By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
Gambit still has a chance.
During my review of X-Men: The Last Stand I made sure to point out that the third installment was by no means the last of anything. Though the title suggests the closing of a franchise, Tom Rothman likes to think of it a bit differently.
X-Men: The Last Stand Not the Last
IESB (reposted at MovieHole) recently talked to Fox Studio Head Tom Rothman and got him to discuss the misleading title for the third X-Men film.
Rothman also confirmed the new title for “X-Men 3” as being “X-Men : The Last Stand”, and added that it’s “the conclusion of this trilogy. These three movies work as a trilogy. These characters in this relationship, it's the culmination of that saga. It's the culmination and the resolution of those relationships laid out in the first two movies. That doesn't mean never, I would ever say never again, but I will say that this brings that saga to an end. It's quite the way the last Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, brought that trilogy to a conclusion in terms of those characters, that's what this movie does. It goes all the way back to the first one and rounds off and completes that three-part story”.
I don't know where Rothman is coming from trying to relate the X-Men franchise to Lord of the Rings; that trilogy actually did end.
I also do not know what exactly Rothman thinks X3 rounded out. Though characters were supposedly killed, Fox could come up with any story to bring ALL of them back for a sequel. And, considering that X3's opening weekend brought in mutant-sized earnings, Fox has to be itching for limitless sequels.
So far the Wolverine spin-off is the farthest along and, at this moment, is said to be a prequel to the X-Men 'trilogy'.