Where is X-Men Origins: Magneto?
X-Men Origins: Magneto was once promised to be the second X-Men spin off film after Wolverine, as soon as that was finished we would see Magneto's origin story where he discovers his powers in a Nazi concentration camp and in later life uses them for revenge against those who murdered so many.
However it's not happened, and in fact we've been hearing more and more about a young X-Men film, a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and now a Deadpool film. So where's Magneto in all of this?
Apparently, according to David S. Goyer, it's quite a way off and he's talking a year or two. By then we could have seen the second Wolverine and the First Class film already released.
"I've been in touch with them…I'm sure that project will move forward in the next year or so."
"They're still thinking about doing it…They're definitely looking into doing other X-Men spinoffs"
That's the aforementioned X-Men: First Class, an X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, and Deadpool. Yet it doesn't make a lot of sense to me to start branching off on these other stories without getting X-Men: First Class or X-Men Origins: Magneto off the ground, because they are films that definitely hark back to the first series of films, and Magneto especially so. The longer they leave it and the more ancillary characters they present, the further from those original films the audience is taken.
Of course that could be what the studio wants, but I think the answer is much more materialistic than that and it's about content appealing to that special demographic that the studios love so much, the PG-13 one.
Considering how sanitised and action focussed X-Men Origins: Wolverine was, I wonder if they could even consider the possibility of making a film with a young Magneto going through the experience of concentration camps, of using his powers for revenge against the Nazi's who mistreated him, and of being clouded by a hatred for humans which turns him against his friend Charles Xavier.
It all seems a little dark and a little real for the current strain of X-Men films, and it probably will end up that way with Goyer in control. I wonder if the studio would prefer another partially de-clawed Wolverine and a kiddies version of X-Men with First Class?