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X-MEN REBOOT: EXILES

X-Cast – Psylocke, Blink, Rogue. You can really have a lot of fun with the cast and shine a different light on the various versions of characters you already know. Imagine a good and pure version of Magneto or Sabertooth, Old Man Logan, an evil Professor X. 

This is the 8th entry into the X-Men Cinematic universe reboot plan. Check out the intro to it all HERE.

In the reboot plan filled with things that will never happen, this one stands out as the least likely of the bunch. But what I’m about to write makes sense and I’m very excited about it. I think this will make an excellent side-adventure to the X-Universe. This one will take place on HBO, or a similar channel. The Exiles are a perfect team for the television format, and I think it needs to not be constrained by regular TV because of it’s potential graphic nature. Obviously it would work on an AMC type channel too, but I like this on premium cable.

For those unfamiliar with the Exiles, they are a team of multidimensional X-Men. Each member is plucked from their univers moments before their death. So in their universe, they are dead as they were meant to be, but they get to continue on here. They live in the Crystal Palace which exists outside of time and space. The mission of the team is to correct things that have gone wrong in different universes (hiccups in time). This allows for many different versions of characters we know and love. It also allows for lots of big deaths because the regular characters in our universe are not involved.

The first episode of this show will begin with Psylocke getting plucked out of our universe right before she dies in X-Men: Shadow King. This will be the big tie-in with the cinematic universe. She will eventually become the leader of the Exiles. I would also love to see Anna Paquin’s Rogue on the team. Both Olivia Munn and Anna Paquin already have ties with HBO if it were to be on that channel. 

The other character that has to be on this show is Blink. Both her an Psylocke will be the two constants as long as the show is running. The rest of the cast will be a revolving door of different lengths.

Each episode will focus on a different universe and the team fixing the time hiccup (with some episodes lasting more than one). The greater mystery of the show is discovering what the Crystal Palace is, who built it, who is in charge, and who is sending them on these missions. The story can take place over a single season or multiple seasons. The story-lines are endless.

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X-MEN REBOOT: FANTASTIC FOUR

The Fantastic Four can be interesting. I promise you. Their origin story, and most of their earth-bound stories are not where they shine though. The stories that have captivated me most are the ones where they are travelling in space, or travelling through other dimensions, or when they are part of a bigger story that spans through other comics. This is where they shine. This is where we will utilize them.

This is the 5th movie in the X-Men Cinematic Universe Reboot. It Follows New Mutants, Deadpool 2, Dark Phoenix, and Gambit. Read how this all came about HERE.

Mr. Fantastic is a genius that can do so much with his mind and he can be an integral part of so much more. We’ve already been introduced to his potential in Dark Phoenix. There, we also met Sue and their son, Franklin. Franklin is just a kid, but he may be the most powerful mutant in the universe.

The first Fantastic Four movie will be set in space. No backstory, no origin story. They are already the Fantastic Four, and have been a team for a while. The movie opens with a conversation between Mr. Fantastic and Beast. Mr. Fantastic has been studying Tabby’s Star, which has been baffling real life scientists for a few years now. Some speculate there could be a Dyson Sphere (energy collecting solar panels) around it. It will be fun to combine real life science-fiction with this movie. 

After the groundwork is laid in the beginning, the Fantastic Four, with Franklin, head out to space to get a closer look at Tabby’s Star. Along the way, they make stops at a few planets and moons with alien life. They learn of a great race that controls the sector of the galaxy where Tabby’s Star resides, and hear rumors of a great war.

When they enter that sector of the galaxy, there indeed is a war. Tabby’s Star is actually a Dyson Sphere used to create power for the great army in their battle against Annihilus. Annihilus’s forces are bent on taking over the entire galaxy, and this sector is the only real threat standing in his way.

Because the fate of the galaxy is at stake, the Fantastic Four become drawn in to help. I think of this movie as a grand space opera with extremely high stakes. There will be a minor sub-plot developing Franklin’s character and hinting at how powerful he will become. In the end, it’s Mr. Fantastic’s great mind along with the rest of the Fantastic Four that are key in defeating Annihilus.

Read the next chapter here: X-Men Reboot: X-Force

X-MEN REBOOT: THE NEW MUTANTS

X-Cast – Bishop & Colossus (Teachers), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (from Deadpool), Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Mirage, Warlock, Quentin Quire, and Northstar.

If you haven’t read the intro to my reboot plan, check that out HERE.

As of now, the cast looks to be Magik, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, and Warlock. Magic and Wolfsbane have already been cast and I think Maisie Williams will be an excellent Wolfsbane! I would love to add three more to the team: Negasonic Teenage Warhead (for the Deadpool Tie-In), Quentin Quire (he will be important in the larger X-Story throughout the years, and this is the perfect place to introduce him), and Northstar (de-aged as a teen here, and him being the first openly gay character in Marvel comics is important).

At some point there has to be a cameo with Deadpool in a scene with Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Any other cameo would be nice too (maybe even a scene with Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner).

