Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Editorial: Could Wolverine be a Villain in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE?

Comic book movies certainly have a tremendous amount of comic book content to pull from for their films. While some fans want exact representations of the comics on the big screen, the films will always be adaptations of the events that occur on the comic pages. This is all about taking bits and pieces from past stories to influence new stories in film.

Next month's X-Men Days of Future Past is going to be a great example of adapting source comic book material and changing it for a movie. While the next X-Men movie carries the same name of the comic story arc, and some basic concepts too, it will follow a different path in order to tell a new story. A new story that hardcore comic book fans haven't already read and a story that better suits a much larger general movie audience.

So while X-Men Days of Future Past tackles time travel to create a new singular timeline for the young X-Men: First Class (plus Wolverine, most likely) cast to follow moving forward, the sequel is already being developed and being teased. 

X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in the 1980s and continue with the X-Men: First Class cast to complete that cast's trilogy. However, it seems like Hugh Jackman's Wolverine could be a part of it too since his time traveling experience may permanently land him in his past self. Let's continue on this speculation without X-Men Days of Future Past even being in theaters yet.

In the comics, the story arc of Age of Apocalypse has already been hinted at as being some of the source material for the next big X-Men ensemble film. However, while some fans may focus on Apocalypse being the main bad guy (for good reason) he does have his Horsemen of the Apocalypse aiding in his quest for dominance, too.

One of the most popular Horsemen is Archangel, formerly Angel. While it would be great to see Archangel be featured as a villain, who is helping Apocalypse and fighting his former X-team, Wolverine has also been a Horsemen too. 

In the comics, and in a nutshell, Wolverine becomes Apocalypse's Horseman of Death. It may sound strange to have the ongoing lead in the X-Men movie universe as a villain but adding this dimension to the character is very, very enticing to think about. Having Wolverine become a villain would be a great twist the general audience could get behind. And who doesn't want to see Wolverine as a villain who at the end of the film defeats Apocalypse?

It's all just theory but one that makes this guy excited beyond belief. Going this route would get my buy-in for more Wolverine, for sure!

X-Men Days of Future Past releases in theaters on May 23, 2014 and X-Men: Apocalypse has a date set for on May 27, 2016.

Wolverine as Apocalypse's Horseman of Death

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