X-Men: Apocalypse will likely be yet another successful entry in the X-Men film franchise, but as a comic book adaptation, it’s pretty much a colossal disappointment. Fortunately, Apocalypse’s failure represents an opportunity for the entire X-Men film franchise going forward. Rather than continuing on the current path of diminishing returns and bloated filmmaking, the next X-Men film could reinvigorate the series and help it get back on track. The ending of Apocalypse, which sees a new X-Men team decked out in refreshingly colorful costumes in Professor X’s Danger Room, at least hints at the possiblity that things can be set right. Here are 10 ways to save the X-Men franchise.
10. Find A Way To Move On From Wolverine
With Hugh Jackman scheduled to make his final outing as Wolverine in next year’s third solo film (currently titled The Wolverine 3), one of the primary concerns for the next full-fledged X-Men film is how the series will carry on without him. Now, I’d make the argument that we’ve already seen that the X-Men are more than capable of holding together without Jackman’s presence, as he had little more than a cameo in X-Men: First Class and that film arguably remains the best in the series.
Still, Jackman is undoubtedly the face of the franchise and it’s hard not to like his gruff, charismatic take on Wolverine, even after he’s played the role in about a million different films at this point (slight exaggeration). Wolverine is too popular a character to leave on the sidelines for too long, so you just know Fox is going to recast the part at some point, but I’d say it would be better for everyone if the franchise took an extended break from the character. Let the other mutants shine for awhile and then surprise everyone five, ten years down the road with a dramatic Wolverine debut from a new actor.