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Iffy ‘days of future past’ for X-Men

Hannah Hacker , 4Play Editor
November 14, 2013
Filed under 4Play

Another X-Men movie is on its way and excitement has already begun to build with the release of its new trailer.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” directed by Bryan Singer, will be in theaters May 23. Until then, there will be a lot of hype and skepticism surrounding yet another Marvel spin off.

Singer directed the first two X-Men films, “X-Men” (2000) and “X2” (2003). Out of the four X-Men films that created since the first in 2000, the two directed by Singer were by far the best.

Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006) was a complete bust, which was probably why it was the only one he directed. This wasn’t a surprise since he didn’t have a solid standing in these films, with his films “Rush Hour” (1998) and “Rush Hour 2” (2001) not falling under the superhero genre.

“X-Men: First Class” (2011) was fairly decent. It was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who has a more stable reputation in super hero action films like “Kick-Ass” (2010). He also collaborated on the story for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which bodes well.

However, there’s still a lingering apprehension in the air that this film will be an unfortunate replay of “The Last Stand.” But with Bryan Singer as director, and Matthew Vaughn in the works, there may be some hope for this new installment.

The trailer itself looks promising, full of intense action sequences, dramatic crying and mutant bad-asses. There also seems to be some pretty trippy time-traveling in which the X-Men attempt to join forces with their younger selves in order to fight in a war for the survival of mutant kind.

Some very familiar actors have popped up in the trailer. Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” 1987) and the dreamy James McAvoy (“The Last King of Scotland,” 2006) will be returning to play older and younger Professor Charles Xavier.

The foil to Professor Xavier must make an appearance as well. Old and young Magneto will be played once again by Ian McKellen (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” 2001) and Michael Fassbender (“Prometheus,” 2012).

Some other familiar names are Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables,” 2013) as Wolverine, Hale Berry (“Cloud Atlas,” 2012) as Storm and Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games,” 2012) as young Mystique.

With such an impressive cast line-up, the film definitely has marvelous potential and deserves to be given a chance. Yet many of these actors, like Steward, McKellen, Jackman and Berry, were in “The Last Stand,” which had one of the steepest second week drops by a whopping 67 percent, according to Box Office Mojo.

Perhaps Marvel just needs to learn when to stop producing sequels and remakes. Even though this movie has the directing, writing and acting that could possibly redeem the franchise, it may be on its last leg and should be wrapped up.

Hopefully “Days of Future Past” will be the movie to do that. The X-Men can’t go on forever, and with any luck this time-spanning battle will be the last for many, many years.