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Fanboy Fix: 'Spider-Man' Concept Art, 'Star Wars' Director Rumors and an X-Man Who Won't Return

A number of previous X-Men stars have been lining up for Bryan Singer’s expansive Days of Future Past, from Hugh Jackman to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. But one actor who was crucial to the initial X-Men trilogy might not be able to come back, and she’s finally willing to admit that. 
 
Speaking to Superhero Hype over the weekend, Famke Janssen admits that Jean Grey likely will not be back for another X-Men movie because, well, she’s dead. 
 
“I'm sitting by the phone waiting. Call me up Bryan!" she said. "I think their challenge is that I died as Jean Grey and I died as the Phoenix, so what else can they do. If they bring a younger version back, they'll have to get a younger actress, so what is there left to do?"
 
Death is tough to overcome. And really, we don’t need Grey or the Phoenix for the Days of Future Past storyline. So while Singer appears to be getting the band back together, Janssen’s services likely won’t be needed. 
 
 
- We’re still waiting to hear who might direct Star Wars: Episode VII. So far, all of the news tied to the anticipated sequel has swirled around directors who publicly passed on the project.
 
Add Guillermo Del Toro to the growing list of filmmakers who’ve come out and said, “No thanks.” According to The Playlist, the Pacific Rim director admitted, “We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?' And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already …" 
 
We’d all love to see a Del Toro Star Wars film, but it isn’t meant to be. Del Toro did, however, recommend Brad Bird in the same article. Stay tuned. 
 
- This is why we love the Internet. Someone helpfully compiled ever Stan “The Man” Lee cameo from every Marvel movie into one geeky mashup.
 

 
- And while we’re talking Marvel, here are concept-art images of a Spidey-Lizard battle that was supposed to make it into Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, but didn’t. I would have loved to see these two battle on a tourist sightseeing bus, culminating on the ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Maybe Webb can figure out how to work this into his sequel? [via SuperHero Hype]
 
 
 
 
 
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