Just a few words about the X-Men movies which I’ve always been very fond of.
Some of them are great, some others are not quite as good, & a few of them are actually terrible. I don’t know what will happen to the mutants if they join the MCU – as I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to watch Dark Phoenix & co., like rumors suggest – but the cinematographic alternative they represented to Disney’s version of Marvel is something that most certainly will be missed.
Marvel has always invested on the value of diversity, & nowhere else has this concept been better developped than in the X-Men movie franchise, not even in the MCU, nor in superhero comics: by somehow denying the ‘superhero status’ of the X-Men – they mainly fight for survival – they made the relationship between the mutants & “common humans” central. Moreover, they based this relationship on a dynamics of mutual suffering, misunderstanding, fear & envy. Elsewhere, the focus has been on the “majesty” of the Powerful Others – they are (or can be) heros (but terrifying villains too) – leaving humanity as such almost out of the equation. Without a deep analisys of the relationship between “humans” & superheroes, the valued Other – the powerful superhero indeed – becomes not only biologically/intellectually superior to the “common man”, but also morally superior. That’s why, in my opinion, when this relationship finally surfaced, in Civil War, it was too late to be significantly poignant, or as symbolical as DC's rather simple idea of putting Superman on trial. Diversity, as a concept & as a value, requires also a more complex & dialogical approach.
The fact that there will be fewer possibilities of having darker, more existential & violent Marvel movies like Logan is another thing that almost certainly will be missed
Storm/Ororo Munroe (Halle Berry) in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) [paper 22,5x15,7cm]
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