It's easy to forget that the current series of X-Men movies started with Matthew Vaughn. Six years ago, the Kick-Ass and Kingsman director made the reboot X-Men: First Class, and was getting ready to make its sequel before semi-mysteriously dropping out. And while Vaughn and others have previously dropped a few hints about that departure, new details make it even more disappointing.
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Fox's upcoming X-Men drama The Gifted is a Marvel story as old as time. People with powers walk among us, those without powers fear them, and the government is seemingly hell-bent on capturing and imprisoning all of the... well, the gifted.
"Right now, once this one is done, I'd like to do something really different." That was Bryan Singer last summer talking about his fourth X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. He then did just that and started prepping a movie about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, but he's already getting sucked back in.
Everything that's good, and bad, about X-Men: Apocalypse can be traced to it being part of the successful X-Men franchise. It's not only the third film in the series (in the new movie continuity), but also the sixth (overall), and also the ninth (if you count solo movies) which creates certain expectations -- expectations that no movie could possibly meet.
We know that the next instalment of the X-Men franchise will likely be taking place in the 1990s, but now we might know where it will take place: in outer space.
If you haven't heard of the new web series H+, you're seriously missing out. It tells the story of a world where humans have implanted themselves with a revolutionary new device known as the H+ Nano, which augments your body and allows you to interact with the world and the internet in a way that sees the screen overlaid on your eyes. Adoption is massive, so what happens when a hyper-connected humanity goes offline?