You know I never realized but I had the perfect title for my spoiler review series hidden in my blog files. Spoiler Filled Thoughts was initially used as an extension of my reviews. That didn’t work out as well as I would have liked. On movies though this may work, trying this out with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Enjoy being my guinea pigs as I revive this. If you want an actual review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, simple version is I liked it. It’s not perfect but I do consider this film to be The Avengers of the X-Men franchise. As clarifications, I don’t think it is as good as The Avengers but it is The Avengers for Fox’s X-Men franchise. After this the spoilers begin at full speed ahead. That’s right kids, no spoiler left unturned I am spoiling this movie so much right now. If you haven’t seen X-Men: Days of Future Past yet I wouldn’t recommend reading further. Now if you have seen it or don’t really care to see it, welcome aboard feel free to read onward. Let’s get the Spoiler Filled Thoughts out there to the world! Welcome to my Spoiler Filled Thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past.
(Extra Spoiler Barrier here just in case, you have been doubly warned in bold. As I am now going to bold this for extra effect.)
Okay, so everyone that’s still here now we can begin my Spoiler Filled Thoughts.
First off, as I mentioned on twitter but was I the only one who noticed the Future Sentinels were The Fury times infinity? Take a look at that design and then notice The Fury, that can’t be a coincidence. If you’re a reader of Secret Avengers, The Fury did just recently pop up in that series. Initially the Fury came out of Captain Britain as Alan Moore and Alan Davis created it for that series in the UK. The Fury is the ultimate weapon and I saw the Future Sentinels and thought about that one. Besides I love the concept of The Fury, so if the closest thing to The Fury is in X-Men: Days of Future Past, works for me. Of course as I talk about The Fury I know at least a few of you have no idea what I’m going on about. Totally groovy, hunt down the Captain Britain material or early bit of Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men run in 2004. I recommend reading if you’re curious to know more.
Now as for the rest of this movie, I love how it eliminated all the less popular of the X-Films from the franchise. Now the series can be pushed onwards into X-Men: Apocalypse with at least less baggage involved now. Yes there are issues with the X-Men franchise at Fox still but it’s in a whole lot better shape than it was. This was the big send off for the original cast and when I saw Cyclops and Jean Grey pop up at the end I laughed. I loved those final two appearances as likely it’ll be the last time either James Marsden or Famke Janssen ever appear again. We’ll likely see Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman again but everyone else is easily up in the air. Outside of the First Class cast that’s still alive, Quicksilver, and hopefully other characters getting more screen time.
Note this too, I lost my mind at seeing En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse on that screen. As the crowd was chanting his name I about lost it, then the reveal of Apocalypse and pan over to the Four Horsemen. Good lord, X-Men: Apocalypse is already showing that this is going to be a massive epic in scale. The big part of seeing X-Men: Days of Future Past was seeing Bryan Singer to a full blown superhero mega fight at a large scale, it worked. This film was training for what X-Men: Apocalypse has in store for us. At least they can now get a strong focus on this film, the story is course corrected now we can move on. We have scale, we have story, now put it all together to make X-Men: Apocalypse the amazing film we all know it could be.
By the way, who didn’t love the line Quicksilver gave to Magneto about his Mom? That was hilarious, I still wish we could have gotten more Quicksilver in the movie but I’ll take what I can get. Who would have imagined that from that costume and goofy commercial, Quicksilver would turn out to be great? I was one of the doubters myself, in a big shiny way I was a doubter. Now I leave myself in the state of mind that dang it X-Men: Days of Future Past, your Quicksilver was amazing. I did love the slo-mo scene by the way, that turned out well in my opinion. Even better that Sanford and Son saved the world in a way, that cracked me up so much. The reactions of the security guards were priceless, especially one just getting into the show. Quicksilver and the entire Pentagon sequence was a major win.
The future is now X-Men Franchise, Fox is doing better with it than Sony is with Spider-Man right now that’s for sure. X-Men is primed and ready for the future of the franchise. X-Men: Days of Future Past was a better film than anyone imagined. At least Fox is showing that with the X-Men now, they know what they’re doing. Now anything can go haywire with this franchise there at any time, for right now we’re in good shape. Onwards to X-Men: Apocalypse and the hope that the movie turns out awesome.
Just got done with my review of Secret Avengers #16 which you can find below,
Feel free and read the review before you get into the spoiler filled thoughts, since I plan to spoil the living crap out of this.
You have been warned.
You know it took me a couple reads to fully appreciate just what Warren Ellis has managed to pull off in just one issue of Secret Avengers. Warren Ellis is truly the mad genius of comics in just what he manages to do. Honestly with him using the Shadow Council concept, just twisting it to his own ways, makes it that much more amazing. Also living near Cincinnati that I wasn’t told there was a Secret City under there sooner and that there was a time machine, makes me disappointed. Just saying, if there is a cool time machine somewhere, let me know next time. I’ll find a way to use the machine without annihilating Cincinnati.
Moon Knight and Beast must be teamed up more in Warren’s run on this title, Best quotes being:
In reference to what weapons they have, and Moon Knight wondering why his isn’t the same as Steve Rogers,
Beast: “Commander Rogers is a Super-Soldier who can master any weapon in seconds. You are a borderline psychotic who wears a white bag over his head in public. I imagine everyone thought it’d be best to make things easy for you.
and when Moon Knight gets shot,
Moon Knight: Relax, I’m far too borderline psychotic to feel pain. Nearly there anyway. Actually I might pass out.
Beast: I’m sorry I said you were insane.
Moon Knight: I still might pass out.
That’s the best thing about this is the character interactions. I mentioned it in the review, but couldn’t get into this as much without overwhelming my review. Ellis has a flair for character interaction that makes these people feel like a team. It’s covert operations and the feel does wonders for Secret Avengers. It actually has an identity all it’s own, which has been sorely needed for this series. The new motto, “Run the Mission, Don’t get seen, Save the World.” is perfection.
Jamie McKelvie is amazing in this issue. I always knew he was good, but this issue has me see him in a brand new light. Also I wish his cover would have been the main cover for it fit the story so much more than the John Cassaday cover. I like Cassaday but McKelvie’s cover was just a stronger piece, fitting the issue in a way Cassaday’s didn’t.
The ending of Beast having to use the Atomic Cadillac as a neutron bomb was amazing. Just a great sequence leading to that sad ending which Kudos to Matthew Wilson’s color work, for that fit that last panel perfectly.
Those were just the main points I wanted to get into further that I felt would have sent the review into a spoiler fest from hell. So that ends another edition of Spoiler Filled Thoughts!