Wednesday, May 17, 2006

X-MEN THE LAST STAND-
I’m really looking forward to X-Men: The Last Stand, which comes out on May 26. Hopefully, it will open that Wednesday the 24th, so it will have an even bigger Memorial Day opening than it normally would. The basic plot is this: A ‘cure’ for the mutant condition has apparently been developed by a pharmaceutical company. The Angel’s father, Warren Worthington Sr., is a top executive there. He is spearheading the cure research to eventually take his son’s wings away. Meanwhile, there are psychic rumblings from Alkali Lake, where Jean Grey apparently died while saving the team at the end of X-Men II. It turns out, Jean has been resurrected—as (Dark) Phoenix. Magneto is appraised of the ‘solution’, and mounts what he feels is retaliation for a war being declared on mutants.
From what I see, there will be conflict between Iceman and Pyro. Multiple Man will join the Brotherhood, also Callisto will have a role. Juggernaut is on Magneto’s team as well. The X-Men squad have finally brought Shadowcat and Colossus into the mix, and then Angel seems like the next likely recruit. Also, Kelsey Grammer plays Beast! Here, he’s a former X-Men student/teacher who went on to be the Secretary of Mutant Affairs for the White House. I’m kind of ticked that Nightcrawler won’t be in this—maybe the next one (oh, he is in the new video game they’re coming out with).
So is Fox really eager to be done with X-Men as a franchise? Well, if they are, after this movie is done and put on dvd (I’m sure there will be a trilogy set as well), then Marvel may benefit from Fox washing their hands of the franchise. If Fox ends the relationship regarding X-Men characters, then Marvel is free to develop any further X-Men/mutant based projects. They would include, but not be limited to, sequels, ‘prequels’, and solo spinoffs. So far, what has been discussed is this: The next X-Men movie may focus on the younger, student mutants. In the X3 film they include Iceman, Rogue, Colossus and Shadowcat. In the next film, the mature X-Men would presumably play a limited role, if any. If that’s the case, I’d also like to see several New Mutants brought into the team: Sunspot, Cannonball, Mirage, Magma, Magik, Cypher, Wolfsbane. I’d also like to see some mutants from other eras of the X-Men: Dazzler, Thunderbird I, Psylocke, Sunfire, Bishop. Mostly I’d like to see Firestar, though she has not been a canonical X-Men member.
John Bruno is the special effects supervisor for the X-Men 3 movie. He says that many of the special effects are ‘practical’, or real effects. Still, there was CGI used for various stunts and sequences. The biggest major effects sequence involves Magneto apparently destroying a major bridge in San Francisco, as well as a sequence involving Alcatraz island. So, would I side with Magneto or Xavier? I can see merits to Magneto’s contentions. Still, I draw the line at blatant murder, so I could not tolerate following his ultra-hard-line stance.

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