Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Marks the Spot

I have always been a fan of X-Men, but it kind of felt like there was never unanimous support thrown behind any of the film adaptations.  The second flick, X2, was my favorite, and I really enjoyed 2011's X-Men: First Class.  This past Saturday, director Bryan Singer surprised fans in San Diego at Comic-Con by introducing the cast of the latest superhero entry, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and two new posters dropped. 

The poster mash-up the faces of the original Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier (Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart) with the First Class Magneto and Professor Xavier (Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy).  I barely noticed a difference with the poster on the right.  The faces of Fassbender and McKellen blend startingly well.  McAvoy and Stewart, not so much. 

Days is based on a two-part installment that was originally published in 1981.  The comic jumps back and forth between the present day where the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the future in a time when the X-Men failed to kill Senator Robert Kelly.  In the future, Sentinels (giant, mutant-hunting robot baddies) hunt down mutants and put them in camps.  Kitty Pryde (you know, Ellen Page in the movies) warns the present-day X-Men, and they must prevent this future from happening.  I think I got that right.  I think. 

I had no idea that the new X-Men was going to be so ambitious.  It's a bit surprising that they didn't split this into two movies (one film per comic) like all the franchises want to do lately.  Either way, the posters are cool. 

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