Re: This Franchise Needs a Reboot Bad
I've said it elsewhere...
They've dug themselves a hole too big to get out of. Do DOFP, possibly have that one end with a set up to the Age of Apocalypse and then it would be time for the reboot.
They need to fix all of the crap. I've got no real problem with Singer continuing as Director in the future, but as some have stated above, the actors and actresses aren't getting any younger and the continuity issues are too many and too much.
Before the try to go forward with X-Force or Deadpool, or anything else, they need to just realize that they screwed up too bad to keep going!
A reboot for say 2018 makes a lot of sense.
Maybe start post Giant Sized X-Men #1 with so many good characters on the team. By doing this they could have X-Factor already formed, maybe Excalibre forming soon, the New Mutants at the mansion ready to be formed and turned into X-Force by Cable, Magneto living in Genosha or on Asteroid M, and a really good X-Men line-up that makes sense...
See, we don't need to see the origins of the X-Men. By starting "in the middle" they could have flashback movies, for a lack of a better term, if they want. But let's be honest with some things...
1. Wolverine is the most popular character.
2. You need to have Xavier.
3. We need more relationships, and not just some overused love triangle.
4. We need an X-Universe that makes sense, including the continuity.
So, let's look at the line-up of the X-Men around the time that X-Factor was doing their thing...
Seems like a great place to start would be with Mr. Sinister and the Marauders, which means the Mutant Massacre story with the Morlocks. The following would be possible X-Men starting characters:
Colossus, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Psylocke, Gambit (yeah!!!), Rogue, and Storm.
What's great is that the general audiece has been introduced to these characters, so no problem starting with so many. Make Nightcrawler good, Gambit better, and Rogue fly and be super strong. No need to explain why, which could be used as a later movie storyline...
Maybe have some cameos of Cannonball, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Karma, Magik, etc. This could set up a great story for the New Mutants, where they meet Warlock and have to fight against the Phalanx.
And this would allow a natural development over year for X-Force.
It really is too bad that Fox has missed the mark so badly. Worse that they allowed Gavin Hood to run things without being put in check by Singer. And much, much worse that Brett Ratner was ever allowed near the X-Men!
Really, sometimes it's just best to cut bait and start over!