5. We Are 3 for 6 on X-Men movies
People are really good at only remembering the good stuff. "Music was so much better in my day," they say. Yeah well that's because you had your own Pitbull but everybody just forgot about him. They only remember the Beatles. In twenty years my generation is going to be complaining about how all the new music is trash compared to geniuses like Jay Z while conveniently forgetting about non-geniuses like J-Kwon. The problem is, we also do that with the X-Men movies.
There have been 6 X-Men movies and 3 of them have been good. You've got X-Men, X2, and First Class on the good side. Then on the other side you've got The Last Stand, Origins: Wolverine, and The Wolverine (Which wasn't close to as bad as those other two but wasn't good. Come on. Viper? For real?). Anyway, why are we even letting Fox make more of these? It seems like Days of Future Past is trying to be the X-Men version of The Avengers. The problem with that comparison is that if half of the Phase One movies were garbage, why would we have cared when all of those characters from some bad movies got together in one big bad movie? We wouldn't have. So why are we pretending that this is the second coming? Which brings me to my next point.
6. Our Expectations Are Way Too High
This one is on us. We want a good X-Men movie so bad that whenever one comes around that doesn't have "Wolverine" in the title, we lose it. We have been talking to all of our friends who know who Bishop is. We have read the entirety of the Trask Industries website (which is pretty cool). We have even explained to our significant others the circumstances that led to Quicksilver being in both DoFP and A: AoU. We get way too excited and it's bad. Remember how excited we got when we heard they were doing the "Wolverine goes to Japan" storyline or how excited we got when "Ryan Reynolds was cast as Deadpool"? Look how that turned out.
Now I'm not saying don't get excited. I'm saying don't get your hopes up. We haven't even seen an official trailer yet. Let's get excited when some reviews come in. And if you want to get excited about a comic book movie, Thor: The Dark World released a trailer where Thor appears to execute Korg. Now that movie is looking pretty exciting and we haven't even seen Kurse yet. I mean, Alan Taylor seems to really know what he's doing with the property, and Eccleston does not get enough credit for being awesome. So lets take this one step at a time fans and concentrate on what we have in front of us...oh that reminds me...
7. The Posters Are Stupid Again
This one I really don't get. For all of its faults, and there were many, The Wolverine did one thing right. They made a poster that was so good, people wouldn't stop stealing them. That's a damn good poster. It seemed to graduate from the general boringness of the X-Men posters, which I imagined were created like this; "Everyone stand here in front of this blue area in a line at varying distances behind Hugh and look directly at the camera making a scary face. Great. Okay now switch positions. Not you, Hugh. This is gonna be the sequel's poster. Now lets get these to editing so they can tilt it a little."
Then, for First Class, they fired that person and replaced him with someone who I can only assume is blind but had explained to him or her what posters are supposed to look like and also how Photoshop works. We got these. Faces of the newer actor poorly blended with the older actor. They are undoubtedly the worst posters ever made for a movie that wasn't garbage. Undoubtedly. And now the DoFP posters are again the face of the new actor blended poorly with the old actor. And yeah, it's better - but it isn't very good. The eyes don't line up just right and they seem kinda weird if you look at the for too long. But gee, I guess I'm not a big time Hollywood poster maker and I have an incredibly basic knowledge of DoFP that start with "Wiki" and ends with "Pedia", so I couldn't have come up with a better design for this poster on my own.
Come to think of it, I've only seen one actual drawing from the comic. You know the one. It's the one where Wolverine is protecting Kitty from what is offscreen and is probably a sentinel. You know...they're standing in front of something. What could it be. Oh yeah. IT'S A POSTER! The one with all the dead mutant's faces with "slain" and "apprehended" written on it! Its literally the only thing I knew about that series before the movie was announced. But Fox doesn't need the comics bringing all that baggage into the publicity. It would get in the way of the faces within faces.
8. No Cyclops
I understand people don't necessarily like Cyclops, but he needs to be there. He's THE X-Man. He has been around in the comics since the beginning. He has been on almost every X-Team as the leader. Yeah, he has generally been somewhere between annoying and very annoying, but that is the point of Cyclops. He is the straight-edged leader who is constantly clashing with bad boys like Wolverine and Gambit and the movie needs that dynamic.
Regardless of everything I just said about Singer, he seems to get Cyclops. Making X-Men movies without good ol' Shades is just boring. Wolverine does whatever he wants because there is no one to tell him to "Stay away from his girl". Professor X looks like a huge dick because normally Scott gracefully absorbs that dickishness like a dick sponge. And there is no one for Jean to be in love with...or married to. I was never sure in the movies what exactly was going on there. I feel like it was unclear. And yeah, Jean should find a way back to the team too except I feel like we got too much of her in X3 and don't get me started on The Wolverine. Okay, I'll start. She shouldn't have been in The Wolverine and especially not in lingerie. Okay, I'm finished.
Previously by Matthew Nando Kelly: