Times sci-fi movie sequels saved the franchise

Starting with its first installment in 2000, the “X-Men” franchise was at the forefront of the superhero movie boom. Each chapter of the original “X-Men” trilogy outmoded the latest, amassing a cumulative billion dollars in global box office revenue. After the story of the original cast ended, 20th Century Fox looked to expand the franchise with a variety of new spinoffs, starting with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2008. “Wolverine” introduced the Gambit and Deadpool characters on the big screen, and they were everyone was looking for their own spinoffs. Besides, two more prequels were planned, one centered on Magneto and the other on Charles Xavier’s original X-Men class.

But after the disorderly release and critical failure of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” 20th Century Fox put the rest of their “X-Men” list on hold, instead focusing on one project: the previous movie “X-Men: First Class,” which featured an entirely new film cast and period setting. “First Class” didn’t immediately spill the franchise’s box office fortunes, earn about $ 10 million less than “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” with a similar budget, but it was better received by fans and critics and, even briefly, putting the franchise back in the right direction. Its immediate sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” combined the new and original X-Men castings and became a huge box office success. Incidentally, “Days of Future Past” also erased the “Last Stand” and “Origins” badly received from the continuity through time travel. Nice tip, that.