'X-Men' franchise news: Present and future actors of the X-Men Cinematic Universe in one star-studded photo

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is arguably the biggest and most well known among all the comic book-based franchises out there. It started with “Iron Man” in 2008 and “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011, which eventually gave way to the massive “Avengers” movie in 2012. However, before Tony Stark and Steve Rogers came into the picture, the X-Men have been saving the world since its debut movie blasted through cinemas in 2000.

Pioneered by award winning actor Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, the “X-Men” franchise has grown throughout the years with multiple sequels, prequels, and spin-offs. The film series has become that 14<sup>th highest grossing film franchises of all time earning over $3 billion worldwide.

Now, the ever growing franchise has brought on their present and future stars in one star-studded photo exclusively released by Empire Magazine. Those in the picture are (left to right): T.J. Miller (Weasel in “Deadpool”); James McAvoy (Prof. Charles Xavier in “X-Men: Apocalypse”); Michael Fassbender (Magneto in “Apocalypse”); Channing Tatum (Gambit in “Gambit”); Ed Skrein (Ajax in “Deadpool”); Gina Carano (Angel Dust in “Deadpool”); Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique in “Apocalypse”); Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in Untitled Wolverine Sequel); Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool in “Deadpool”); Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead in “Deadpool”); Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse in “Apocalypse”); Evan Peters (Quicksilver in “Apocalypse”); Nicholas Hoult (Beast in “Apocalypse”); Olivia Munn (Psylocke in “Apocalypse”).

The photo was taken last July when the actors and actresses attended the annual San Diego Comic Con to lay down the roadmap for Fox’s share of the superhero community. There will be numerous releases in the year and some undisclosed ones yet in the following years. “Deadpool” and “X-Men Apocalypse” both have confirmed release dates on Feb. 12 and May 27 respectively. A third standalone “Wolverine” movie is scheduled for a March 2017 drop. “Gambit,” although confirmed, still has no target date of release and “X-Force,” a movie adaptation of “The New Mutants” and a “Deadpool” sequel are all in the can.