We tend to think about the future in terms of possibility. Assuming that we continue to advance as a species and don’t come down with a case of the apocalypse, the notion of “the future” is one where things that are not possible now become possible. Of course, in science fiction, this growth is usually far more drastic than it is in real life—we don’t drive flying cars, and all the cool tablets and phones we do have don’t necessarily work in the sexy ways that we imagined before their debut. Real progress is slow and boring, and big game changers like ereaders tend to coexist with whatever it was we assumed they would replace (like books). Given the way 2001: A Space Odyssey set expectations, 2001 must have been an extremely disappointing year.
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This February, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men will be teaming up in Guardians of the Galaxy/X-Men: The Black Vortex, a cosmic comic-book adventure that will send the two teams into the far reaches of space on the hunt for The Black Vortex, an object of immense power.
So what is The Black Vortex? According to Sam Humphries, the crossover’s lead writer speaking in advance of his panel today at New York Comic Con, it is an immensely powerful object with the ability to unlock the cosmic potential that lies within anyone. “So if you play guitar,” says Humphries, “The Black Vortex can unlock the potential within you to play like Jimmy Page, and Jimmy Hendrix, and George Harrison all at the same time.” READ FULL STORY
Ever since Fox fast-tracked the X-Men spinoff movie Deadpool for a February 2016 release–admittedly only after slow-tracking the movie into development hell for half a decade–rumors have run wild about how the film will fit into the studio’s X-Men franchise. A brief and confusing recap: Deadpool is technically an X-Men character. He technically appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Ryan Reynolds. However, Deadpool in comic book form is also a fourth-wall-demolishing meta-villain who generally seems to live in a goofier version of the Marvel Universe.
Also however: By our rough calculations, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a movie whose entire existence was deleted from history after the time-twisting shenanigans of X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’s all here in this pamphlet: READ FULL STORY
In the comic books, Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, is the world’s most powerful telepath, able to read minds and control them at will, among other things. This is an absolutely terrifying set of powers, one that would make him a formidable opponent even without the use of his legs.
But if you knew the character from the long-running X-Men animated series, you’d probably think his powers included far less threatening abilities, like superhuman migraines or the power to send his ridiculous floating wheelchair flying away from him.
Seriously. Just watch this supercut. He really should’ve put a seatbelt in that thing.
Last week, Fox announced it was making a Deadpool movie, news which you either greeted with loud cheers because THEY’RE FINALLY MAKING A DEADPOOL MOVIE!!!!!!! or a confused shrug because WHO THE HELL IS DEADPOOL???? While he has a lower profile in the mainstream, Deadpool is a beloved figure in comic book circles. The best way to understand him is to know that he’s sort of a meta-character: An anti-superhero psychopath who frequently breaks the fourth wall and just-as-frequently kills people/things in the bloodiest way possible. READ FULL STORY
'X-Men: Days of Future Past': Oh God, let's talk about that ending (SPOILERS!) (ANALYSIS!) (FUTURE!) (PAST!)
Let’s get two things out of the way here: I really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past. And I have complicated feelings about the X-Men movies, but one thing that doesn’t bother me is their screwy internal chronology. I am not a a continuity pedant; the fact that X-Men: First Class directly overrules several parts of X-Men 1 doesn’t lessen my enjoyment of either of them.
So what follows is not meant to nitpick the plot of Future Past. Rather, this is an inquisition, an attempt to seriously understand what the space-time continuum really looks like after it has been twisted into fifty pretzel-spirals of insanity. SPOILERS FROM HERE. READ FULL STORY
The X-Men movies are important. They make a lot of money and they helped create Superhero-Era Hollywood and they incepted a certain kind of lucrative career arc in the heads of a generation of young actors. (Do the franchise, take the money, spend a year on greenscreens and the press circuit pretending you understand anything that’s happening, try for the Oscar, repeat.)
And the X-Men movies are important to me. I grew up loving superhero comic books and I grew up loving movies. These two fascinations were not mutually exclusive; but now, more and more, they feel diametrically opposed. There is a school of thought that says that superheroes have been bad for movies — or at least bad for Hollywood movies, leading the American film business into digital excess and brand retreads and assembly-line sagas. And there is another school of thought, smaller but more vocal, that says that movies have been bad for superheroes: Simplifying decades of history into easily-digestible chunks, transforming epic tales of high adventure into advertisements for future sequels. READ FULL STORY
The X-Men have been around for more than 50 years. They multiply: rapidly, frequently, endlessly. They aren’t really a superteam like the Justice League or the Avengers, those all-star crews built out of solo-series stars (Superman, Captain America) mixed together with B-list glue characters (Martian Manhunter, Wonder Man). With one very obvious exception and a few other arguable exceptions, the X-Men aren’t Solo-Star people. They are a team.
Or rather, teams. Chris Claremont’s iconic decade-and-a-half run on Uncanny X-Men cemented the idea that the X-lineup was eternally fluid: Characters died, left on sabbatical, joined the Avengers, got replaced by their time-traveling alternate universe daughters. And then there were so many X-Men teams (Blue, Gold, Xtreme) and X-Men teams who weren’t technically X-Men, even though they were entirely composed of past and future X-Men (X-Factor, X-Force, Generation X.) READ FULL STORY
In a world full of Avengers and Spider-Man, it seems mutants just don’t get any respect.
With another X-Men prequel/sequel/spin-off opening this weekend (it’s getting really hard to keep track at this point), Screen Junkies presents an honest take on the original “triquel” that started it all. With two awesome movies directed by Bryan Singer and one awful one directed by Brett Ratner, the trilogy proved that comic book movies can be good and bad at the same time, like many of the misunderstood mutants in the film, including Mystique who, yes, is absolutely naked. Though not every mutant from the comic books was featured in the films, one thing does seem pretty clear: They are all very dangerous and very attractive.
Watch below, but make sure not to stare too long or something might explode: READ FULL STORY
In the wake of a recent sexual assault allegation, director Bryan Singer has been out of the public spotlight, declining to do any press or interviews for his upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
However, before the accusations, he opened up in an interview with Out magazine about his complicated sexuality, homophobia in his films, and his reaction to Ellen Page’s powerful coming out. An editor’s note on the Out website states that “Singer declined additional comment to Out beyond this public statement released last month.” READ FULL STORY
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