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X-MEN Director Almost Directed CASINO ROYALE?

The Cast of X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

The Cast of X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

Matthew Vaughn gave X-Men: First Class a sense of 1960′s James Bondian intrigue mixed with mutant drama. Vaughn directed Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new espionage film based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.

 

Now Vaughn reveals he almost directed the film that relaunched the 007 franchise and turned Daniel Craig in the modern day James Bond. Continue reading

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Party Like It’s 1973

courtesy @Bryan Singer via Twitter

courtesy @Bryan Singer via Twitter

X-Men: Days of Future Past will unite the cast of the original trilogy (set in the near future) and X-Men: First Class (set in the Cold War 1960′s) but when will the new film take place?

Cue the disco and glam rock!

Director Bryan Singer tweeted this photo showing a CIA report on mutation by Charles Xavier dated 1973.

The film is based on the Chris Claremont story in which X-Men from a dark future send one of their own into the past to rally the earlier X-Men to prevent an assassination that will lead to a government crackdown on mutants – including the creation of Sentinels!

Could this mean Singer’s April 1st tweet about Lady Gaga playing Dazzler was not really April Fool’s? (Fingers crossed!)

Dazzler (Alison Blaire) was created by Claremont in the final days of the disco era and her mutant power was to convert sound into light which she could use as lasers to as a “dazzle” effect that she used in her stage shows as a singer.

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Wish List!

Uncanny X-Men #141 courtesy Marvel.com

Director Bryan Singer keeps delivering Uncanny casting news! Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page are reprising their roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

 

Stars from the original three films will join stars of X-Men: First Class  including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.

 

The film will be based on the classic storyline in which mutants from the future try to change the past.

 

My geeky brain starting thinking of what else would make this sequel even more Astonishing X-fans! Here are 8 wishes:

 

X1 Hugh Jackman leading the real Last Stand! In the classic Days of Future Past storyline Logan leads the underground resistance in a future North America ruled by Sentinels. Magneto, Storm, Colossus and Kitty Pryde (now Kate Rasputin) are the only surviving X-Men. The heroes eventually break out of their concentration camp and join Logan on a suicide raid on Sentinel headquarters. Hugh Jackman is set to return so he could play the aging Logan on his last mission.

Uncanny X-Men #466 courtesy Marvel

Uncanny X-Men #466 courtesy Marvel

X2  Rachel Summers! The daughter of Scott and Jean is the key to the story. Rachel is telepathic and telekinetic like her mother and uses her psionic powers to send Kate’s mind into the present day body of a younger Kitty Pryde who must convince the X-Men to prevent an assassination that will lead to this dark future. Bryce Dallas Howard (yes I know she’s already been in a Spidey movie) would be perfect as tragic daughter of Scott and Jean. Rachel was forced to be a “Hound” and track down fellow mutants. In the comic books Rachel escaped the future and went into the past became the new Phoenix and joined the X-Men. She currently teaches as the Jean Grey School.

 

X3  Franklin Richards! The last surviving member of the Fantastic Four is in love with Rachel. The son of Reed and Susan Storm Richards is in the camp with the surviving X-Men and I won’t reveal his final fate. Mark Millar’s new role as Creative Consultant for the Fox controlled Marvel franchises includes the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. This film could serve as a reboot point for both franchises similar to J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek.

 

X4  Kitty Pryde/Kate Rasputin! Ellen Page is back so will she play the future Kate? Kitty is married to Colossus (as it should be!) but agrees to have her mind travel into the past to rally the X-Men to stop a chain of events leading to the dark future.
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X-MEN Villain Resurrection

Spoiler Warning!

This post reveals the ending of Wolverine and the X-Men #23

Do NOT keep reading unless you read that issue!

Seriously!

OK

Here it is:

Wolverine and the X-Men #23 courtesy Marvel

Wolverine and the X-Men #23 courtesy Marvel

The finale of the Frankenstein Murder Circus arc ended with comeback of a villain I wasn’t expecting! Jason Aaron dropped a supernatural bombshell but has he been warning us of this old enemy’s  return since the first issue?

