Comic Reviews, Comics
Bryan Singer who was recently announced as returning to the X-men universe to direct X-men: Days of Future Past had the following to say via his Twitter today.
‘I’d like to officially welcome back James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, & Nicholas Hoult to #XMEN for #DaysOfFuturePast’
‘Thrilled to announce @ianmckellen118 & @SirPatStew are joining the cast of #XMEN #DaysOfFuturePast #magneto #professorX More to come…’
This returns McAvoy as a younger Professor X, Fassbender as the younger Magneto, Lawrence as Mystique and Hoult as Beast. Patrick Stewart returns to his role as the elder Professor Xavier while Ian McKellan returns as the older Magneto.
It will be very interesting to see where they go with this as X-men 3: Last Stand killed off Professor X and de-powered Magneto. Will this just be an alternate timeline or will (fingers crossed) X-men 3 be disregarded and we go on as if that was an out of continuity story so as to keep many X-men alive and connect the stories more cohesively. We shall see.
This Avengers vs. Xmen crossover event has been going for quite awhile now and has been mostly lackluster in my opinion. I like what I like and don’t what I don’t and I’m not taking anything away from what the creators make but it just has not done much for me. I never understood the whole let’s pit all the good guys against each other thing but it’s something to do, a bit of a spectacle and with the restart (not reboot) coming up they can afford to shake things up a bit which is what seems to be happening here. Marvel is doing very well for themselves with the success of their films and they are trying to create a more cohesive universe overall. It does seem though that a lot of creative decisions are being made both at Marvel and DC in order to get press. The gay marriage beteen X-man Northstar and his companion in the X-men books and DC’s reimagining of Green Lantern Alan Scott as a gay man. More recently the announcement of another new Green Lantern who would be a Muslim character. I have no problems at all with any of this. Our real world is full of a variety of people in many walks of life and the comics should reflect that, it’s just when it’s done in the way they are doing it in which they try to force the impact on us that it seems like more of a hollow gesture with ulterior motives. Maybe I’m wrong but it does have at least a sliver of truth to it. Deaths in comics can be considered the same kind of thing. Something done more for shock value than purposeful direction. In comics for a long time now deaths seemed to not really even matter as any number of fantastic reasons can be concieved to return a hero or villain to the fictional living world. In todays release of the newest Avengers vs. Xmen comic a death occurred and while it can be looked as just another bit of comic book death fluff there is also purpose to it. If you would like to know what went down and who is no more. Click the read more tab but be warned…..SPOILERS ahead. Who fell in battle today???
Above is a variant cover for the upcoming Uncanny Avengers comic, Issue #1. Looks like Deadpool wants an audition. Below is some art from All New X-men #1 drawn by the talented Stuart Immonen. This comic sees the 5 orginal X-men transported into the future and in these images we see the inevitable moment where past Beast sees his further mutated big blue self. Also we get our first look at Leinil Yu’s, Hulk with a haircut in this splash page from The Indestructible Hulk #1. Enjoy the pretty pictures.
What was old is new again. Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen will be the creative team behind this new book that will start up in November. Your eyes do not decieve you. Those are the 5 original X-Men (Angel, Jean Grey or Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Beast and Iceman) and due to events, we as of yet do not fully know they are brought to the modern day and get to see what their lives have helped create. A lot has happened over the years. All of these people have been changed in very big ways…mind, body and soul. It will be very interesting to see how they deal with things and what they will do knowing now what they didn’t know then.