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Does he realize the X-Men have been churning out stories for decades? It's not a trilogy anywhere. What about "Days of Future Past"? The Sentinels? The Brood? The full Phoenix Saga, including the death of billions and her suicide? What about the Legacy Virus? What about Proteus? What about the Hellfire Club? What about the Savage Land? Magik? Blob? Lockheed? Apocalypse? What about...

X3 To End with a Title

from Dark Horizons

20th Century Fox's feature film head honcho Tom Rothman gave scoopage to IESB last night.

He confirmed X3 will now have a The Last Stand subtitle (like X-Men United was for X2), and despite Vinnie Jones's comments about further films - "[X3] is the conclusion of this trilogy. These three movies work as a trilogy. These characters in this relationship, it's the culminaton of that saga...That doesn't mean never, I would never say never again but I will say that this brings that saga to an end... It goes all the way back to the first one and rounds off and completes that three part story." He confirmed the Wolverine and Magneto projects are still in development.

Rothman shot down a recent apparent online review of the film, saying a rough cut of the movie hasn't been completed yet as shooting has only just wrapped.

He also confirmed Fantastic Four 2 is still in scripting stage with the hope of beginning production by the Summer.

Synopsis from the film's novelization, due in May: "The X-Men, mutant heroes sworn to defend a world that hates and fears them, are back! This time, with the help of new recruits The Beast and Angel, they must face evolution itself in the form of their former teammate, Jean Grey! Possessed with the cosmic power of the Dark Phoenix, the resurrected Jean Grey has become a danger to herself, her mutant comrades, and the entire planet! To stave off this imminent threat to humanity, a potential cure is discovered and processed to treat -- and ultimately eliminate -- genetic mutations, once and for all! Now, as the battle lines are drawn, the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, must contend with both Jean Grey's world-consuming powers, as well as the malevolent Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto!"


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