WASHINGTON, May 25, 2014 – Is there any question why X-Men Days of Past is leading the Box Office report?
Not to fans of the comic book genre and the fabulous worlds first co-created for Marvel Comics by writer Stan Lee. (X-Men, Spider-Man, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Hulk, Thor, The Avengers, The Black Panther…and many more).
This latest movie is based on a 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne and takes fans on a trip through two periods in time as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself traveling to 1973 to save the future of mutantkind.
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The movie is written by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, and Jane Goldman, with Kinberg writing the screenplay.
Funny books have long reflected the not so funny realities that we live with.
The X-Men are a band of people that are different and in the 1960’s, as it is today, those that are different scare those that claim normality. They are feared and persecuted due to the differences that are the result of genetic mutations – an uncontrollable glip in their DNA that creates fabulous powers far beyond the ability to fly, or have super strength.
These mutants have powers of telepathy, concussive force, to create freezing temperatures and ice, telekinesis, shape shifting, control the weather and create massive storms, manipulate metal, create force fields, do a plasma blast after absorbing cosmic energy in addition to those more run of the mill superpowers of super strength, speed, endurance, agility.
The X-Men are super heroes times ten. The mutation can also create super villains.
Reports are that the latest movie has brought in over $261 million since its release – $90.7 the first weekend, another $108m projected over the Memorial Day weekend. – the show opened on Friday.
Then we have the international tallies from the film opening in over 110 countries.
Which is not bad for a bunch of mutants.
For those keeping track, the film franchise is based on the original story by Stan Lee (Marvel Comics), directed by Bryan Singer and starring such classic a-listers as Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan. Took over $102 million during its Memorial Day weekend release in 2006. X2: X-Men United earned $85m in 2003, X-Men Origins: Wolverine took $85m in 2009 and reaching back to the beginning X-Men that released in 2000 saw earnings of $54m.
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If you are keeping track, the franchise in movie form goes back 14 years. As a comic book to the early 60s.
Days of Past has the iconic characters of Professor X (Stewart), Magneto (McCellan), Storm (Halle Berry) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) traveling back in time to change a dystopian future filled with Sentinels – robots whose role is to exterminant mutants and the humans they are fighting to protect.
In an interesting bit of pop-culture cross over, the Sentinels are led by Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Bolivar Trask, a military scientist who created the Sentinels to hunt and destroy humans. Dinklage, whose emotive skill comes across in his role as Tyrion, brilliantly plays the mad scientist Trask.
Upping the star power for the younger movie going audience, the iconic X-Men leading men travel back to meet themselves played by box office hotties James McAvoy (Professor X) and Michael Fassbender, (Magneto). Also making a past and present appearance is the Beast played by Kelsey Grammer and in younger form by Nicholas Hoult.
Rounding out the cast are Jennifer Lawerence as the shape-shifting, blue-scaled, nearly naked Mystique, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde who can move through solid objects as Shadowcat, Rogue, who can absorb life forces of anyone she touches, is once again played by Ann Paquin. Famke Janssen, most recently incredible in Hemlock Grove, and James Mardsen offer cameos in their roles as Jean Grey and Cyclops.
X-Men: Days of Past weaves together the past and future of characters that comic books fans know as well as their best friends, but that movie goers may not understand.
Because making choices to be good, when evil is really so much more fun, and that ability to do the hard thing, because as Spider-Man, another feature film star and Stan Lee creation, learned, with great power comes great responsibility.