After years of mediocre superhero movies from Fox, we are finally getting a follow-up to the (mostly) stellar movie that was X-Men: First Class. Even though the movie strayed a little from its comic origins, it was widely praised as one of the best X-Men movies. In that same vein, its follow-up, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is supposedly going to be even bigger and—according to its stars—even better.
Big words, Fox. Let’s see you put your money where your mouth is.
Anyways, I admit that I am highly, highly skeptical about such claims. However, I took it upon myself to come up with five reasons why we should all be (cautiously) optimistic about X-Men: DOFP.
Reason #1: Bryan Singer is back
Say what you will about Superman Returns, but X-Men and X2: X-Men United were pretty good X-Men movies in my opinion. They weren’t the best or the greatest, but they got the franchise going in a positive way.
We will excuse him for the sh*tstorm that was X-Men 3: Last Stand.
I’m looking at you, Brett Ratner.
Nevertheless, I’m confident in Singer’s creativity and direction and I am confident in the fact that he will not deliver us sh*t-on-a-platter when 2014 rolls around.
Reason #2: Fox seems to be on a roll
Earlier, I alluded to the fact that Fox hasn’t been the greatest when it comes to producing superhero movies.
Don’t believe me? Then please, clear your schedule and watch the following movies: Daredevil, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Elektra, Fantastic Four, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Get the picture?
Back to the positives, regardless of their track record, I am willing to credit them for going on a nice streak lately. Since X-men: First Class debuted in 2011, the other two movies that followed it were basically just as good—i.e. Chronicle and The Wolverine. On top of that, Marvel and DC have stepped up their film game in recent years; so, Fox can’t just bring some half-assed movie to the table. Comic book and film fans know what a good superhero movie should look like at this point. So, the jig is up!
Reason #3: The ensemble cast
I’m not even playing when I say that ensemble casts make me inherently nervous. I mean, granted, some films/stories call for them and I understand. However, they are usually just asking for some kind of problem, be it screen time, terrible character development, or even pay disputes. Despite these problems, I’m excited for the old and new cast of X-Men to come together. Aside from Wolverine/Hugh Jackman suffering from over-exposure, (seriously, can I get a movie with someone else? Storm? Colossus? Cyclops? ANYONE!), I think the old cast was criminally underused and I hope they fix that in X-Men: DOFP. As for the new cast, I credit them—and others—for breathing life back into the franchise. I’m just interested in seeing how this all turns out.
Reason #4. The story-line
This is the main reason my optimism is outweighing my cynicism. The Uncanny X-Men Days of Future Past story-line debuted in 1981 and was voted to 25th all-time greatest Marvel Comic in 2001. In the DOFP story-line, there exists a horrendously bleak, dystopian future where mutants are tracked down by mutant-hunting sentinels—some scary ass robots—and locked up in internment camps. In response, a much older Kitty Pryde sends her mind back in time to her younger and present-day self. From there, she enlists the help of the X-Men as they strive to prevent the assassination of Senator Kelly, which is the event that triggers all of the kill-all-mutants hysteria.
Great story, right? So, again, I’m excited. However, I’ll be that person by saying that I am highly pissed that instead of Kitty sending herself back in time, Wolverine will be going instead when 2014 rolls around. Why Fox feels to keep centering itself around Wolverine is beyond me and frankly, I’m tired of it. YOU HAVE SO MANY MORE CHARACTERS OUT THERE, FOX. USE THEM. THE WORLD HAS HAD ENOUGH.
Besides that, I still retain some level of excitement. Let’s hope it is executed well.
Reason #5. X-Men: DOFP is poised to undo the utter sh*tfest that was X-Men 3: Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine
There is literally nothing much to say here. Bryan Singer plans to repair a couple of things and I am ALL for it. In all honesty, I sincerely hope it undoes the eternally f*cked continuity that is the X-Men/Fox Cinematic Universe. I could go into everything that does not make sense now because of the aforementioned movies, (X-Men: First Class also didn’t help by outright ignoring X-Men 3), but I won’t go there.
In closing, though Singer and company have one hell of a job before them, it is very possible that they could shock us all and do an amazingly bad-ass job. Then hopefully, we can finally have the X-Men movie we’ve been waiting for and collectively have a “F*ck Yeah!” moment behind that sh*t.