15 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About X-Men: The Last Stand

x-men-the-last-standThe X-Men franchise revolutionized the superhero film. Before the beloved Marvel characters came to the big screen, there wasn’t much in the way of pathos in superhero films. That all changed when director Bryan Singer took a shine to the civil rights analogies inherent in the X-Men universe.

Singer took the story deeper into the xenophobia realm with X-2, dealing with Stryker and Magneto’s genocidal absolutism vs. Xavier’s desire to find the middle ground. At the time, the complex social commentary was unparalleled in the genre. The studio clamored for a third installment of the series with Singer at the helm. But when Singer got a better offer to cross the cinematic aisle to a DC film, X-Men: The Last Stand was left without a director.

Eventually, the studio hired Rush Hour director, Brett Ratner. Fox has since produced plenty of successful reboots since and the franchise is still going strong over a decade later, but X-Men: The Last Stand remains a blight on the franchise.

The entire production process was fraught with strife and drama. In the end, it was an awful lot of trouble for a film that would be forgettable if it weren’t so memorably awful.

Here are 15 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About The Disastrous X-Men: The Last Stand.

Read the list at Screenrant!

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15 Amazingly Subtle Clues That Characters Were Imaginary

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It goes by many names: Schizophrenia, Multiple Personalities, or the more technically accurate Disassociative Identity Disorder. What it comes down to is that a pivotal character in a film or TV show was never really there. They helped the hero find their emotional strength or served as a scapegoat for the unspeakable acts the protagonist has committed, but in the end, they were nothing but a hallucination.

David Fincher’s classic film isn’t the only story that pulled a Fight Club. But even if the protagonist is revealed as mentally unstable straight off the bat, we can’t go around assuming that it’s always a Tyler Durden thing. That’s why it’s always impressive when a writer is able to pull it off, especially if they’ve peppered the story with subtle hints that only come to light on the second viewing. Sometimes things will stand out right away. Others clues require even more scrutiny and repeated viewings to notice. But it’s always thrilling when a great story is can keep you guessing and surprises you with the reveal that one of the main characters was never really there.

Let’s hear it for these 15 Amazingly Subtle Clues That Characters Were Imaginary All Along. Spoilers abound, naturally.

Read the list at Screenrant!

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