With the latest movie having a poor showing at the US box office and its best instalments Logan and Deadpool taking place outside the main continuum, the mutant saga won’t be missed
Is it mere coincidence that the longest-running big-screen superhero saga has finally been brought to its knees, just as events in Hollywood have conspired to ensure that it would have been finished pretty soon anyway? With Marvel waiting in the wings to take charge of the X-Men, following Disney’s merger with 20th Century Fox, it is certainly pretty convenient for the mouse house that X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s pitiful opening US weekend (a mere $33m) ensures this current iteration of the colourful mutants has finally been fed to the Sentinels.
A sole outlier, the long-delayed, horror-themed The New Mutants, remains in the can and will probably not be seen until 2020, while Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is likely to continue in trademark potty-mouthed form at Disney. But after 20 years, during which a dozen movies have been released, the adventure is pretty much over, and it is fair to say that the series will not be overly missed.