Starting all the way back in 2000, the ‘X-Men’ franchise was one of the founders of the modern cinematic comic book film, and with this years ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, they have once again broken new ground.
Bringing together the the major players from the original trilogy and 2011’s ‘X-Men: First Class’, ‘Days of Future Past’ aims to further the versions of the main characters from the 60’s, while also working towards fixing some errors seen in the original films.
Featuring the likes of Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Days of Future Past’ may just be one of the most unique films we have gotten from the comic book genre.
Spanning 50 years and utilizing one of the most loved X-Men stories of all time, and quite possibly the most influential comic idea ever, this film hits on all of its notes and does a better job of fulfilling all of its goals than anyone could have ever hoped.
From a flip of the much talked about cameo from ‘First Class’, to newcomer character Quicksilver off-handedly referring to his parentage, this film has many little nods to fans of the comics and long-suffering fans of the cinematic X-universe. While the attempts line up the ever building histories may not have been 100% successful, knowing that a film like ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ should forever be taken as out of continuity will help alleviate some of those concerns.
Bryan Singer, who directed the first film, ‘X-Men’, along with the previously best film in the series, ‘X2: X-Men United’, has returned to the franchise that he made famous, and in so doing, has given us the best entry so far. In returning, he also gave us one of the best scenes in the entire franchise with the real introduction of Quicksilver’s powers, and I for one cannot wait until ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ to see how that character is further fleshed out.
I won’t go into much more detail than that, but I will say that the action hits are perfectly timed, the character development arcs of the major returning characters from ‘FIrst Class’ are wonderfully done, and taking care of a pair of the biggest mistakes from the now down right awful ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ was greatly appreciated.
If nothing else, ‘Days of Future Past’ restores our faith in the cinematic X-universe, and with pretty much throwing up a pair of middle fingers to ‘The Last Stand’ and ‘Origins: Wolverine’, it also clears up some of our biggest gripes about their attempted continuity.
So far, it has been a great year for Marvel characters at the box office. With the best film from Marvel Studios to not feature Iron Man in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, a great attempt from Sony with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and now with Fox’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, I really cannot wait for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at the start of August.
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