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Superhero movies are all the rage these days, with endless sequels, spinoffs and team-ups hitting the screen seemingly every month. An argument can be made that the comic-book movie craze can be traced back to 2000 when director Bryan Singer’s X-Men became a box-office smash, raking in just under $300 million worldwide.
There were huge, blockbuster comic book movies before that, but it became apparent with the success of X-Men that superheroes could be profitable for studios. Since then, there have been six more entries in the X-Men universe, all being met with varying box office and critical reception.
With Deadpool now in theaters, we thought it would be the perfect time to look back at the X-Men universe. Here are all seven films based on Marvel’s mutants ranked:
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Some might (luckily) forget, but this is actually the first time the movie going audience was introduced to the character of Deadpool. »
- Scott Davis
Most recently, Bono appeared as a guest star on “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” and completed his show “Being Chaz” in 2012. Gathegi was a guest star on nine episodes of “The Blacklist” and two episodes of “Into the Badlands,” and Mears previously appeared on “Sleepy Hollow” as a guest star.
“Gods and Secrets” marks producer Adi Shankar’s directorial debut alongside co-director and longtime creative collaborator Stewart Yost. The film explores the darker ramifications of a world with superheroes, aiming to put a new spin on the iconic superhero genre to surprise longtime comic fans.
Shawn Deloache, who also wrote “New Adventures of Peter and Wendy, »
- Margaret Lenker
Deadpool is coming on Friday (you should see it!), and it represents a few interesting things for 20th Century Fox. For starters, it's a risky proposition in that it's a profane, violent R-rated caper set in the same universe as their cash cow X-men movies. It's also another attempt by Fox to expand its X-men series as it hopes to launch a cinematic universe on par with what Marvel Studios has created.
Something Fox did to counteract the risk they're taking- one that they were so adamant about avoiding that they shot down a Deadpool movie for years- is by keeping the budget low. Up until now, specific examples of how the tighter budget restricted director Tim Miller have been scant. But now, thanks to some comments from Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld (have you checked out our podcast with Rob yet?), we've got ourselves an example of where Miller had to tighten his belt. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
From comic book romps to space-bound cinema sagas, fans are very protective of their favourite franchises. Most likely whoever is reading this has a strong idea of who should play what in the multitude of graphic novels, fiction ranges, TV shows and movie reboots yet to be squeezed from the cash cow’s teat.
It causes consternation on a volcanic level when a creative team is chosen to adapt the property, and you can practically feel the lava spattering when the casting is announced. Often there’s a warm welcome – I don’t think many would have had a problem with Emily Blunt as Black Widow. Then when she dropped out and Scarlett Johansson entered the frame there weren’t exactly riots in the streets.
Producers tread a fine line between getting someone photogenic in to ensure the male demographic get their asses on seats and honouring the source material. »
- Steve Palace
Lots and lots of new pictures from the big upcoming X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Earlier this week, we had the Superbowl trailer for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which is now just three months and change away from its cinema release. Bryan Singer is back, directing an X-Men film for a fourth time (including the most recent, X-Men: Days Of Future Past). We’re promised this time around that it’ll round out the narrative trilogy that kicked off with X-Men: First Class.
A new bunch of images from the film have just landed, and you can find them by clicking on the posh gallery thingy up at the top there.
Here’s the synopsis for the film, too…
The Super Bowl is always one of the biggest events of the year, which makes it the perfect time to showcase the blockbuster movies coming our way in 2016. 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse is surely one of the most highly-anticipated projects hitting theaters this summer, and thankfully the studio gave the fans what they want, with new footage that debuted during Super Bowl 50. This video features footage that we didn't see in the first trailer that debuted back in December.
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, »
Last week, we reported that 20th Century Fox was planning a number of events for Deadpool during Super Bowl 50 weekend. For those in the San Francisco area during the big game, you may have noticed star Ryan Reynolds running a food truck and handing out the Merc's favorite food, chimichangas on Friday night, and on Saturday night, the studio took over a local bar near the stadium, which will be renamed Sister Margaret's Bar after the watering hole in the movie. For Deadpool fans all over the world, though, the studio debuted a new TV spot during the game which includes plenty of new footage.
