Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Thoughts On The X-Men Film Franchise Future

Let's face it, The Wolverine was akin to Iron Man, ending with a jumping point for a shared universe. In that sense, X-Men: Days of Future Past will be Iron Man 2, X-Force will be Captain America and Fantastic Four will be Thor, the biggest risk taken. Now, I may have shared this "anecdote" several times on this blog, will the film's positions being swapped around, but this time, it is all getting serious.
I love this movie!

Let's face it, Bryan Singer is a better director than Jon Favreau. So, if given Iron Man 2, it's not hard to believe he would have done it like he's doing X-Men: Days of Future Past, and handled all those shared universe references more lightly. Check out the trailer, we can see that he's getting an ensemble of cast, but is using them wisely since most only feature for about 30 % of the film, he cannot put too much focus on them, but still show their importance.
At least they have comics for kids now...

This is necessary to set up those other two films I mentioned, (X-Force and Fantastic Four) since the successes of those rest soley on this flick, just like this one did from The Wolverine. Now, the amount of characters usable by Fox rivals those by Marvel, maybe even more (because the X-Men boom of the 90s made most Marvel characters Mutants at that time). This gives a huge array of characters to work with and it's quite obvious that they are handling everything with delicacy.
Revert to Marvel!

I've given my thoughts on what that future should do, and what they are doing, but now I'm giving my thoughts on what I truly feel about that. I feel happy. I see many people saying "revert to Marvel!" "Wolverine was good but marvel could have done better" "DOFP has too many characters, revert to Marvel". Honestly, Fox-Marvel relations are not as strained as you believe, its more of a facepalm matter than Karate Kyle matter. Think about it, Sony's building their own universe and their doing it delicately, more comicbookmovies, rejoice (though Knight hates this universe). Marvel has already planned a boatload (rejoice!). Fox is being more careful than either, never officially announcing, but always officially announcing (they did officially announce a continued partnership between them and Jeff Wadlow, but X-Force is unofficial as of now). I want all of these universes to continue and grow separately because it keeps each other's films from becoming less "this again?""can't the Avengers just do it?""X-Men did it in their flick!""Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone make a cute couple" from happening and that is what fans (and fucking fanboys) hate a lot. They hate under-utilization and they hate overexposure and overexposure is worse because it weakens the qualities of the stories being told. Yes, Sony, Marvel and Fox could all cross over for a Secret Wars movie and keep all their movie universes separate, but even without a crossover, it strengthens each other's brand. It's the problem the Marvel comic universe faces, without a reboot, they have faced every challenge a million times since the 60s and somehow they expect it not to get old...keeping the film universes separate in fact makes the fact that such disastrous events can reach such epic proportions more believable. I know it's a superhero flick, but sometimes every film needs to have some believable factor. So yes, I feel that the X-Men Franchise has a wonderful future, so long as they handle everything carefully.
I wonder how quick it took for him to bitch about the buyrates to Vince...


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