Until The Dark Knight, X-Men 2 was the gold standard for comic book movies. It remains my favorite of the series, and though there are tons of great moments, I love it when a film opens with something jaw-dropping. X-Men 2 opened with a mind-controlled Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) storming The White House, teleporting, BAMFING, and fulfilling every X-fan’s dream to see the fuzzy elf realized in the comics.
Nightcrawler is one of my favorite X-Men, so it was great to see him, but it wasn’t just his appearance. No one had choreographed a fight for a teleporter before. His fighting style utilizing his teleportation and his tail is so unique that you were sucked into the movie in the little over two minutes it took Kurt to breach The Oval Office. Unfortunately, Alan Cumming had a miserable experience working on X2 and never returned, clashing with Brian Singer and chafing at the elaborate make-up necessary for the character. A younger Kurt Wagner will make his debut in X-Men: Apocalypse played by Kodi Smit-McPhee. He’s got some large, oddly shaped shoes to fill. For more of Alan Cumming, check out The Good Wife on CBS (just finishing its seven-year run). His character is reason enough to binge watch the drama.
2015 has been pretty light on comic book movies with nothing from DC and only Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron from Marvel (no, I’m not forgetting Fantastic Four, but I’m pre-trying to). 2016 will see the beginning of the explosion in the genre that will soon have us with 8-9 films a year between just the two big publishers. The DC Cinematic Universe will finally have more than one film, adding Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Suicide Squad. Marvel begins MCU Phase 3 with Captain America: Civil War and Dr. Strange. FOX is also going to bring us X-Men: Apocalypse (X-Men VIII if we’re counting the Wolverine films) as well as solo films for Gambit and Deadpool.
These images come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and 20th Century FOX, who had previously released them, but in much blurrier resolution. It gives us a look at Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse (between this and Star Wars, he’s going to blow up) and Olivia Munn’s Psylocke. Magneto looks like he’s getting another tweak to his costume that drifts more toward the full-blown comic version we saw at the end of X-Men: First Class. We’re also moving far enough ahead in the timeline (though I’m not sure how far) that young Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and others are re-entering the picture. Apocalypse is probably the biggest Marvel villain we have yet to see onscreen in any form since the original X-Men film began the modern-day super hero film genre 15 years ago. I can’t wait to see what they’ll do with him. This will also be Jennifer Lawrence’s last film as Mystique and -if you believe his current mood- Hugh Jackman’s last team film as Wolverine. X-Men: Days of Future Past put their characters on an intertwined story path so I’m very interested to see that play out. I know footage from this was screened at Comic Con, so I think we can expect a teaser trailer before too much longer.
Those pictured include Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Apocalypse (Oscar Issac), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Professor X (James McAvoy), Havok (Lucas Till), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jubilee (Lana Condor), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). X-Men: Apocalypse releases May 27, 2016.
Vulture scored a new summary of the plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past as well as confirmed that Peter Dinklage HAS been cast as Bolivar Trask (creator of the mutant-hunting Sentinels) and Josh Helman will be playing a younger version of William Stryker (whom Brian Cox played so well in X2). This comes on the heels of Bryan Singer confirming that Lucas Till will be returning from X-Men: First Class as Havok. Vulture’s plot summary:
“Ellen Page returns as Kitty from the Brett Ratner–directed X-Men: The Last Stand, but this time she uses her powers to send Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty’s powers and bring their friend back to the future.”
Whahuh? This hurts my mind. I’m also still kind of freaked out by how many mutants are in this cast. How can you do justice to this many characters? There are over 20 confirmed! Bryan Singer’s got a juggling act on his hands. We’ll see the results when X-Men: Days of Future Past opens next summer.
Tweeting addict and X-Men Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer is turning to be the best source for inside information on his own movie. Every few days, he’ll Tweet out a new pic from the set. Here we see Magneto the Younger ready to twist something metallic. My question is: are we going to get the frigging amazing Magneto suit from the end of X-Men First Class? Thus far, all the photos have had the merry mutants in street clothes. Ah well, I’m sure Singer will Tweet something on that between now and when X-Men: Days of Future Past releases in July 2014. Synopsis below:
The film will be based on the comic book storyline “Days of Future Past,” which ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981 during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run and introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.