Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Day I Talk About X-Men 3 (Again)

The Cure for mutantcy.

That's the theme for the upcoming X-Men movie. Well, other than the resurrection of Jean Grey in the form of Phoenix. But that's the soap opera part. What I'm going to talk about today is the cure.

Imagine if you were different, and had everybody hate you. Maybe it's because you were of a different colour; maybe you were gay; or maybe, you had a mental disability. Society looks at you differently and hates you. Then, somebody comes up with a cure for you "difference". The question is, will you take it? Or will you embrace what you are, despite the social stigma attached to being different?

On many levels, the X-Men stories reflect real life figuratively.

The "Cure" storyline was first introduced in the first issue of Astonishing X-Men in 2004, written by Buffy-creator Joss Whedon.

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Astonishing X-Men #1
(I know, it looks surprisingly similar to the X3 logo)

An Indian Doctor, Dr Kavita Rao, discovers a cure for the mutant x-gene. This information quickly perpetrates to the media and many mutants, especially those with physical and life-halting mutations, are queueing up to get it. Among the X-Men, Beast gets his hands on the mutant cure and is deliberating about using it when Wolverine interjects and gets into a tussle with him. After that, Beast decides that an X-Men never gives up on their roots and doesn't take the cure.

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X-Men: The Last Stand

In the latest instalment of the movie, a mutant cure similar to that of the cure in the comics has been discovered. Cue pandemonium and disparity. Warren Worthington III (Angel), whose father wants him to take the cure so as to have his wings removed, goes against the idea and runs away from the lab moments before the cure is administered to him. In this movie, I expect that Rogue, Beast, and many of the mutants with socially-stigmatised mutations (blue fur, uncontrollable life-force-sucking touch etc.) will deliberate about whether or not to take the cure.

I hope that everbody who watches the movie will see beyond the action (I admit, I'm really looking forward the the CGI action scenes), Jean's soap-opera-ish resurrection, and understand the true meaning the film is meaning to deliver.

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