Fox had some really amazing opportunities with their characters and they’ve wasted most of them. Except Wolverine and Deadpool in the recent years, they’ve not been able to capitalize with the properties that they have owned for almost 2 decades. They screwed up Fantastic Four twice, and now they’ve got almost as many bad X-Men movies as they had good ones. X-Men: Dark Phoenix has become the biggest failure in the entire X-Men franchise. But now that we hear about the movies that were pitched and let go by Fox, it just disheartens us as fans.
Apparently, a spinoff movie centered on the Beast was pitched where he would have teamed up with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) against Wendigo in the late 1980s. In the end, we would have come to the conclusion that it was Mr. Sinister who was pulling all the strings. The script of the film was written by Byron Burton, then-assistant to franchise editor and composer John Ottman. The estimated cost of the film would have been $90 Million according to Ottaman.
We’ve got a 100-page rough draft made available by The Hollywood Reporter for us to read. The title of the script is “X-Men: Fear the Beast.” The brief description of the script has been given to us by Comicbook.com:
“In a Danger Room sequence featuring anti-mutant hate group Friends of Humanity, Hank McCoy loses control of his animalistic blue side amid struggles to keep his mutation in check through the calming agent introduced in Days of Future Past.
McCoy gives his serum to a scientist suffering from a similar mutation, who goes on to terrorize an Inuit village. Using Cerebro, Professor X (James McAvoy) locates Wolverine in efforts to halt the creature’s rampage.
In its final moments, a mysterious Scarred Man would be revealed as Mr. Sinister, envisioned by Burton as a “multi-film villain orchestrating things.””
Well, this would have been quite amazing. Beast and Wolverine seemed to be a great team up in Days of Future Past. We would have liked this film much more than X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Fox has missed quite a lot of opportunities for the sake of making bad X-Men movies. They clearly should have let it go after Apocalypse failed, but they didn’t and now the entire internet is livid over it.
But Fox having elected to ignore this script does bring out a positive for us. They didn’t get to ruin villains like Wendigo and Mr. Sinister, and now Marvel wouldn’t have to think twice before using them in the MCU when the X-Men make their debut. This script was passed up the ladder for X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg to approve. Even though the script included the major X-Men characters Wolverine, Beast, and Xavier, Kinberg “politely declined” to read the script to avoid it influencing X-Men: Dark Phoenix in any way. Well, we never wanted Dark Phoenix. Without Wolverine, it was a lost cause any way. But we have to agree that Fox has prevented us from a great opportunity.
Another great opportunity that they missed was back when they didn’t follow through with the big Avengers: Endgame level crossover which would have included the X-Men, Fantastic Four & Daredevil. X-Men: First Class writer Zack Stentz revealed that he had submitted this big Fox crossover event. He said:
“My ex-partner and I, when we were working at Fox and we were working on X-Men: First Class, we did a secret movie for them that, I can’t tell you what the plot was, but I can tell you that it used all of the characters, all of the Marvel characters that Fox had at the time in 2011. It used the X-Men. It used the Fantastic Four. It used Daredevil. It used Deadpool. Daredevil was still at Fox at the time. We almost had Paul Greengrass directing it which would’ve been so cool but he had another project to do instead. It didn’t end up going but it was a script I was really proud of and it would’ve been really good.
This was at Fox in 2011, which doesn’t really exist anymore, so maybe they won’t sue me for revealing. Even though, I didn’t reveal what it was called.”
This was another film that Fox could have nailed but ultimately stepped over.