X-Men: Apocalypse hit theaters two weeks ago and webmoritz. watched it. Let’s take a look at Marvel’s weird family and where it’s more supportive than whatever DC does these days.
It’s been a weird couple of months for comic-book fans. From Marvel’s Deadpool, over DC’s Batman v Superman, back to Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, it’s been a real rollercoaster of superpowers.
And after watching the latest X-Men, I realized something:
With all the strange licensing of Marvel’s characters and the legal jungle they exist in, the company’s heroes feel more and more like one big messed up family.
Having just peed it’s pants, one of Marvel’s children decided to hide in a hole to hopefully overthink all decisions that led to this point.
That’s what the train wreck that was last years Fantastic Four feels like.
Then there is the young one. Popular in high school but never learned to grow up when it was time for his second education. And now Spider-Man has moved back in with Mom who pushes him to hang out with the oldest of the four brothers, which are the Avengers in this analogy. They took their time to figure out what they want in life, found some friends and just graduated into adulthood. Being able to support themselves, they don’t have to rely on some stepfather to support their dreams.
And that leaves us with the X-Men. Having moved out of their mothers house, they found a scholarship at 20th Century Fox to provide a great education.
And here we are, 16 years later.
With 9 movies released, some bad but most of them good, 20th Century Fox can be proud of their works.
After the disappointment I felt watching Batman v Superman, I realized that caution is advised watching those movies. And here I am, legitimately impressed with X-Men: Apocalypse.
While being not as deep or daring storywise as the last Captain America wanted to be, the movie told a story about the minds and motives of the mutants we came to know and love (or hate) over the years.
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender lead a great cast of overall young characters, and though Professor X and Magneto are not fighting on the same side in this conflict, they couldn’t feel more like friends who, despite their differences, will always have each others back.The villain, masterfully portrayed by Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is, despite his absolutely dumb looking costume, an impressive foe without an obvious weak spot, so convinced of his vision to make the world better for all mutants, he is willing to destroy every trace of human civilization.
It’s a dramatic and action heavy piece of superheroes clashing, without all the unnecessary visual effects spectacle that the last DC movie threw in our face a few months ago.
From character driven moments, some of them really sickeningly serious, to one of the most hilarious scenes in recent film history, involving Quicksilver running really fast (no kidding) and saving the day, X-Men: Apocalypse hits every note in it’s 144 minute gig.
All I can say is that there are actual expectations for the franchises next installment after the crazy plot twists of Days of Future Past and the great ensemble of this one.
Go watch it, that’s what I have to say.
And every time I see Michael Fassbender on screen, I get more excited for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie.
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Beitragsbild: Kevin Wendlandt
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