Chris Claremont

Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont

It’s difficult to imagine a time when the X-Men wasn’t a powerhouse team of mutant avengers. Almost as difficult as it is to imagine a time when Marvel didn’t own all media. In our new world where comic book movies are the dominant genre, it’s easy to forget that comic books  — particularly the X-Men — were struggling in the 1970s. Then, Chris Claremont came along. He injected new life into “The X-Men,” crafting adventures that resonated with audiences, some of which would go on to become classics of the genre. One of those stories, “The Days of Future Past” is now the basis for the X-Men movie you’re planning on seeing this Friday. In a striking parallel, Claremont sought to elevate comic stories by treating them seriously. By looking beyond the silly costumes and wacky powers to find the human beings underneath. Now, decades later, that same formula has made comic book movies some of the biggest franchises on the planet. Sorry, Mr. Schumacher. To get a fuller view of the man who saved the X-Men, check out the trailer for Comics In Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men.

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One of the most enduring and well-liked storylines from Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s legendary run on the “Uncanny X-Men” comic book was known as ‘Days of Future Past.’ It introduced readers to a post-apocalyptic future (hilariously, 2013) where the Earth is controlled by giant robots, mutants are all either killed or locked up in internment camps, and only a small handful of rebels remain. These rebels, determining that all of this badness started with the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and his subsequent martyring by anti-mutant forces, send an older version of Kitty Pryde back to the present to warn the X-Men that they must stop the assassination at all costs. Basically, the story is a cross between Back to the Future and The Terminator, with super-powered mutants, and it’s one of the front-runners for coolest thing ever. So it’s super exciting to hear that Matthew Vaughn is apparently going to be using it as the inspiration for the sequel to his 2011 reboot of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: First Class. Confirmation of this news came from an interview IGN conducted with producer Bryan Singer. When asked what he could reveal about the First Class sequel, Singer dropped a bombshell by saying, “It’s going to be very ambitious. It’s called Days of Future Past, and it deals with aspects of that comic but also some very new things… I just don’t want to give any of it away. Matthew Vaughn will be directing […]

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