X-Men Apocalypse – Comic Book Issues

The Last Angry Geek gives his thoughts on the 3rd X-men prequel film. Is it the end all of superhero films or the death of comic book movies?

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  1. No way. The quicksilver scene was definitely better.

    And Cylops has always been my favorite X-Man!!

    Sad to see him truely done justice in ANY of these movies. James marsden as Cyclops? it’s hard to know if that casting choice was wrong, or we just NEVER got to see the character shine. As Marsden’s Cyclops never really did anything but fill space, and remain in the background. This version of young Cyclops is about the best we’ve got but, that’s still a far-cry from the badass X-Men leader that Cylops usually is.

    Olivia Munn as Psylocke was a GLORIOUS casting choice!! I’m glad she did this and not Deadpool. As she is one of the few real-life actresses who does justice to comic Psylocke’s hottness. This is a role she was born to do, especially with her past cosplay experience. -BUT- it did annoy me that she did almost nothing, and was barely in it. That was kind of a tease.

  2. I honestly don’t get why so many people appear to like this film. For me, it’s roughly on part if not slightly worse than Batman v Superman — some good stuff, but whereas BvS surrounded that good stuff with a lot of grimness that made no sense, this one was fluff that made even less sense.

    If I can highlight some of my issues:

    * Magneto’s family
    This scene gets a lot of praise, but I frankly hated it. I knew they were dead the moment they appeared. Magneto doesn’t NEED any more reason to hate humanity. So all this time he just tried to blend in after DC? WHY? How does a half-drawn, unaimed, wooden-bow arrow manage to accidentally kill two people? It was lazy melodrama that wasn’t needed.

    * Alkali Lake
    This was entirely pointless. What does them going to this location add to the story? How did Wolverine GET there in the first place — it was MYSTIQUE who rescued him, not Stryker, so there’s a whole lot of missing info there. At the end, it really felt like Wolverine spent two minutes pulling plugs out of his body when we could have gotten character development.

    * Characters defined by their powers
    Seriously, I really don’t know much about these characters. Most appear to be defined only by their powers (especially the horsemen, as mentioned). Worst were the horsemen (Magneto aside) and En Sabah Nur himself. He just seemed to be, “Guy who wants to rule the world for… reasons.” That’s not interesting. And that leads to…

    * Apocalypse’s powers
    Why the hell does he need Magneto do do the destruction? He single-handedly wrecked Cairo in less than a minute. How was he able to stop Quicksilver — he’d done nothing speed related before then? Is he psychic or not? It seems at the end that he’s not, otherwise he wouldn’t need Xavier, but he can somehow serve as a replacement for Cerebro but NOT detect Xavier’s somehow simultaneous message to Jean (how does THAT work, btw?), yet can tap into Magneto to control Xavier to control Cerebro? WHAT? His powers seemed to be “whatever the plot needs or doesn’t need them to be at the time”, which from asking around seems to be the case in the comics to, but it’s damn confusing. I swear the only one who looks like he’s aged 10 years is Quicksilver (yes, I know Mystique doesn’t age normally do don’t count her). Magneto’s supposed to be in his 50s, but looks pretty much the same here as he did in the 60s.

    *The CGI & makeup
    This was a very mixed bagged, varying from somewhat cool to atrocious. I swear I could see visible seams where the prosthetics were glued onto Isaacs and full-body suit lines on Lawrence. The destruction shots universally looked like plastic, not metal or rock.

    * The Unaddressed Destruction
    I gave Man of Steel and Batman v Superman shit for this, and now I feel I owe Snyder an apology. This makes me feel DIRTY. Major cities across the WORLD are in ruin after this, all due to Magneto’s willing participation, and the solution is he rebuilds the school (destroyed in an only tangentially related explosion) and is allowed to walk FREE? Seriously, the lives lost, buildings destroyed, and none of it addressed levels here are absolutely insane.

    I could go into more, including a few you yourself mentioned, but those are the big ones.

  3. In relation to “not quite fitting into the eighties”:

    In one scene there was a can of TAB.

    This is an acronym for “Totally Artificial Beverage”.

    I drank this pop as a child.

    The pop was sweetened with saccharin.

    On the side of the can there was a label about saccharin causing cancer in laboratory animals.

    This can of TAB really felt like the 80s for me.

  4. Here’s the thing for me: I was a Cyclops fan, up until the moment they decided to ‘get the band back together again’ with the comic “X-Factor”.

    In order to do that, they had Scott, who had always been a ‘follow the rules’ type of guy, and loyal to his friends (and of course that goes without saying his family), up and LEAVE HIS WIFE AND CHILD once he learns that Jean is alive again!?!?!

    Only much later does he decide to check back in on them.

    I think it was executive meddling that made this happen (just to get sales of the comic going), and they tried to make us fans feel better by having Madelyn become the Goblyn Queen.

    Of course much later they have Scott KILL Professor X, so there’s that 9_9

    Really, I’m mad at the writers and/or the executives who forced the writers to make such a decision, and forever ruin one of my favorite characters for me.

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