Deadpool will go up against Warner Bros. romantic comedy How to Be Single and Paramount's comedy sequel Zoolander 2 on February 12. Box office analysts started tracking the superhero adventure last week, with some even claiming that it could hit north of $60 million in its opening frame. »
Deadpool is set to have the biggest Valentine's Day opening at the box office ever. And because of that, the superhero epic has not been shy about showing off its sexier, more romantic side. Today, the Merc with the Mouth has released two special Valentine's Day themed videos, hoping you'll call him for a date. About finding that perfect someone, he reaches out with these sultry words.
"Hello there ladies, and some gentlemen. People. Let's go with people. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought maybe you and I could, you know, (bleep). But only in (bleep). Sure, I know what you're thinking. He sounds real sexy. But what's under that red suit? Just imagine the body of Ryan Reynolds with the face of Ryan Reynolds' inbred cousin who burnt his face in a bizarre marshmallow roasting accident. But to compensate for that, what else, super penis! Hmm. Call me. »
The X-men movie franchise is definitely one muddled beast. It started off pretty straight forward with X-men all the way through X-men: The Last Stand. Things get a little bit weird with X-men Origins: Wolverine, a film that is still technically canon, but is largely ignored in the grand scheme of things. The timeline gets more interesting with X-men: First Class. It's a period piece, and as such, logically takes place before any of the other X-men films (with the potential exception of X-men Origins: Wolverine, which takes place throughout time--but again, the less said about that film, the better). The Wolverine takes place after all the X-men films.
So while it's all over the place, it's not terribly confusing by this point. But then we have X-men: Days Of Future Past, a film that holds as both a sequel to X-men: The Last Stand, The Wolverine, and X-men: First Class, »
- Joseph Medina
An Instagram user has shared a pic with the world that reveals the new standing display for X-men: Apocalypse that's going to adorn a theater near you.
Check it out, then join me afterward for some analysis.
A couple of off-the-cuff observations:
Apocalypse looks huge, and much more like the way he's been depicted in books. For the sake of the display, and for promotion, they may have done this just for effect and he's not going to be that size for the entire film. But it does show that the filmmakers know what people think when they think of Apocalypse.They've definitely changed his hue. He's more blue now, as opposed to that purple we saw last year that had him looking like Ivan Ooze.They're capitalizing on Quicksilver's scene-stealing turn in X-men: Days Of Future Past by putting him here, so close to centerstage. His increased screen-time could »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Marvel Mutant fans visiting the local multiplex between now and May will encounter some of their favorite characters in larger than life form. A new theatrical standee has arrived for X-Men: Apocalypse, and it shows the main cast suited up in their new costumes. Main villain Apocalypse looms large in the background, as his Four Horsemen stand divided from Xavier's New Mutants. Who will win this war? With heavy hitters on both sides, that's a tough one to call.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set in 1983, 10 years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story centers on the villainous Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who is awakened after thousands of years of slumber, as he assembles his Four Horsemen, Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Magneto has been living in exile after X-Men: Days of Future Past, and director Bryan Singer revealed last month »
“20,000 Leagues” will be the fifth film that Singer has directed for Fox, dating back to “X-Men” in 2000. He’s directed three other “X-Men” movies for the studio: “X2,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens May 27.
Singer posted a picture of his script for “20,000 Leagues” on his Instagram account on Sept. 17.
“It’s my 50th birthday (ouch), and I just put the finishing touches on the script for my next film. A story I’ve wanted to retell since childhood,” the director wrote. “I promise this will be an epic and emotional adventure for all ages! An adventure very dear to my heart. Not abandoning the #xmen universe. Very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond. #julesverne #20000leaguesunderthesea #nemo, »
- Dave McNary
Deadpool is shaping up to be one of 2016's first big box office hits, with a report from last month claiming that the unconventional superhero adventure could earn more than $55 million in its opening weekend. With just nine days left until the Merc With the Mouth hits theaters, IMAX has released a new preview where director Tim Miller explains why fans should check out the movie in IMAX theaters when it debuts February 12. If that's not enough for you, we also have another excerpt from the Junkie Xl soundtrack that you can listen to.
Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts »
In a fairly surprising bit of casting, THR has revealed that Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games movies) will play a villain in director Dean Israelite’s new big-screen take on the ’90s kids’ TV series, Power Rangers.
