Annlyel explores the inevitable debut of the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The X-Men. They’ve been gracing the big screen since X-Men in 2000 where audiences were introduced to a taller (and much nicer looking) interpretation of Wolverine with Hugh Jackman. Halle Berry made Storm my favorite female superhero as a child. Ian McKellen, before being introduced to the world as the greatest wizard in movie history, Gandalf, played the heck out of the iconic X-Men antagonist, Magneto. Patrick Stewart is the greatest Professor X ever. Plain and simple. James Marsden was also a perfect Cyclops…I mean he literally looks he was born to play this character. And Famke Janssen is a remarkable Jean Grey, bringing a likability to her that wasn’t present in Sophie Turner’s portrayal of the character.
The X-Men have become iconic in our pop culture society and while there have been several films made about the uber-cool mutants only a couple of films truly rank supreme in quality, namely X-Men: Days of Future Past and Logan which are the only X-Men movies to get Rotten Tomatoes scores over 90%. How can characters that are so cool have movies with such busted up storylines? The last two X-Men films have only reiterated the trouble that comes with making movies centered around these characters.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix was met with searing reviews, garnering a rotten 23% score on Rotten Tomatoes for its storyline that left fans with a sour taste in their mouths. Now, being someone who isn’t a diehard X-Men fan, I actually liked the movie but that’s just my opinion. And then the newest X-Men film, The New Mutants, has been delayed so many times that the movie just should go straight to streaming services.
It was announced, after the acquiring of 20th Century Fox, that Marvel Studios will eventually reboot the X-Men (with brand new actors) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but what will that look like? The X-Men movies have always been apart from the conflicts and storylines of The Avengers. And honestly for good reason. These are two different beasts that are eventually heading for a clash. Kevin Feige managed to incorporate Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (two former X-Men characters) into the MCU but the source of their powers originated from the Mind Stone instead of a genetic mutation which makes the X-Men, well, X-Men.
We’re going to have to learn about these new characters in a fun, exciting ways. For example, how would they not have turned up at any point during the conflicts of the last three phases of the MCU? Will this be the same version of the X-Men story that we’ve seen before or it will be entirely different? Will they join The Avengers or will they be an opposing superhero force leading to the ultimate showdown: The Avengers vs. the X-Men?
There are SO many questions and SO many different ways Kevin Feige can swing this but I do know one thing. The X-Men need a reboot and hopefully, they’ll finally get the awesome story they have long deserved.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!