X-Men Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens this weekend and with it, all the previous X-Men movies have been blended together. Bryan Singer‘s groundbreaking first two movies, Brett Ratner’s terrible third, the good and bad Wolverine movies, and Matthew Vaughn’s First Class all come together in an ambitious story involving time travel and a massive, star-studded cast.

Which is basically to say, if you don’t have a least a working knowledge of those films, some of what happens in Days of Future Past is likely to result in copious head scratching. No matter. The team at Vulture has created a quick, 3-minute Days of Future Past primer that includes all the important pieces of information you need to know about the X-Men movies before heading to the theater this weekend. Check it out below. Read More »

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Hugh Jackman Wolverine

A few weeks ago, Hugh Jackman told press that he was “99.9% sure” that the next Wolverine movie would be his last outing as the (nearly) ageless mutant. But now that the X-Men: Days of Future Past press tour is in full swing, that remaining 0.01% seems to be gaining ground.

Jackman has since backtracked a bit on his comments, saying that he’s “less sure” about wanting to hang up his claws. In fact, he’s hoping that Wolverine will eventually get a chance to team up with the Avengers. Read his comments after the jump.

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Of all the actors who’ve made their name playing comic book superheroes, Hugh Jackman has stuck with his role the longest. During his now fourteen-year tenure as Wolverine, we’ve gone through two Spider-Men, two Supermen, and two entirely different sets of (non-Wolverine) X-Men.

However, there’s only so long a mortal man can play an ageless mutant, and Jackman is well aware of that fact. In a recent interview, the actor said that although he hadn’t tired of the character yet, it was “inevitable” that Wolverine would be recast someday. Hit the jump to get his thoughts.

Most of Jackman’s co-stars from the original X-Men trilogy were replaced in X-Men: First Class by younger actors. Jackman, as the ageless Wolverine, was the exception. But that doesn’t mean recasting was never a possibility, he cautions.

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Want to see a video about creating the prologue to Thor: The Dark World? Was there a huge monster cut from the end of R.I.P.D.? How could Sony put a new Spider-Man into Sinister Six? Who do all the big Hollywood actors prefer: Batman or Superman? Did other providers have a shot at Marvel’s Defenders shows? Want to see the stars of American Hustle as their superhero counter parts? How would the media have covered The Avengers if it was real? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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James Mangold directs Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine

James Mangold and Hugh Jackman have been pretty vague so far about the “really cool ideas” they’re considering for the upcoming sequel to The Wolverine, especially because they haven’t settled on any one concept just yet. But one thing we now know for certain is that it’ll be based on an existing comic book storyline.

Mangold let the fact slip in a recent interview, during which he also discussed when, exactly, the movie might take place. Hit the jump to see what he had to day.

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The Wolverine

The Wolverine Unleashed Extended Edition takes big steps towards giving long-time fans the version of Marvel’s clawed mutant that they’ve always wanted to see on screen.

The first solo Wolverine movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was a bloated, cartoonish mess that vomited stereotypical criticisms of comic book movies onto the screen as story points. Unsurprisingly, that left no one happy. When a follow-up, The Wolverine, was revealed to be drawing direct inspiration from the character’s early solo comic book outing created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, there was reason to hope the character’s second headlining gig might fare better.

The Wolverine hit theaters this past summer, and thanks to James Mangold‘s direction (both on set and behind the scenes in dealing with Fox) it was a thematically strong film, with Nolan-esque ambitions to break the image of the comic book film as a superficial effects showcase. Yet it still seemed to be held in check; in particular the film’s violence and intensity didn’t quite match up to the intensity of Claremont and Miller’s conception of the character.

For the Blu-ray and digital release of The Wolverine, Fox is taking an unusual step by releasing an extended and unrated cut of the film. This marks the first time that Fox has veered away from the PG-13 rating with an X-Men movie, and a rare example of any major studio offering an extended unrated cut of a major tentpole. I saw the cut last night on the Fox lot. It is more bloody and violent; it’s a movie that offers the grimier side of Wolverine even as it fails to address issues that kept the theatrical cut from fulfilling all its ambitions.

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