I understand that some of these characters were not actually New Mutants in the comics, but I’m okay with that. Northstar brings important diversity to the X-Cast, and would be the first openly gay hero in Marvel cinematic history. This is the perfect movie for that to happen in, and he’s the perfect character to fulfill this roll.

It’s a large cast, I know. But I really want to use this movie to draw in a whole new, younger audience. I wanted Boomer to be here too, so I did make cuts! This cast of teens will be in school, learning their powers and limits, but still have the typical teen angst. There needs to be a larger cast to accommodate the teachers and make it feel full enough to feel like an actual classroom. But in the grand scheme of things, most of these movies will have a large cast. This has to be worked out in the right way. Ocean’s Eleven had a large cast and it was done right, so it can be done.

Colossus from Deadpool will be brought in as a teacher/mentor along with Bishop. The common theme of the teachers is their constant stressing of the importance in proper training of their powers and learning teamwork. Colossus will be stern and firm, very serious. The students will constantly be trying to get him to laugh, but always fail. Bishop will be more soft and caring. He takes a close one-on-one interest in the kids, learning about them and guiding them. This will play a larger role in the movie plan later down the line. 

While the teachers play a role, this film is really about the kids. It’s all from their perspective. The main X-Men team exists, we know they’re out there battling, but we’re watching it through the New Mutant’s eyes. Outside of the teachers, the main X-Cast only shows up in limited, brief cameos. I’d would like to see a scene of them watching the blackbird through the window, off to a mission, with awe in their faces.  

As this team of young heroes are learning their powers and how to work together as a team, they will be growing up and working on all sorts of issues. Cannonball struggling with his capabilities to lead the team and the burdens that come with it. Northstar struggling with being both a mutant and gay. Magik struggling to connect and fit in with her peers. Quentin Quire struggling with anger issues. 

The team eventually begins to drift into two camps. Quentin, Northstar, Wolfbane, and Warlock are careless, but feel they are ready to be out there. Cannonball preaches that they should be focusing on their training, and the others fall behind him. This leads to a bitter divide and when the big bad is introduced to the plot, Quentin Quire leads his side to strike out on their own. 

Quentin’s team quickly find themselves in a battle that’s way beyond their current capabilities. They are defeated in a brutal, one-sided battle. In the end of this battle, Warlock lays dead on the ground. 

Quentin abandons the team after this, blaming everyone but himself. Rather than having learned an important lesson, he just becomes more angry. The rest rejoin the New Mutants and work even harder to learn so they can avenge Warlock’s death. They all train really hard, and go back into battle, finally defeating the antagonist.

In the end this large team of 8 will become a more streamlined team of 6. Being the next X-Film to come out, this will jump-start the future of X. Bishop is established in this film, and he plays a vital role in the overall story these movies lead to. Bishop, Northstar, Sunspot, and Dani Moonstar (Mirage) establish a great diverse cast, which is so important.

Next up will be X-Men Reboot: Dark Phoenix

 

X-MEN REBOOT

I grew up an X-Men fan. They were the only comic book I liked, & I read anything mutant. The first couple X-Men films were very exciting, but I was on some level, disappointed in all the solo Wolverine movies (except for the most recent one), and all the X-Team movies since then. Also, I’m obviously not alone when I say the Fantastic Four movies have left a lot to be desired. I argue about this stuff to anyone who’ll listen, and they always ask, “what would you do to fix it?”

Over the next few posts, I’ll be outlining my plan to fix the X-Men Cinematic Universe, which will include the Fantastic Four. This will be a complete reboot, with the exception of Deadpool. This plan will cover thirteen films and take the X-Men all the way to the mid-2020’s. 

In comparison to a lot of other super heroes, the Fantastic Four are not the most exciting. They are, however, integral in the Marvel Universe in so many ways. The most boring part about them is their origin and earth-bound stories. This is why their movies have failed. I will be placing them where they are most fun: in space, in other dimensions, or playing vital roles in bigger story-lines. 

Franklin Richards, the son of Sue & Reed Richards is a mutant, and a great tie-in with the X-Men. He also plays a vital role in the bigger story of Onslaught, who will be the big bad all of these movies are leading up to.

While I’ve never been a fan of rebooting movies, it has become obvious the X-Men are in a dire need of this. The timelines they’ve played with have made everything ridiculous. Also, a lot of their famous cast are now done.

While Fox has not been very good at making superhero movies, they have been great at casting. That’s probably the reason they held off on a reboot thus far, and is why they have multiple great Professor X’s and Magneto’s right now. I can’t keep all or most of the current cast in a reboot, but I feel like I can keep a few. Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, and Olivia Munn’s Psylocke are three I’d absolutely love to keep. Three would be tough, and as good as Quicksilver has been, he’s just not necessary to the plan. Northstar (who basically has the same powers as Quicksilver) is a big part of this, meaning Evan Peters can be cut. Olivia Munn wasn’t a major character in Apocalypse, almost like Deadpool was in Wolverine, so she’s definitely doable. Sophie Turner is a bit tougher. I’d love to keep her, but if it can’t be well done, then recast her.

