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Days of Future Podcast: Examining the X-Men

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Oct 28, 2020

In our laziest Halloween special yet, we forget entirely about the themed aspect of these October episodes and instead take an in-depth look at "X of Swords: Creation," the kick-off issue for the giant "X of Swords" crossover event currently running in the X-books. What did we think about the start of this epic story? Are we now excited for what is to come, or dreading this daunting, 22-part(!) story? 

Plus, we share our thoughts on the recent Twitter thread from Punisher co-creater Gerry Conway, discussing the precarious current state of the comic book industry, and how he would try to fix it. We also peek ahead to the upcoming MODOK show and its potential X-Men connections. All this, and more SPOOOOKY treats!

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Oct 7, 2020

We're finally living in a post-NEW MUTANTS world, and to celebrate, Trev has decided to be nice and let Joe lead a deep dive into - to date - the ONLY solo title starring one of his favorite X-Men characters. So we're taking a look at 2004's "Jubilee," written by Robert Kirkman of THE WALKING DEAD and MARVEL ZOMBIES fame. In this superheroic take on teen high school dramedies, Jubilee moves in with her mysterious aunt in Los Angeles, and tries to deal with the everyday routine of being a normal high school student. Did Kirkman create a necessary piece of Jubilee canon here? We discuss this, and more...including Tye Sheridan's recent comments about an eventual Cyclops recasting, and what the upcoming THE BOYS spin-off series on Amazon has to do with the X-Men!

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Sep 15, 2020

84 years after it was first announced, Fox's THE NEW MUTANTS is finally here. While your standard theaters might still not be safe, we both headed to our local drive-in to check out Josh Boone's film. Amidst numerous controversies regarding whitewashing, in-film racism, and misspelled credits, there's also the simple question...is the movie actually any good, and worth the lengthy wait? We discuss ALL of this, in an end-of-an-era episode as we review the final film in the twenty-year Fox X-Men saga.

Also, some brief thoughts on the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, and the return of our beloved, trademark Richard Kind talk. 

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Aug 26, 2020

On the eve of the VERY long-awaited NEW MUTANTS movie release, we finally take an in-depth look at the classic comic book story-arc that serves as it's inspiration, the "Demon Bear" story from issues 18-20 of "New Mutants" (1983). Writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz (making his debut on the book) gave readers an intense horror tale the likes of which hadn't been seen in an X-book, as the entire team must rally to protect their fallen comrade Dani Moonstar from a murderous demonic entity from her past. We read the story arc, discussing how it helped finally establish "New Mutants" as more than JUST another X-Men spin-off, how immediately revolutionary Sienkiewicz's artwork was...and what the heck is the deal with Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander, two of the strangest supporting characters in X-Men history.

Plus, talk of the various highlights from DC's online Fandome event, plus news of a new Wolverine comic title. All this and more, so listen on.

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Aug 10, 2020

With Channing Tatum's oft-delayed GAMBIT movie a fading memory of our past, in this episode we turn to a recent X-Men fan film - GAMBIT: PLAY FOR KEEPS - in order to get our live-action fix of the ragin' Cajun. Along with Gambit, the short film features a few other comic book favorites like Rogue, Magik, and...uhhh...Eric Roberts? Anyway, we discuss whether or not the film accurately captures the spirit of the characters, and what impressed us most this apparent labor of love.

Plus, Trev covers some of the highlights (or low-lights) of the recent HOLLYWOOD REPORTER article detailing Bryan Singer's horrible behavior on the first two X-Men movies, and Joe discusses his recent trip to the "Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes" exhibit at Dearborn, Michigan's Henry Ford Museum. All this, and more!

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Jul 30, 2020

The ongoing saga of THE NEW MUTANTS, filmed back in 1923, continues, and so does our coverage. This time, we were both lucky enough to attend this year's San Diego Comic Con!! Well, okay, in fact EVERYONE was, as it was an entirely online virtual event this year. One of the most anticipated moments WAS the NEW MUTANTS panel, featuring director Josh Boone and the entire cast, and we're here to discuss not only their conversation, but also the new footage we got to see.

Plus, some discussion about the "X of Swords" revelations from the Marvel comics panel, confusion about the "X-Men Fandom Surprise Party" panel, as well as a supersized edition of our usual show-opening tangents and off-topic discussion. Hey, it's quarantine and we're losing our minds...what do you want?

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Jul 15, 2020

Trev & Joe return (again) from an unexpected hiatus, to address their thoughts on the strife and frustration of recent current events in America. What is the importance of comic books, particularly a socially-minded franchise like the X-Men, at times of real life tragedy and resistance? What is the value of these characters beyond just simple entertainment? And how would we like to see the comic books and movies address these events in the months (and years) ahead? 

