The X-Men of Marvel Comics are famous for being so numerous, and so interconnected in plot and history, that unraveling the connections between all of them is a herculean task. For example, take this fairly comprehensive X-Men timeline video, which runs eleven minutes and has to sprint in order to fit every team member into that running time. Along with the basic character bios, you’ll get a detailed breakdown of decades of X-Men history, including many of the later revisions made to allow older stories to make sense in context with later tales. Read More »
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Yesterday we learned that Sony was discussing a possible crossover movie between their successful 21 Jump Street franchise and their evergreen Men in Black series. This is obviously the next evolution of the Marvel-style universe trend that all of Hollywood is chasing. I know we’re supposed to hate this sort of thing but I couldn’t stop thinking about which modern movie properties could be combined into mega crossover movie events that (however ridiculous) I’d actually want to see. After the jump I list the best opportunities for big screen movie crossovers.
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There’s no mystery about the fact that superhero films have become one of the dominant forms of the movie business in the US, but the success of Marvel’s universe-building approach is still resounding as other studios race to catch up. Two rumors today are directly concerned with the ways in which other companies are trying to get a piece of Marvel’s success. One says that Fox is developing an X-Men TV series, while another report claims that Sony and Marvel are knocking together a way in which Spider-Man could end up in a Marvel film. Read More »
It’s the end of an era, and the Saturday Morning Cartoon is officially dead. So I thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at the best Saturday Morning Cartoons. Hit the jump to find out the 20 best Saturday morning cartoons of all time, according to me. I have even included the opening credits song (whenever available) so that you can take a trip back in time to revisit the pop culture that owned the saturday mornings of our childhoods.
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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 »