Executive producer Lauren Donner has been working on every of Fox’s blockbuster X-Men movies. However, there is one that she never got a chance to bring to life. In a recent interview with Decider at this year’s Television Critics Association winter tour, Donner opened up about her unique X-Men idea:
“I frankly wanted to see an X-Women movie. I didn’t get it through. But I think that would be cool. I think — not to have no guys in it, you have to have guys in it — but to make instead of Charles and Magneto at the helm it’ll be whomever. Kitty Pryde and Illyana [Rasputin]. Something like that,” she revealed.
20th Century Fox has held control of the movie rights to all X-Men characters so far, but with Disney set to take the reins it seems that X-Women is just an idea that she won’t be able to bring to fruition. Namely, Lauren Donner is set to step down from the property once Disney takes over, so fans of X-Men most likely won’t see a movie where all the X-Women get the most of the attention. So far, the X-Men movies were centered around Wolverine, Professor X, or Magneto, while the female characters never got much of the spotlight. If Lauren Donner’s X-Women pitch ever came to life, female characters like Storm, Rogue, and Kitty Pryde, as well as the producer’s suggestion Illyana Rasputin aka Magik could have led the movie. Since the pitch never got into production Anya Taylor-Joy got in the role of Magik in New Mutants instead. But is it really all lost when it comes to X-Women?
While the X-Men First Class movies haven’t been female-centric, things are about to change with Dark Phoneix, set to release on June 7. The movie will put Sophie Turner's Jean Grey and her battle with the dark power that takes control of her in the spotlight. According to the title, the upcoming blockbuster is heavily focused on the female character. Hopefully, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and Alexandra Shipp’s Storm will also get more attention.
Marvel Cinematic Universe promised more inclusive X-Men movies in the future. Disney will soon revert the X-Men rights back to Marvel Studios and according to the studio’s president, Kevin Feige the mysterious Phase Four will include more women. After all, it seems that X-Women isn’t completely out of question!
Although Lauren Donner most certainly won’t be a part of the X-Men’s (or X-Women) future, she believes that the characters and the movie, in general, are in good hands at Marvel Studios. Just for the records, Marvel Studios is just weeks away from releasing their first female superhero-led movie with Captain Marvel, while Black Widow will also come out in the near future. Kevin Feige revealed that Marvel’s female-led movie “will be the first of many.” Early estimates predict that the movie could take in a whopping $100 million or more in its March 8 opening weekend, which is just another proof that the world really needs more leading female superheroes!