2/22/2013

Bryan Singer will use 'X-men: Days of Future Past' to "fix sh*t" from 'X-men: The Last Stand'


Nearly every long-running franchise has one film that's so bad it nearly ruins everything. Fox's X-men trilogy really set the stage for the comic book movie dominance we're now in the midst of, but it couldn't escape the trend of having one giant stinker. That film was obviously X-men: The Last Stand, a crowded and unfocused jumble of half-baked plots made all the worse by Brett Ratner's lousy direction. The real reason why fans hate it so much is that not only was it bad, but it made a lot of big changes that aren't so easily rectified.

Bryan Singer's heard the outcry, though, and plans to do something about it in whatever way he can. While talking to IGN, he says that X-men: Days of Future Past's time travel aspects give him an opportunity to "fix sh*t". He says there are a few things he plans to repair, but wouldn't specify exactly what those things are. One thing he may rectify is the death of Jean Grey, who was played by Famke Janssen. Janssen's been rumored to appear in The Wolverine, probably in a flashback scene, but her return could be more tangible in Singer's film. When asked about it and the fan's desire to see Cyclops and Jean reunited, he said this...

Singer: "Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? [Laughing] That’s all I can say. The good news is that we’re all on the same page"!

 With Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman returning, plus The Wolverine's ties to the prior trilogy, it certainly looks like Fox plans to craft their own shared cinematic universe. Singer thinks the X-men world has even greater potential than Marvel's The Avengers...

Singer:  "I think that if you really examine the X-Men universe it’s every bit as big as the Marvel universe. There are lesser characters, but if you take certain characters there are a myriad of films you could make, and stories you could tell, with these characters as individuals. Wolverine being one of them, and that’s currently being done. But you could really mine this universe. I’m glad to return to it and I’d like to get more involved in it because it hasn’t really been orchestrated – somewhat with the Wolverine pictures – but I think there is a lot more that one can do."

That last part is something I definitely agree with. The X-men comics are what drew me to Marvel, and it was largely due to the diversity within the line, but also in the characters themselves. If Fox fully tapes into what makes these mutants so popular, I have no doubt it will be the biggest superhero franchise of all. As long as we don't get more of this....