Okay now this is just plain strange.
X-Men character Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man is set to receive his own spin-off solo film from 20th Century Fox with James Franco in the lead role as the titular mutant with X-Men writer/producer Simon Kinberg producing alongside Franco based off a script from Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg.
Okay, pardon me dear readers, but really? This is the second unexpected spin-off film for a Marvel character related to a property that will not be tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this one is stranger than the Morbius announcement.
Now for a quick history lesson, Jamie Madrox is known as the Multiple Man, a mutant with the ability to clone himself, often many different versions at once. Multiple Man was created by comics legend Len Wein back in Giant Size Fantastic Four #4 back in 1975. The character like many in the X-Men universe seems to go back and forth between feeling good or evil given the day of the week. He’s been associated with not just the X-Men, but also S.H.I.E.L.D., H.Y.D.R.A., X-Corps, X-Factor, and arguably his best incarnation in the comics, X-Factor Investigations. Madrox himself has largely been a supporting character or a background player in a lot of books, most notably Peter David’s run on X-Factor, which saw the mutant group reinvented as a noir detective agency. He’s only really had the spotlight once in a five-issue miniseries titled Madrox. Often there would be arcs and issues focused on the character, but he never struck out as someone to get their own solo movie.
Though this won’t be the first time the character has been on screen. Eric Dane previously portrayed him in X-Men: The Last Stand as part of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants.
Again I am baffled and dumbfounded by this announcement as it really does show Fox wants to mine as much of the X-Men universe as it can since they hold the film and TV rights to the characters. Suffice to say, there are a whole heap of characters more believable of getting their own movie before Multiple Man, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I’m also intrigued by this news.
If you want a little more insight into the character, go ahead and start here!
What do you think of the announcement? Is James Franco the right choice to play the character? Who else from X-Men do you wanna see in it? Let us know in the comments below!