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The recent trend for franchise sequels and reboots has created an interesting, and slightly irritating, side-effect in Hollywood. You know what I mean, the Rise of the Age of the Cliche, Unoriginal Subtitle...Rising.

Whereas in days of yore it was enough just to stick a number on the end of a movie title to denote a sequel, now many franchise sequels or reboots prefer to go with a subtitle. However, it seems most of these sequel titles draw their words from a very small phraseological gene pool. Luckily, it seems like this trend could be on the way out, or at least, the studios are starting to become more aware of it.

According to [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) composer and editor, John Ottman, FOX did originally toy with giving the next X-Men movie, [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267), a cliche subtitle. He explained to Hit Fix:

I know they wanted to call the film "Age of Apocalypse," but they couldn't because there's some other film coming out around the same time called "Age of" something and they didn't want to make it sound like the exact same title. They decided that would be lame so they just called it "Apocalypse."

With [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) and [Transformers: Age of Extinction](movie:206531) already hogging the 'Age of' subtitle, it probably makes pretty good business, as well as creative sense, to omit it.

However, even if X-Men did utilize this name, they would have one defense - it actually is the name of an original Apocalypse comic-book story. It could also still be the one used for inspiration for the movie. John Ottman doesn't know for sure, but he did spot something:

I know that there's like this giant, hard-bound book that I saw them going through in my editing room a few months ago. So I think they're taking all that to heart. But as to which one it is or which combination of stories it is, I have no idea.

Apparently, according to this infographic, the X-Men: Apocalypse movie will be set in the 1980s, which means personally, I'd like the title, X-Men: Apocalypse Then.

What do you think? Do these kind of subtitles annoy you? Let me know below.


Which overused subtitle annoys you most?

Source: Hit Fix (Via


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