You know, that new X-Men DOFP trailer came out and everyone’s all excited…
Why do I feel like I’m the only one in the fandom asking how the hell Charles regained the ability to walk and Beast got magically cured in the time since First Class?
I’m sure people are standing ready with their explanations and theories, but I sort of feel like if you need to make one then the film’s already lost.
Charles randomly gets to walk on occasion in the comics, but I always found that to be a cop out. I had always admired the fact that the universe’s most powerful telepath also happened to be a character with a disability. You know, representation and stuff. It is a comic book about the oppression of a minority group, after all.
And wasn’t part of the point of First Class to teach how you shouldn’t have to hide who you really are? Mystique even makes that point again in X2.
Silly me, here I thought the whole point of Beast’s serum backfiring on itself was to teach him a powerful lesson about his self-hatred, by making him live with “Mystique’s ugliness” for the rest of his life. Good thing he now has storytelling convenience on his side that lets him turn his mutation on and off whenever he likes!
lololololol who am I kidding though? Fox and dramatic subtlety? Character and developmental payoff? That’s like asking them not to forget who built Cerebro between the time they filmed X1 and First Class.
You’re definitely not the only one! I’ve seen it a lot since the trailer came out, and at least most of the people in fandom I know have been talking about it for a while. I forgot when people first started to figure it out from the on-set pictures. But anyway, there are plenty of people who agree with you.
It’s supposedly going to be Charles and Hank learning that lesson again, this time with something Hank develops that actually works, but hurts Charles somehow too. And I guess Hank, because he evidently stops using it too and ends up turning into blue Frasier.
Or not because I try to think of continuity as a suggestion. I’m not going to hurt myself that way.
Anyway I hate when they undisable Charles and I hate that I heard about this and thought “Oh well at least the “happy ending” in this case will be him as a capable and respected disabled person, and not killing his disabled body to turn into a cat person or getting lovingly murdered by Clint Eastwood”.
That is a very low bar. I hope someday people will look back and laugh at how silly people were in 2014 for going to such great lengths to avoid showing a person in a wheelchair.
I hope so too!
I guess the comics aren’t exempt from that kind of silliness either. It’s always been my observation that “pretty” mutants get to be in the X-Men. Everyone else either gets to be a villain, or made attractive enough to be redeemed and join the X-Men anyway.
There are a few exceptions, of course.