Plus, talk of Janelle Monae's stated desire to play Storm in the MCU X-MEN films, and Joe quizzes Trev on the accuracy of recent X-MEN in the MCU rumors. All this, and more!

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May 30, 2020

In the latest installment of our film commentary series, we're taking a look at 2016's surprise mega-hit DEADPOOL. What makes Ryan Reynolds such a great casting choice? What does director Tim Miller bring to a crowded genre? How close to the comics is the film? And does the movie hold up four years after its release? We discuss all this and more while viewing the film. As usual with our commentaries, watching along with us is recommended, but certainly not required.

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May 24, 2020

Finally breaking our COVID-19 quarantine silence, in this episode we return to briefly catch-up on how we're both handling the ongoing lockdown. Thankfully, we also remembered this is meant to be an X-Men podcast, so conversation eventually turns to the newly announced NEW MUTANTS release date (again!) and whether we think it will actually happen this time, Rob Liefeld's comments about Disney sleeping on DEADPOOL 3, and the return of weekly physical comic book releases. Plus a brief discussion of which X-Men characters would best be suited to a weekly Disney+ series. All this, and more, in one of our most casual, freewheeling episodes ever (and you know that's saying something).

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Apr 20, 2020

Trev & Joe check in with their personal quarantine updates, before discussing the current perilous state of the comic book industry, and finally revealing the listener-determined winner of this year's Mutant March Madness tournament of Best Mutant Powers.

Then, in one of the craziest things to ever happen on our show, an inter-dimensional rift opens, sucking us all inside and depositing listeners in an alternate world where NEW MUTANTS mania is running wild after the wildly successful release of the SECOND New Mutants movie. That's right, get ready to experience "NEWS Mutants," the podcast about all things New Mutants, as these alternate versions of Trev & Joe review "New Mutants: War Children," a one-shot published last year which saw the return of celebrated creative team Chris Claremont & Bill Sienkiewicz (thanfully, this issue exists in OUR world, too, so everyone should hopefully still find this review helpful).

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Apr 1, 2020

The actual March Madness might not have happened this year, but we've got your back, with the return of our annual Mutant March Madness tournament. This year, we're pitting 64 mutant abilities against each other, in a battle to determine the best power of them all. Included are powers from the comics AND X-Men cinematic universe. Determining factors include how cool the power looks, how handy it would be in combat, and how much you'd like to have it in "real life." And if we still can't decide after those questions, then it's down to "which power would be the most advantageous in a game of basketball?" What IS the greatest mutant power of them all? Listen to our spirited discussion here, and then discover how YOU can have a hand in the final determination!

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Mar 17, 2020

As the world hunkers down into a pandemic-created quarantine, we've decided to spend this valuable time diving into one of the strangest pieces of X-Men history, the April 1983 one-shot "Obnoxio the Clown vs. The X-Men." This issue saw the mascot of the then recently-cancelled Marvel humor magazine "Crazy" invited to the X-Mansion to perform for Kitty Pryde's birthday. Unfortunately, he just so happens to arrive at the same time a bizarre villain named Eye-Scream is planning an attack on the X-Men....and (allegedly) wacky hijinks ensue. We discuss both the one-shot and the history of the Obnoxio character in general, in order to decipher why this issue even happened, and why Obnoxio is mostly forgotten about today.

Plus, we of course have to talk about the recent coronavirus cancellation of THE NEW MUTANTS' upcoming release. Is this movie truly cursed? 

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Feb 22, 2020

Why the heck was one of the new Dawn of X titles called "Fallen Angels," you ask? Well, it turns out the name (and name only) is, apparently a reference to a New Mutants spin-off mini-series by Jo Duffy and Kerry Gammill from 1987. In this totally bonkers eight-issue miniseries, Sunspot (Bobby da Costa) runs away from his New Mutant teammates, with alien buddy Warlock in tow, and soon the two find themselves mixed up with a bizarre team of young, super-powered street criminals, led by a former X-Villain. Along for the ride are Multiple Man and Siryn, who are sent by Magneto and Moira MacTaggert to locate the wayward New Mutants, but soon also find themselves part of this new ragtag group. It's an absolutely wild series that highlights all that was great (and confusing) about comic books in the late '80s, and we're here to talk all about it.

But first, we check in with how we're feeling about the initial wave of Dawn of X books now that the second wave is beginning to hit, and we also spend arguably a bit too much time talking about the filmographies of Kelsey Grammar and Tom Arnold. All this, and more, so give it a listen.

