Unlike the films Marvel produces themselves, the X-Men franchise at Fox has been plagued with hits and misses, with the latter far outweighing the former. First Class was by far the best of the bunch though (I could watch a Magneto: Nazi Hunter flick starring Michael Fassbender any day of the week), and the trailer to X-Men: Days Of Future Past points toward this upward trend thankfully continuing, as does the awesome Trask Industries website. Here are the pros and cons towards this movie being awesome or not.
- Wolverine has apparently been swapped into the role Kitty Pride held in the original comic book version of the storyline, which is a pretty big diversion. Besides, we all needed even more Wolverine, he never gets enough screentime in movies or comics, right? Kitty is still there though, so hopefully Ellen Page will get a more meaningful part to play this time around.
- No Sentinels can be seen in the first trailer. Keeping teh mystery for now is understandable, but it is kind of a letdown, since the big bots can just as easily be epic as they can be quite silly. We’ll see which side they lean to when the film hits theaters.
- Bryan Singer did a decent job with the first two films, though they never really hit the high point of the first one’s dramatic opening scene again. Still, he debuted an ensemble cast in which all characters got their moment and established the world quickly. No easy job. Then he went and did a terrible Superman flick most people’d rather forget. Seriously, please never mention it again.
- Casting has never been a problem of the X-Men film universe, it was usually the plotholes you can drive a truck full of sentinels through which did them in. To see the full cast reunited when they finally have a decent plot to work with should be a delight.
- Source material aplenty for the X-Men films, but this also meant that many of the films seemed to just throw various storylines and characters against the wall in the hope enough would stick. Adapting a single (classic) storyline by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, arguably the most influential X-Men creative team since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, is a smart move that should’ve been obvious from the start.
- No Sentinels can be seen in the first trailer. Matter of fact, barely any action can be seen at all. We do get a lot of character moments though, which should be the core of an X-Men story to begin with. If the character work is done right, the action will impact that much better.
- Bryan Singer did a decent job with the first two films, though they never really hit the high point of the first one’s dramatic opening scene again. Still, he debuted an ensemble cast in which all characters got their moment and established the world quickly. No easy job. More importantly though, he directed The Usual Suspects, and that movie is just uneffwithable. One of the greatest movies OF ALL TIME!!! (C)Yeezy.