Posts Tagged ‘X-Men’

I’m not sure how much truth there is in this, and there is always development hell, but I need more information and facts before I can really decide what to think about this.

via BleedingCool

Bleeding Cool’s Hollywood sources (which also brought you the news that Warners were shipping round a Supergirl series – though we did get the producer wrong) have just landed us a massive trout, flapping around on the Bleeding Cool deck.

That Fox are currently in deep development on a live-action X-Men TV show. And are starting to get interest in that as well. Which is how it leaked to us.

No details whatsoever. And right now, no way of getting any. Hopefully, as a result of this article, someone like Deadline will do the heavy lifting.

Or maybe someone will mention it at NYCC? We’ll keep our ears open.

And looks like soon it may be time to add X-Men to The Strain, The Walking Dead, Daredevil, Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Gotham, Powers, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders, Agents Of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Supergirl and all the other comic book-based TV shows coming down the pipe.

Over a decade ago, Marvel created the show Mutant X, but legal pressure from Fox saw them have to distance the show from the X-Men as much as possible. Won’t be a problem this time… could I suggest that the New X-Men series by Grant Morrison might make for interesting source material?

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Review: X-Men #14

X-Men #14I’m getting really tired of this forced conflict crap, but hopefully Storm officially creating the team means that it’s over for now. Though considering that Wood seems to have an hate-on for Storm, and possibly Rachel, who knows.

Plus we also lost six pages to this all-boy story that does nothing to help carry on the main story.

I am so disappoint in this title…

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Review: X-Men #13

X-Men #13Now that the Arkea thing is taken care of the team is trying to ask itself if it wants to be a team.  Why?

The X-Men have always had teams, some members on multiple teams, and it’s always been because either they all work well together, or out of necessity. I honestly can’t remember the last time they all sat around and debated forming a team. It either just happened or was declared without question. So why is Wood making these girls debate it? Either the team works or it doesn’t and they move on. I’m all for mixing it up, doing something different, but here it just falls flat.

Then you top that with the fact that the issue was cut short because they decided to run two stories at once? What?

Literally, there was all this boasting about this title being an all-female team and how awesome that is and progressive, etc… then they decide to cut several pages and give it to an all male team? Now, I like the characters they picked, I wouldn’t mind seeing a story with them… but maybe in Wolverine and the X-Men which is more geared towards having a group of young students and all that. Here, it’s literally a moment of ‘what are you trying to say?’ and it’s nothing good.

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Marvel Knights X-Men #5This limited run in the Marvel Knights imprint comes to a close with issue five… and it’s not what I was expecting.

The story has been pretty dark and gritty (in a good way), giving us a really nice look at the downside of being a mutant. Not to mention this series played up the use of mutants as an analogue for minorities and anyone who is different. The way it was so well written, this was one of those times where I would have accepted a death or two as a realistic and purposeful outcome of the story.

Instead, we get a message of hope. The girl who messed up fixes her mistake and helps the girl who feels the weight of her mutation like concrete boots.

This entire series has been a breath of fresh air from the typical writing seen lately in comics so I really should have seen this coming. This is an old-school ending, a throw-back to a time sorely missed.

It would be great if we could get more of these Marvel Knights series by Revel, or just more writing like this in general. Marvel really should take note.

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It’s been confirm that Channing Tatum will play Gambit in I guess the next X-Men movie since it doesn’t specifically say he will be in DOFP (and the film has been screened several times already).

I’m not opposed to Tatum as an actor, he does comedy very well actually as the straight man of the standard comedy duo. But does he fit my idea of Gambit? Of course  not, because in my mind I have envisioned the perfect Gambit, a combination of traits seen in all the comics, animated series, and Kitsch, brought together in the most charming and sexy Cajun to ever walk the Earth.

Could I sit here and complain about how Tatum ‘doesn’t fit because…’ and rattle off reasons both real and imagined? Sure, that’s what the internet is for.

Could I sit here and give just as many reasons why this might just work because lord knows we’ve all said certain people couldn’t pull off a character and then ended up eating crow later? Oh yeah.

But I’m not going to sit here and do either because I’m trying to come to terms with the idea that whatever is in my head will never, ever, match up to what I will get, even if the studio is trying to please me. Because the thing is, the studio isn’t trying to please me, I’d be lucky if they are just trying to please their audience. Most times they are trying to simply please the studio and those with the purse strings. Some are just blatantly making their own fan fiction.

So I will not sit here and complain. I will not sit here and cry. I will not let this break my heart because my ideal is not shared by others.

Maybe he’ll pull it off, maybe he won’t.

The great thing about comics and movies… there is always next time.

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Review: X-Men #12

X-Men #12Well, that ended rather abruptly…

They thought they’d defeated Arkea once before, but turned out they only got a piece of her and she came back. Now, they go after Arkea Prime, the main part of her, and in an issue they take her out… without even questioning if they got it right this time? No long epic battle, literally they just show up. Arkea’s ‘heavy hitters’ decide they have no loyalties to her and simply walk away. Then boom, Arkea is no more and everyone is happy and go their own way.


Pretty anti-climatic for such a long build up.

