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7 Ways to Save The X-Men Franchise From Itself (Or At Least Give It a Kick in the Pants)

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With a new official image from upcoming sequel prequel (?) The Wolverine surfacing all over the nerd 'Net - not to mention announcements about the sequel prequel (ok, we need a word for these) to X-Men: First Class - it got me thinking about my favorite group of neurotic post-humans and how things are going for them at the box office. While the fact that we even need a word for the sequel to a prequel makes me want to burn my film degree and run screaming into the woods... it's also a symptom of the larger diseases plaguing the X-franchise.

What started off promising - if with a side order of cheese - with Brian Singer's two debuts in the X-verse has quickly devolved into the sort of nonsensical chaos that leaves many of us laughing in embarrassed pity at best, and outright offended at worst. I know I’m not the only one who has devoted a significant amount of brainpower to politely forgetting that Last Stand ever happened. Or how about all that wacky, tonally weird fun in Wolverine: Origins? As a long-term X-fan who's still holding out hope (and is also a movie reviewer who is going to have to sit through whatever comes next), may I present a list of humble suggestions, and trend corrections, to assist our dearly beloved mutants in getting their explosive, broody groove back.

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