4 Ways X-Men Film Franchise Showed How To Do A Prequel (And 4 Ways They Messed It Up)

1. Pick The Story That Needs To Be Told

x-men first class chess I read the leaked script for X-Men Origins: Magneto, eventually scrapped in favour of First Class. It wasn€™t terrible. It wasn€™t good. It was unremittingly, utterly and completely, totally average. As First Class eventually proved, we didn€™t need to see every instant of Erik Lehnsherr€™s life to understand it. We go from 1945 Erik, a boy frightened of his own power and terrified of Shaw, to 1962 Erik, a blank and remorseless killer. We know he€™s killed dozens in the interim €“ Nazis and their sympathizers, presumably. Some believe he joined Mossad to get trained in killing, though judging from Fassbender€™s accent choice, I€™m more in favour of the IRA. Regardless, we know he is to be feared. He€™s similar to the Magneto we see in the original X-Trilogy, with one notable thing missing. It€™s the presence of Charles Frances Xavier. We know that the history and relationship between the two is complex, multi-faceted and fascinating (and judging from the fanfic, kinky as heck). The emotional core of the film is the relationship between Charles and Erik, and then the brother-sister relationship between Charles and Raven. By telling a story that the audience already knows the ending of, the film becomes a tragedy. We know that Charles€™ youthful enthusiasm and beliefs will be dashed aside. Erik will reject Charles and eventually become the bitter villain of X-Men and even 40 years later mutants will still live on the fringes of society. This was the story that needed to be told €“ not X-Men Origins: Magneto, or X-Men Origins: Professor X. Besides the emotional core of the movie, X-Men films have always functioned as ensemble pieces with varied side characters. So these elements, a dash of tragedy and a heap of foreknowledge, result in an excellent prequel and all-round decent film. So what went so wrong with X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Click "next" below to continue reading 4 ways how not to do it;

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