I like to think of X-Men: First Class as a solid new direction for the species known as Homo Cinematicus. It was a damn good movie, filled with new energy, a great cast and the swinging seventies. Fast forward a few years later, and the future looks rather crap. But hell, at least something has survived from the First Class era, and that’s an X-Men battle where the guys will go down swinging.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.
There’s plenty of new footage in this latest trailer for X-Men: DOFP. Wolverine is in charge as usual, Beast looks like he has managed to stop shedding blue fur and we find out where Magneto has been kept for the last couple of years, as well as a taste of just how powerful he really is. Even with a major cast, the latest X-Men movie feels like a gambit. Look at the global box office numbers of the entire franchise to date:
- X-Men – $296.3 Million
- X-Men 2 – $407.7 Million
- X-Men 3: The Last Stand – $459.3 Million
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine – $373 Million
- X-Men: First Class – $353.6 Million
- The Wolverine – $414 Million
Not a single one of the X-movies has managed to break the $500 million barrier, although the end results are still impressive. Say what you like about Brett Ratner, but the man clearly knows how to drive audiences into seats. The latest X-Flick has a budget that is rumoured to be at around $225 million. Throw in advertising, and this film will need to cross that massive threshold just to break even. Fox is clearly going all in with this project, banking on Jennifer Lawrence’s rising star power, Hugh Jackman’s familiarity as the Wolverine and Michael Fassbender’s presence to bring in the gold.
Should be interesting to see how the movie does when it launches on May 23.
Last Updated: April 16, 2014