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.
The next film in Fox’s X-Franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, takes place in 1983, largely utilizing the characters in their X-Men: First Class personas and corresponding actors/actresses. Thanks to the lovely quirk of time travel action, most of the X-Men characters we saw throughout the first three films are now being shown in their more “youthful” versions as we movie-goers are treated to what are essentially prequels in the series. Aside from the “ageless” Wolverine, we won’t be seeing any more of the characters in their “original” forms… or will we?
Bryan Singer likes to stir the pot while making movies. He’s always Tweeeting this or Instagraming that, and we love him all the more for it. I hate it when a movie is so wrapped up in a secure cocoon that no one knows what is going on. I think that cocoon of silence is about half the fan problem that Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot is facing on the Internet. Not Sharing leads to Rumor, Rumor leads to Speculation, Speculation leads to The Dark Side. We certainly don’t have that issue with Singer, he’s shooting things out into the Internet left and right. This latest is s look at the X-Men: Apocalypse design for Cerebro. That mutant power amplifier that helps Professor X find other mutants anywhere around the world. Take a look. (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…)
As part of their 25th Anniversary, Empire Magazine is grabbing on the the X-Men: Days of Future Past hype with an interesting marketing gimmick – releasing 25 different covers for their latest issue. While fans of comic books know this is a recipe designed to sell more than one copy of the same book, I’m guessing that still won’t stop people from purchasing a copy of each of their favorite characters. The cover reveals are happening throughout the day, and (in addition to the one above) here’s what we got for you so far: (more…)
Entertainment Weekly brings us these magnificent X-Men: Days Of Future Past teaser posters just released by FOX.
Above is Sir Ian McKellen as Eric Lenscherr AKA “Magneto” in a composite with Michael Fassbender (in the red “X”) as the younger version of the mutant supervillain.
And here is the same concept with Sir Patrick Stewart as the aged Professor Charles Xavier and James McAvoy as the “X-Mentor’s” youthful iteration.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is due for theatrical release in the summer of 2014.
I’m sure, sitting in some dark corner of the Internet, there’s some slash fan fiction about Magneto and Charles Xavier hooking up, maybe even getting married and raising mutant powered babies. In a delightfully reality bending twist Sir Ian McKellen is going to marry Sir Patrick Stewart . . . to Stewart’s fiancee, jazz singer Sunny Ozell.
McKellen recently appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show, where he announced:
“I’m going to marry Patrick [Stewart]. I am going to officiate at his wedding.”
Ross then asked McKellen if he was legally able to marry Stewart:
“I don’t know, but in Massachusetts, in the middle of America somewhere, you get a friend along, and I read out the words, and Sunny and Patrick will then be married. … I’ve done it once before with two guys having a civil partnership. I was crying my eyes out.”
Massachusetts’ Secretary of Commonwealth does offer a service that allows a family friend or relative to perform the couple’s wedding ceremony for a fee of $25. When asked what he might wear, McKellen replied that the last time he officiated he wore:
“a white gown which I bought in India. You mustn’t upstage the bride.”
Imagine Gandalf officiating your wedding, how cool is that. Can you imagine the guest list at this? Most likely the actual ceremony will be a low key affair, Stewart isn’t known for big publicity seeking type events. The reception however, should be a fan boy or girl’s dream convention. I’m sure there will be Stewart’s friends from Star Trek, X-Men, as well as many others in the entertainment and music business.
Stewart, 72, has been romantically linked to Ozell, 35, since 2009.
Bryan Singer likes to tweet and we’re all the better for it. This time Singer gives us an inside look at the construction of a familiar X-Men set to be used in X-Men: Days of Future Past while teasing us a bit about Comic-Con.
It’s a pretty safe bet it’s the entrance way to Cerebro, the device created to find other mutants by Professor X and created in the movies by the Beast, Hank McCoy.
Singer also included this question in his tweet:
Funny guy, but it won’t be that long until Comic-Con and we can expect some big doings by the X-Men: Days of Future Past production team and actors. I’m betting on a huge panel of celebrities.
What new stuff are you excited to find out about at this years Comic-Con?
I may be one of a minority, but I firmly hold to the belief that X-Men: First Class was a great spin on my favorite comic book franchise. And I, along with the dozen or so other people out there that agree with me, have been keeping a close eye on the developments of the sequel, Days of Future Past. Now, we here at the big NB have a wee update from the front line, courtesy of Bryan Singer’s Tweeter account.
It may not be much in the way of news, but it is a pretty picture feature the wheelchairs that will be used by both Professor X the Elder and Professor X the Younger. Check em out:
Low-tech vs. high-tech wheeled transportation ftw. Now, if we could just get a picture of Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy jousting each other in them while on set, my life would be complete.
Make sure to check out X-Men: Days of Future Past when it comes to theaters next year on July 14th.
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.
Actor Sir Patrick Stewart is most recognized for playing the best captain in Star Trek (he is the best, don’t try to argue) and teaching mutants how to behave accordingly as Professor X in X-Men. In regards to the latter, it was thought that X-Men The Last Stand was the last time we’d see him play the telepathic mutant; considering the characters unfortunate demise in the middle of the film.
Well, a news report from Newsarama is saying he will return to the wheelchair once again in a future X-Men movie.
At this year’s Montreal Comic Convention, a fan asked Stewart about his chances of returning to the film franchise to which he replied, “I think there is every possibility,” and then began to say the names of his female co-stars, “Halle Berry! Famke Janssen! Rebecca Stamos! Anna Paquin!” All these leading ladies have returned to reprise their roles in the X-men film franchise, Stewart went on to say, “Yes, I’ll be reprising…”
There’s no word yet on whether or not Stewart was making an official announcement or he had just gotten away with the best fan trolling of the year. It may have been his way of saying he’ll make a return in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that’ll have to wait until some kind of official statement is released.
Source: Coming Soon