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Kitty Pryde to Get Her Own “X-Men” Film?

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In a surprise move, Deadpool director Tim Miller is apparently working on a solo film for X-Men character Kitty Pryde.

This comes shortly after Fox also announced plans for a movie about Multiple Man, a very obscure character. Kitty Pryde has at least appeared in other X-Men films (most notably X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, where she was played by Ellen Page). With the ability to turn intangible and walk through solid object, she has worked under the name Shadowcat, Ariel, Sprite and Star-Lord in the comics.

The idea for this film was apparently made before the recent buy-out where Disney acquired most of Fox’s properties, including their rights to the X-Men film franchise. The project is apparently moving forward regardless; while Disney may pull the plug on it at some point in the future, executives have said that they want to continue at least some of the X-Men movies in development, including Deadpool 2.

It is unsure what the new Kitty Pryde film could be about. Many of her adventures involve her as a sidekick of Wolverine, whose future in the franchise is questionable with Hugh Jackman retiring from the role. Though now that she is owned by Disney, she could join the Guardians of the Galaxy, as she has recently in the comics.

Fox seems to be hoping that they can take relatively minor characters and give them their own successful films, as they did with Deadpool and as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done since its inception. This is a welcome change to simply having Wolverine star in every X-film, but whether or not it is a viable strategy remains to be seen.

“Fantastic Four” Reboot Hidden in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix?”

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Based on the Fox deal and a description of the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix film, some suspect that the movie is secretly planning to include, and reboot, the Fantastic Four property for the company.


The film is based on a famous story arc in the comics, where the mutant hero Jean Grey, a powerful psychic, is possessed by the Dark Phoenix, a powerful cosmic being of creation and destruction. In the comic books, this occurred while she was in space for a different story line called “Project Armageddon”; in this film, to simplify things, she will apparently go into space to rescue some astronauts instead.


Those familiar with Fantastic Four can perhaps see the connection. Traditionally, the team received their powers during an experimental space flight, during which they were hit by cosmic rays. The theory some fans are touting is that Jean and her companions will go to save Reed Richards, Ben Grimm and the Storm siblings, who will nevertheless come back from the encounter with superpowers of their own.


This would make a degree of sense given the current deal that Fox is trying to make with Disney. While they hope to sell most of their TV and movie properties, complicated legal issues mean that they will likely hold onto the Fantastic Four while losing X-Men. It would make sense to want to promote their remaining superhero property while losing their heavy hitter, and this “backdoor pilot” could perhaps work better than their previous attempts, which have largely been slammed as lackluster movies.


This all remains just a theory so far, and some fans will no doubt be annoyed by Fox trying yet another attempt at Marvel’s First Family. We will have to wait and see what happens.