The “X-Men” Dilemna: How Will It Survive Outside the MARVEL Cinematic Universe Continuity?

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
The “X-Men” Dilemna: How Will It Survive Outside the MARVEL Cinematic Universe Continuity?

Like or not, in the recent years, comic books have become very much part of popular culture, especially with the advent of comic based cartoons, television shows, and movies, such as the MARVEL Cinematic Universe (MCU), the X-Men film franchise, and the new and upcoming DC Cinematic Universe. Now, comic books fans and fans of the films alike will definitely be happy to hear that some of MARVEL’s most popular, hottest and most famous bunch of heroes are finally making their way to the television screen, as negotiations are getting closer and closer to a good working deal in order to place everyone’s favorite mutants on the television screen.  However, a major source of difficulty for the potential casting of the series, and for the storylines of the show that will come about will be due to the fact that as 20th Century Fox holds the rights to the “X-Men” franchise, it will not be in continuity with MARVEL as the House of Mouse and ABC holds the rights to all of MARVEL’s Cinematic Universe, with the exception of Spider-Man. Read on to learn more about this story.

As of today, MARVEL’s most famous bunch of unlikely superheroes, the “X-Men,” have been missing from the live-action genre. They have last been seen on the television screen as cartoons in the early 90’s and early 2000s.

But, this is all about to change, according to a report on The Hollywood Reporter, as  it seems like mutant kind will finally have their own live action adaptation. The CEO of the television division of FOX stated during the recently concluded Television Critics Association press tour, that thing were looking optimistic with their negotiations with MARVEL. He hopes that they will be able to make a more formal announcement regarding the television series soon.

However, despite everything, FOX  and the X-Men franchise will also come across a very intriguing difficulty, which has already been seen in the current X-Men film franchise. Although it originated from the House of Ideas, “X-Men” will not be in continuity with the rest of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, as all of that, including “Avengers”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “Agent Carter” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”, are all owned by Disney and ABC.

This was quandary was seen with regards to the mutant and Avenger Quicksilver, who was portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson MARVEL’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, while a younger version of the character was portrayed by Evan Peters in the recent X-Men film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

However, this problem of having two Quicksilvers at the same time was solved as MARVEL Studios President Kevin Feige, according to Cinemablend, has stated that Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, who met his untimely demise in “Age of Ultron” was most certainly dead; while IGN reported that Peters’ Quicksilver is very much alive and kicking and will have a bigger part to play in the upcoming “X-Men: Age of Apocalypse”.

Another example of this problem will also appear if FOX decides to include Quicksilver’s sister and Magneto’s daughter, Wanda Maximoff, otherwise known as the Scarlet Witch. A problem will definitely occur with this particular role as she is not just a mutant, but is also an Avenger. She is currently in the new line-up of Avengers at the end of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, where she was portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen.

What do you think about the X-Men not being in continuity with the MARVEL Cinematic Universe as the X-Men franchise is owned by FOX?  How do you think they will solve this dilemma? Which mutants would you like to see on the small screen?  Who would you like to play the small screen versions of iconic characters such as Jubilee, Cyclops, Storm, Professor X, Magneto, Jean Gray, Gambit, Rogue, Mystique, and Wolverine? What about Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch? Let us know your thoughts and your theories in the

And that was the latest update on the upcoming X-Men series which will be aired on FOX. For more movie and television news, spoilers and updates, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.