According to the trade, she’ll be playing one of the classic series baddies known as Rita Repulsa, who is described as “an alien who has designs on the planet.” This will be Banks’ first villainous role (unless you count her initially ambiguous turn as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games), as the actress is generally known for her more comedic characters – although, it does remain to be seen how seriously this movie winds up taking itself.
Power Rangers was written »
- Mark Cassidy
Dacre Montgomery, Rj Cyler, Ludy Lin, Becky G and Naomi Scott star as the new incarnations of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the Dean Israelite-directed fil which boasts a script by "X-Men: First Class" scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.
In the franchise, Rita Repulsa is an evil humanoid alien sorceress bent on galactic domination. Several actresses have taken on the role in the various films and TV shows to date.
The film is slated to hit theaters on March 24th 2017.
Big news! @ElizabethBanks joins the cast of @PowerRangersMovie as the villainous #RitaRepulsa. Let the countdown to 2017 begin!
A photo posted by Power Rangers (@powerrangersmovie) on Feb 2, 2016 at 9:09am Pst
- Garth Franklin
Last week, we reported that 20th Century Fox has big plans for the highly-anticipated Deadpool during Super Bowl 50 this weekend. The studio will likely air a new Super Bowl TV spot for their superhero adventure, with star Ryan Reynolds appearing at various events surrounding the big game. As it turns out, the actor is also featured in another new Super Bowl ad for Hyundai, and although it has nothing to do with Deadpool, it's still quite entertaining.
The ad features two women driving a new Hyundai Elantra, when they enter what's known as "Ryanville, Population: Yes." As these ladies soon discover, this entire town is populated with different versions of Ryan Reynolds. These Ryan Reynolds clones are seen riding a bicycle, getting a speeding ticket, working on a construction crew and even playing a game of football. The ad shows how this new car has "Auto Emergency Braking," which will stop the car by itself, »
It was just last week that the Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman told Collider that they were finishing up the script for the third Wolverine flick. Once the script was "perfect" and fit to usher Jackman off from the role that he's popularized for the past fifteen-plus years, then we'd get a specific production date.
Well it seems like that time is now, as the industry tracking site My Entertainment World is reporting that Wolverine 3 is beginning its production on April 25, 2016 in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The film itself is due for a March 2017 release date, so while it's cutting it a bit close with its shooting date, it's still well within the realm of reason that it'll hit that theater date.
Of course, we'd be dumb not to notice that the film shooting New Orleans is a bit suspicious. Could everyone's favorite card-throwing Cajun be making an appearance in the new Wolverine movie? »
- Joseph Medina
A few days ago we brought you the news that production is underway on Eat Local, the director debut of actor Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), and now we’ve got a look at the sales art for the vampire thriller…
Eat Local features a cast that includes Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones), Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Eve Myles (Torchwood), Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey), Annette Crosbie (Into the Woods) and Vincent Regan (300), along with newcomer Billy Cook as Sebastian. »
- Gary Collinson
Last week, Deadpool delivered two testicular cancer PSAs, asking his fellow man to touch themselves in the name of good health. Now the good doctor is back with an all-new video. This time, he's targeting women. And his latest video could save your life. The Marvel superhero is raising awareness about breast cancer with his very own Breast Cancer Examination tutorial. And of course, woman are asked to feel themselves up. Don't worry. It's all for a good cause.
The first videos, which we've included here, were made in conjunction with an organization known as Ball Boys, and has the Merc With the Mouth showing you how to check your "smooth criminals" for lumps, at least once a month. There is no new footage from the actual Deadpool movie itself in any of these three videos, but they are chocked full of this colorful character's unique sense of humor, while »
In exactly two weeks from today, 20th Century Fox will finally unleash the R-rated superhero adventure Deadpool in theaters nationwide. Fans have been waiting years for this adaptation of Rob Liefeld's beloved comic book, so while the countdown continues, 20th Century Fox has released a new clip, plus five TV spots. The clip is essentially a longer version of a scene we've already seen in previously-released trailers, where Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) uses her supernatural powers to take on the powerful Angel Dust (Gina Carano).
Thankfully, we have another special surprise for fans, with The Hollywood Reporter confirming that Deadpool will air a new TV spot during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 7. For those who will be in the San Francisco area during the big game, 20th Century Fox has lined up a number of different promotional events as well. Star Ryan Reynolds will be running a »
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