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Back in 1963, Stan Lee created a new team of five heroes – Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman – known as the X-Men, named after their mentor Charles Xavier. Little did he know then that the gang would go onto become one of Marvel’s most successful properties, and with that success came a blooming, ever-growing cast which has exploded to near-incalculable numbers over the years.
The 1970s, beginning the long reign of the great Chris Claremont, brought us the likes of Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Colossus. The 1980s saw characters such as Kitty Pryde, Jubilee and Dazzler joining up, the 1990s introduced Cable, Bishop and Gambit, while the 21st century has given us Northstar, Armor, Warpath and others. And that’s not even mentioning the many villains who’ve crossed over to the good side over the years.
But who are the best X-Men members of all-time? We’ve whittled the »
- Christian Bone
Before Logan hit theaters, director James Mangold made it quite clear that he wanted this movie to stand apart from the rest of the X-Men movies, and every other superhero movie, for that matter. The director recently defended his decision to not have a post credit scene, and the movie is set in the year 2029, the farthest in the future this franchise has ever been. Aside from Hugh Jackman's title character and Patrick Stewart's Professor X, we don't see any other characters from the original X-Men trilogy, but it seems there was almost a reference to one, according to director James Mangold.
Just days after Logan hit theaters, director James Mangold sat down with Empire to reveal some new details about this story. Towards the middle of the film, Logan, Professor X and X-23 (Dafne Keen) help a man named Will Munson (Eriq La Salle) and his family »
Forgive me if we’ve all already had this thought (and I’m fairly sure we all, at some stage, have) but, this whole ‘different universes’ world-building business is a bit of a ball-ache isn’t it? Most casual superhero fans seem to have enough problems figuring out the seemingly astronomical difference between Marvel and DC, let alone which studios own which characters and which films are linked to which others.
To lay it out simply: the DC Extended Universe (Dceu) is Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and all that Justice League stuff. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) is all of the Avengers and, by this stage, pretty much every major Marvel Comics character except the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Deadpool who are instead owned by 20th Century Fox, leaving these latter »
- Ben Robins
Critics and fans all over the country have been showering heaps of praise upon the cast and filmmakers who put Logan together, and some of those fans are famous filmmakers in their own right. Over the weekend, filmmaker James Gunn took some time out of his busy Guardians of the Galaxy 2 post-production schedule to check out Logan in Los Angeles, and, like most of the other fans and critics, the filmmaker had nothing but immense praise for director James Mangold's superhero adventure. The filmmaker took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon, to thank James Mangold for his work. Here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"I absolutely loved @WolverineMovie. Huge thanks to @mang0ld for giving me the best time I had at a theater in a long, long time. #Logan"
Logan is currently the talk of the town – and rightfully so, with critics and fans alike lapping up Wolverine’s final chapter in their droves. It’s currently perched at the tip-top of the domestic box office with $85.3 million ($237 million total, including international markets), and will no doubt take some budging over the coming weeks as word of mouth begins to spread.
All in all, it looks as though everything is going according to plan; after investing in James Mangold and Hugh Jackman’s R-rated vision – a vision that forced the latter to take a pay cut early on in development, which he humbly accepted – 20th Century Fox is in the process of collecting a healthy box office return, while ardent X-Men fans finally got the standalone Wolverine movie they’ve been frothing for since the turn of the millennium.
Such a success story has even spawned talk of additional »
- Michael Briers
Shortly before the final Wolverine movie Logan hit theaters this past weekend, it was confirmed that there'd be a Deadpool 2 teaser attached to the film, which was well-received by fans. Over the weekend, an extended version was released, featuring a surprise cameo from Marvel legend Stan Lee, that wasn't featured in the theatrical cut. After this extended version landed online, Stan Lee took to social media to thank Ryan Reynolds for releasing this extended trailer and preserving his brief cameo appearance.
There had been reports that the iconic Stan Lee would appear in this trailer, which poked fun at Superman's telephone booth costume change. The teaser opens with Wade Wilson *(Ryan Reynolds), out of costume, walking down the street, when he sees an old man being robbed at gunpoint. Wade decides to spring into action, stating that this robbery is not going to happen on his watch, as he »
I dont know where this photo is from but I love itDespite the R rating, or perhaps because of it, Logan opened much stronger than its 2013 predecessor The Wolverine (which eventually racked up $414 million globally). Logan will easily become the highest grossing Wolverine film by the end of its run thanks to what will surely be strong word of mouth... something this particular solo franchise has never experienced.
