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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Sunday, I was having a conversation with friends about the recent collecting of X-Men costumes from DOFP into the Smithsonian. We were contemplating why they would do this even before the movie had been released. The conclusion I came to was that this comic arc is one of the most famous within the X-Men franchise both on film and in the comics, especially. While the decision to put them in this prestigious museum seems a little strange, I think that it makes sense in this way. However, this collecting does not keep me from being a little apprehensive about the upcoming film and wondering what the theater will hold for me as I watch the film Friday.

The Good:

Bryan Singer coming back to direct the film leaves me with hope that he will be kind to the comic book mythos and the dynamic of the team as he aptly showed in X2.

The Days of Future Past story arc also makes me hopeful because it is so compelling that it seems like it would be very difficult to mess up.

The Magnetos and Xaviers are wonderful all the way around. I love Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender. All are extremely talented and bring it when it comes to these characters.

Peter Dinklage gives us the potential for a compelling villain as his acting on Game of Thrones and other movies / television show us. He is great and hopefully will bring something to the character of Trask, instead of being the flat character we have seen in previous movies (yes, Trask has been there but not in a prominent way).

The Apprehensions:

Large casts scare the crap out of me. While Singer has been shown to handle expansive amounts of people before, I walk into any large ensemble movie with a hint of skepticism and preparedness.

Certain cast members have never done anything for me, and they are being brought back into this one… Yes, I’m looking at Storm and Rogue, whom I love mind you, but the performances from Berry and Paquin leave much to be desired. Yeah…

The Wolverine-centric nature that the narrative is seeming to follow. I understand that they have to have a character that can span time as Kitty Pride did in the original (long story about the actual DOFP story arc), but as most of you know, I’ve never been a fan of Wolverine because his character just seems flat to me as far what he is. I find him to be one of the least interesting characters within their world. As such, I always cringe a little when he is the focal character… Although, I do really love Jackman as the character.

My final worry is that this will be a setup movie purely for X-Men: Apocalypse. While I have been wanting them to bring Apocalypse into the franchise for a while (and hopefully Mr. Sinister as well because yeah… *fanboy squee here*), I don’t want them to shortchange this story to build toward the next. If they do, I will be sad.

Overall, I hope that the movie does great because I always want everything that involves these my favorite comic book characters to do well. I am holding out hope that this will capture both the energy of the First Class franchise while calling us back to the powerful storytelling that the original movie series had for us (apart from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Last Stand which we hope were a collective hallucination that never occurred). Here’s hoping. You’ll all have to tell me what you think about it when you see it. I’ll be sure to let you guys know. ūüôā

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X3: The Last Stand

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Today, I was rewatching¬†the third movie in the X-Men Trilogy and had some of the same thoughts that I had originally when watching it. To put it into perspective for you, at the end of the movie on opening night, I stood up when the credits began and said “What the hell!” (There may have been more choice words…I’m not entirely sure), and I ranted like this for a few moments until the surprise tag at the end of the credits came on…I was silent for a little while to watch…then, the ranting began again. Why you might ask was I so distraught? It was and is because the X-Men are my favorite superheroes. I have like them ever since I was a child because they are imperfect and varied. So, why did the movie rub me the wrong way? It’s because of several things.

1) The storyline was rushed and manipulated to suit weird intentions. I didn’t like their take on the Phoenix saga. It was okay, but honestly, they can’t undertake such a huge story arc in one movie. It is a story that stretches across many, many issues and decades of comic books…and they dealt with it in an hour and a half movie…yeah…

 

2) Magneto would have died trying to save Charles Xavier. In the comics, they are good friends even though they do have their different view points of the mutant crisis. Magneto would not have stood idly by while the Phoenix tore him apart. He would have been killed because he tried to save Charles…it’s just one of those things.

3) Halle Berry is not Storm. While several of the people cast were wonderful, she doesn’t act like Storm should act. With the power of the weather at her finger tips, she should not get too angry because storms will happen; however, she is angry and emotional all the time…nothing happens…it’s one of those things that is odd to me.

4) Brett Radner¬†didn’t seem to understand the world like Bryan Singer did. The first two movies were good. They seemed to use the characters well and give the storylines that were appropriate for a movie format. While I know that he didn’t write the script for the movie, I know that his direction played up Halle Berry’s angst and some other equally annoying aspects of the movie…and let’s face it, his movies are really that great…(think Rush Hour 3)..

Some honorable mentions for the good qualities of the movie, I thought that Jean Grey’s costuming choices were nice. I liked that they matched her hair to her costume color…I also appreciate John Powell’s musical score. It is a bright spot in the dimness of the movie. “The Dark Phoenix Tragedy” is one of the best songs in the movie. However, these bright spots are not able to redeem the movie…they just make it suck a little less.

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September 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

X-Men I Could Care Less About

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So, I know that I have told you about some of the people in X-Men that I love and some that people love to hate. However, I am not going to briefly discuss people who I couldn’t give a damn about it Marvel. The thing is that most of them are the people who the average comic book or movie person is going to enjoy. Honestly, I don’t understand the draw of some of them.

Gambit–While he does have an interesting power, I find myself going “Why should I be intrigued by said character?” His attitude and overall quippy demeanor are lost on me. I don’t appreciate him as a character because they are others that have existed longer that are basically the same character mould. Two, he doesn’t further the whole X-Men story arc in a productive way. What comic book arc has he been a part of that he couldn’t have easily been replaced by some other character? The answer: none that come to mind readily. He is a character that was dreamed up in the early 90’s (yes, he came on the scene in the 90’s much like Jubilee and others…another side note, he was in the comics before the animated series debuted). He was a way that Marvel was trying to put fresh faces into the X-Men line up. I think that he was a lack luster revamp of the Wolverine character (shady past, questionable alliances, etc.).

