For the past 8 years the X-Men franchise has been a sore subject for fans as X3: The Last Stand ripped away some of our favorite characters and seemingly ended the franchise with a world of powerless mutants and some of our heroes buried 6 feet under. Along came X-Men Origins: Wolverine which took the steaming turd that was The Last Stand and proceeded to urinate on top of it. The Wolverine, the sequel to all the previous films, showed hope that the franchise may be getting back onto it’s feet but it didn’t blow away fans like the studios hoped. So when it was announced that the next installment would be an adaptation of the time travel storyline Days of Future Past, fans were skeptical yet hopeful. The return of Brian Singer to the franchise also gave fans hope that things would go well. Before long, the original trilogy cast was signed on along with the the mainstays of the First Class cast and we were all soon expecting a film that could very well rival The Avengers in terms of scale and storytelling.
Did they succeed? I’m gonna go with my own intuition and the opinions of a lot of my friends, that Days of Future Past may be the best XMen film of the franchise and very well could rival Avengers. The excitement, pacing, story telling, and acting are so well done that for the first time in years I found myself 100% behind the movie. I was so emotionally invested that while I sat in the theater I could not comprehend how our heroes were going to survive and save the future for mutants and mankind alike.
The big surprise for me was Evan Peters as Quicksilver. I wasn’t a fan of his costume design and didn’t think I was going to care for him in the role but he was a welcome change of pace as he provided comedic relief without being a “silly” throw away character. There’s a lot of hints to his past that aren’t addressed but very well could be in future films. Evan pulled it off, despite the corny commercials they have him in promoting the film. Quicksilver was a favorite of mine as as kid and I’m glad they did him justice. Hopefully, Avengers manages to do the same and still be different.
Days of Future Past will leave any fan of the XMen satisfied for many different reasons. The film itself is a great, self contained story on one level. On another, it ties the prequels in to the originals, and then takes all the mistakes made with the previous films and makes things right. (That’s vague but we’ll avoid spoilers for a week or so!) To top it all off, they set up the next film in the franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse which will be a sequel featuring the First Class team and will be set in the 80’s.
What did you think? Did Days of Future Past make all things right in the X-Men universe? Are you hopeful for the future? Or did you not enjoy it at all? Tell us why in the comments below!
Later this week we’ll be back to talk more about the characters, the easter eggs, cameos, and future of the franchise!