Long before the Avengers movie and its the five set up movies (Iron Man 1&2, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America) there were the original superhero team movies: X-Men movies. The first was fantastic. The second was good. The third made some horrible decisions and left the franchise in a difficult place to move forward.
There was a five year break during which the decision was made that for the series to go forward, it had to go backward. Enter X-Men: First Class (2011). It was a well written origin story that moved the X-Men back into the comic nerd/movie goers’ eye. While it did well, it didn’t compete with the buzz surrounding the upcoming The Avengers movie.
Clearly, Marvel Studios has stumbled into something solid with their story arcs that stretch across multiple movies yet are strong enough to stand on their own. The Avengers and the set up movies being the case in point. However, it seems that the X-Men have struggled with that formula a little. Wolverine has been the only one to get his own movie (he now has two) but while the Avengers solo movies have done well, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was at points borderline laughable. To be fair, the Canucklehead’s second movie is said to be a lot better but I have not watched it yet. So again, the X-Men and its characters seem to be lagging behind the towering Marvel Avengers franchise.
But now the time seems right for a massive X-Men comeback. Based on the 1980’s two issue “Days of Future Past” storyline (coincidentally set between then “present day” of 1980 and the future date of 2013) Marvel has done something that really has me excited: it is combining the cast from the X-Men movies of 2000-2005 and X-Men: First Class. Seeing two great actors (Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy) both play Professor X really seems to drive this trailer.
The trailer appears to be a reminder that the choices we make today affect the story we tell tomorrow. This is something that I have stressed as a pastor to my church over and over again. If you want to know God, meet God, follow God, then what you do today will shape that, for better or worse.
There is also has a strong element of hope/lost hope running through the trailer and that is a theme that always seems to ring true with us and the Scriptures have a lot to say about hope.
So check out the trailer and be sure to let us know what do you think in the comments.