Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Guardians of the Galaxy takes place literally worlds away from The Avengers, and yet both superhero teams occupy the same universe at the same time and even know some of the same people. It wouldn’t be totally inconceivable for them to cross paths at some point, and recent comments from Kevin Feige suggest they may do just that.
If you’re holding out hope for the either group to join forces with the X-Men, however, you’re probably out of luck. In the same interview, Feige downplayed the possibility of an Avengers / X-Men crossover. Sorry, Hugh Jackman. Hit the jump to see what Feige had to say.
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Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is my favorite film of the summer so far. (See Russ’s review here.) Singer’s return to the X-Men universe deftly combines two disparate timelines and delivers spectacular action set pieces, plus it has the emotional heft to make that action mean something. It’s an achievement on par with Whedon accomplished with The Avengers, and it breathes new life back into a franchise that seemed to be on the wane.
One of the appeals of a film like this is that it can pay off at least some of the character development and plot work from the films that have come before. But when I tried to connect the dots between past X-Men films and this one, a few of the plot details really left me scratching my head. I try to break down five of these after the jump. The following contains spoilers for all X-Men-related films prior to Days of Future Past, and some very basic plot details for Days of Future Past. Read More »
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 »
Television is the ideal medium to bring comic book stories to life, especially for an intricately-plotted series like the X-Men, but there was always the problem of budgeting that kept an X-Men TV show from being feasible. Until recently, there was no way to bring a team of super-powered mutants to television without having the costumes and effects look cheap and/or ridiculous. The big screen, meanwhile, allows for big budgets, but films take years to put together, undercutting the serialized appeal of the X-Men comics.
Now, it still isn’t easy, but a TV show can be done, especially as television has become a place for extended serialized stories rather than a big collection of standalone tales. As shows like Arrow build in popularity and Marvel plans to solidify its television approach with a set of “street-level” New York heroes such as Daredevil, a live-action X-Men show — or a New Mutants or X-Force spin-off — seems like something Fox could really play with.
Indeed, big-screen X-Men screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg says the studio is figuring things out. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
After some intense promos and clips (and a couple of truly WTF Carl’s Jr. commercials), Fox has released one final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer.
As usual, the video has mutant heroes battling mean humans, terrifying Sentinels, and their own inner angst across two different timelines. What’s different is that this particular trailer plays up Wolverine’s role in the whole thing. Though he doesn’t tend to be much of a team player, desperate times call for desperate measures, so this one has him running around the ’70s trying to get the gang together.
Watch the new X-Men Days of Future Past trailer, which includes tons of new footage, after the jump. Read More »
Channing Tatum has made no secret of the fact he’d love to play Gambit in the X-Men movies. The card-throwing, womanizing Cajun has long been a fan favorite, but so far has only been seen on screen once, briefly, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now, with Bryan Singer teasing he’d love to bring Gambit into the next X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse, Tatum has revealed the possibility has taken another step forward toward reality. He’s met with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner about possibly playing the role and is already working on an accent. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
In a world where every studio is trying to build its own comic book mega-franchise, simple sequels and prequels aren’t enough anymore. To really keep the brand running, you need spinoffs. And that’s where Fox’s X-Men series could be headed next.
So far, Wolverine is the only mutant who’s had the opportunity to break out on his own, but in a recent chat producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg suggested that Gambit, Deadpool, and Mystique could get their own movies as well. Hit the jump to read their comments.
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It’s a rare occasion to specifically call out a single day’s Teefury t-shirt, but it’s a rare occasion for one to be this awesome. Popular Mondo artist Tom Whalen is behind the Wednesday March 26 design and it’s called “Back to the Future Past.” The image blends the characters of the X-Men with Back to the Future, in a similar time travel way to the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
This t-shirt, which costs only $11, is only on sale until midnight tonight, Easter Standard Time at Teefury.com.