Podicus Wrecks #31 – A Mutant Named Xorn

In this episode, we have a follow-up to how terrible Anthony and J.R.’s brackets have turned out, we discuss writers being duly credited for the stories they write (2:09), this week’s “Better Know an X-Man” features Husk (7:32), Jacob gives us a lesson on the convoluted history of Xorn (12:47), and we wrap out by talking about some video games we have been playing (43:28).

Logan review

Logan claw movie posterSince Hugh Jackman started playing Wolverine, we’ve had 3 different Spider-men, 2 Batmen, Chris Evans went from being a cocky Human Torch to being  Captain America, and people are questioning if there are too many comic book movies being released on a yearly basis.  When X-Men debuted in 2000, we were a few years removed from the debacle that was Batman & Robin.  There were no cinematic universes.  It was a different environment 17 years ago.

I do not remember there being much fanfare surrounding the release of X-Men.  I remember going to see it on a whim, even though that whim did happen to be on opening day.  But there was no reason to think then that we would still be talking about those actors playing those characters.  And while some have been replaced by younger versions since they went backwards in the timeline, there has been one constant.  Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine throughout.  That all comes to an end with Logan.  Logan is expected to be the final time Hugh Jackman portrays Wolverine on film.  I say “expected” because you should really never say never.

I say all of this, because I believe Logan works better when viewed as the swan song for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, rather than as the next movie in a long line of X-Men movies.  It is easier to think of the movies in two distinct timelines.  You have the original timeline, which includes X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and The Wolverine.  Then there is the First Class timeline, which includes X-Men:  First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse.  Days of Future Past links the original cast with the First Class cast, but I think it is simpler to put it in the new timeline, since it retcons events in previous movies anyways.  Now, the question is where does Logan fit in.  The answer to that is a giant shrug.  They do not attempt to fit it in anywhere, and that is fine.  (more…)

Logan trailer

I don’t exactly know why I’m looking forward to this movie as much as I am, but I’m really looking forward to it.  Maybe it’s the thought that we may get something that passes for an actual ending to the story of Wolverine.  Or at least Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.  With Days of Future Past, timelines have gotten a little jumbled, but I don’t really care what timeline we’re in, or even how we got here.  There are reports things may get rebooted anyways.  So, I really hope we get a nice end to Jackman’s Wolverine.  It really is amazing how many appearances he has made as Wolverine.  When they inevitably try to find someone younger to play Wolverine for the next however many movies, it is going to be difficult to replace Hugh Jackman.

X-Men: Apocalypse Review

xmen apocalypse posterTHE END IS HERE!  THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT IS AT HAND!!  PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR RAGNAROK!!!  Wait…that’s a different end of the world story.  Sorry.  PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR THE APOCALYPSE!!!  Apocalypse has come to bring about the…Apocalypse.  Well, I suppose technically, his name is En Sabah Nur, but he is here to bring about the Apocalypse.  Or something that closely resembles it, at least.  Either way, we have reached the third, and probably final chapter of the “First Class” trilogy of movies.

And I don’t mean to imply that I think Fox is finished with X-Men movies by saying this may be the final chapter.  Just that it is an untidy wrap up to the origins of Charles Xavier and Magneto that began in X-Men: First Class.  And all of that history established in First Class and Days of Future Past is right on display in Apocalypse.  I would argue that you don’t need to know anything about X-Men before watching First Class or even Days of Future Past, but you really need a familiarity with those previous two movies before seeing Apocalypse.  The emotional payoffs for the First Class group are probably going to fall flat if you don’t have it.  There are also some emotional moments with the younger, recast X-Men from the original trilogy.  If you don’t know them, I don’t feel it’s as big of a deal.  What is an emotional moment for someone that is familiar with the characters should simply be just a cool moment for someone not familiar.

I also want to get one more thing out of the way quickly.  I encourage people that may have an extraordinary knowledge of the comics, and the history and abilities of each character, to not get caught up in the fine details.  Yes, Psylocke’s psychic blade is able to cut through things in the movie, in its blade form.  She also creates a whip, and latches onto people with it.  Please do not throw your keyboard in anger.  And also…ummmm…Cyclops’ eye blasts may have melted some steel beams to fuse them together.  Again, don’t throw keyboard or monitor. That last one is a little vague.  The steel could have been fused by the force of the blasts.  Or blasts creating friction or something.  Or…you know, wouldn’t it just be easier to accept that the eye blasts may have a heat element to them?  It works for Superman.  Just give it a chance.  Remember, this is an adaptation, not a canonical entry in the comics.  It can veer away from the comics, because things like psychic knifes take explanations, and “energy weapon” can just be there and look cool.  (more…)