Due to circumstances out of my control, I am always tardy to the party. Having only recently viewed X-Men: Days of Future Past, I have to say that I am very impressed with the way they re-wrote that Claremont/Bryne classic X-Men tale. Some things still didn’t make sense but over all it was a great story and good action. I really can’t wait until X-Men: Apocalypse. After Singer’s first X-Men movie I’ve learned to have an open mind about how comic book favorites are translated to the big screen. Are there things that I would like to see differently? Sure, of course, but I choose my battles more carefully now and try to avoid knee-jerk reactions to such trivial things now. As long as it is entertaining then sign me up. So bring it Mr. Signer… even though I don’t like your vision of Superman, you have a great idea of how the X-Men should be portrayed and have capture that essence of the mutant struggle.
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has just closed a deal with Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment of its billion-dollar Marvel mutants franchise. This will be Singer’s fourth installment as director; he hatched the franchise with the first two films for Fox, and came back to direct this year’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. That latter film, which meshed the original trilogy cast with the one from X-Men: First Class, grossed $746 million worldwide, the most of any of the films. Singer’s participation in the new film had been rumored, but his deal is now done.
The new film is being scripted by Simon Kinberg from a story written by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing with Kinberg and Hutch Parker. Production begins early next year, and the film will be released May 27, 2016.
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Tonight is the big night. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiers tonight on ABC at 8 PM. I can’t wait to see what Marvel does after a prime-time absence of a few decades. The last Marvel show was probably The Incredible Hulk. They’ve produced a few made for TV movies since then but nothing that great. Back in the early 2000’s there was a show called Mutant X that was produced by FOX but had NOTHING to do with any Marvel property other than Mutants. Now the time for apologies for comic book geekery is at an end. Superheroes and comic book plots are very mainstream now and that is awesome. Tune in tonight to show your support 🙂
So I have not totally read the story line that leads up to this six part arc so I don’t know all of the details. I understand that Logan’s mutant healing factor has been “deactivated” by some alien entity. OK, that makes for an interesting story twist. My only issue is that his Adamantium laced bones are supposedly highly toxic. His healing factor was the only thing holding that toxicity in check. Simply put, no healing factor + Adamantium = one dead Logan. I am going to read issues one through seven and see where this is coming from. I hope they don’t over look that toxic effect.
On a side note, I am enjoying seeing a favorite of mine, Alan Davis, drawing Wolverine again. I love his work 🙂
So, according to BBC News, The Wolverine made it to the top this past weekend. I am really not surprised. This is another sort of non-news type of report. “WOW, something that Geeks are hyper excited about does well! News at eleven for even more details about nothing…”.
I went to a little mixer at my oldest friends house on Saturday and he said, after seeing the movie the day before, that it was “decent”. A few more Geeks rolled in and they said it was “alright” and “OK”. I am probably going to wait for it to be offered on Netflix.
The biggest test of a movie is the second weekend’s box office. Word-of-Mouth has spread and if the buzz is great the movie will do even better. If there is nothing of any significance released on that following weekend and the buzz remains at “decent” too “It was OK” then it may do almost as well as the opening weekend, but just barely.
Time will tell. This may just be Hugh Jackman’s last go as Logan and I am fine with that. I would love for them to actually cast the part properly and bring him into the Marvel Studio Universe. I’ve liked Hugh’s portrayal in the first two X-Men films. He did well, but let’s face facts. Wolverine ages very slowly and Hugh doesn’t. By this time next week we should know if Mr. Jackman has yet another curtain call as the Wolverine in his future. I am thinking not so much.
All of that being said, I can’t wait to see this on Netflix 🙂
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D., Strategic Homeland Intelligence Enforcement and Logistics Division.
On Tuesdays this Fall we will be treated to, what should be, a memorable television experience. I know that I, for one, will be watching this show slated for some time in November (as far as I can tell). It will air on ABC and it seems to carry that same feel that the Marvel cinematic universe has but compressed a bit for the small screen. Agent Coulson is back with his very dry humor. As I see it, Coulson, not Tony Stark, is the force that binds the Marvel, live action, universe together. The tag line may be saying “The saga that began In Marvel’s Avengers…”, but it actually began in Iron Man and has continued in every Marvel Studio’s film since. This will be an excellent platform to test out new, live action, second tier characters (average human, super human, mutant, alien and mystical) from the Marvel Universe and I have NO doubt that they will being using it as such.
How will it stack up to “Arrow” on the CW? Time will tell, and I can’t wait.