It is easy to think of what might have been now the 20th Century Fox X-Men franchise has come to a close after Dark Phoenix was released in theatres at the start of this month, but it turns out the scientific blue-furred intellect of Beast was once due to have his own movie.
Yes, it was reported the other day that a Beast solo, or at least focused, movie entitled X-Men: Fear the Beast was in very early stages of development after 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The movie would focus on Hank McCoy with supporting familiar and returning faces and was reported to be one of several solo spinoff movies, including an already early developed but scrapped Mystique movie.
An early script was drafted and sent to X-Men writer and apparent frontman Simon Kinberg, but evidently went no further as Kinberg passed on developing the script further.
In short terms, the movie would focus on Dr. Hank McCoy, also known as Beast, as he struggles to manage with his animalistic side due to an apparent and sudden lack in control of his powers. He has shared his repressor serum with another scientist who has a similar mutation but must now go track him down after learning that he is terrorizing an Inuit village. Beast recruits Wolverine to fight the other mutant, while Professor X, Mystique, and even Jubilee have roles.
The script also stated that at least one end-credits scene would be including which would introduce the 20th Century Fox version of X-Men villain Mr. Sinister, as he watches the events of the movie unfold and would lead to him becoming a big bad for a future X-Men movie.
While spinoff movies are traditionally of a lower-budget nature, then Beast seems somewhat ideal for a solo movie due to Nicholas Hoult’s beastly transformation being practical rather than CGI.
However, due to the script only being in the early stages, there was every chance the movie could have increased in budget and therefore may not have been as successful as the studio may have hoped for at the box office.
But on the positive side, the movie did give the chance for a younger-version of Wolverine to be cast which would have also tied into Matthew Vaughn’s original idea for his own abandoned plans for an X-Men trilogy starting with X-Men: First Class and ending with Days of Future Past with a younger Wolverine movie linking the two.
Ultimately, it is a nice “What if?” situation for X-Men fans, and more specifically Beast fans, to think about a solo spinoff movie that could have equated to the same success as Wolverine or Deadpool. However, there is no logical need for a Beast spinoff movie to appear anywhere in the now finished X-Men universe.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is in theatres everywhere now.
Would you have wanted a Beast solo movie?