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Jan 29, 2020

In what feels like the saga that never ends, we are once again being promised (threatened with?) an upcoming release of Josh Boone's THE NEW MUTANTS. In this episode, we take a look at the recently released new trailer, and discuss our thoughts on both the trailer and the upcoming release in general. Are we still excited to see the movie? What do we think are the best-case scenarios for the film, and its impact on the MCU? Do we even really believe the movie is coming out??

Plus, we take a look at Patrick Stewart's recent statements about a supposed X-Men related meeting with Kevin Feige, and also share our take on the potential role Scarlet Witch will play in introducing mutants into the MCU. All this, and more!

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Jan 9, 2020

After a bit of a holiday break, we're back to talk all things...Star Wars? That's right, instead of our usual off-topic tangents (and on the perhaps foolish belief that you all like just listening to us talk about ANY nerdy stuff), we've decided to dedicate an entire episode to our thoughts on STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER and Disney+'s THE MANDALORIAN. It's a very interesting time for Star Wars, with a fan-base divided and general confusion and disagreements about where the franchise should go next. How did we feel about the new movie, and the much-hyped new streaming series? And how do we feel about Star Wars in general these days? All this and more, answered within.

Don't worry, we'll be back to discussing X-Men (including a look at the new NEW MUTANTS trailer) very soon. So please pardon this temporary diversion.

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Dec 17, 2019

It's Christmas time, that time of the year when we celebrate a jolly old man with a white beard...that's right, Chris Claremont! On this episode, we're taking a look at director Patrick Meaney's documentary "Chris Claremont's X-Men," now available on Amazon Prime. The doc takes an in-depth look at Claremont's long original run on the X-Men books, honoring his legacy and mourning a business model that evolved beyond him. We share our thoughts on the movie, as well as offer our own takes on Claremont and his undeniable place in X-Men history. 

Plus, a look at the crazy roster of the newly announced "Hellions" book, and our usual, trademark, totally-on-topic talk of The Simpsons, Star Wars, and more.

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Nov 27, 2019

It's Thanksgiving, and a reunited Trev & Joe are thankful for "Dawn of X," the start of the Jonathan Hickman overseen, post-HoxPox relaunch of the X-Men comic line. And so, in this episode, we share our thoughts on the first issues of the brand new X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, X-Force, and Fallen Angels titles. What do we think of each individual book, and how do these initial issues have us feeling about the new direction in general?

Plus, talk of the JASON BOURNE movies, CORKY ROMANO, the classic ABC sitcom DINOSAURS, the "Snyder cut," preferred Thanksgiving meal entrees, Baby Yoda, and so much more! 

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Nov 16, 2019

Disney+ has arrived, and while everyone is busy obsessing over THE MANDALORIAN (and fretting over "Maclunkey"), let's not forget that means we suddenly have access to a wide variety of animated X-Men fare. On this episode, we discuss the three X-Men animated series that are available on the service - the classic '90s X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, the high-school based X-MEN: EVOLUTION, and the surprisingly mature, one-season wonder, WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN. 

Plus, we check in with some quick thoughts on the first issues that have so far been released in the "Dawn of X" event (before a deeper dive next episode), and Joe takes Trevor to task for abandoning him to a harsh November snowstorm in Michigan. All this, and more!

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Oct 30, 2019

For our fifth annual Halloween episode, we're taking a look at 1985's "Heroes for Hope: Starring the X-Men" one-shot, a special issue put together by Marvel to help raise awareness about hunger in Africa, with all proceeds for the book going towards African famine relief. A surprisingly dark, psychological horror-tinged tale that sees the X-Men battling an ancient demon that can summon their greatest fears, this book was a true all-star effort, with contributions from both numerous famous comic creators (including Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Brian Bolland, Archie Goodwin, Denny O'Neill, John Romita Jr. and many others), AND a few notable authors from outside the industry, such as George R.R. Martin, Edward Bryant, Harlan Ellison, and the master of terror himself, Stephen King.

Plus, we try to figure out which X-Men characters would be best suited to play some of our favorite iconic horror movie characters (n case they want to trade in superheroics for acting), and Trev offers some very brief thoughts on the first couple "Dawn of X" titles, X-Men #1 and Marauders #1. All this and more, so turn off the lights, go grab some of that Halloween candy you stole from your children (you know you do it), and give us a listen.

