Charles & Erik: Days Of The future Past // artwork by larygo (2014)
Cyclops and Marvel Girl’s Last Stand // artwork by John Byrne (2011)
A new take on the classic Uncanny X-Men #137 by the very same artist who did the original!
The ABC’s Of Wolverine // artwork by Sean Gordon Murphy (2010)
Lady Magneto // cosplay by Jessica Nigri (2014)
Dazzler: Sight Of The Sound // by Greasy Pig Studios (2014)
Directed by Arvin Bautista, starring Gentry Roth, with costume design by Leetal Platt, “Sight of the Sound” is the debut music video release by Alison “Dazzler” Blaire. Featuring a cameo by Longshot, Lila Cheney, and other figures from Alison’s past.
So I Just Watched… X-Men: Days Of The Future Past (20th Century Fox/Marvel, 2014)
Yeah I really had to take my time with this one. First it premiered in my country almost a month later than the USA (I guess is the price we pay for Disney giving us the Marvel studios films a week earlier than you guys) Then I had to sit down and watch this with a cool head. By the time I got to see this movie every living being with a keyboard and an opinion had either teared a new one on this film or praised the hell out of it. Let me be clear from the start: I love the X-Men. I grew up on X-Men comics, the 90’s cartoon and the Toy Biz action figures. I was dancing in a cloud in 2000 when the team I loved so much started the comic trend in cinema with what I perceived to be one hell of a solid film by that time (currently I think it has not aged very well in my opinion). As time went by with this franchise I believe The X-Men has suffered from some serious inconsistency in his movie continuity and It’s all Fox’s fault. So yeah, I’m one of the guys who really want the property to go back to Marvel Studios and receive a full reboot.
Going back to the main subject of this review, X-Men: Days Of The Future Past takes a number of elements from two storylines as far as I can tell. The first of course is the two-part saga that gives his name to the film. Although that story in the comics was pretty much straightforward and very well conceived (enough to last two issues at most) here we have the basic elements present: The X-Men are fighting a losing a battle against Sentinels who are now the ruling force on earth, slavering humans and killing mutants. One of them is chosen to travel trough time and fix the mess that started this war: the killing of an important political figure in the 70’s. While in the comics the character to save was Senator Kelly (who died in the first film) in the film is Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinel Program and played by Peter Dinklage (You’d think that Magneto killing President Kennedy with the “magic bullet” would be a much strong reason to activate the program but it’s not so). Since I’ve always believed that comics and film are completely different mediums I don’t think a director should be slave to the source material. So I’m pretty cool with most of the changes done to the story and the inclusion of characters that have nothing to do with it in the first place. Hell I can even understand the logic behind sending Wolverine back instead of Kitty and her bearing a strange new power to send people back in time out of nowhere (But I would like to ask Bryan Singer why not cast a new actress to play Rachel Summers instead).
The second story which this film reaps it’s ideas it’s Ultimate X-Men #6 (last part of “The Tomorrow People” storyline) where a power-mad Magneto beats the shit out of the USA executive powers using Sentinels and it’s up to Wolverine and Xavier to save the day. Don’t believe me? look for that comic and see the closing act of this film again. Makes me wonder If Mark Millar was the consultant behind this. After getting the whole enchilada I got to say two things first: Quicksilver, the character EVERYBODY loved to hate before the film even premiered steals the whole movie with one of the best action sequences of the whole film using the most unlikely of soundtracks (I dare anyone to look for an action scene in the whole damn history of cinema with “Time In a Bottle” of Jim Croce as background) what a terribly underused character, what a great actor they picked to play the part. Second I gotta say: Wolverine haters rejoice! the character was also underused and he doesn’t get to save the day like he has done on X-Men (2000), The Last Stand (2006) and his two solo adventures. The heavy marketing centered around him would have you think so. But the film is more centered around Mystique, Charles and Erik and the struggling relationship this woman has with these two characters.
For the closing lines I just have to say that this movie is a great and fun ride, It doesn’t top Marvel Studio’s “The Avengers” yet but it’s a real good effort from Singer and company to put out a decent X-Men film. I’ve read around the net that this movie it’s also the swan song for most of the original cast (it was also a farewell for most of the mutants you saw on First Class) the after credits scene it’s a direct hint to what’s been announced all over the place: Apocalypse will be the main antagonist next time we see the X-Men on film. Let’s hope they have a decent cast to work with and we get to see another villain other than Magneto in these movies.
Jean Grey: The Phoenix Dominance // artwork by Michael Dooney (2014)