I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that this movie has been garnering more attention than other comic book movie adaptations currently in development or in post-production. It also wouldn’t make a fair assertion since Bryan Singer has been using all forms of social media to drum up a lot of interest towards this movie by dropping hints and big names that are returning for the ride. But then THAT wouldn’t be fair because as the person in charge of movies, you want to pique people’s curiosity and try to translate that into big box office numbers. But THAT’S not fair either because a lot of other directors can’t help but keep things under wraps due to the big wigs upstairs who forbid any kind of information leak.
Now where was I? Ah, the new X-Men film will take place during the 70’s. 1973 to be precise, which means it’ll haven been about ten years since the events of X-Men: First Class. I love the fact that we get to see these characters evolve and develop through the different ages off-screen, which parallels the evolution of comic books through time (the time skip also helps keep the actors looking younger than they should, kind of like the comics). The fact that they interweave the plot with American history is really cool because I love contrived comic book theories on how super heroes shaped our nation. I’m not even kidding. I love shoddy alternate history fiction especially if it involves the likes of communist mutants and mutant civil rights leaders.
Bryan Singer also confirmed in another article that he’ll be taking all of the X-Men films in the past into consideration, which I took to mean that they’re all canon, unfortunately. Though that sounds like one of the worst thing ever, it is also very respectable. It is one of the most tedious thing to try and clean up someone else’s mess, but he’s willing to do it and I’ll be waiting to scrutinize his every move. Just kidding. But I do believe that they’ll have to scrap Emma Frost from the picture since she’s an adult in First Class and a kid in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which doesn’t make sense chronologically. I like to think that the fact that they have yet to contact January Jones sort of confirms my suspicion.
So they put out a casting call for extras and made it clear that they wanted them in 70’s attire because most of the movie will take place in 1973. This probably means that we won’t see too much of the original cast in this film since they’re all from the dystopian future. Anyway, this would FINALLY offer us a chance to see Henry McCoy (Beast) wearing bell bottoms and a mean blue afro and that would be the greatest thing ever.
Written by Daniel Lee