Frankenstein’s Monster and a witch named Calcabring made an unholy alliance to enchant the X-Men into becoming circus freaks and helping the monster track his prey – the young Bishop of the new Hellfire Club aka the last Frankenstien!

The X-Men ultimately defeated Frankenstein, the witch and their circus of zombie clowns! On the final page we learned the witch has been serving Azazel! The demon looking mutant daddy of Nightcrawler appeared to have magically transported into our world!

courtesy Marvel Comics

courtesy Marvel Comics

Who is Azazel?

In a storyline called The Draco (Uncanny X-Men #426 – #434) writer Chuck Austen revealed that Nightcrawler’s father was Azazel. This mutant from Biblical times was banished by Angels to a dark brimstone dimension. He was able to escape the dimension for brief periods of time and visited Earth to father several demon-looking mutant children. Azazel fathered Kurt Wagner with Mystique. The X-Men stopped Azazel’s plot to claim the Earth via his teleporting demon children and the villain went into character no man’s land.

Azazel (played by Jason Flemying) was part of Sebastian Shaw’s Hellfire Club in X-Men: First Class. Director Matthew Vaughn didn’t reference the Nightcrawler connection and turned the reviled character into a sinister on- screen smash.

Uncanny X-Men #434 courtesy Marvel

Uncanny X-Men #434 courtesy Marvel

It appears Azazel’s popularity from the last film has inspired a comic book comeback. One of the many running storylines since Wolverine and the X-Men launched is the bamfs running wild at The Jean Grey School. The tiny Nightcrawler looking creatures escaped to the school when Beast opened a portal to their dimension. The little gremlins have been making mischief as the school (like stealing Wolverine’s whisky) but have they been agents of Azazel all this time? Could this lead to the resurrection of the real Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler?

Here’s my review of Wolverine and the X-Men #23.

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Millar Teases X-MEN:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Plot

The Cast of X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

  The Consultant sounds like a cool comic book. It’s Mark Millar’s new job. His clients are Marvel’s big screen superheroes controlled by Fox (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Wolverine.) The Superhero Movie Consultant is talking about his new role and his excitement for the sequel to X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn who directed the film based on Millar’s Kick-Ass. The sequel is based on the classic Chris Claremont/John Byrne two-parter Days of Future Past.

  Millar tells SFX “Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

  He teased the plot, calling it “X-Men meets The Terminator“.

“You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film.”

  He also said that it is “no spoiler on [his] part” to say that the film goes into an apocalyptic future.
 Millar explained how his job will meld the heroic franchises into one cinematic universe to SFX.

  “Fox have said that they want to build a cohesive universe and I’d personally like this to work in complement to the Marvel one. It would be cool if these universes didn’t contradict each other so if you went to see Spidey, The Avengers, the X-Men, etc, as a viewer you would have no idea that all three are coming from different studios. I’d love to make it look like they’re all just happening in one place.

  “I don’t think it’s something anyone would want to rush into. Following that Marvel model, we want to establish things first. If you had a Fantastic Four relaunch, and Wolverine and the X-Men were in it, I think it would distract you from the Fantastic Four. You can make people aware that they’re existing in the same universe without making it a big crossover movie but it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them.”

Thanks to Digital Spy.

Uncanny X-Men #141 courtesy Marvel.com

Op/Ed:

  I’m hoping Days of Future Past could include Hugh Jackman as Logan of the future leading the mutant resistance against the Sentinels (I assume that’s the Terminator reference Millar makes above ) and the film could reboot the X-Men franchise – like the recent Star Trek film.

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X-Man Exposed

X-Men Legacy #268 courtesy Marvel

  Avengers vs. X-Men rages on this week in X-Men Legacy #268 but Marvel promises this issue will dive into the past of Frenzy. Joanna Cargill has been a villain with the Alliance of Evil and the Acolytes but is now trying to redeem herself with the X-Men.

  I’m a huge Frenzy fan because of Mike Carey and now Christos Gage’s portrayal of her in X-Men Legacy. She left Utopia and joined Rogue and Wolverine because of falling in love with Cyclops in the Age of X pocket universe. Scott did not return her affection when reality was reset.

