For those waiting to see initial reviews of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be in for quite a surprise. Despite previous acclaim to the new continuity established in earlier installments, the X-Men’s latest exploits against the ancient mutant Apocalypse is not faring well, not by a long shot.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the average score is at 47%. Compared to previous films floating around the 80’s and 90’s, this is rather disheartening. Many complaints state the film suffers from a “been there, done that” mentality. Similarly, the direction of the franchise under the helm by Bryan Singer may have finally reached its definitive conclusion.
Of course, there have been many examples of critics saying one thing, and fans another. And a film not loved by critics can be embraced by fans and eventually win naysayers over. But something tells me this is won’t be the case for this movie.
Depending on how the film performs at the box office, there might be some blessings to this affair. Similar to how Spider-Man was able to join Marvel’s MCU through an agreement between Sony and Marvel/Disney, Fox may be open to allowing Marvel’s mutant to join that continuity. It would explain the delaying of the Inhumans film, but that’s just my thought on that matter.
Then again, Fox is still holding on to the Fantastic Four’s film rights for dear life, even after the debacle of their recent cinematic endeavor last year. Personally I would love to see the mutants join the MCU since that would open many famous and endearing storylines on to the silver screen. But my pessimist side is not placing high hopes that this will bring any positive news.
What do you guys think of the recent critical reviews of X-Men: Apocalypse? Do you think this will bring something good? Is it critical hoopla?