They may be costly, but is that really our problem? The X-men films so far have actually cost much less than other superhero flicks. X1 cost 75 and X2 cost 110. Whereas you look at Spider-man and the Hulk which both cost 135, Batman Begins which cost 150, and Spider-man 2 which cost 200. As far as characters getting shafted, I think if they chose to go beyond X3 and Xavier has died, Cyke and Jean can take over the school. And then Storm and Logan can leave to go off on their own, thus making way for other characters to shine. It's not that hard to devote quality time to many characters, just look at Lord of the Rings. IMO a second trilogy is where Cyclops could truly have a chance to shine, him and Gambit could be front and center. I will admit I'm looking forward to the solo Wolverine flick, but not as much as I am more sequels. We've seen enough of Wolvie and Magneto in these first few movies so I'm not exactly jumping at the bit to see whole films devoted to just them, especially Magneto. Wolverine at least has the added benefit of expanding on characters like Sabretooth and Deathstrike, and possibly introducing Omega Red if he hasnt been already.