The conflict between mutants and humans has always been a focal point in every "X-Men" movie and television series. The past few films and television shows in the "X-Men" Cinematic Universe are proof of that, but it seems like 20th Century Fox may be moving in an entirely new direction with its future projects.
Based on the line-up of new "X-Men" movies and television shows from IGN for 2018 and beyond, the trend looks to be moving away from the conflict between Professor X and Magneto. The original concept of the comic books and the movies and shows that followed had centered around these characters as they championed their opposite causes.
However, the slew of new movies that are going to be released in the coming years will apparently no longer feature any of the two characters as they will instead focus on the other mutants within the franchise. As of the moment, Fox is currently working on the new "Deadpool" sequel, "Deadpool 2," which will still star Ryan Reynolds in the titular role.
"Deadpool 3" is also in Fox's release schedule, along with the standalone "Gambit" movie, which may still have Channing Tatum in the leading role. Fox also has the seventh installment in the "X-Men" franchise planned out, but it will reportedly be focusing on the Dark Phoenix Saga. The studio also has plans to produce yet another "X-Men" spinoff film called "X-Force," which will be starring Cable and Domino.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, "X-Men" film producer Shuler Donner confirmed that they will, in fact, be moving away from the Xavier and Magneto angle and will be focusing on other characters within the franchise. The producer explained that the move is quite liberating for them, but at the same time very nerve-wracking.
Aside from the movies, several "X-Men" series such as FX's "Legion" has also moved away from the basic premise. This might also be true for the upcoming new "X-Men" television series, which will likely be absent the professor and his magnetic best friend.