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Oct 17, 2019

HoX PoX is complete! Jonathan Hickman's epic, and much-publicized 12-issue relaunch of the X-Men universe wrapped up last week, so now - on the eve of the "Dawn of X" series of new monthly X-titles - it's time for us to look back at the complete HoX PoX saga. What did we think of "House of X" and "Powers of X" overall? Who were our favorite characters, and what were the most exciting moments? Do we have any theories or predictions? And how x-cited are we for what is to come next? All of these questions and more are answered, as we get into an in-depth discussion of what truly was one of the biggest and most revolutionary events in X-Men history.

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Oct 1, 2019

We're back! That's right, it's our long-awaited Season Two premiere, and we're celebrating with a belated, but nonetheless exciting look at the third and final season of FX's LEGION. After a controversial second season, Noah Hawley's mind-bending look at David Haller, the troubled son of Charles Xavier, returned and wrapped up this past summer. Were we satisfied with the resolution? And how do we now feel about the series in total? We answer these questions and more, with an in-depth (sorta) look at the third season.

But first, talk of the Disney/Sony Spider-Man brouhaha, the brief rumor of Kit Harrington playing Wolverine, and the X-Men cartoons coming to the Disney+ streaming service. Plus, we check in on HoXPox, and discuss how we're currently feeling about Jonathan Hickman's epic relaunch of the X-MEN comic universe.

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Aug 5, 2019

It's the season one finale of Days of Future Podcast (don't worry, we explain within), and we're going out with a bang! First up, we discuss the MCU Phase Four announcements from San Diego Comic Con, assessing the cinematic universe the X-Men will eventually be entering in the (near?) future. Then, we take a look at all of the upcoming X-universe comic titles that were announced at SDCC. What do we think about out first peek at the post-HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X X-Men landscape?

Speaking of HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X (or "HoX PoX," as the cool kids are calling it), the first issues of both have been released, and we've read them! That's right, Joe is joining Trev in staying current on this epic relaunch of the X-Men universe. We take a deep dive into the first two issues of Jonathan Hickman's bold new take on Marvel's mutants, summarizing the events and then sharing our thoughts and predictions on what's to come. It's an incredibly exciting time to be a X-MEN fan, to be sure, but do we feel the initial issues lived up to the hype? Listen on to find out!

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Jul 22, 2019

In 2001, writer Peter Milligan and artist Michael Allred took over X-FORCE, ditching the characters fans already knew and loved for a completely new cast and a bold new concept - a satirical book about a mutant superhero team that were also reality TV stars. Eventually re-launching with the new title X-STATIX, this insanely creative title would be ultimately short-lived, but go on to enjoy a strong cult following to this day. Now, 15 years since the original X-STATIX title ended, Mister Sensitive, Doop, Dead Girl, Vivisector, & U-Go Girl are back (along with some new members), in Milligan and Allred's brand-new GIANT SIZE X-STATIX #1. In this episode, we discuss the issue, giving our thoughts on if the return of X-Statix lived up to the hype, and also our excitement over the surprise announcement at the end of the issue.

Plus, we've seen the first three episodes of the third and final season of LEGION, so we're checking in with our initial thoughts on the climactic run. Is it still as weird as ever? Is the new storyline worthy of the second season cliffhanger? And what do we think of the show's depiction of Charles Xavier? All this, and more.

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Jun 24, 2019

The Fox era is officially over (yeah, yeah, we know...NEW MUTANTS...but whatever), and so we figured it was a good time to look at the entire Fox X-Film franchise and offer our definitive rankings of the twelve films. How similar are our lists? Which films do we believe stand above the rest, and which do we consider unwatchable? And what is our overall impression of the entire franchise? Listen on to find out.

Plus, with DARK PHOENIX released and already evaporating from the public consciousness, we take a look at the fallout, including details on the original ending, Simon Kinberg assuming personal responsibility for its failure, and what its future reputation might be. Also, new info about a scrapped Beast movie, Joe discusses his excitement about the upcoming Hickman run of X-books, and we offer our thoughts on who Keanu Reeves could play in the X-Men wing of the MCU. All this, and, in the return of Mutant Match-Up, we ponder whether a villainous telepath or a certain snarky mercenary would be the better candidate to relaunch the X-Men film franchise for Disney.

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Jun 10, 2019

It is finally upon us. Nearly 20 years after it started, the Fox X-MEN franchise comes to a close with DARK PHOENIX, which arrived in theaters this past weekend to an embarrassing critical drubbing and dreadful box office results. But does the film really deserve the reaction it received? We're here to share our thoughts on the highs and lows of the film - What does it get right? What does it get wrong? What did we think of Sophie Turner's titular performance? And is the movie a worthy conclusion to this iteration of the X-Men cinematic saga? We discuss all this and more, in an in-depth review and breakdown of DARK PHOENIX. 

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