I should have written this a couple weeks ago, but I kept putting it off because I am terrible with procrastination. Chris Hemsworth has been talking about convincing Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine for a n X-Men/Avengers movie crossover, and Comcast is reportedly considering a re-bid for the Fox properties, so I reminded myself to write out my thoughts on the matter.
It’s simple: I do not want the existing X-Men movie franchise to crossover with the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Many moons ago, Disney purchased all the Fox Studios properties and the X-Men and Fantastic Four licenses have been returned to Marvel Studios. That’s probably a gross simplification of the situation, but it’s what I’m rolling with for now.
I think Marvel and Disney should wait a couple years and then start over from scratch with both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four — exactly what they did with the likes of Daredevil, Ghost Rider and Spider-Man.
Even though the X-Men movies have been hugely popular and ongoing since the start of the century, and even though there are still more X-Men spin-off movies to come, I think Marvel should just let them end and start over.
For one thing, the continuity of the X-Men films is insane and would never fit with the continuity of the Avengers films. The X-Men movies have used time travel and alternate futures and vague connections to just make the movies they want. They’re currently engaged in some kind of decade-hopping reimagining, where the characters never age despite each movie taking place in a different decade. But yet it’s also supposed to connect into the original trilogy?
The X-Men movie continuity is nonsense. The Avengers movie continuity is the foundation for their huge success.
It’s not like there’s a singular X-Men roster that we would want to see fighting the Avengers anyway. Each new X-Men movie has a new team lineup, with only really Wolverine as the consistent factor. So who exactly do we want the Avengers fighting? The original X-Men movie lineup? Half of those actors have moved on. The current Apocalypse/Phoenix lineup? Why? They’ve barely been in one film, and that film barely included Wolverine.
Whatever version of the X-Men the writers, creators, producers and geniuses of the Marvel Cinematic Universe come up with, it’s going to be great. They took the thoroughly trodden Spider-Man character and created a brand new version that not only fit perfectly into the MCU, but was really fun and new. We all loved Spider-Man: Homecoming.
And we’re all going to love whatever the MCU comes up with for the X-Men.
Off the top of my head, just say that there are very few mutants out there, that they’re a new phenomenon, and that Professor Charles Xavier has been keeping them a secret as best he can from the safety of his secret school in Westchester. Just do the X-Men straight as they were originally introduced, as a mysterious new arrival in the world of super-powers, one whose secrecy and weirdness makes people react differently to them than the public, easily identifiable Avengers.
Also, here’s a great opportunity to quietly ignore that Inhumans TV show disaster.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was great! Hilarious, energetic, with great characters, swell actors and some awesome superheroic action. It’s very reassuring to have a great Spider-Man move in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was wonderful in his introductory cameo in Captain America: Civil War. And I’m quite pleased to say that Marvel has continued that magic with a feature film.
Movie Rating: 9/10 – Great.
I want to go see the movie in theaters again before it’s gone, though this month is jam-packed with movies. War for the Planet of the Apes, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Big Sick, Dunkirk; it’s a great month for movies! But I’ll try to squeeze in a bit more Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was just that damn good and fun.
Join me after the jump for my thoughts/review of Spider-Man: Homecoming! Expect full SPOILERS, so be careful!
The latest season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to an end last week, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the state of Marvel’s only remaining network TV show. I’ve been an avid watcher since the show started, and I also take in a lot of other superhero TV shows. We are living in a great time for superhero entertainment. Believe me, I’m thrilled.
I enjoyed Season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I don’t think it has lived up to the promise of a Joss Whedon TV show set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This third season saw the agents team up with a few scattered Inhumans to take on an evolving HYDRA, and we learned that HYDRA’s true purpose was to summon an ancient, Inhuman god back to Earth to rule (I guess Red Skull missed that part?). The agents and their Inhuman Secret Warriors took on this god — named Hive — after he possessed the dead body of former agent Grant Ward. They also visited an alien planet!
It was a solid season, and we’re definitely getting a fourth. So join me after the jump for my thoughts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! There will be FULL SPOILERS for Season 3!
Civil War was awesome. Doctor Strange is going to be great. We’ve got two more Avengers movies on the horizon. And Ant-Man already has a sequel lined up! The immediate future is bright with Marvel movies, and I couldn’t be happier! Some people have complaints, some worry about superhero fatigue, but I am not those people. I have loved every single one of Marvel Studios’ films, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
As well as what comes after that!
It is theoretically possible that, some day, the Marvel Movie Machine will come to an end. Maybe superhero movies will fall out of favor. Maybe they’ll finally make a dud. Who knows? Who can tell? I don’t ever want it to happen. I’ll be seeing each and every film they put out. But the future is a far away and malleable thing, so how about some blind, fan-driven speculation?
Join me after the jump for my thoughts on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!