If you ask around to any random person walking by, “What is the most famous comic book you know of?”, I would be willing to bet a hefty sum “X-Men” is a popular response. Even with Batman/The Dark Knight, all of The Avengers, and Superman/Man of Steel, etc. being very successful and popular right now, the X-Men have a huge history all their own in the public eye, despite the silver screen. The X-Men have not be so great as a film franchise so far. The first three films were poorly cast (mostly), softly written, and the combination of the two gave the characters and the plot lines a wow factor of next to zero. Via a multitude of factors missing the mark, the first Wolverine Origins film wasn’t much to write home about either.
With X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer is looking push through the obstacles set up by the original cast and films, pair them up with the great rebound the franchise made with X-Men: First Class, and fight a battle through time, side by side, to save the future of both mutants and humans alike. How’s this for wow factor?
So what are we looking at here? We’re looking at humanity’s fear of mutants peaking to the point of creating robotic enforcers with strict artificial intelligence to police the mutant race, both good and bad. Well, of course that can’t go well because humans pretty much suck at making robots that don’t eventually turn on them. Enter the Sentinels. We see a trans-chronological story line which will involve at least 2 time travelers; Wolverine from a more present future, and Bishop from what we’ll soon know as the Age of Apocalypse. We see AT LEAST 24 DIFFERENT MAJOR MUTANTS AND CHARACTERS!!! That is just mind blowing and also a big reason why this film is chalking up to be one of the most expensive super hero films to date. Let’s get a list going here:
Future and Past Professor-X, Future and Past Magneto, Mystique (still not a fan of Jennifer Lawrence playing her), Past Beast (big rumor that Kelsey Grammer has filmed a cameo as Future Beast), Quicksilver, Blink, Bishop, Wolverine, Rogue (if you don’t hate Anna Paquin in this role, you’re hopeless), Warpath, Kitty Pride, Sunspot, Ice Man, Colossus, Bolivar Trask, Future Storm (Halle Berry… no… just no.), Havok, Toad, Sentinel Mark I, Sentinel Mark X, and a young William Stryker.
Oh yeah, how about a new X-Men movie poster?
I’d say there’s plenty of things here to be excited about. I’m certainly disappointed about some hard-nosed casting dedications as well. There’s no reason better fits couldn’t have beeb be slotted in for Storm, Mystique, and Rogue. I’m on the fence about how I feel about Kitty too. We’ve seen major upgrades happen to major actors in major roles. Iron Man is the #1 reference here. I like to call it “Don Cheadel-ing”.
By: Eli Rebich