  Frenzy is a powerful mutant and emotional powder keg. She may have been pushed but Frenzy threw the first punch in the AvX fight in this tie-in book. Joanna’s rage has been because of emotional manipulation and disappointment after giving her all to a cause (the Acolytes, Cyclops in Age of X.) Gage has been slowly showing an attraction between Joanna and Gambit. Frenzy reminds me of Rogue when she first joined the X-Men. I look forward to seeing what Gage does in this issue with such a character that has so much potential.

  Click here to see why I think Frenzy would be perfect for an X-Men: First Class sequel.

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X-Men: First Class Set For 2014

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy from X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

  The Summer of 2014 mutates! The sequel to X-Men: First Class is now scheduled for July 18, 2014 according to Box Office Mojo. While discussing Prometheus Michael Fassbender revealed he’s been talking with writer Simon Kinberg about the script which will continue revealing the early days of Magneto and Professor X. Most of the original cast including Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique are all set to return as well as director Matthew Vaughn.

  I’ve been posting about how much I hope to see Magneto’s children (Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Polaris) appear but I wonder if we might see more of Professor Xavier’s past – Gabrielle Haller, his lost love from his days in Israel, who gave him a son named David. The son became the villain Legion – known for his multiple personalities and mutant powers.

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Michael Fassbender on X-Men: First Class Sequel

 

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy from X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

  Michael Fassbender reveals his involvement with the evolution of Magneto in the sequel to X-Men: First Class in a Digital Spy exclusive. The star of Prometheus says he’s been “chipping in” with writer Simon Kinberg and that “some cool ideas” have developed for his return as the Master of Magnetism.

 Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire) will return as Mystique. The shapeshifter joined Magneto’s Brotherhood in the film’s climax.

  I’m hoping the story will jump to the 1970′s and introduce Magneto’s children: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Polaris - future girlfriend of Havok.

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Geekcasting: Hunger Games Actor For X-Men: First Sequel UPDATED

The New Mutants graphic novel cover courtesy Marvel.com

Updated! I promise I had this draft long before I saw this recent story teasing a possible New Mutants movie. Here’s the Collider link so you can read it for yourself. Basically when pressed Fox’s Tom Rothman is smartly coy in his response. You can be the judge.

Original story:

  It’s time Fox show some love for the New Mutants era for the sequel to X-Men: First Class. Cannonball aka Sam Guthrie would be a perfect addition to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

 The film series has mixed and matches X-Men from various eras. First Class included everyone from original X-Man Beast and Angel Salvadore from the Grant Morrison New X-Men run. Time for the

  Jack Quade played the Tribute ironically named Marvel in The Hunger Games and now that I’ve seen more photos of him I keep picturing him as the poor miner kid from Kentucky who blasts his way into the Xavier school.

  The New Mutants graphic novel by Chris Claremont would be a great source of inspiration for the sequel script. X-Men books and films have always demonstrated diversity. Having Danielle Moonstar (Mirage) or Xian Coy Manh (Karma) in the next film would continue that tradition. Dani is a Native American had the power to create illusions of her enemies’ fears or wishes and co-lead the team with Sam. Karma is of Vietnamese descent and has the power to possess minds. In recent years Xian or Shan came out as a lesbian.

 Sam and his sister Paige (aka Husk) are currently teaching at the Jean Grey School under headmaster Wolverine. Dani and Karma are on a New Mutants team based in San Francisco.

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This Geek’s Updated Opinion: Of course I’ll go see any X-Men related movie but with the X-Men: First Class franchise firmly set in the past would it make sense to have another X franchise set in the present? No disrespect to the New Mutants fans, creators or characters but I don’t think they can hold up on their own as a film franchise. I would be curious how Fox would pull it off. Professor X founded the New Mutants but Magneto served as their instructor and eventually the Cable turned the team into X-Force.  As I stated above I would love to see Sam, Dani or Karma in an X-Men: First Class sequel or rebooted present day X-Men film.