Greetings superheroes and welcome to another awesome, amazing adamantium-laced article. I watched X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE when it was released in theaters and recently re-watched it. It has been long enough since it hit the big screens that I feel I can pick it apart without throwing out real spoilers. That being said, there are going to be a few spoilers to those who have been hiding in a cave and haven't seen it. So, without further ado, I give you the run-down on X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Alpha-style.
He got older and she got younger?
Here is the first spoiler, Professor X/Charles Xavier and Emma Frost/White Queen make cameos in this movie. I loved this idea, but it just wasn't executed properly. My issue is that their appearances take place in 1978 while both of them appear in X-MEN FIRST CLASS in the late 60s. The problem is the Professor X is a young man in FIRST CLASS who got shot in the spine at the end of the movie but appeared as an older
man in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE walking. Some might argue that his appearance was a mental projection of himself so it didn't matter what he looked like. Fine, but that doesn't explain why Emma Frost get got younger. In X-MEN FIRST CLASS she appeared to be slightly older than Xavier but then in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE she appeared to be much younger despite the fact that it takes place over ten years later. This type of thing gets under my skin in a bad way.
Show me what you got, seriously.
I love seeing as many characters from the X-Men franchise as possible on the big screen. My problem is when they wet my appetite and then don't follow through with the main course. At the end of the movie there is a scene with Wolverine freeing a bunch of captive mutants. They pan the camera past several familiar faces. The issue is that you can't really tell if they are who you might think they are. There is a young man with white hair who appears to be
shaking/vibrating at super-speeds who could easily be Quicksilver, a guy with a muzzle over his mouth who could be Banshee even though he was already part of Xavier's team in X-MEN FIRST CLASS, a greasy guy with a lizard tongue that could be Toad and a blond kid that looks an awful lot like Warren Worthington/Angel. It would have been cool to see them demonstrate their powers to confirm who they were.
What in the hell happened to him?
This is the biggest beef I have and so many others share with me. What is the official explanation for why Sabertooth/Victor Creed started out looking like Liev Schreiber in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and ended up looking like Tyler Mane in X-MEN. He went from being a 6'3" guy who was actually a little shorter than Wolverine to being 6'9"-almost 7' tall guy in about 10 years. I can see the argument that he had a secondary mutation that Wolverine didn't have due to his
adamantium preventing a similar mutation. Beast went through several changes throughout the comic book series so a fan might say the same happened to Sabertooth. It is just too much of a stretch for me.
No need to be so tight-lipped
I will make this short by simply asking "why?" I absolutely love the character of Wade Wilson/Deadpool. I even loved how he started out in the movie portrayed by Ryan Reynolds. Then they "killed him off" and brought him back as the merc without a mouth? His whole gimmick is his dialog and they sewed his mouth shut, literally. I wanted a lot more wise-cracks and cheesy one-liners. I certainly hope they fix this grievous error in his own movie if it ever happens.
There is a lot more I could delve deeper into, but I think my point has been made. There is still a chance to reconcile these problems in the possible sequel. Let me know if what you think about this and if I nailed it or failed it. Thanks again for reading true believers, EXCELSIOR!
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Mar 12, 2012 12:45 AM
|Good Column, Alpha. But I discount everything after X-Men 2. Xavier walking, Xavier's crippled earlier in life, Wolverine joins X-Men, Wolverine is found in a diner years earlier. Scott dead. Xavier dead. Magneto is everywhere, except for ORIGINS.|
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