143: Tim Miller’s X-Men Universe Entry Lands A Screenwriter

Fox is making good on its earlier hype from January regarding a standalone Kitty Pride movie, it seems. As Deadline reported on Monday, the studio is tapping Brian Michael Bendis to script an X-Men cinematic universe entry vaguely-titled 143 for Deadpool helmer Tim Miller to direct.

The noted X-Men superheroine launched under Marvel Comics in 1980 with a number of skills surrounding her ability to “phase” herself and become intangible, allowing her and whatever she touches to pass through any object. Her history has seen her grow her affiliations with numerous teams including and especially with Guardians Of The Galaxy protagonist Star Lord at one point.

Fox’s X-Men franchise has seen a trio of actresses perform the role with Ellen Page donning the character for at least two films: The Last Stand and Days Of Future Past. As Deadline notes, the studio is playing it close to the chest but suggests the title hints at the 143rd issue in March of 1981 in which Kitty goes toe-to-toe with an N’Garai, a demonic entity from a race created by an intergalatic Elder God once intent on dominating Earth.

Bendis is strongly versed in comic books having contributed to many an adaptation over the years, including the big screen introduction of Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse for its December 14, 2018 release. Miller is joined by James Cameron on pre-production for a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day set to release on July 26, 2019.