But MAN... am I ever excited! Despite all the character problems Fox has thrown into the mix, I really think it's going to be a good movie.
What am I looking forwards to? (SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!)
- The relationship between Xavier and Mystique. Early reviews say it's of the brother/sister type and I hope that's true as it would be an interesting dynamic. Plus I always just love brother/sister relationships.
- James McAvoy as Xavier. I really like McAvoy, but I have not absolutely loved him in a role since Narnia. I have a feeling this could be the changing film.
- Michael Fassbender as Magneto. I've never seen Fassbender in anything other than the X-Men trailers, but between those, the pictures, and all the interviews I've read with him I can tell he's going to be FANTASTIC!
- Jennifer Lawrence's take on Mystique. Even though I feel this spin is really going to be NOTHING like the comics, I still think it will make for a VERY interesting character to watch.
- DARWIN! Prior to reading X-Factor and "Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire" I had little interest in Darwin. But now that I actually know who he is, I'm pretty excited!
- Havok! It's high time we had a proper young hothead in these films!
- Young Hank/Beast. Beast is one of the most adorable and lovable X-Men (after Nightcrawler and tying with Kitty and Peter). Seeing him as a young nerd has so much 'awww' potential!
- Moira McTaggart and her relationship with Xavier. She actually made a brief appearance in X-3, and their early relationship has a big effect on later events in the comics. However we've seen very little of any interaction with them in the trailers so there is a LOT still to learn.
- Sebastian Shaw. Shaw's never been one of my favorite villians (SINISTER ALL THE WAY) but he is better than most. He's got more elegance and wit than most (I'm looking at you, Apocalypse), and is actually interesting to watch. And it looks like Kevin Bacon is going to do a fantastic job.
- Grown-up Emma Frost (as opposed to the teen in Wolverine). So far I've been less than impressed with January Jones' acting, but there is still potential for coolness...
- Telepathic battle between Xavier and Emma. C'mon. Why put Emma in the film if you're not gonna have a telepathic battle?
- Banshee learning to fly. We've seen clips of this in the trailers and it looks like it'll be fun.
- Wolverine's rumored cameo.
- Other rumored cameos.
That's everything that comes to mind! So you can see why I'm having trouble controlling the impulse here... ;)
Okay, back to work on the SOTB movie editing!