I'm sure we can all agree that the greatest animated adventures of Xavier's gifted youngsters was the X-Men series running from 1992 until 1997. That being said, the show was so good that we often forget about the quality of the franchise's reboot that was intended to peak our interests just in time for the very first X-Men live-action movie. I am, of course, talking about X-Men: Evolution!
So why then, if I believe that the original 90's series remains the benchmark for any X-Men adaptation so far, have I dedicated a [#ThrowbackThursday](tag:2798395) post to the inferior (but still fantastic) X-Men Evolution? Well, with the recent castings of significantly younger verions of Kurt Wagner, Jean Grey, Scott Summers and Ororo Munroe, it makes sense for X-Men Apocalypse to draw inspiration from the TV show that successfully put the X-Men back into the classrooms of Xavier's Institute. In fact, you could argue that this influence has already begun in X-Men: First Class aesthetically.
Bryan Singer has cast Kodi Smit-McPhee as a young Kurt Wagner for X-Men Apocalypse, which makes the suspicion that Singer is looking back to X-Men Evolution for inspiration even stronger. There is no doubt that the movie will, (just as the animated series did) show our favorite X-Men tackling puberty alongside saving the world - but here's even more ways we want to see X-Men Evolution's influence within the franchise's next installment...
Make Cyclops a REAL Leader again!
In comparison to the X-Men movies, Cyclops in X-Men Evolution was a much stronger and more interesting leader, despite being much younger in the show. Through his actions we learned why Scott leads the X-Men, rather than just being told that he's the leader and yet showing no leadership skills. (Sorry, James Marsden!)
Nightcrawler's important role
Nightcrawler's involvement was key to the show right from the very beginning, whereas we had to wait until X-Men 2 to see him in live-action... and even then, he didn't return to the franchise for X-Men: The Last Stand! We already know that he'll play a part in X-Men Apocalypse, and hopefully his role will be as substantial as it was in X-Men 2.
Scott and Alex Summers
One of the greatest story lines from X-Men Evolution was when Havok AKA Alex Summers was introduced out of nowhere - giving the interesting dynamic between Professor X and Magneto an even sharper edge, as they both keep a Summers brother by their side.
Rogue turns bad-ass again!
X-Men: Evolution redesigned Rogue with a gothic aesthetic, which worked perfectly for a millennial re-invention and suits her bleak outlook caused by her mutant abilities.
Maybe I'm the only one to think this, but we need a better live-action representation of Colossus! Although he featured in the background of previous live-action X-Men films, it was only to the extent that fans of the franchise prior to watching the movie would recognize him and know his back story. This time round, why not show one of the X-Men's coolest characters in more depth, just like X-Men Evolution?
And there we have it, my [#ThrowbackThursday](tag:2798395) retrospective that can, hopefully, help us put faith back into the future of the X-Men franchise! Of course, we'd all prefer a full-on adaptation of the 90's X-Men series but it doesn't look to be happening in the near future (maybe for the heavily rumored [Live-Action X-Men Series](series:2327802) ?). In the meantime, we can only hope that Bryan Singer is also throwing back thursday and watching X-Men Evolution!