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Hugh Jackman compares the scope of X-Men: Days of Future Past to Avatar

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The biggest criticism of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST so far has been people worried that director Bryan Singer is trying to cram too much into a single movie. Those concerns were raised by the almost daily announcements of cast-members joining the new superhero movie in addition to the dual casts from FIRST CLASS as well as the original X-MEN trilogy. Once the first trailer dropped, fans calmed a little seeing the likes of James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart sharing the screen, the return of Michael Fassbender as Magneto as well as Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine through it all.

Hugh Jackman has always been one of the most outspoken actors in any superhero movie about the ups and downs of the films he has appeared in and even an advocate for a Disney/Marvel crossover with Fox and Sony so fans can see every hero share the screen. Of course he is going to be a supporter of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and has now shed some idea on just how big this movie is going to be.

In speaking with Empire, Jackman made this comparison:

Bryan has such an incredible brain. This is certainly the biggest movie Fox has made outside of Avatar, so there's pressure from all angles. But he's buzzing, and he's confident. He's gone deeper emotionally, and it's a great ensemble piece.

Knowing that X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is going to lead right into X-MEN: APOCALYPSE should let us know that Bryan Singer is not taking this project lightly. The inclusion of so many characters in roles of various sizes will surely drive home the war element of the storyline as well as lead up to the massive battle we can expect in the next film. Jackman admits where the missteps have been in the X-MEN franchise (ahem, ORIGINS: WOLVERINE) so I trust his judgement here as well.

Jackman also shared this about how Wolverine will be portrayed in the new movie.

"He's a warrior and he can't hide from that anymore, even if the consequences are going to be messy and painful. If there's an era for Wolverine, its the 70s. The hair, the mutton chops, you can smoke cigars everywhere...everything about Wolverine seems more at home in the 70s.

Count me in for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST starring Jackman, McKellen, Stewart, Fassbender, McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage, Rose Byrne, and many more when it hits theaters on May 23, 2014.

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4:41PM on 01/03/2014
I won't lie. I'm more excited for this than I am for Age of Ultron. Especially since this film is leading up to X-Men: Apocalypse.

The trailer was a great start in the right direction and really set the tone that Singer and co. are bringing to the franchise with this entry.
I won't lie. I'm more excited for this than I am for Age of Ultron. Especially since this film is leading up to X-Men: Apocalypse.

The trailer was a great start in the right direction and really set the tone that Singer and co. are bringing to the franchise with this entry.
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5:58PM on 01/03/2014
im ready for this and im a little hesitant hope its just not crammed to the gils with superheros and thats all it has to offer instead of a good story
im ready for this and im a little hesitant hope its just not crammed to the gils with superheros and thats all it has to offer instead of a good story
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6:54PM on 01/03/2014
The early news of every last mutant being featured in this seemed kinda worrying but on the flip side, if it's handled well, it could be a mind-blowing epic. Deliver the goods, Singer!
The early news of every last mutant being featured in this seemed kinda worrying but on the flip side, if it's handled well, it could be a mind-blowing epic. Deliver the goods, Singer!
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8:26PM on 01/03/2014
I agree w/ Soloist. I dont know why really but Avengers 2 is not really even on my radar. I am way more curious about Batman/Superman and all things Xmen. For whatever reason Im at a "take it or leave it" attitude when addressing The Avengers. Maybe its overkill at this point w/ 3 Ironmans, 2 Huks, 2 Thors, 2 Avengers etc...
I agree w/ Soloist. I dont know why really but Avengers 2 is not really even on my radar. I am way more curious about Batman/Superman and all things Xmen. For whatever reason Im at a "take it or leave it" attitude when addressing The Avengers. Maybe its overkill at this point w/ 3 Ironmans, 2 Huks, 2 Thors, 2 Avengers etc...
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8:50PM on 01/03/2014
So this is one of the most expensive movies Fox has made? The best X-Men action scene is when Nightcrawler infiltrated the White House. That was just so original and perfectly executed it beats anything I've seen in superhero movies lately. I haven't read Days of Future Past but I hope they don't follow the trend of most movies nowadays where an entire city gets destroyed.
So this is one of the most expensive movies Fox has made? The best X-Men action scene is when Nightcrawler infiltrated the White House. That was just so original and perfectly executed it beats anything I've seen in superhero movies lately. I haven't read Days of Future Past but I hope they don't follow the trend of most movies nowadays where an entire city gets destroyed.
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9:12PM on 01/03/2014
I too agree with The_Soloist and old_fruity. I'm really excited to see this X-Men movie as it is the Biggest X-Men movie yet.
I too agree with The_Soloist and old_fruity. I'm really excited to see this X-Men movie as it is the Biggest X-Men movie yet.
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3:52PM on 01/04/2014

I expect to get down-voted.

But I've got a few issues. First, the source comic arc is overrated (I'm a big X-Men fan - this is an arc that really loved because of the premise as opposed to the execution). The story is really bogged down with exposition, and so much of it is Kitty Pride getting used to training and being an X-Man. There's not a lot of meat on the bones of the future stuff - I mean, stuff happens but they don't really explore the future too much. And the part of the story with Mystique is kind of clunky and
But I've got a few issues. First, the source comic arc is overrated (I'm a big X-Men fan - this is an arc that really loved because of the premise as opposed to the execution). The story is really bogged down with exposition, and so much of it is Kitty Pride getting used to training and being an X-Man. There's not a lot of meat on the bones of the future stuff - I mean, stuff happens but they don't really explore the future too much. And the part of the story with Mystique is kind of clunky and easy to see coming.

The second issue is that this looks really different from that story, and it looks to wrapped around trying to stuff these characters and actors into one movie. The X-Men time travel all the time (shit - they're doing right now in the comics) - I think they could have grabbed a better story.

Finally - I still think they haven't grabbed the tone of the X-Men. The closest is The Wolverine - maybe because they only focused on one X-Man. Xavier and Cyclops are really the only ones that seems to match his on-page persona. James Marsden is good, but it's pretty easy to play a stick up your ass boy scout with a heart of gold. None of the trilogy really jazzed me too much. First Class was entertaining, but it's pretty much a huge retconning of the entire premise of the X-Men.

I'm sure it will be okay - but I'm not anticipating as much as the next crop of Avengers/Phase whatever films.
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