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16 years and 8 films have passed since the beginning of the X-Men series. It's hard to believe director Bryan Singer is still trying his hand in this particular cinematic universe, but the X-Men series has created something of a wheelhouse for the filmmaker who has left and returned to it. You'd think his voice would be ever-present even in offshoots like The Wolverine and Deadpool. Alas, X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest entry helmed by Singer, is a mess, a hodgepodge of generic ideas, paint-by-numbers action, and a continuity that will leave anyone who has followed along with the previous 8 films slapping themselves in the forehead. Singer can't even pull convincing performances out of the staggering cast built up throughout the franchise, and X-Men: Apocalypse quickly proves itself to be a stale and blasé entry into this once-promising series.
I'll never forget seeing movies the summer of 2000. I was 11 years old and I was impatiently awaiting this one summer blockbuster that honestly looked unlike anything I had seen before. I remember seeing adverts for the movie in Circuit City. Does anyone remember the original teaser trailer for the film? The tagline teased "Change is coming". I don't think anyone had any idea what that could possibly mean sixteen years later. While Blade and the success of that film made a huge impact just two years earlier, Bryan Singer's X-Men and its sequel X2: X-Men United arguably jump-started and helped define the entire superhero genre as we know it. Let's take a look at how the genre has changed and evolved nearly two decades later.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You have operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That's something the world can no longer tolerate." Now in theaters is Marvel Studios' latest, Captain America: Civil War, directed by the Russo Brothers. This time they pit hero against hero, as the Avengers universe begins to go crazy as two sides are formed. On one side you have Captain America, Bucky, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye; on the other side there's Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine, The Vision, Black Panther and yeah maybe Spidey. So how did this one turn out? Is it really one of their best yet? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.
Let's be honest for a moment, shall we? We've all wanted to punch Tony Stark in the face from time to time. All the good Iron Man does makes up for the smarmy attitude and sarcastic tone, but only just. Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., is an idealist with unwavering beliefs, kind of like the other head of The Avengers, Captain America. It was only a matter of time before these two butted heads, and it's here where Captain America: Civil War, the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, picks its own punches. The 13th movie in the MCU has no issues when it comes to entertainment. Marvel's Kevin Feige and the people behind these films perfected the formula long ago, and Civil War is their first, real chance at shaking up the dynamic of the team. Nothing goes to waste in the process, and Civil War handily earns its stripes as more
"Not all of us can control our powers." 20th Century Fox has unveiled the final trailer for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest movie in the X-Men franchise. This looks much more action-packed and epic than the last few movies, befitting the title "Apocalypse" considering this big bad mutant wants to destroy the world once and for all. Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Angel (Ben Hardy) team up with Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, forcing Professor X (James McAvoy) and his young X-Men to save the world. We get more glimpses of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Jubilee (Lana Condor), plus a tease of one of our favorite characters at the very end. Planning to see this one in theaters?
What if the world’s first mutant actually appeared thousands of years ago? Unlock the secrets of En Sabah Nur. 20th Century Fox has debuted a very short viral video made for Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse that looks at the origins of the big bad villain named Apocalypse. His real name is En Sabah Nur, played by Oscar Isaac in the movie, a mutant who was born 5000 years ago in Aqaba. He is possibly the very first living being on Earth to have the mutant gene. This video explains some of his backstory and how he became the evil supervillain that battles the X-Men in this upcoming movie. There is also a website that shows the destruction of Apocalypse over time - here. With one month left, they're trying to build buzz.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America and Iron Man are currently at odds, fighting tooth and nail for their own respective ideologies. However, in the playing field that is the superhero genre, some are arguing that superhero movies are starting to become a tad predictable, their routine less super. They are familiar with Cap's shield and Iron Man's armor with some saying they just don't have the gleam they used to have. Marvel's greatest heroes might be facing a new battle altogether: fatigue. This isn't a battle just facing Marvel, but all superheroes alike. While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC's own answer to that debate, might have proved a bit more polarizing than originally intended, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War proves that superheroes still have a bit more fight to them – and here's why.
