According to those canny minutiae trackers over at X-MenFilms.com, 20th Century Fox have registered the domain name for a possible X-Force movie – the hugely popular 90s X-Men spin-off that dealt with a far more pro-active team led by Cyclops’ son – the time-travelling future warrior and pouch enthusiast Cable.
Further announcements are expected at San Diego Comic Con.
It’s worth nothing that two of the core X-Force line-up are set to appear in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past – the Native American tracker James ‘Warpath’ Proudstar, and the solar-powered Bobby ‘Sunspot’ DaCosta – and it’s not hard to imagine Cable emerging as a consequence of the film’s time travel plot, perhaps escaping or rescued from a future that ceases to exist once our heroes have set the timeline right.
Speaking exclusively to SciFiNow, longtime 20th Century Fox executive and producer on The Wolverine Hutch Parker discussed the possibility of further X-Men movies – which like Logan’s latest solo outing – move even further away from the established superhero mould.
“I do,” said Parker, when asked if the formula for The Wolverine could work for other X-movies. “I think it all comes down to the character, and do you have – we have the great fortune of the underlining material – but do you have the underlining material to take that character on a journey that is really able to support and event movie treatment?
“The richness of this world means that is very much true of the world that is X-Men and the characters that populate it, so I think what Fox is embarked on is opened themselves up to the exploring them in different configurations.
“What they did with X-Men: First Class was inspired and Matthew Vaughan and what he was doing, and we’re very excited to see what the same reactions will be to The Wolverine, and we think we will continue in the tradition that you and I have been discussing, and we hope that it will be as satisfying as we intended it to be in those levels.
“And we hope we will see more of that, seeing these characters explore different facets of what is such an expansive universe, it’s only natural and it’s our obligation as the creators and storytellers to find those situations and those storylines that will compel and satisfy.”
The Wolverine is released in UK cinemas on 25 July 2013. You can buy X-Men: The Ultimate Collection on Blu-ray for £32.68 at Amazon.co.uk.