It's either that or do an origin film.
No, there are other options. I'm writing an X4 in which there is no need for that stuff listed above. A more subtle approach can work, and still have key characters and key action, rather than shoving in stuff just because it's in the comics.
The reception of the X-movies proves that realism-based sci-fi drama works best for across-the-board satisfaction (Exhibit 1: X2...and also Batman Begins) and that throwing in comicbook stuff for the sake of it only enrages the fanboys at the end of the day even if they were the ones screaming for all the comicbook stuff in the first place (Exhibit 2: X3). I'd like to see something between X2 and X3 in style - drama and mood and character; but with energy, kick-ass action and a wow factor.
Fans, mainstream viewers and critics seemed happier with the toned-down Jean and Storm we saw in X1 and X2 than they were with the Phoenix and Storm in X3. I get the feeling that most of the people on these boards now, many of whom regularly whine about X3, did NOT want Angel, Beast, Juggernaut, Callisto, Arclight, Multiple Man, the Danger Room, Kitty, or any of the cameo roles (Leech, Psylocke, etc). They do not want any new characters, they wanted the existing ones developed from X2. And now all they want is Cyclops to come back, sometimes for Jean to come back, as though it's some bizarre soap opera. Obviously all that is not necessarily logical or balanced!
Clearly, X4 can continue the story (as I'm doing in my version) and it needs to bring in some new characters and not bring back everyone who was cured or killed. It doesn't mean we can't have Bishop or Cable or Apocalypse at some point, but not exactly as seen in the comicbooks. The important thing is a good movie that is respectful of the source material even where it makes changes to the stories.
You are totally right. But i do think the movies need some new characters. They should at least introduce Gambit and Emma Frost in X-4.
Thats not bad. But I m tired of the idea of linking the trilogy all together with the same company. What I want is something like James Bond but instead of one company taking care of the buiness there s Many. Like I say before I think the movie industry should not fight for copy right anymore especially superheroes. Each company could have his own x-men version. Each of them pays the right to Marvel. So everybody is happy: the fan get more x-men movies, Marvel get more money for the copy rights and The movie companies have more freedom of creation, they don't need to follow the previous sequels. With multiple stories the future of X-men Franchise will be more than healty.
The problem is that it's not a workable idea in reality. Only one company can have the rights to the X-Men.
I don't see what is the problem and why it s not workable. I mean the same way you have the uncanny X-men, Astonishing X-men, Utlimate X-men, the NEW X-men Ect...I know its all marvel but the point is you get more fan more money and more creativity!
There must be away to fix the copy right problem. Maybe Marvel can name new divisions so that we have X-MEN uncanny to 20 century fox, Astonishing X-Men to paramount Ultimate X-men to New line cinema...
I wouldn't talk about that 10 or 15 years ago but Now There s a big market for superheroes movies. X-MEN franchise is expandable.
the future apocalypse is the way to go...
not sure about jean and cyclops as horsemen though, maybe rogue and gambit.
I agree. Adapting a story involving Apocolypse is the best way to go for an X4.
Cyclops and Rogue have more potential than anyone else in the films to become horsemen for Apocolypse. It's the only way they'll become main characters getting action and power upgrades. Most of us have been sick and tired of watching them get sidelined and so are their actors.