The one thing that’s great about the current X-Universe (other than Fox’s casting) is Deadpool. This is why I want to reboot everything into the Deadpool Universe/timeline. I would utilize Deadpool like how Marvel utilized Iron Man by making him the center of the universe at first.

A lot of people may be screaming right now to just give it all back to Marvel. First of all, that won’t happen, but more importantly, you don’t really want that. Marvel simply can’t and won’t put out that many movies in one year. To truly do the X-Men and Fantastic Four justice, Marvel would need to double the number of movies it releases each year. Does this sound realistic? No.

Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader, and Magneto: My 3 favorite villains of all time, in no particular order. But it’s well known that Magneto has been done to death in the movies. So I’ll be giving him a little break for a while, but he will be an impactful part of the larger story-line.

These movies will press boundaries, and even have a different feel from one another while still tie together. Deadpool & X-Force will headline the R-Rated angle, while New Mutants will have a “teen” feel, taking place in the Xavier School. Fantastic Four will be otherworldly, taking place in space and other dimensions. And the X-Men films will be grand in scope, and epic in outcomes.

One more thing before I get into the actual movie slate. The X-Universe has only one top-tier black character: Storm. Beyond that, Bishop is the only other really cool black character. Bishop will play a major role in my plan, but there’s unfortunately no room for Storm until later. With the exception of the few actual casting suggestions I make, I’m going to stay away from race with the knowledge that they should be casting black, Asian, Latino, and gay characters. Change anyone, it ultimately doesn’t matter to the story, but they need to have a diverse cast. I’m sure there will be some uprising online if they cast a black actor to play Cyclops, but screw those people, it has to be done.  

So all that being said, come back to read the plan as it unfolds. My upcoming posts will outline the movie release slate and the important plot points that will happen in them. I do this fully aware that there are X-Movies already in the works, and this plan can be easily amended to accommodate that. For example, has the Gambit movie been shelved? If so, I’ll find another way to reintroduce Psylocke. Is the next X-Film doing the Dark Phoenix story? Fine; because there’s a hundred other great stories to choose from to replace it.

This is part 1 of a 13 part series about this reboot. Below is the slate I’ll be working with. As they are posted, I’ll turn this list into links.

New Mutants

Deadpool 2

X-Men: Dark Phoenix/Shi’ar

Gambit

Fantastic 4 

X-Force 

X-Men: Shadow King 

Exiles 

X-Factor 

Cable/Deadpool 

X-Men: Onslaught Part 1 

Fantastic 4: Part 2 

X-Men: Onslaught Part 2 

2013 MOVIE WRAPUP

As I rant about my least favorite movies of the year, I won’t poke fun at The Lone Ranger, because I knew it would suck long before it came out, so I decided not to watch it. I also won’t bash R.I.P.D. because even though I agree with what most of the haters say about it, I still found it an enjoyable movie. I know this somehow makes me less of a person; I mean who could like R.I.P.D., right?

I still feel like all of the robots and monsters in Pacific Rim were walking on water; it still doesn’t make sense to me that the government would halt production of the robots before they knew the wall would work; and I still cant figure out why the robots waited so long to use the truly devastating sword.

I honestly can’t say too much bad about Man of Steel. Superman is a hard movie to pull off in this day and age and I think they did a fine job. Did I love it? No, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I like how they didn’t mess around with Louis Lane not knowing that Clark Kent was Superman and the part of the movie that took place on Krypton was visually cool.

I wanted to like The Hangover 3 so badly. I just didn’t.

While I have yet to see Carrie, I’m looking forward to it. It confounds me that this movie didn’t make more money. It came out in October and had no horror competition. I mean seriously, Carrie was the ONLY big horror movie to come out in October! How did it not make at least $50 to $75 million?

The original Red Dawn was one of my all-time favorite movies, so I was skeptical of a remake. But I did enjoy Tomorrow, When The War Began, so I did reserve some hope. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. They made it new enough to feel relevant and fresh, but paid enough homage to the original to not piss me off.

I still have the DVD of Alex Cross that I borrowed from my neighbor 5 months ago. Even though he has since moved out, I still haven’t gotten around to watching it. I’m just not excited for it at all. And no, I don’t feel bad about not returning it because that guy broke my lawn mower.

World War Z was the only movie that actually got me into the theaters this year, and it didn’t disappoint one bit…but The Walking Dead still does zombies the best. Some might say The Walking Dead has an unfair advantage because it’s not a story contained in a two hour time frame, but I disagree. The longer story arcs of television, give the show a lot of time to mess up and be boring. Somehow, with the exception of the first half of season 2, The Walking Dead has been perfect.

But the absolute worst movie of the year, and maybe the worst movie of all time, was Spring Breakers. I was so excited about this one. Spring break, hot girls with guns and ample bikini time, how could this fail? It did. I wasn’t expecting much from this movie; I was going to give it a lot of leeway from the start, but this plot was so thin. One third of the movie was girls leaving voice-mails for their family, one third of the movie was a bad MTV video that never ended and one third of the movie was Alien yelling “SPRING BREAK Y’ALL!”