This week, some of us will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the dawning of a new era. We'd had Superman (we'd actually had several Supermans... Supermen?). We'd had Batman (we'd actually had several... ah, forget it!) We'd even had a live-action Spider-Man TV series in the 70s with the guy who played Friedrich von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music', but everyone keeps forgetting about that one. What we hadn't had yet was live-action X-Men. Then in 2000, the movie franchise we never knew we always wanted arrived - and boy, did it deliver. It was so successful that 21st Century Fox produced a further seven films in the franchise and five (almost/soon to be six?) spin-off films - all of... varying commercial and critical success. Okay, enough with the pleasantries, the last two 'X-Men' films were abominations. The first two 'Wolverines' were just god-awful, and who the hell knows if 'The New Mutants' will ever see the light of day. That's 12(ish) films in 20 years. No small feat. Nothing to scoff at. However, since the franchise's one shining light, Logan/Wolverine/Hugh Jackman, in now dead (on-screen, not in real life... Hi Hugh!) and its saviour 'Deadpool' is now in the hands of a children's entertainment conglomerate, it's time to ponder whether or not the X-Men should be put to rest. Or is the pool of material too vast? Does the world hold too much talent to pull from to resurrect this Beast (*wink*)? Or - and this is a big one - is the legacy too badly damaged? A lot has happened in 20 years. Let's look at the facts:
Yes, I'm aware that 'X-Men' is Marvel property, but it's not actually considered "MCU", just MU. Don't @ me!
Do we play through the pain and find that third wind?
(Conversation not based on actual events. Any similarities in dialogue is purely coincidental.)
Fox Guy #2: Well sir, there are literally hundreds of characters from the comics we can pull from...
Fox Guy #1: We should have all the exact same characters but younger (not you Hugh) and in the 70s! See what the hot blonde from 'Winter's Bone' is doing these days. I wanna know what she looks like blue. Let's make it happen, people!
This franchise was a ship without a captain. The most consistent players throughout the series' run were Bryan Singer, and, well... you know. And Simon Kinberg and again, we all know what happened when he was given the wheel. Yeesh!