In other box office news: Jordan Peele's hot button horror film Get Out held spectacularly well, dropping only 21%; Best Foreign Language Film winner The Salesman expanded to over 100 theaters; and most importantly Best Picture winner Moonlight returned to wide release in theaters even as it was just released on DVD / BluRay adding another $2.5 million to its gross. This weekend it became A24's second biggest hit in the Us by passing The Witch (still their biggest hit globally though). Moonlight will »
- NATHANIEL R
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Logan, Deadpool 2, Alpha Flight, Exiles, Legion, Fantastic Four 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Inhumans, Iron Fist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Runaways, Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Green Lantern Corps, Wonder Woman, Nightwing, Gotham City Sirens, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Gotham, Powerless and more…
20th Century Fox unleashed its latest X-Men offering this week as Logan rolled out around the globe, with the film said to be tracking a worldwide opening weekend of between $170 and $200 million. It’s already off to a $32 million opening day in the States (the biggest for an R-rated movie in March), and should it manage to reach $200 million, it would give the Fox »
- Gary Collinson
Hugh Jackman’s “Logan” opened in theaters this Friday, and moviegoers were treated to a special teaser featuring Deadpool. In the clip, the superhero spoofs Superman and the iconic 1993 film “True Romance.”
In the teaser, Wade Wilson witnesses an armed robbery as he walks down a run-down street. After vowing that this will not happen on his watch, he runs to a nearby phone booth to change into his Deadpool costume —very much like Superman does— as John William’s iconic score from the 1978 superhero movie plays in the background. But unfortunately, the superhero spends too much time putting on his uniform and by the time he’s ready he hears a gunshot and then finds the victim dead.
The clip, which features a cameo by Marvel comic-book legend Stan Lee, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
I posted this clip from Conan the other day because I felt the timing was perfect. It’s a hilarious parody audition tape for the part of Wolverine when Hugh Jackman originally announced he’d be retiring from the role a few years back. People like Thomas Middleditch, Betty White, Nick Offerman, and others are featured acting like their own Wolverines. But now, since Hugh Jackman seems pretty serious this time, a new search for Wolverine is likely to get underway. While I’ve got some ideas as to who could play Logan successfully there’s one actor who’s already said he’s not interested:
- Nat Berman
In the fourth wall-shattering scene – which takes place outside of a sketchy movie theatre playing, of course, Logan – Reynolds' Wade Wilson witnesses a gun-toting crook assaulting an old man carrying groceries.
Wilson quickly runs into a phone booth to change into his Deadpool costume as the Superman theme soars in the background; unfortunately, it's more difficult to strip naked and change clothes in »
“Deadpool’s going to show up in Logan!” Well, sort of. Okay, not really. Sorry if we misled you, but that’s been a fan pipe dream for a long time now. Despite Logan being coined as Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine, fans were speculating that he’ll pop up in Deadpool 2, and despite Logan’s somber tone, fans were also speculating for a while that Deadpool would pop up in Logan.
It sounds like neither of those scenarios are actually in the cards, but according to one of Slash Film’s sources, the footage that was supposedly shot by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch for the supposed Deadpool cameo was actually footage being used for the Deadpool 2 teaser -- a teaser that is set to appear in front of Logan. It all kind of makes sense now that it’s all spelled out, doesn’t it? »
- Joseph Medina
Yes, there is a Deadpool 2 teaser attached to Logan. Stars Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds and director James Mangold all swore up and down that there wasn't a post-credit scene featuring Wade Wilson and Wolverine. And that turns out to be true. But there is, however, going to be a Deadpool scene before the movie starts. If you want to know no more before seeing the movie on opening night later this evening, then stop reading, as there will be spoilers ahead.
/film is the first to report on the Deadpool 2 sneak peek. And they have confirmed from two different sources that Deadpool will be showing up in theaters this weekend, back on the big screen, if only for a minute or two. The Deadpool 2 teaser trailer doesn't feature footage from the movie, but it was directed by Tim Miller's sequel replacement, David Leitch, best known for »
For a while there, everyone was holding their breath for Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth to cameo in James Mangold’s Logan. After all, with the threequel marking Hugh Jackman’s final time playing Wolverine, it’d be the last chance for fans to see the mutant share the screen with Deadpool in proper fashion (we’re choosing to forget X-Men Origins: Wolverine). And while Mangold might have planned a cameo early on, it was ultimately scrapped, leaving many disappointed.
