There’s a trend I’ve noticed in science fiction and fantasy. Any time someone wants to use their powers, they are depended upon gesturing.
Now look at this sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, specifically Vader’s attack at 3:35.
Gone is the gestures commonplace in today’s media. With hardly any gestures at all Luke is assaulted by all manner of debris. Does Vader need to point his hand or finger at Luke? No. He simply uses the power available to him.
What is more impressive? The character who has to extend their hands or the one who just does it?
With X-Men: Days of Future Past coming in a few days, I’m going to take a moment and share some of the reasons why I love these characters.
I’ve talked before about the first box of comics I ever got and my fascination with a reprint of part of the Phoenix Saga. One of the few things that book had that most comics don’t have any more, is a moment, in the issue, to see the team together.
This issue had such a team shot.
In the face of Avengers vs. X-Men about to hit comic book stores, there has been speculation that Cyclops, leader of the X-Men, will die. His cause has been saving the mutants, his religion has been restoring those like him to a point of viability instead of extinction. Stoic, stalwart leader, the first mutant to join the X-Men.
Most people think he will die. His cause will be complete, his life sacrificed as a martyr to his cause. Cyclops will die, just as his wife, Phoenix, might actually return.
But Cyclops can’t die, he just can’t.
I’ve already mentioned my basic thoughts on X-Men: First Class, but I had the chance to share and exchange thoughts about the recent film during the most recent Reality Check Fail–Pop Culture Radio podcast. Check it out here or on iTunes and let us know what you think!
We usually don’t have socially relevant discussions on Reality Check Fail–Pop Culture Radio but our latest entry is just that. We discuss Diversity in Comics and, well, I thought it would be a lot angrier on our parts. Luckily, we manage to have a civil, in-depth conversation on the subject. Find out more HERE.
When I first heard there would be a movie called X-Men First Class, I expected to see something that looked a lot like this:
That’s not what I’m getting though, not here at least. In fact, of the characters shown in this image, only one, Beast, is an active character in the new movie (Scott and Jean are seen briefly). Continue reading