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Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Cover from Uncanny X-Men #139... 2 issues before Days of Future Past. One of the more iconic lines from X-Men lore.

Cover from Uncanny X-Men #139… 2 issues before Days of Future Past. One of the more iconic lines from X-Men lore.

I wanted to close out my week of looking at X-Men: Days of Future Past by looking at one of the biggest changes: the role of Kitty Pryde. She’s come up in my look at the mutant character adaptations, and of course in the LitFlix comparing the film to the comic source.

A quick breakdown of how she was used: in the comics, Kitty Pryde travels back in time into the consciousness of her younger self, a new member of the X-Men, to warn of the apocalyptic future. She goes from being brand-new character, to being one that you know has a future and a purpose and immense power.

So there were three elements of this that they had to try to adapt into the film: the time travel, and its method; the traveler, Kitty Pryde; and the impending doom of the future. The movie accomplishes two of these three, but loses Kitty Pryde in the process. Now, I don’t see a way to hit all three and work within the movie continuity, but let’s explore some of the problems and options!

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All the Mutants! – X-Men: Days of Future Past

After my LitFlix of Amazing Spider-Man 2 yesterday, I wanted a bit of time before writing my next one on X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, I have a lot to say about this movie (well, I had a lot to say about Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well…) and so I am breaking it up into three posts. So consider this my X-Men: Days of Future Past week! I have X-Men related posts queued up all week on our Tumblr as well, so check them out!

Despite having a lot of known characters used again, there were a lot of new characters in the film as well. While they weren’t exactly pivotal to the plot, they were phenomenal additions, given a chance to use their powers, to have great scenes, and made for a really fun summer blockbuster. 

So between these known characters and new ones, there were a number used really well – and a number that weren’t. Here are some of my thoughts on all the mutants! (Spoilers!)

all the mutants!

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The Hype Machine – X-Men Days of Future Past

Ah, X-Men: Days of Future Past. I think I actually want to open by saying I am really excited for this movie. This is the great X-Men story I grew up with, one of my first and main introductions into time travel (along with Back to the Future), between the comics, the novelization, the adaptation on the animated TV show, and then eventually to hoping it would come to pass as the movies took hold.

I have said before, and will say again, where I always wanted X-Men: The Last Stand to end was with a lead-in to Days of Future Past. It would have made sense, to, as trouble always seems to lurk for the X-Men whenever something happens to Professor Xavier, and it was definitely not his finest day in The Last Stand. But it didn’t happen, and they’ve put a lot more movies out there before finally getting to this story.

In many ways, this is the movie that they need to redeem and empower their franchise. And story wise especially this is true. However, it sounds like the cost on the movie is such that it may make or break their future plans – which are already spinning. This could be their Avengers – or their end. I’m excited to find out which it will be, and I am really hoping for the excellence that half of the X-Men films have shown – not the failure the others have been. 

To that end, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the fascinating marketing, advertising, hype, and social media that have swirled around this movie. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it – and I want to write this post before the movie comes out precisely to consider and speculate on this marketing, rather than to praise it or blame it.

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Too Many Villains Syndrome

We just got a new trailer for The Amazing Spiderman 2. I admit that the first one was better than I expected so I am tentatively looking forward to the next one. The preview definitely dropped a lot of hints for comic book fans, but it also brought up another issue and that is the too many villains syndrome. So far we have Rhino, Electro, and Green Goblin as villains in this movie, including Oscorp as an evil corporation. This is a lot of villains to introduce in a movie and to give enough back story to make them interesting.

To be a good story you need a villain who is memorable and who is not a paper cutout of the idea of what a villain should be. They need to be multifaceted characters and have more to them than just being bad guys. It takes time to develop the character of a good quality villain that could not just stand in for any other villain. So when you have too many villains you can end up with none of them being that interesting. Also, in the attempt to develop the villains further you can end up either making the movie too long and / or creating an unfocused story with too many directions. Continue reading

The Wolverine and Wolverine (1982) – A LitFlix

We recently saw The Wolverine, one of the movies I was most excited for this year. Wolverine has seen some of the most growth as a character over the years, in the realm of superheroes. He is a way to explore complicated themes of immortality, invulnerability, animalism versus humanity, violence versus honor.

I’ve explored Wolverine previously in terms of his character, which is complicated and varied. This is both cause and effect, then, of his popularity. The sort of plot I was sure we were in for was about Wolverine fighting with his own nature, his constant desire to be a better man than he is, to be honorable and heroic despite the fact he is the best killer.

Wolverine Cover
I read Chris Claremont’s Wolverine, and also the more recent Logan comic, in preparation for the movie. With Japanese-based plots going back to 1982, Wolverine was in Japan before that was as cool as it is now; he was fighting ninjas since before ninjas were as cool as they are now. But that just makes this a timely sort of plot to tell, but also a bit of a timeless sort of one. So timeless, they made the basic plot work, set about 30 years later!

Follow me on to look at the movie and the comics for The Wolverine – spoilers abound!
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