X-Men Movieverse

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Name: X-Men Movieverse
Abbreviation(s): XMM
X1, X2, X3, XOW, XMFC, DOFP
Creator: Bryan Singer (director, producer, X1/X2/DOFP),
Brett Ratner (director, X3),
Gavin Hood (director, XOW),
Matthew Vaughn (director, XMFC).
Date(s): 2000, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014
Medium: Film
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: IMDB
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The X-Men Movieverse is a series of movies based on the X-Men comics. The movies and comics have a separate canon and fandom because many canonical details were changed in the movies (for example, Rogue's origin), and the movies attracted many new fans who had little or no exposure to the comics.

Canon

The X-Men Movieverse officially consists of the initial trilogy -- X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) -- followed by the fourth X-Men movie (a prequel to the trilogy) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), a critical failure that did not gain a lot of fandom traction.

The fifth movie in the franchise, X-Men: First Class[1], released in 2011, was another prequel which attracted enormous amounts of fannish attention. The sixth film is a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand focusing on Wolverine, The Wolverine (2013). The seventh film is X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 2014) which is a sequel to X-Men: First Class but merges with the earlier films actors/characters closer and is based on the same storyline from the comics.

Mark Millar has stated that the reboot of the Fantastic Four film series will exist in the same universe as the X-Men Movieverse although no crossovers are planned.[2] The eighth film in the series is considered to be Deadpool, although not exactly in the same universe due to different Colossus.

The ninth film in the series is X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and featured only X-Men: First Class cast/characters along with young versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Jubilee, Nightcrawler, Angel and Storm. Wolverine briefly appears.

The tenth film is Logan (2017) which is set in 2024 where Logan and Professor Charles Xavier must cope with the loss of the X-Men at the hands of a corporation led by Nathaniel Essex. With Logan's healing abilities slowly fading and Xavier's Alzheimer's hampering his memory, Logan must defeat Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney/X-23, his female clone.

Other films are in talks or planning stages, including X-Force, Gambit (starring Channing Tatum instead), The New Mutants, and Deadpool 2.

In October 2015, Marvel Television announced that two television series based on X-Men characters, Legion and Hellfire were in development and would take place inside the X-Men Movieverse. Legion, based on the character David Haller, was ordered by FX and is set to air in 2017 for an eight-episode season. Hellfire was later dropped, and an The Gifted X-Men television series was announced[3].

Main Characters

This character list will focus only on the first four movies - see X-Men: First Class.

  • Wolverine - the main character in every single movie
  • Professor X - leader of the X-Men
  • Magneto - the main antagonist/enemy of the X-Men
  • Storm - the weather witch
  • Cyclops - Jean's fiancée, one of the first Professor's students according to X1
  • Jean Grey / Phoenix - another one of the first students, woman that both Scott and Logan loves. Due to her alternate personality she becomes a villain after her resurrection in X3.
  • Rogue - a young mutant that Logan rescues in Alaska and later joins the X-Men
  • Mystique - partner of Magneto (or pretty much just does all the dirty work for him)

Minor Characters

  • Iceman - interested in Rogue & later her boyfriend, in X3 he started showing interest to Kitty.
  • Pyro - was part of the X-Men until X2 when he joins Magneto's cause
  • Kitty Pryde - minor character until X3 where she joins the X-Men team
  • Beast - only appeared X3 (later XMFC), where he is confident and is in the U.S. Cabinet as the Secretary of Mutant Affairs
  • Colossus - fairly minor character until X3
  • Nightcrawler - helps the X-Men in X2. Joins them in XMA.
  • William Stryker - main antagonist in X2 & X-Men Origins: Wolverine, part of Weapon X. Secondary antagonist in XMDOFP & XMA
  • Sabretooth - in X1 part of Magneto's team and enemy of Wolverine. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine he's half-brothers with Logan and they fought together as mercenaries until after Logan leaves Weapon X program and loses his memory (completely losing his memories of his half-brother)
  • Jubilee - appears in X2 briefly and in novelization, appears fully in XMA

Fandom

To fanworks-creating and -consuming fans, the X-Men Movieverse often denotes the initial trilogy (perhaps the first two Bryan Singer-directed movies in the trilogy even more than the third Brett Ratner-directed installment), as the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie is largely ignored, and the most recent X-Men: First Class movie has gained a large fandom which seems more separate than not from the earlier trilogy's fandom.

Slash Fandom

The main slash pairing of the original trilogy was Scott/Logan.

The X-Men Movieverse canon is an unusually friendly one towards slashers. In both the movies and the comics, being a mutant is explicitly paralleled with being gay:

The scene when Bobby Drake’s family find out he’s a mutant is rife with metaphors. After Bobby confides his secret, his mother fires off a round of typical cliches any queer person can identify with: “Honey, have you ever tried not being a mutant?”; “This is all my fault.”; “We still love you, Bobby.”[4]

In addition, with a gay director (Bryan Singer) and a prominent gay actor, Ian McKellen, playing Magneto, the slashy subtext became text in several interviews.

[McKellen] told Empire magazine, "He hasn't been given a love line, which I think is a pity.
"It would be wonderful if the camera hovered over Magneto's bed, to discover him making love to Professor X."[5]

Since Iceman/Pyro and Xavier/Magneto are two of the most popular slash couples in the fandom, this was particularly good news.

Het Fandom

X-Men Movieverse fandom was not limited to slash shipping. The Wolverine/Rogue pairing was the juggernaut het ship for the fandom, which attracted several BNFs (presumably based on the actors' chemistry and scenes together). Jean Grey/Wolverine and (film canon pairing) Jean Grey/Cyclops also had significant presence, and some fans shipped film canon pairing Rogue/Iceman as did the fanon pairing of Storm/Wolverine. However other pairings also became quite common as well such as Storm/Nightcrawler, Storm/Wolverine, Rogue/Pyro, Rogue/Cyclops and Iceman/Shadowcat (due to third film's scenes it's quite common in break-up fics relating to past-Rogue/Iceman stories).

There are quite a lot of rarer pairings, such as Storm/Cyclops, Rogue/Colossus, Rogue/Angel, Magneto/Rogue also appeared in the fandom.

Characters

See X-Men: First Class for their list.

The main characters used in the fandom are the same as the main characters: Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Rogue. However Gambit, Sabretooth, Pyro and Iceman are pretty popular in the fandom as well.

The fairly common characters (usually used as secondary characters in fics) are Kitty Pryde, Professor X, Magneto, Nightcrawler and Mystique. Beast, Colossus, and Angel also gained some popularity in the fandom especially after X3.

Some of the minor characters (characters that got only cameos in the film) that fandom cherishes are Jubilee and Siryn.

Common Tropes & Themes

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Fanworks

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Fics

Arts

Vids

Fanzines

Archives & Fannish Links

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Mailing Lists

Livejournal Communities

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Resources

References

  1. X-Men: First Class on IMDb.com
  2. Perry, Spencer (August 19, 2013). "Will Fantastic Four Share a Universe with X-Men?". (Accessed 21 February 2014)
  3. Wikipedia's X-men (film series) page
  4. Homo Superior, by Joe Palmer, accessed 06 November 2008.
  5. "Ian McKellen dreams of X-Men gay scene," Pink News, accessed 06 November 2008.