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10 X-Men Characters That Deserve Their Own Movie

5 Jun

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The sixth movie in the X-Men franchise, The Wolverine, recently opened across cinema screens worldwide. Directed by James Mangold, Hugh Jackman returns to his role of the Canadian mutant, stuck in unfamiliar territory. Summoned by an old friend and stripped of his powers, Wolverine’s brutal conflict takes place in Japan, as he deals with the threatening force of the deadly samurai, and his plaguing inner demons.

The Wolverine does a pretty decent job of continuing the X-Men franchise, but it’s time to really shift the focus elsewhere. Sure enough, Days of Future Past boasts the largest cast of any X-Men movie to date, but it’s time Fox Studios finally drifted away from team movies. If they plan to further expand their own X-Men cinematic universe, then they need to expand on their ideas. They need to dispose of typical superhero genre conventions, and take the route that Marvel Studios are so successfully employing, by splitting up characters into their own respective genres.

If they were to follow the same strategy, then there are plenty of X-Men for them to adapt. Most mutants have supported their own comic series before, and have been the main highlights of the cartoons and movies. So now, it’s really about time that other X-Men characters get the spotlight. Let’s see the Mojoverse in all of its glory. Let’s see Dazzler reach disco stardom.

So without further ado, here is a list of 10 X-Men characters that rightfully deserve their very own movie…

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10 Upcoming Movie Sequels Delayed So Long We Stopped Caring

28 Apr

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“Strike while the iron is hot” is the famous phrase often attributed to sequels to successful movies; it’s best to get the next one out of the gate while the gravy train is still running, rather than wait too long and risk having lost your audience.

While, of course, there has to be a line drawn where an expedient delivery would cripple the film’s quality – I’m looking at the impending Fast and the Furious 7, which aims to shoot this summer for release next year – the general idea is to balance the need to carve out a strong story with the need to get the product out into the market in a timely fashion.

These 10 movie sequels, it seems, have dragged their feet for such a long time that our enthusiasm has been drained about them almost completely; we began to believe they were never happening, and now that we see them moving into the production and release stages, it’s hard to muster up our enthusiasm once again…

10. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (4 years)

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Previous Release: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, released September 2009.

The Sequel: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, due for release September 2013, 4 years after the release of the original. This might not seem like a massively long time, but given how fast animated sequels can be to produce – given that the character models already exist and can simply be thrown into a new environment – it’s surprising that a Cloudy sequel didn’t come to fruition a year or even two years ago. Though I have every expectation that Cloudy 2 will be another fun 3D food experience, hasn’t our collective enthusiasm for the concept drained a little?

The film didn’t exactly do gangbusters at the box office, so that may go a way to explain why it took 4 years to get the sequel up and running, that and the departure of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who instead opted to work on The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street.

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10 (Probably Failed) Attempts At A Measured Response To The Wolverine

26 Aug

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I don’t know if it was the low expectations or the fact that Logan got to snikt! some ninjas, but I was pleasantly surprised with The Wolverine.

You could argue that the latest entry in the X-Men franchise isn’t terribly original or daring… and well, you’d be right. It’s interested only in giving Logan a classic hero’s journey, which it does pretty darn well. Director James Mangold brings a good bit of intelligence and restraint back to the summer blockbuster – and superhero films, in particular. If it wasn’t for a healthy amount of CGI and incoherent action scenes (more on that later), The Wolverine would almost feel like a movie out of time, and it’s to the movie’s credit that it plays more like a Western or Samurai film than a comic book movie.

Before we go any further, let’s start with the facts of the case. I’m a thirty-four year-old male and an all around smart-ass. While I’d argue that the X-Men franchise, with its exploration of bigotry and tolerance, is probably the most thematically important comic book series going, I’ve never cared for it personally. It’s usually far too silly and soap opera-y for my tastes. And then came Bryan Singer’s X-Men in 2000, which finally made the series work for me. I’ve never read the source material that The Wolverine is based on, and have little interest in doing so. Frankly, my interest in Wolverine begins and ends with Hugh Jackman, who has created one of the greatest screen characters of all time with his portrayal of Logan.

So let’s get those SPOILERS going with another ten probably failed attempts at balancing fanboy enthusiasm with a little objectivity. If you can, enjoy.

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