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Out in Theaters: ‘X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’

The X-Men franchise has always confronted big themes: tolerance, shame, homosexuality, even genocide. At its greatest hours, the series has relied on ideas of deontological ethics and ideologies of self-worth winning over flashy spectacle – although the vast display of superpowers were always welcome icing on the cake. Even the much derided Last Stand shoulders a message of coming together to defeat a greater enemy – about differences paling under the looming shadow of fascism – but that’s hardly something new to a series that juggles laser sight in with race extermination. Days of Future Past takes its place in the crossroads between bold ideas and blockbuster pageantry and though maybe it’s not the most outright fun X-Men film to date (that honor goes to First Class), it might be the most important. Read More

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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Announced Via Tweet

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In The Godfather: Part II, Michael says to Connie, “The ink on your divorce isn’t dry yet, and you’re getting married?” I want to say something similar to Bryan Singer. The ink isn’t even dry on the X-Men: Days of Future Past script and you are already announcing X-Men: Apocalypse? Well, he just did. Today Singer tweeted, “#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016.”  

 

Details are non-existent, obviously. However, comic book fans are speculating that it will be a loose adaptation of the Age of Apocalypse storyline. If so, it will have time travel, a villain named Apocalypse, alternate timelines, and the possible revival of Jean Grey and Cyclops.

So, for the comic book illiterate of us, this likely means more Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy, among other all-star cast members, which is nothing to complain about. I would prefer to think about one thing at a time, though and right now, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the only X-Men film I have room in my brain to anticipate. 

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New X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Images Promise Lots of Characters

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New images for Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past have hit the interwebs in anticipation of the films first trailer, ramping up anticipation from the uproariously popular tease in the Wolverine post-credits. Plot holes be damned, the film will include a time travel story, in order to bring together the bulk of the franchises hero’s, including Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), newcomer Peter Dinklage, who will play villain Bolivar Trask, and many, many more.

Jamming together the old cast of the original X-Men trilogy with the new blood of the critical hit X-Men: First Class, Fox Studios are attempting an Avengers-style scheme of their own. While there’s certainly a lot on the platter, if this gambit works, they stand to make buckets upon buckets of money. While the last three X-Men outings have been a bit of a financial disappointment, it’s easy to say that the future of the franchise rests on the success of Days of Future Past. If it manages to win back old fans while tapping into a new audience, superhero movie popularity could just be starting.

 


Michael Fassbender as Young Magneto


Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique

Patrick Stewart as Old Charles Xavier and director Bryan Singer


Ellen Page as Kitty Pride/Shadowcat and Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake/Iceman

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James McAvoy as Young Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Young Magneto

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Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

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Peter Dinklage as Boliver Trask

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Michael Fassbender as Young Magneto

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Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Michael Fassbender as Young Magneto and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier

X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and stars Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shaun Ashmore, Omar Sy and Evan Peters. It hits theaters on May 23, 2014.