With the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-ray and DVD this week, it was almost guaranteed that it would draw the attention of the crew at Screen Junkies for their ongoing hilarious Honest Trailers series. Sure enough, the X-Men movie gets skewered like Wolvie skewers the bad guys (for the seventh freaking time in the X-Men universe…seriously).
The Honest Trailer also points out the fact that Days of Future Past pretty much plays out like the plot of a certain Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle from the “future past” (Terminator 2). And while it might seem a little heavy-handed they did give props to what really stole the entire film, which was Quicksilver’s “Time in a Bottle” scene.
When it comes to building cohesive “shared” comic book universes on the big screen, there can be only one. Very likely, it will always be Marvel Studios. They got there first, taking a gaggle of second-tier superhero characters whose movie rights they battled and bribed to reattain and turning them into a veritable mint that breathes, eats, and craps out lackluster imitators. Phase One had its share of troubling moments: Iron Man 2 had vast amounts of potential, but Marvel’s shaky long-term strategy and its sudden rush to get the sequel in front of the cameras — even if it meant starting without a completed script — resulted in what could have been a superior franchise installment devolving into an uninspired bit of wheel spinning.
The first Thor felt too earthbound and the side business with S.H.I.E.L.D. was obviously shoehorned into a narrative that would have worked much better without it. The studio took a major gamble with their first four movies and when The Avengers premiered in May of last year it paid off handsomely in ways few could have ever thought possible. The success of that film paved the way in grand fashion for Phase Two to take Marvel’s blockbuster bullpen of celluloid superheroes into bold and creatively rewarding territory and allow for characters like Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy to get their own big-budget movie adventures coming our way sooner than we think.
The Wolverine Director: James Mangold
Screenwriter: Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Famke Janssen Twentieth Century Fox
Rated PG-13 | 126 Minutes
Release Date: July 26, 2013
Based on the 1982 comic book series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, James Mangold‘s The Wolverine picks up years after X-Men: The Last Stand with Logan (Hugh Jackman) traveling to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Stripped of his immortality and vulnerable for the first time, Logan is pushed to his physical and emotional limits as he battles the yakuza, ninjas, samurai, and his own inner demons.
Mangold’s film begins with a bearded, long-haired Logan living in the Alaskan wilderness. He’s tracked by Yukio (Rila Fukushima) and summoned to Japan, where her dying employer, Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), wishes to say good-bye to an old friend.
Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled to hit theaters on July 18, 2014, but you won’t have to wait that long to catch a glimpse of Halle Berry reprising the role of Ororo Munroe, better known as Storm.
This will be Berry’s fourth film as the Mistress of the Elements, and she’ll be sporting a brand new hairstyle for the gig. Singer released the following image on Twitter along with the title “Storm Watch.” You can check out Berry’s new hairstyle – and her new X-Men threads here after the jump!
Back in June it was rumored that the plot used for the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class could be based on the popular Uncanny X-Men storyline, “Days of Future Past.”
This has now been confirmed by producer Bryan Singer, who says it deals with aspects of the comic but also presents a bunch of new stuff as well. He also says the movie is titled X-Men: Days of Future Past.