Wolverine–So, I get that people like him. However, I will not be in the droves of fans to say that he’s the best mutant, X-Man, or whatever because I do not like him at all. Sure he has a handy power. Honestly, it’s probably one of the more practical powers to have, rapid cellular regeneration. Yet, most people see his power as being his claws (other than the fact he may or may not have been born with them, depends on the story arc, they are not his primary power). I will admit that I am more intrigued by his back story than Gambit’s. He has lived far longer and has brushed elbows with the likes of Captain America, in the 40’s, and others…still, this doesn’t give him enough intrigue for me. Actually, the coolest version of him is in the Age of Apocalypse story arc…here, he risks his life and loses a hand to save Jean. Yet, in the main storyline, I find him to be a little¬†whiny and sometimes just a completely irrelevant character (more of a plot device of sorts).

So, yeah, I know that a lot of people like said characters However, there are just things about them that I am not interested in. I would much rather have the weird side characters or some of the more rounded characters that grace the pages of X-Men.

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June 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Anti-Heroes and the New World

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In the scope of the past several hundred years, we have changed from a heroic society to one that values the anti-heroes. We long to see more of them. Why one might ask? Well, the answer is very intriguing and complex yet simple.

1. They’re cooler. Sure most people’s hearts swell when the knight in shining armor gets his princess…but really, after the first 500 times you see this event occur, it gets kind of stagnant and boring. The Anti-Hero, on the other hand, is more intriguing because most of them are not out to prove their greatness by saving a damsel in distress. Usually, these characters have agendas that lie in their past. Some are attempting to atone for the terrors they were before, while others are simply trying to make it in a world where there are no bad guys in black cowboy hats and good guys in white. They are the gray area…

2. The gray area…since most of us do not fall into the “pure good” or “pure evil” sections of humanity, it stands to reason that we fall into the gray area…that is the area that is somewhere between “good” and “evil”…the majority of people fall into this category because we are innately good and evil at the same time…mind blowing idea there right…but think about it. We do some good things and some not so good things (not necessarily evil)…it stands to reason that we don’t want heroes that are the pinnacle of perfection…we want someone who is a little more flawed…think of Wolverine over Cyclops…Lestat over Louis…and many more…

3. With the tendency¬†to have a moral compass that does not always point north, their stories have much more room for complications than those of the “good” hero. Think about it…the “good” hero (or G. H. as I will call him) is effected by outside forces: evil queens, dragons, disease, etc.¬†A G.H.¬†generally has no internal conflict that could make him stray from his task at hand…he generally stays within the realm of “goodness” to achieve his goals…The Anti-Hero is a little more morally ambiguous. He will go to lengths that the G. H. will not go to to see his goals come to fruition. These heroes often wander about and go onto tangents to help better themselves or discover a great truth…eventually, they will arrive at the end of their journey, yet they might not have a princess to save any more (thanks to those G. H.s out there.)…

4. Anti-Heroes generally don’t give a crap about what those around them perceive them to be. G. H.s want to be seen as good and virtuous. They sport the “shining armor” and go off¬† to slay dragons at risk of life and limb…Anti-Heroes usually have a whatever attitude that makes them more likable because let’s face it sometimes chivalry is not all it’s cracked up to be…the Anti-Hero is just more open about this than the G. H…

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March 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Favorite Characters in X-Men

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In the X-Men comic book, there is a variety of characters that people pick favorites from. While most people invariably pick characters that are popular or more visible, the fact is that there are many out there that are way cooler than the Wolverines and Gambits.

I like several characters for many different reasons. I will be honest with you. I despise Wolverine and could care less for Gambit…they both have the same kind of demeanour and attitude, and their brand of person does not interest me. I am by far more interested in some of the characters who seem slightly off kilter…

1. Rogue…I don’t know what it is about her that makes me like her character so much. I think part of it might be the infinite possibility¬†of power she has. She could potentially drain every other mutant’s power to become all powerful. This is how she gained her “secondary” mutations of super strength, flight and near invincibility. She drained Miss Marvel (Carol Danvers) of her powers. This draining of abilities also has consequences that she must deal with. Not only does she gain the powers of a person, she also absorbs their minds or life-force if you will. This mind-sucking of Carol Danvers almost makes her go crazy because there are 2 mentalities trapped in one body. Her character intrigues me.

2. Mr. Sinister. Aside from the name which is a little silly (comic book¬†clich√©¬†name), he is by far one of the best villains in the Marvelverse. Why you might ask? It’s because his mind and set of skills make him¬† more diabolical and unpredictable than any of the other “evils”. He is a puppet master moving quantities of people together so that he can conquer them. He also believes in the idea of the “enemy of mine enemy is my friend” as seen by him teaming up with very unlikely allies throughout the course of the X-istence. He, who was a contemporary of Darwin, is the ultimate example of natural selection because he naturally selects the abilities and properties to enhance himself.

3. Psylocke. She is probably the least known character that I will speak about. She is an art thief with psychic powers. She doesn’t really have a lot of affiliations early on, but later, she becomes a member of the X-Men. Her psychic abilities being interestingly presented and her tale of body swapping¬†are what I like about her. She is able to project psybolts¬†to stun enemies and others. She also is able to yield a psychic knife or a katana to help fight her enemies. Her fighting skills are unparalleled which makes her even more dangerous.

So, there you have it. Those are my top there…there are many more that could have made the list (like Jean Grey and others), but these are probably the ones that intrigue me (yes¬†I know that I use the word intrigue a lot). Feel free to agree or disagree. These characters are the best to me.