X-men is one of the most groundbreaking comics and Marvel’s most influential stories. Characters such as Magneto, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Professor X have become household names and are prominent in merchandise to this day. While superhero comics are often underrated and regarded as lesser forms of storytelling, The Dark Phoenix Saga, The Apocalypse Solution, and other X-men stories prove that the medium is capable of telling engaging and complex stories that blend high sci-fi and themes like love, death, and grief.
fter 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to the characters in 1994, three X-men movies were released in the 2000s. Each title outgrossed its predecessors, leading to several spin-offs that included three Wolverine movies, four X-men origin movies, and two Deadpool movies.
Now that Fox has been acquired by Disney, the mutants will likely be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s what to expect from the X-men, from movies to TV series.
In addition to blockbuster movies, the X-men franchise has a rich history in animation with six different animated series having been released to date. X-men: The Animated Series, X-men: Evolution, and Wolverine and the X-men among others will likely have exposed long-time fans to the superhero team. In a recent Comic-Con panel, a new animated series titled X-Men ‘97 was announced. Set to release on Disney+ and picking up where X-men: The Animated Series left off in 1997, the new entry in the franchise will see Magneto in charge of the mutant team as they face off against a host of new and familiar enemies.
With the popularity of superhero movies, particularly MCU productions, it comes as no surprise that Disney is looking forward to bringing the X-men to the big screen once again. Marvel Studios has teased the future participation of mutants in several products, including Dr Strange in The Multiverse Of Madness and Miss Marvel. Hugh Jackman will also reprise his role as Wolverine in the upcoming Deadpool 3 movie. While Marvel Studios has yet to announce a standalone X-men movie, fans are hoping for an introduction to the beloved mutant team in phase 6 or 7.
Throughout the decades, the X-men have seen their fair share of video game titles—from X-men Legends to X-Men vs. Street Fighter. The superhero team was even featured on an online slot by developers Playtech, which can be found in the platforms listed on GambleOnlineAustralia.
Marvel’s Wolverine is the next video game adaptation of the X-men universe and one of the most anticipated PS5 titles. Developed by Insomniac Games (Resistance and Marvel’s Spider-Man), the game has no set release date or window, yet it may be available to players sometime in 2024. There are no details about the plot either, except for a 53-second teaser trailer that sees Wolverine in the aftermath of a barroom brawl.
X-men are emblematic comic-book characters who have been featured in powerful stories that deeply resonate with the world. Now that Marvel Studios acquired the rights to the characters, numerous productions are set to be released in the coming years—from animated series to video games and, possibly, a standalone movie.