Though it will be interesting to see what damage Selene and Maddie will cause and where they are going to go, that part of the issue was literally just set up for later and that’s it.  I really hope there is more to this Arkea thing because otherwise… this was a very disappointing wrap up.

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via CinemaBlend

Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Sequel Picks Up A Screenwriter image
Hugh Jackman’s just trying to set some world record for playing the same character the most amount of times, at this point, right? May’s release of X-Men: Days of Future Pastmarks the seventh time Jackman has played Wolverine on screen. And while rumors floated that he might not return for James Mangold’s planned sequel to The Wolverine, this morning, we hear the opposite.

Twentieth Century Fox recently went ahead and locked up a release date for Mangold’s untitled Wolverine film, eyeing March 3, 2017 as a window for new mutant action.Deadline follows up that news with confirmation that David James Kelly has been hired to write the screenplay, and that Jackman is “reprising his signature role” for Mangold to direct.

Of course, Mangold kind of hinted at that on his Twitter page:

But we really did wonder if Jackman would want to try on the claws – again – for the eighth time since he first created this version of the character in 2000. It goes without saying that Jackman doesn’t HAVE to keep playing Wolverine. He has earned more money that a human could spend playing Logan, the angry, razor-clawed mutant. He has pushed hard to make a dark, standalone Wolverine movie (in Mangold’s The Wolverine), finally tackling a storyline – set in Japan – that fans of the character have been clamoring for. Simply put, Jackman has climbed this mountain. There are no worlds left to conquer.

But even back when The Wolverine came out, Mangold and Jackman spoke openly about how much they enjoyed the creative collaboration, and left the door open for future Wolverine movies, if the studio would allow.

What we don’t know yet – and won’t know for a while – is the state of Wolverine on theX-Men timeline. Fox has announced that Bryan Singer will be moving from Days of Future Past to X-Men: Apocalypse, but that sequel is expected to lean on the characters from X-Men: First Class — actors like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Wolverine could be in a post-apocalyptic world, as he will be in Days. He could successfully reset the timeline, giving him new areas to explore. That will fall to Kelly, whose credits also Mind Mgmt for Scott Free, and Sentinel, for Appian Way and Fox.

What do you think? Are you happy that Jackman’s staying in the Wolverine role for another standalone film? Would you like to see him paired with another hero for the story? Or is it time to recast? Let us know below.

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Review: X-Men #11

X-Men #11This series just keeps stalling out.

Not only is this issue a bit dull in the ‘we have to set things up’ kind of way, which can be forgivable, but there is simply nothing unique or interesting or clever about it. Wood is dragging up the B-List dead female characters, surprise surprise the lady who started it all is having second thoughts because she’s a spoiled rich girl in over her head, and Sublime drops some cryptic thing about Shogo because of course he has to.  None of this is particularly bad, but it’s not particularly good either.

What is going on?

Is Wood this bad of a writer or is he simply afraid to push things since he’s got the only female team book at the moment? Or worse, he actually thinks this is progressive stuff?

All I want to do is shake my head and I’m left in an existential quandary. I want to stop reading the title because it’s boring and is a bit too close to the sexist borderline… but I don’t want to stop reading it because then Marvel might think that ‘oh, no one wants women lead books’ instead of the truth ‘no one wants to read boring books regardless of the characters’. I guess at the moment it’s a wait and see what Wood is setting up for… Maddie coming back can actually be pretty epic if played right, I’m just not holding my breath.

And I agree with Rachel, I’m hoping we get Rogue back too.

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Marvel Knights: X-Men #4And pretty much everything goes to pot.

This is exactly what people are afraid of when they worry about what happens when mutants are left unchecked and untrained. This is touched on in the regular comics but here it takes on a very visceral form as Wolverine has apparently been under a suggestion spell, the girl had been used and abused by her Uncle, and Darla gets drunk and just doesn’t care anymore. The town is going to go up in a very big blaze of non-glory and it didn’t take much to do it.

Rogue and Wolverine get to use their history against east other. It’s a study in just how messed up these two are. Wolverine’s history is bloody, and Rogue’s mutation has to incur emotional issues that the regular comics can’t really touch without raising their ratings. It’s not quite as in depth as I would have loved to seen but the fact that Revel even goes there is pretty darn cool.

Being the second to last issue in a limited run, we get a lot of reveals and set up to the climax. At this point, I’m not sure how it’s going to end. Probably not with rainbows and kittens, that’s for sure.

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Review: X-Men #10

X-Men #10Well, that escalated quickly.

This issue is just bursting with sudden turns in the story line, and most of them don’t make any sense. Why didn’t Enchantress take out Monet properly? Why did they end up in the desert when they obviously had a lot better options (it had to take time to get there so why did they go there in the first place)? Why are the kids fighting when that goes against almost everything that school was founded on? And what moment did John and Rachael have cause I apparently missed it.

A hodgepodge of events ripple throughout this issue, everything from little side missions to Lady Deathstrike realizing that maybe she shouldn’t have activated the being intent on destroying the world. It’s a mess, that’s the only way to really describe what is going on in this issue.

And yet again, Wood is dragging up more female villains off the D-List (Dead-List) to go up against our group of females.

And this title was so promising in the beginning…


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