Why I’m a little concerened about 20th Century Fox’s X-Men universe.

20th Century Fox has been hit and miss with their X-Men universe, they need the next movie to be a hit.

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For most audiences the track record of the X-Men movie goes like this:

The Good: X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: First Class.

The Watchable: The Wolverine.

The Bad: X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

With a patchy track record and usually a moderate success at the box office, everything is riding on the next instalment’s success.

Enter Bryan Singer. Having directed the first two critically and commercially successful X-Men films, Fox has decided to hand the reigns back over to the man that won them that acclaim first. Constructing a massive cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence to name a few, this new film is guaranteed to turn heads, whether in a good way or bad.

The reason I am concerned for this movie is because of one major reason: marketing.

We got a trailer a few months back that everyone enjoyed and appreciated, but that trailer had no money shot or legitimate action depicted. For the studios to draw in large, blockbuster audiences, they need this footage out for the world to see.

And since that trailer, practically nothing has been seen of the film apart from a few stills and a few magazine covers. Competitors such as Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have released many trailers and tv spots already for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 alike. All current attention is focused on these films due to fantastic marketing, and if Fox don’t act fast, their new X-Men picture is going to be forgotten about.

If this happens, the movie might flop or make considerably less. This could lead to the whole franchise being in jeopardy and 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse being on thin ice.

I hope none of this happens, I believe it will be a fantastic movie, but I wish the marketing department would step up their game. Get the trailer out and save the future of their franchise.

What do you think of the marketing of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

– Logan.

Elizabeth Olsen confirmed as The Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Elizabeth Olsen has been confirmed as The Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

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The 24 year old actress spoke to MTV and confirmed she was in the upcoming sequel.

Personally, i think Olsen is a fantastic actress on the rise recently with roles in Spike Lee’s Oldboy and the new Godzilla movie. She has great screen presence and has the looks to pull of the enigmatic Scarlet Witch. Seeing as though she has already worked with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, i think they will have great chemistry as the brother/sister pair.

When asked whether she had seen any concept art or costumes, Olsen replied: “No, I just know about it. It’s been talked about, and it’s so fun.”

Are you an advocate of Elizabeth Olsen? Who would you have cast as Wanda Maximoff?

Let me know in the comments!

– Logan.

Thor: The Dark World review (SPOILERS)

This is my review of the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Thor: The Dark World. (SPOILERS)

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There is no Thor without Loki, and no Loki without Thor. Marvel have realized this now. Many people thought that Thor: The Dark World would mean the end of the fan favourite, yet perhaps slightly overused Loki. His beginning in the first Thor and his stellar turn as the villain in Thor: The Dark World captivated audiences worldwide and now Tom Hiddleston has become a household name.

In the latest entry Thor is battling a villain named Malekith, who of course is hellbent on the destruction of Asgard. Together with his lover Jane Foster and his treacherous brother Loki, Thor must stop Malekith in his tracks before his world becomes extinguished.

As a movie, it is extremely entertaining and holds your attention the whole way through with aplomb. It’s moments of humor is where it shines as the classic Thor and Loki banter goes into overdrive. The humor works best when it deals with Thor doing ordinary things on earth. It shows his bumbling side and this is a side which audiences really connect with.

It has its fair share of emotional moments, with Thor’s scenes with Odin being quite poignant and reflective. Also, when Loki is feared dead, Hemsworth shows an incredible emotional side as he mourns him.

Natalie Portman is radiant as Jane Foster, Jaimie Alexander shines as Sif and the rest of the cast is on top form.

The action is abundant and well executed, with some breathtaking exhilarating action sequences. Especially the last one which is quite unique, because the action switches settings as it goes.

One part of the movie i thought was lacking was the villain. The only really captivating villain in the MCU has been Loki, and Malekith is no exception to the rule. While he drives the plot along, he isn’t menacing or convincing as a serious threat to Asgard. That being said, I’ve seen worse and he isn’t as bad as people say.

While it isn’t as deep as The Dark Knight trilogy, it is an entertaining movie with great humor and fantastic action. Coupled with great performances, this is my favorite entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe this far.

9/10