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May. 17th, 2008 | 04:26 pm

I've been thinking about the X-Men movies for a while, and one of the things that has bothered me earlier in the franchise is how diminished the characters were in comparison to their portrayal in the comic books. I don't mean just in terms of abilities, but also in terms of the personalities themselves. In the original movie, it seemed as though the entire cast was severely under-written and shoehorned into a B-Movie comic book plot. X2 took the time to flesh some of the characters out and was a better movie overall, but still, some characters were able to benefit more from the expansion than others.

In X3, some characters were "removed" from the canvas or sidelined to tell a story that was once again subpar. While we know a lot of them will be back in the next X-Men movie, I'm wondering if the next installment should do something to really shake up the franchise. I have a proposal, one that will probably get me laughed off Livejournal.

Kill off Storm.

Not just a temporary death, a fake death, a Star Trek death, or a soap-opera death where there's a clone or alternate universe doppelganger. Kill the character off, hopefully with dignity.

The primary reason to do this isn't to punish Halle Berry (a simple recast would suffice for that), but because the character as shown in the films really serves no dramatic purpose by surviving. Her personality seemed to change with every movie. From a bland follower of Xavier's dream, to a foil to Nightcrawler, to a quasi leader in X3, Storm has really been all over the place. Despite the attempts to display her as an "old friend" or "teacher" the Hollywood version of Storm has no real connections to the other characters, and it appears that barring something spectacular happening in X4, there's no reason for us to expect her character to be defined in a manner that would giver her a clear, dramatically useful her and allow her to grow.

However, despite the disappointment of movie Storm, the character is a main character, which is another reason why she needs to die. Since Storm is one of the central characters of the franchise, the death in the movies would signify a big break with the establishment and the freedom to tell more stories. Some would say X3 did that as well, and we don't need any more upheaval, but I argue the opposite. The problem with X3 isn't that is cleared too much dead wood but HOW it was done and the lackluster nature of the replacements. Since a good 75%-100% of the people who were put to the side (either by death or depowerment) are likely to return in some fashion, why not make a death to mean something. Take out the heart, and let the rest of the body bleed dry.

That's just my silly opinion, though, but if X4 is going to be good, I can't see how the movie can be and allow Storm to stay alive. It's time for the Wind Rider to die.
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from: No Name Person
date: May. 18th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)

Well Storm was given what little direction she was given because of Halle Berry complaining about how little she did in the first movie. The general direction the movies seem to be going in means there won't be another X-Men movie at all so Storm will either not be seen again or she will get an origin movie like Magneto and Wolverine.

The fact is though that due to what they think will draw and who were the stronger characters most of the characters in the X-Men movies were throw away characters that really were never fleshed out and probably never will be.

They completely re-wrote and cheated on the whole Dark Phoenix story because the actual back story really could not be told without actually being creative and knowing how to re-work the original comic lore. The way they killed off Jean Grey and Cyclops really makes it look like those two were considered really expendable by the producers and it is doubtful they will be back (Cyclops in particular since Marsden went and did Superman with defector director Bryan Singer).

Most of the other characters were pretty one-dimensional and aside from Sabertooth being re-done in Wolverine I doubt many of those characters will see the light of day again. Storm really doesn't need to be killed off since the X-Men movies are probably dead outside of the Origin movies.

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Re: Hmmm

from: nangbaby
date: May. 19th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)

Hahaha...man, you have a point, several. I was trying to avoid the spoiler talk directly, but I guess there's no way around it.

I actually don't mind rewriting in general, as long as it makes sense. I don't like Jean Grey suddenly having a second personality, and it really is not consistent with the first two movies at all. Forget comic book continuity. If they can't keep the stuff straight in the movies themselves, this franchise is dead in the water.

The thing is they would need two movies to tell even a barebones story that even resembles the Phoenix and Dark Phoenix sagas, and it's clear they didn't want to do that.

It's sad when the 90's cartoon successfully integrated an adapted form of the story is 10 times better than a multi-million dollar film. But I'm worried that since The Last Stand made enough money, there will be a sequel, like it or not. Cyclops will probably be gone (I agree, that scene seemed like a "screw you" move on the part of the producers), but given the deleted scenes, alternate endings, and such, they're going to make the other characters return, even if they have to recast.

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Re: Hmmm

from: No Name Person
date: May. 19th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)

I was really not happy with how they went about even setting up the Phoenix story in the second movie with how they connected it to that convoluted mutant doomsday device and the Wolverine/Weapon X program origin.

While I agree they would have had to do something different from the comic book to explain the Phoenix Force as a seperate outside entity it could have been done. They had Mastermind in a sense with the character they used as Strikers son and they could have used some other powerful psionic character (Emma Frost, Shadowking) to bring about the same conditions that caused Jean Grey to get possessed by Phoenix like in the comic.

It just seems like they were trying to throw characters in there in most of the movies to have wrestling like spot fights without any thought to why they are even there. Sabertooth and Wolverine had one interaction in the first movie where they teased something but, it never came to anything. Nightcrawler was in and out due mainly to the actor not wanting to return. The other villains they used for the Brotherhood could have been totally made up for the way they wrote them aside from Pyro who actually was never an X-Man or in the Brotherhood when Magneto was even around.

Worst of all was the Juggernaut who was not even a mutant and actually had more of a connection to Xavier then Magneto probably did. The way the character was written it seems they made him a mutant just to make that last scene with Leech work, which is not lazy spot writing.

Another character they crippled was Rouge since in the comic she had gained more practical and permanent powers from Ms. Marvel that would have made her able to actually probably beat all of the villains herself. As it was she could have probably absorbed Juggernauts powers and then Phoenix if given the chance. Instead they had her go off and get rid of her powers for Iceman of all people.

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