So, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the world is a pretty scary place right now. Millions of Americans are worried about the future of their healthcare; millions more are struggling under the weight of college debt. North Korea is threatening nuclear attacks on our country. No matter your political alignment, there’s at least a dozen horrifying news stories competing for your attention ever single day. In times like these, even stupid little news stories can be a welcome break from the monotony of horror spitting out of our Twitter feed.
I’m an old enough nerd to remember when the first X-Men movie came out in theaters. At that time, comic books were not the number one driver of all things in popular culture. Bryan Singer’s X-Men certainly featured all the comic’s beloved heroes and villains, but there did seem like there was a concerted effort to tamp down some of their comic-book-ness. Everyone dressed in black. There was no spandex. The story was grounded in weighty real-world themes like prejudice and vengeance. It was the X-Men you knew, but watered down just a bit. It was a rum and coke, not a shot of gin. X-Men: Apocalypse, in comparison, looks like a bottle of Beefeater.
Even though the story behind ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ has been around for 33 years now, the idea of a superhero movie meshed with a movie about time travel seems, let’s say … daunting. Especially for a superhero franchise like X-Men, which is known for having a lot of superheroes.
It’s just that it’s hard enough to make a big-budget superhero movie make sense (as the so very recent ‘The Amazin