Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
From the beginning, we’ve heard that X-Men: Apocalypse would be all about the First Class cast. But apparently, the filmmakers are still saving some room for the original X-Men.
In a new interview, writer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the classic cast would “certainly” be involved, albeit in supporting roles. Previously, only Hugh Jackman was expected to return. Hit the jump to read Kinberg’s comments.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the latest chapter in the cinematic life of the X-Men. It is an attempt to rectify some mistakes made in previous films, particularly X-Men: The Last Stand. It is a Charles Xavier origin story of sorts, and also a Wolverine movie; no matter how many mutants Fox splashes on the posters, this is the continuation of Wolverine’s evolution from animal to man. And for a film that ranges from 1973 to future decades hence, it is also a rather contained, character-oriented story.
As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels into the past to help Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) realize his potential, Wolverine also truly comes into his own. As a character piece, there’s a bit of a cheat, as Wolverine has the benefit of tremendous foresight. But while he knows where he has to go, he doesn’t know how to get there. Despite the myriad ways in which Days of Future Past is unlike the X-Men comics, it plays out as a solid special issue, a rip-roaring tale of power and old-fashioned good versus evil. It is an unusual summer “blockbuster,” and stands among the better X-Men movies. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender had huge shoes to fill when they joined 2011′s X-Men: First Class. Not only were they tackling beloved characters, they were taking them over from iconic actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Nevertheless, they managed to make the roles their own in that film — only to face their predecessors in the new sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Indeed, a whole bunch of classic X-Men returned for the movie. Within the narrative, that was because Ellen Page‘s Kitty Pryde had powers that made time travel possible; within our own reality, that was because writer Simon Kinberg took on the challenge of bringing a classic comic book storyline to the big screen.
During a press event in New York, I had the chance to speak with both Professor Xes, one of the Magnetos, a Kitty Pryde, and the guy who tied all their storylines together. Watch our conversations after the jump.
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Ridley Scott is going back to space, and not only with Prometheus 2. The producer/director is now set to direct The Martian, which is described as “an outer space adventure project” that is “in the vein of Cast Away and Apollo 13.” While those films starred Tom Hanks, this film will have Matt Damon in the lead role — and, in fact, the title role. Get more details on Ridley Scott’s The Martian below. Read More »
Disney’s Marvel movies are all connected. Sony’s Marvel movies will be connected to one another (but not to Disney’s films). Warner Bros.’ DC movies are connected. So it was pretty safe to assume that Fox, which controls the X-Men and Fantastic Four, would be connect those franchises. That won’t be the case, says writer/producer Simon Kinberg. In a new interview, the writer of both the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four explains why these two teams won’t share a universe.
Read why Kinberg says there won’t be a Fantastic Four X-Men crossover below. Read More »
Want to see X-Men: Days of Future Past standout Quicksilver in action? Was the Green Goblin going to look different in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Could Y: The Last Man still see the light of day? Will Fantastic Four be in 3D? Will you be able to buy a returned Comic-Con badge this year? How will Apocalypse play into X-Men: Apocalypse? What does Mel Gibson look like as Wolverine? Which comic book lawsuit will soon end up in front of the Supreme Court? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
There are so many Star Wars Bits right now, it’s time to just get to it. Below, read about the following:
- Two alternate working titles for Star Wars Episode VII emerge.
- A fan mashes up the Star Wars score with the Disney logo.
- New images have surfaced of the full Star Wars Rebels voice cast.
- Star Wars Battlefront will have a presence at the Electronics Entertainment Expo in June…
- …but Star Wars Episode VII reportedly won’t be at San Diego Comic-Con.
- Star Wars Celebration Anaheim just launched its website.
- Watch a trailer for Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy book (seen above).
- The first season of Star Wars Rebels is how many episodes? And Simon Kinberg talks writing Trilogy characters.
- Star Wars actor John Morton clarifies his recent Rebels/Star Wars Episode VII quotes.
- Carrie Fisher is down 40lbs for Star Wars Episode VII.
- Two new locations might be in the cards for the George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
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Here’s one of those stories you can file under “Obviously.” During The Walt Disney Company quarterly earning stockholders call, company CEO Bob Iger offered an update on the Star Wars spin off movies. He said “at least three” spin offs are now in development to be released alongside the main sequel trilogy. In previous updates, Iger and others have only said there were two. Read More »