The top 3 X-Men may surprise you

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The top 3 X-Men may surprise you

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Channing Tatum’s 2013 bid is a Gambit payoff

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Channing Tatum’s 2013 bid is a Gambit payoff

 When Cajun rogue, charmer and mutant Gambit charges up his ballistic-of-choice deck of playing cards the explosive shufflle results has even rocked the likes of Sabretooth on nemesis heels.

A dealt hand is exactly what has Channing Tatum being signed to knock us back in our seats portraying the staff-wielding Louisianian. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed the signing during an interview with Total Film. The event was the X-Men X-Perience Global Tour (THR) and the UK’s blue carpet news accompanies some reasons for the casting choice.

Well you know he’s a rogue. Channing. He’s a rascal just like Remy LeBeau. So — and [Tatum] can handle the action, we all know that.

Action-hero status hasn’t been absent from Tatum’s busy acting career. Though his run in the comedy film range enumerates some critically praised movies, “The Eagle”, “Fighting” and a duo of G.I. Joe movies reaffirm Silver Screen cred for physical portrayals.

Right back in Sept. it was Tatum’s espousal to Total Film that brought his bid for playing the mutant to industry light. At this time Fox had already begun filming on the 5th installment “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with director Bryan Singer.

Gambit was a licensed character previously shown in Fox’s produced spinoff “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. In Marvel Comics, the twenty-four years premised superhero began at Uncanny X-Men in 1990, created by Chris Claremont, renowned in X-Men for co-writing seminal story arcs, and Jim Lee, now Co-Publisher at DC Comics.

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Timely Reunion: ‘Days of Future Past’ prevails franchise’s best in trailer

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Timely Reunion: ‘Days of Future Past’ prevails franchise’s best in trailer

Mutation becomes a movie franchise once again, and for a superhero sequel that strives to upkeep the equilibrium of a film plot’s evolvement on par with audience involvement.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” breaks open a teaser trailer that hints seizing the franchise’s core cast and mood in combination with adding the stellar prequel progress made by “X-Men: First Class”.

A cut right to the chase of a returning Professional Xavier by Patrick Stewart opens as if 2000 and 2011 were the flicks juxtaposing straight toward this 2014 upcoming film.

But the largest super-cast in Marvel movie history with bookending layers of A-listers is not the only ambition that comes across throughout the trailer. That high crest showboating the familiar powers and personalities under the illuminitive spotlights of adamantium claws on to magnetic mastery has the superceding clips that highlight a bit of the bridge of past and present.

In being the first trailer, it owns the familiarity from movie-making molds. Mutation cuts two ways though, and bearing the title off the titular story arc that is a benchmark chapter in propelling the Uncanny X-Men towards its original comic book fame much has to be seen how this film is the evolutionary adaptation of the perennial work by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

In the genesis factor, it also hearkens the marketing deliverance we might come to watch unfold until May 23 of 2014. Due to the aplenty Twitter sneak peeks that came straight from director Bryan Singer, we know that there are the infamous Sentinels sans appearance within this current rollout of clips.

Future trailers for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” may catch in time with a plot taut or loose in alignment with the comic books.

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NYCC 2013: ‘The Trial of Jean Grey’ begins in January

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NYCC 2013: ‘The Trial of Jean Grey’ begins in January

During the ‘Amazing X-Men and the Marvel Universe’ panel on Friday morning, it was revealed that the teasers ‘Trial’ and ‘Judgment’ stood for the upcoming crossover between ‘All New X-Men’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ The story arc will be called ‘The Trial of Jean Grey’ and will see the First Class team — in new uniforms — face the threats of the universe.

However, there are some beings who are not happy knowing a host for the Phoenix Force is around. The Shi-ar empire will feature prominently in the ‘trial’ as the Guardians will see the Earth being intruded — a no-no in their book.

“This is the first time we’re saying, the original X-Men will be sticking around after Battle of the Atom, but I can’t tell you how.” said editor Nick Lowe.

The crossover will be a six-issue story, three issues of each book contributing to the arc.

So what do you think of the idea of the First Class team sticking around after ‘Battle of the Atom’?

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Storm alert: Halle Berry shown in X-Men role’s costume


Storm alert: Halle Berry shown in X0Men role’s costumed

Filming on “X-Men: Days of Future” commences. Out of no surprise but without a sense of when, director Bryan Singer once again exhilarates fans of the franchise by sharing a picture from the production set.

Twitter was once again Singer’s mode of exhiliarating sneak peek.. This time it was Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry displaying her costume look for the fifth X-Men installment.

Short hair and in attire pieced with armored platelets, Berry seems a purely movie adaptation of the mutant wielding formidable weather fury powers.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” jumps forward after the last movie and prequel “X-Men: First Class”, which was set in ‘60s origins of Marvel Studios super-team of mutants.

Singer has in recent past let it be known by a picture of the production’s casting board, of which was shown on his sent Tweet. The shot also set a jolt of updated coverage when three more unannounced actors were identified.

Halle Berry isn’t the only returning cast member from the first film. Of the reprisals includes Hugh Jackman, the Aussie actor done wrapping up his X-Men spinoff “The Wolverine”.

