Throughout decades of comics and films, The X-Men have become an important symbol for not only the LGBTQ+ community, but also the disabled. It’s a group of people that have mutated and changed beyond what’s normal, or have had certain events or experiences change them into what they are now. They band together to help make the world a better place and find a community. That’s a powerful message of acceptance and hope for communities that are oppressed. Both LGBTQ+ and disabled people can feel a modicum of acceptance, but ultimately their differences make them “other”. That can be devastating. Seeing heroes with the same struggles can be really empowering. Furthermore, it can help neurotypical/cis fans understand these other communities better.
Recently, the first full trailer for The Dark Phoenix was released. This follows the infamous tale of Jean Grey, a powerful mutant transformed into something far more dangerous. It’s one of the X-Men’s most popular and interesting story arcs.
But what’s more exciting is that if the trailer plays out like the scenes hint, this could possibly be one of the most important mental health allegory films in recent years. A mainstream, high-budget film having a story analogous to a disability struggle would be exactly what the stigmatized world of mental health needs.
Written by Russ Axon
Since the X-Men were originally introduced in 1963, they’ve always been a strong metaphor for minority groups that have been denied basic civil rights simply because they are different from the “norm.” At the end of the day, though, the series focused on five straight, white characters, and it would be some time before characters representing actual minority groups – blacks, Native Americans, gays, lesbians – were introduced. That will change again with tomorrow’s issue of X-Men. Bobby Drake, AKA: Iceman, AKA: one of the original five X-Men, will come out as gay in tomorrow’s All-New X-Men #40. The series follows the original X-Men team who have been brought to the present day in an attempt to make a better future. (more…)
Exciting times, people! X-Men: Apocalypse inches closer to the start of production, and the news just keeps on coming. You might recall how active that director Bryan Singer was during the production of X-Men: Days of Future Past, offering glimpses and glimmers at the movie through social media. Well, it seems as if he’s at it again with the coming Apocalypse, showing off some of the construction presently happening on set, and a very familiar set at that. Meanwhile, one of the new cast members is talking about her new role, or rather playing the younger version of an old role that goes right back to the very first X-Men film. (more…)
One of the most fascinating and frustrating things about the X-Men film series has been the casting. On the one hand they nailed it by recruiting actors like Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to play Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto respectively, but then fall flat bringing on Halle Berry to play Storm. I will submit that it may not be entirely Berry’s fault, and suggest that Storm never had much of a beefy role in the franchise (did she say more than three lines in Days of Future Past?), but through the glories of time travel, the X-Men franchise is looking to correct past mistakes (or missteps). Bryan Singer has announced the latest additions of the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, the new and younger versions of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. (more…)
We’ve been speculating for a while about whether or not there will be another cameo from a fellow X-Men member in the upcoming Wolverine flick since young Cyclops was a thing in X-Men: Origins. We now have confirmation from Hugh Jackman himself that there will be a cameo, however he did not specify who that would be.
As he had said to Parade Magazine:
My character is at his lowest. He is supposed to be able to heal himself, but he may encounter someone who has worked out a way to really hurt him,” Jackman said. “And there is a cameo from one of the past X-Men in it.”
Perhaps it’s Jean Grey because of the rumors that Famke Janssen was in Sydney, Australia a few months ago, where parts of the movie was filmed. It’s absolutely plausible though if that were the case, chances are she won’t have a huge role to play.
What do you guys think? Who would you like to see show up?
Source: Parade Magazine, Cinema Blend
So we all assumed that the new solo Wolverine movie, simply called The Wolverine, was a post X-Men Origins sequel and a pre-first X-Men film prequel. But in an interview with Empire, Wolverine director James Mangold suggested that the opposite might be the case:
Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.
So it takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand? Interesting. That would certainly fit with the rumor that Famke Janssen was flying to Australia to cameo in the film as Jean Grey. At the same time though, leaked photos and videos have shown a scene set in a World War II Japanese prison camp. Perhaps these are flashbacks? Regardless, Mangold says it’s all part of his plan:
That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.
In other Wolverine news, Empire had the below picture from the film, and it features everyone’s favorite mutant wild man with bone – yes, BONE – claws. Check it out:
The Wolverine is set to open in theaters on July 26, 2013.
Source. Geek Tyrant
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He’s seen The Exorcist about 167 times, and it keeps getting funnier every single time he sees it! Beetlejuice, love him or hate him, you can’t deny he is defiantly ‘the ghost with the most‘. [garabating]
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We’ve already heard Sir Patrick Stewart being coy about his return to the X-Men franchise and now Jean Grey, The Phoenix, or Famke Janssen as she’s professionally known is also teasing a return.
The First Class sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past will likely involve a future timeline where we’ll see the characters as their older selves, what’s unclear is if actors from the previous X-Men films would reprise those roles. For instance Stewart again as Xavier, Ian McKellen as Magneto, and possible Janssen as Jean Grey, as she told MTV News,
One never knows, Jean Grey, the Phoenix…she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows.
She did make it clear she’s, “in no position to say anything,” but that we should, “Stay tuned.” Even with this cryptic talk I don’ find her return as plausible as Stewart’s. What do you think?
The world of comic book integrity has taken a beating over the years as both DC and Marvel have seen fit to kill characters off and then revive them whenever they look like they could be reused to sell more issues. This week’s “deus ex machina” award is going to Marvel, as they attempt to bring Jean Grey back from the dead… Again.
For those that don’t know the story of Jean Grey, she’s been killed off twice already. Once, during the “Dark Phoenix Saga,” she sacrificed herself to save the universe. Apparently, Marvel didn’t see her sacrifice as being worthy, so they decided to bring her back with the release of their X-Factor series. Then, in 2004, they offed her again. Rumors are flying that the end of the Avengers vs. X-Men series will see one more resurrection of Grey, though sporting her original Marvel Girl look. The AvX is convenient timing for a return, given Jean’s intimate connection to the wholePhoenix thing.
The following art work by Joe Quesada is being circulated as a teaser:
Rumor further has it that Marvel will be making their official announcement about the event during Comic-Con – tomorrow, in fact. So check back with us in a day and see what the powers-that-be had to say.
Thanks to bleedingcool for the heads-up.
Imagine how much better public school would have been if you had super powers to to help you make your way through it. Well wonder no more! Dorkly has given us a string of comic images of what it would be like for the X-Men mutants to go through the public school system. They are endearing and really made me nostalgic for those public school days. The one that really stood out and made me chuckle a little was when Storm creates a snow day in August just and the school year begins. I cannot count how many times I would have wanted to do that! Ah, if life was so simple. Check out the images after the jump!