The X-Men from the original trilogy send Wolverine back through time to help the X-Men of the First Class in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Wolverine must help Professor X, Beast and Magneto stop Mystique from killing an important political figure looking to hunt down mutants and possible starting an all out war between humans and mutants.
In the series of X-Men and Wolverine spinoff movies that have been made, this one ranks third of the ones I’ve seen. It’s really good, and in my opinion, the best to feature both sets of X-Men. That being said, this seems like an odd choice for Disney+ to choose as the first “X-Men” film to put on the app. To truly enjoy this film, you’ve had to have at least seen “X-Men: First Class” and probably should also have seen “X-Men” and “X2: X-Men United.” I understand that it depends on what streaming rights Disney+ has acquired at this time and X-Men is a popular franchise, so they want to get them on quickly during this time when there’s little new stuff being added, but it’s still hard for a new viewer to jump into the franchise with this one.
I love seeing the dichotomy between the older and younger versions of Professor X and Magneto. Their frenemy relationship is awesome to see. You can tell they have the same end goal, but disagree with how to bring it about. They both want a better world for mutants without being seen as a threat to humans, but Magneto only sees the worst in humans while Professor X sees the best in them, despite them both seeing humans at both their best and their worst. It’s the eternal pessimist versus the eternal optimist.
Let’s talk about the best new character in this film, Quicksilver. The executives at Marvel Studios should’ve watched this movie to see how to portray Quicksilver correctly. This version of Quicksilver is ten thousand times more intriguing than whatever that was in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” While both “X-Men” and “Avengers” are Marvel properties, it’s clear the 20th Century Fox team understood this character to make you want to see more of him, rather than making him a sacrificial lamb that makes you care far more about Hawkeye than he does Quicksilver.
In this film, we get a lot of callbacks to the earlier films while also seeing some plot growth and even a little bit of retconning of the films that didn’t exactly work. It continues the legacy of the “X-Men” and helps us to enjoy more characters along the way. It’s an excellent film that’s worthy of being on Disney+. I like the idea of adding one of these movies a week in a summer celebration, even if these seems like an odd one to be first. It’s my hope that all of the “X-Men” and “Wolverine” movies be added, although I don’t think that will work with “Logan.” This was the film that made me hopeful for “X-Men” movies again the first time I saw it. I hope it brings that same hope and enjoyment for others.
Ranking: 4 stars out of 5
What did you think of “X-Men: Days of Future Past?”