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‘X-Men’ join Marvel Now with an all-female cast


‘X-Men’ join Marvel Now with an all-female cast

Brian Wood is returning to the X-Men full time and as last week’s teaser revealed it will feature a female cast.

Well today Marvel has announced the new ongoing title by the Massive writer and artist Olivier Coipel (Thor). The adjectiveless X-Men book is back but this time the roster has been changed to the aforementioned all-female team.

The book will revolve around Jubilee’s return to the X-Men, but she isn’t alone. She comes back with an orphan who holds the key to the world’s survival…or destruction as an old X-Men villain seeks refuge from an ancient evil.

The team will be formed by Storm and will consist of Jubilee, Rachel Grey, Psylocke, Rogue and Kitty Pride.

“How perfect is this?  A phenomenal cast of iconic women, powerful, beautiful, multi-faceted characters… this is the X-Men to me, and I’m writing a series to match,” said writer Brian Wood. “ This is an action comic with classic villains like Mark 1 Sentinels, as well as new twists on others (Sublime has a sister?). I love the X-Men – I have since my time on Generation X twelve years ago – and this is kind of as good as it gets for me.  And if I do my job right, it’ll be the same for X-Men fans.  And wait ’till the last page of #1, when ****** ********* shows up.”

See what happens this April when “X-Men” debuts.

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Marvel NOW! First look: All-New X-Men #5

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Marvel NOW! First look: All-New X-Men #5

In stores now, All-New X-Men #2 continues Brian Michael Bendis’ run on the X-Men universe.

All-New X-Men brings the First Class mutants to our present where they see the people they will become. Beast wants them to see this future so they can change it in the past.

Marvel has revealed a preview to the fifth issue of the book.

Take a look in the slideshow and be sure to pick up the issue in December.

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Trailer: X-Men Legacy

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Trailer: X-Men Legacy

Marvel NOW! is in full swing at the House of Ideas and books are either debuting, renumbered or going in a new direction.

X-Men Legacy is a perfect example. Legacy was most recently a book about a mostly Rogue-led team at the Jean Grey School but is now seeing a new character spotlighted…Legion.

Legion is the son of the now deceased Professor Xavier (who died during Avengers vs. X-Men) and is the most powerful mutant in the world. However, he has a problem…he’s crazy.

X-Men Legacy by Simon Spurrier and artist Tan Eng Huat seek to explore the mind of this all-powerful being while he tries to find his place in the world at the same time keeping his father’s legacy.

Check out the cool trailer Marvel made for the book and check out issue #1 in stores now.

The Future of X-MEN LEGACY Is Marvel NOW!

Superstars Simon Spurrier & Tan Eng Huat Introduce The Future Of Mutantkind!

This November, prepare for an all new chapter of the X-Men mythos in X-Men Legacy #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier and Eisner Award Winning artist Tan Eng Huat! Legion, the most powerful and unstable mutant in the world and son to Professor Charles Xavier, has killed gods and reshaped the face of the universe. NOW! in the aftermath of Avengers vs. X-Men, Legion will finally attempt to conquer his demons and establish his place among mutantkind!

An all-new direction! All-new threats! All-new vision! This is X-Men Legacy NOW!

This November, Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat redefine what it means to be an X-Man in X-Men Legacy #1!

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Bryan Singer directorial redux on next X-Men installment

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Bryan Singer directorial redux on next X-Men installment

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is now a self-titling foresight.

The lesser known developing mutant-franchise production bases off one of the greater touted benchmarks for X-Men comics afficianados. Issue #141 from 1981 sets off the kind of groundbreaking nostalgia that the initial movie “X-Men” generates out of the movie fandom. Foremost similarity that heightens the installment news that the director behind the phenom films will helm “Days of Future Past”.

Singer’s last involvement on a Magneto and Professor X feature was as executive producer for the bleak forgettable “X3: Last Stand”. His filmmaking opuses respond in acclaim from movie eclectics favorite “The Usual Suspects” and indie-goers “Apt Pupil”, where working with Sir Ian Mckellan follows up with a second on-set teaming for Magneto’s role.

By Chris Claremont and John Byrne, X-Men: Days of Future Past has been an underlining regard for an ambitious adaptation in live-action from comic book enthusiasts. The mesh of familiar mutant heroes flung into a near dystopian future with older and oblique character developments. Once upon a forum a slew of complications were from scenarios, now, decades into the franchise, those characters the movies gave footnote notice and those soaring in spotlight makes the adaptation that more intricate.

It’s the right story placement to reintroduce Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine role, but the “X-Men: First Class” cameo placing and 2013’s solo “The Wolverine” featuring fan-fave claw-renderer co-leads in the comic with the canon popular Kitty Pryde. For movie translation, Pryde – played by Sumela Kay, Katie Stuart and Ellen Page in respective franchise order – ran through walls amidst the first pair of flicks.

Singer takes on producing and completing the fifth X-Men production by a 2014 slate.

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First look at AvX finale

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First look at AvX finale

By now you’ve heard about the death in AvX #11 and the fate of Cyclops at the end of that issue. But what happens in the explosive finale?

The twelfth and final issue hits stores in October and the Marvel universe will never be the same after this one. So be a part of history as AvX ends in a couple of weeks.

View slideshow:First look at AvX #12

Check out the preview in the slideshow and sound off in the comments section with your predictions on how this will end.

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