However, there is a bright side to all this. We learned not too long ago that Reynolds had actually shot something with Stan Lee to be shown in front of Logan. It was said to be a promo of sorts for the flick, but it appears that it was actually a teaser for Deadpool 2.
That’s according to the folks over at /Film, who have a detailed description of what the preview involves. »
- Josh Sharpe
There was a lot of buzz and excitement in 1999. People around planet earth were excited to see what the new Millennium would bring; while big companies panicked that the Y2K bug would kill all their hard work and shut down the working world. For Dougray Scott, 1999 was set to be the year that changed his career. He had been handpicked by Tom Cruise to play the villain in M:i:2 and he was set to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men.
The adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics property had been a long one. In 1984 Marvel writers Gerry Conway and Rob Thomas wrote a screenplay for production company Orion Pictures (Platoon) who had optioned the film rights. But when the company fell into financial troubles the rights went over to Carolco Pictures (First Blood) who began »
- Luke Owen
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Time has begun to tell on the Wolverine. His face is careworn, he needs glasses to read, and even one of his adamantium claws doesn't quite extend as smoothly as it used to. This is, of course, Hugh Jackman's last hurrah as the sharp-clawed superhero, and an air of finality hangs heavily on Logan, directed by James Mangold.
It's a road-trip movie, it's western, it's neo-noir, it's science fiction. But overwhelmingly, it's a portrait of three outcasts and how they interact. There's Logan himself - trying in vain to lay low and work as a chauffeur on the Mexican border, »
Whether you know him as Jack Pearson on This is Us, Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls or Wolverine, one thing is for sure: you love Milo Ventimiglia. Which also means that through the years, you’ve stuck with him through his many scruff iterations, from a full beard to a ’70s ‘stache. But now, the star has returned to his bare face yet again — and we’re paying tribute to all of his looks in the video above.
For months, the 39-year-old actor has kept us guessing on the facial hair front, switching from a beard to a goatee to »
- Jillian Ruffo
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Ah yes, the much loved and always anticipated Stan Lee cameo. It’s become a fixture in nearly every Marvel project to date, be it on the big screen or small, and fans are always excited to find out how he’ll factor into upcoming films or TV shows. This trend looks set to remain in tact for the foreseeable future, too, and as The Defenders continues to shoot in New York City, it’s now been revealed where the comic book legend will appear in the series.
A set photo (thanks, Getty Images), which you can check out below, has let the cat out of the bag a bit early, showing us that Lee will show up on a poster for the NYPD as a cop. This isn’t terribly surprising, given that we »
- Mark Cassidy
This coming week, Marvel is issuing the second part of my work on Heroes For Hire and, as I did when the first volume came out, I thought I’d talk a little bit about it and why I made some choices that I did and what I was thinking when I created the stories.
Background info: my run on H4H began in 1997 and ran for 19 issues. The team was a corporate entity, hiring out groups of superheroes for various missions. Luke Cage and Iron Fist were the core, with the Original Human Torch, Jim Hammond, running the business. Lots of characters cycled in and out, the most constant being White Tiger, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Black Knight and Thena of the Eternals. We also had lots of guest stars such as Hercules, Wolverine, Shang-Chi, She-Hulk and Deadpool who, not surprisingly, was featured on the cover.
Deadpool is probably »
- John Ostrander
The X-Men are headed to the small screen.
The untitled superhero-themed drama will focus on two seemingly ordinary parents who come to find out that their children are imbued with mutant abilities and superpowers.
Watch: 'X-Men': How the Young Mutants Compare to Their Older Onscreen Counterparts
Hunted by hostile government agents, the family is forced to go on the lam and team up with a clandestine, underground band of fellow mutants fighting to survive the threat of an authoritarian government.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner, director Bryan Singer, writer/producer Simon Kinberg, producer Jim Chory and comic book writer Jeph Loeb -- who have all worked on films in the X-Men franchise -- will serve as executive producers on the hotly anticipated pilot.
The last film in the blockbuster franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, was released »
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