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X-Men: Days Of Future Past has become a juggernaut of the 2014 summer box office. So naturally, it's time to celebrate, which has led director Bryan Singer to dabble in some ink.
The good news is, it gives the creative team a chance to redo some people we've already seen who sadly did not thrive in the translation from page to screen. The bad news is that the X-Men universe is quite vast, and it seems a bit wasteful to repeat characters when there are all-new ones we haven't yet seen.
You can catch your first glimpse of what these villains were meant to look like, before Bryan Singer and Fox decided that the extra $8 million required to visualize these robots for X2 was just too rich for anyone's blood.
Callous as this might sound, the issue in play here is less Bryan Singer’s guilt or innocence and more his time. Rumors have been swirling for awhile that the director will be able to provide irrefutable proof that he wasn’t in Hawaii when the abuse allegedly occurred and that he was at the London Superman Returns premiere when the other incident allegedly happened.
It sounds as if there's something brewing between Marvel and Fox. News leaked this weekend that in the next couple of months, Marvel is putting both Fantastic Four and Ultimate Fantastic Four on a hiatus. It makes sense to lose one of them, as the team isn't necessarily one of Marvel's highest sellers, but both?
We decided to seek out six beloved storylines (and one bonus!) that could conceivably provide material for a future film in the X-Men Saga. Read on and tell us if there's one you think we've missed.
What do we know about Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse? The answer is not very much. Few details have leaked out about the project since it was announced last December, and while we know that the movie will be set in the '80s and center on Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) , Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), we don't really know for sure which other mutants may be joining them.
Go ahead and close your eyes for a moment -- wait, read this first -- and imagine Jennifer Lawrence perched atop a bicycle seat, covered in blue. This is the mental picture Lawrence paints for us during her interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
At the end of the day these movies only really need to be able to stand by themselves, and Singer shouldn't stay awake at night wondering if he's already wasted a chance to cast someone big for Jubilee (who appears in the background of X-Men). While the hardcore fans are walking wiki pages for these films, most people see these movies once a year or every two years, and not every plot point stays fresh in their head.
During adaptation, such changes need to be made, which is why the stars of the X-Men comics are not the same as the stars of the X-Men movies. The liberties taken have, in many ways, robbed movie fans of a chance at seeing some engaging storylines while also cheating the hardcore comic fans out of some of the more treasured characters and moments of a fifty year old canon.
The question is, when would we see Channing Tatum's Gambit? Given that Tatum is an A-List actor, it seems unlikely he'd play a bit role in X-Men: Apocalypse. Could Fox be planning Gambit as a starring vehicle for Tatum, possibly for that unrevealed 2018 release date?
Everyone wants a piece of that sweet interconnected universe pie. Marvel Studios has been building theirs since 2008, Sony is getting ready to experiment with Venom and Sinister Six for their Amazing Spider-Man series, and Fox holds both the rights to the X-Men as well as Fantastic Four. Next year brings The Fantastic Four to theaters, and many expect that the film will eventually lead the heroes towards a meet up with the X-Men in a big superhero goulash.
X-Men: Apocalypse would primarily focus on the First Class gang and be set in the 80's, the early claim announced. But it would also be a fairly epic film, and you can't do epic without Wolverine, can you? It seems like Apocalypse would be prepping the world for an X-film without Wolverine (the character has appeared in seven X-movies thus far), but we might not be done with Jackman yet.
Cinema Blend is having a Scavenger Hunt in honor of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and if you enjoy large and shiny televisions, you should sit up and pay attention.
Fox needs to stretch the X-Men brand, but it also helps if they have stars to do so. Which is why they’ll be recruiting all of the film’s cast members to travel the world and pop up in a number of towns. Which ones, however, remain to be determined.