Executive Producer Mark Millar, who spoke previously spoke about his involvement in the upcoming ‘The Wolverine’, explains further about why X-Men 3 and the Wolverine origin movie were not as successful as they could’ve been. I have my own reasons for why they were, to put it nicely, not good, but let’s see what Mark’s reasons were:
“I remember when I was writing Ultimate X-Men and people were saying ‘I want to see Gambit, I want to see Rogue, I want to see…’ Everybody has a list, and at first you think ‘I’m going to please everyone’ and then you realise you’re pleasing no-one by just throwing in ten second cameos, you know. I think that was the major problem with that first Wolverine movie and X-Men 3. Bryan Singer did such an incredible job with that original movie – it’s quite like Star Wars in that there’s Episodes IV, V and VI, and we’ve got the Matthew Vaughn prequels, and I love that – I love the fact that it simplifies so well. X-Men in the Nineties was so convoluted in comic-book terms, and Bryan drove a knife through it and make it work and simplified the whole thing.”
“I’d like to have that same approach and if we are bringing in a character then it shouldn’t just be for a trailer or to get a picture up online, get people excited, it should actually have a point in the story. The trick with that is to try and keep the cast relatively small so that you actually care about them.”
“I think as long as it’s done right… I know how it’s done, so I’m not worried. I’ve been in all these meetings and talked about it at length with everyone, and everything I hear sounds incredibly mainstream. It’s no more difficult than The Terminator, or whatever, there’s one element of time jump in it, but other than that it’s absolutely fine.”
I wish I could say that I disagree with Mark, but I don’t. He’s pretty much dead on with his assessment, however, I would also just like to add that a red leather suit, redder hair and a big fan (and I don’t mean overly-obsessed people) does not make one a Dark Phoenix, and it will always be a sore spot for me.