"Forget everything that you think you know." Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer for Marvel's Doctor Strange, which just finished shooting in New York City last week. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the Sorcerer Supreme, a comic book superhero that gains his special powers after meeting The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton. The full cast features Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benedict Wong. This is just a teaser so they don't reveal too much (including his full cape costume) but what we do see looks pretty damn cool. A bit of The Matrix, a bit of Inception, and lots of Benedict Cumberbatch. I'm looking forward to this more than the next Avengers.
The box office totals are in. The reviews have been read and audiences have spoken with a mouth as loud as a merc - Tim Miller's Deadpool is a huge success, and not just financially or even critically. It has been universally well received, which is a tremendous accomplishment for a third tier superhero character that (according to 20th Century Fox) had minimal mainstream appeal that languished in development hell for years. It was the vulgar, graphic and unadulterated version of Thomas the Tank Engine, the little irreverent train that could. However, with the success of Deadpool, major movie studios everywhere might not take the best lessons from the film's astronomical success – as James Gunn illustrated so brilliantly last weekend. So let's take a look at what Hollywood can glean from the outrageous success of the Merc with a Mouth.
They're backkkk!! Production is now underway on the Marvel Studios sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with James Gunn directing once again. Shooting has started and Gunn states, "I couldn't be more stoked." Gunn dropped the first official photo on social media, not actually a still from the movie, but rather an on-set shot showing the whole gang back together again. Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, joined by Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, plus Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper voicing Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Everyone's favorite intergalactic heroes can be seen silhouetted in the image below, with more to come as they continue filming over the next few months. Marvel is aiming for release in 2017.
Deadpool isn’t like any Marvel movie before. True, if you break them down, the same could be said for all the movies that make up the current subgenre of superhero films. Though the basic structures all resemble one another, the sheer number of new entries flooding theaters allows the fimmakers behind them to play around in different, cinematic territories. Captain America has become the paranoid thriller. Guardians of the Galaxy is the space opera. Deadpool nestles its way into a subgenre taking on all the characteristics. It’s the filthy, R-rated superhero movie comedy. Though it never reaches the height of vulgarity or subversion it intends, Deadpool offers an abundance of crude humor, edgy self-referentiality, and a huge amount of fun.
"United we stand! United we stand! Divided we fall! Divided we fall!" Disney aired this new TV Spot during the Super Bowl for Captain America: Civil War, directed by the Russo Brothers. Chris Evans stars as Cap, friend of Bucky played by Sebastian Stan, and they end up squaring off against Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. This also features a cool face-to-face shot of the two different sides brewing in this Marvel "Civil War", including Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Paul Bettany as Vision, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch. If this doesn't make you curious about how they're playing this split, I don't know what will.
"Everything they've built will fall!" Nothing can stop the Apocalypse. 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new TV spot for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest epic sequel in the new iteration of the X-Men movie series. Oscar Isaac plays Apocalypse and he looks pretty crazy. The huge cast for this includes a young new generation: James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Rose Byrne as Moira, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Evan Peters as (fan favorite) Quicksilver, and Ben Hardy as Angel. Plus there's Lucas Till as Havok, Alexandra Shipp playing Storm & Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. I'm kinda excited for this! What about you?
"Nobody's gettin' hurt!" Fox has debuted another ridiculous new TV spot for Tim Miller's Deadpool movie, adapted from the Marvel comic book character. There's a tiny bit of new footage – they're billing this as the hot new TV spot with a "Round House Kick"! – but this is also excellent because of the absurd bookends with Deadpool and the roses. They must've cut this for some Valentine's Day promo or something. Ryan Reynolds plays the Merc with a Mouth, joined by a cast including Morena Baccarin as Copycat, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, + Andre Tricoteux as Colossus. I'm still looking forward to this! Looks like crazy fun.