I was not exposed to the X-men characters of Marvel when young - I was more a Phantom and Mandrake fan, besides the desi Amar Chitra Kathas. So, though various X-men films came and went, I was not particularly fascinated by them.
Until Star World decided to run the complete X-men film series a few weeks back. They had the movies shown in sequence from the first one - X-men to the last - X-men : Days of Future Past.
I guess the lack of better TV programs possibly led me to watch the channel long enough to start enjoying it. And what better company than my nearly four year old, who didn't want me to switch channels after he watched it for a while! By no yardstick is X-men a program for small children, but then it is fascinating to attempt to understand their interests once in a while!
There are seven movies so far in the series in the following order:
- X-Men: The Last Stand
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- X-Men: First Class
- The Wolverine
- X-men : Days of Future Past
X-men is all about humans vs mutants. Hmm! to be precise - good humans vs bad humans vs good mutants vs bad mutants.
The first of the movie sets the context, introduces the characters - the good and the bad mutants and throws some light on some of their past. There are always some bad humans looking to destroy mutants which fuel the fire of the bad mutants.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is a recurring character in pretty much all the movies. He is a person who can magically manifest metal claws from his knuckles and who can never be wounded or killed thanks to adamantium in his body. Of course you have a bunch of other mutants - each with special skills - ability to read mind, control motion, produce fire, produce cold, change forms and so on.
Both the movies which have "Wolverine" in their title revolve solely around the character of Hugh Jackman - the first one narrating how he came to be and the second one on him going to Tokyo as part of the dying wish of a friend.
The latest one, X-men: Days of Future Past sees Wolverine going to past (1973 to be precise) to prevent an incident which would otherwise lead to the extinction of mutants.
And no, I didn't binge-watch these - that would be too much!