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Sunday, February 05, 2006

X-Men 3

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Status: In production - October release.

Cast: Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, Aaron Standford as Pyro, Rebecca Romjin as Mystique, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, Vinne Jones as Juggernaut, Kesley Grammer as Beast, James Marsden as Cyclops , Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Ian McKellan as Magneto, Anna Paquin as Rouge, Halle Berry as Storm, Ben Foster as Angel/Archangel, Ellen Page as Kitty Pride/Shadowcat, Cayden Boyd as Young Angel, Cameron Bright as Leech, Olivia Williams as Dr. Moira McTaggert, Bill Duke as a politican, Michael Murphy as Warren Worthington Sr., Shohreh Aghdashloo as Dr. Kavita Rao, Eric Dane as Multiple Man, Omahyra Mota as Stacy X, Dania Ramirez as Callisto.

Synopsis: Third installment of the X-Men films. No story has been confirmed, BUT, I think its safe to say that the third part will revolve around the Phoenix saga. Reports indicate the producers want to skip ahead and go straight into the Dark Phoenix story. New characters rumored to be in X3 include Gambit, Beast, and Angel.

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* The meat of this issue is exactly the right move for this story to make at this time. Whedon has set up the basic issues for his limited run: a cure for mutancy exists, it’s apparently legitimate, and various factions are involved in the creation of it.

Rather than explore those factions in detail yet, Whedon keeps the focus on his main characters, and their varied reactions to this climactic news. There’s no way this topic is not politicized, not for these warriors on the front lines of mutant rights. So here Whedon has allowed himself to do what he does best, what he developed so well in three excellent TV shows: he lets people who care deeply about each other rip each other apart while we watch.

There’s been quick movement on the “Beast wants the cure” front, opposed this issue by a very spooked Wolverine. Whedon is the true successor to Morrison on the X-books (sadly, he may be the only current writer who even understood what Morrison was doing), and he’s zeroed in on the fear and self-doubt that Morrison’s Hank only barely dealt with.

He’s also keeping Kitty (a fairplayer by nature) and Emma (never one to worry about her own contradictions) in sharp focus. And if Scott’s still a bit of a blank … well, when isn’t he?
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