based properties starting with next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past directed by Bryan Singer — the director of the series’ first two installments.
Of course, the comic book based film world is much different than it was when Singer first released X-Menin 2000. At that time, Singer and Fox were credited with pushing the comic-based film genre to new heights, but most onlookers would agree that Warner Bros.’ DC Comics-based properties and Disney’s Marvel properties have both pushed ahead of Fox in the area.
But Fox is looking to change that with a series of films that seem to indicate a consistent series similar to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Here’s a list of four films based in the X-Men universe that are development at Fox and how they may be connected. Check them out after the jump.
1. Third Wolverine Spinoff
While The Wolverine seemed to get lost in the summer blockbuster shuffle this year, the film recently became the second most successful X-Men title ever with a worldwide gross of over $413 million. As a result, it looks like Fox and The Wolverine director James Mangold are not wasting any time developing a follow-up, with Fox currently in talks with Mangold to write a treatment, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The storyline for the film, which would see the return of Hugh Jackman in the title role, is currently being held under wraps with Lauren Shuler Donner set to produce. But given the way in which The Wolverine presented a short, after-credits scene setting up Wolverine’s presence in next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, we may get a better sense of the future direction of the series when the latter film is released.