Famke Janssen Explains How The X-Men Trilogy “Sets The Tone” For The Marvel Universe


These days, if you haven’t seen a new Marvel Studios movie, someone will tell you that you’re living under a rock. Movies and TV shows based on Marvel comic books are often among the most pervasive moments in pop culture and each movie breaks record after record, more recently with Spider-Man: No Coming Home. It’s hard to remember a time when superhero movies were huge, but when the x-men the trilogy was theatrically released there there was nothing else like it was done.

With the comic book movie boom still very fast, the x-menJean Gray of origin, Famke Janssen shared her perspective on the genre that was part of the dawn of the era. In his words to CinemaBlend:

You know what’s so interesting about the X-Men franchise is that they really changed the nature of these types of movies, because before that they were incredibly brilliant and the costumes – everything was over the top. And when we started doing them, the idea was that we were grounding these people in reality. They were just ordinary people like you and me, but they had superpowers. That was really what we were trying to do with these movies and from then on, these types of superhero movies changed accordingly. So it was interesting to be part of this journey and see how things have changed.

Famke Janssen explains why the x-men movies have been so influential to where we are today with marvel movies. They were perhaps the first films of their kind to be rooted in reality and the world as we know it rather than being a live cartoon of comic book pages. Janssen continues:

The other thing that was really part of the X-Men franchise was a good amount, maybe half as many women as there were male superheroes that had never been seen before. Maybe you got the only free superhero in the movie here or there, but they set the tone for a whole new world of superheroes and I think that’s really cool and interesting.

It’s true. the x-men the films were groundbreaking at the time for including an almost equal number of male and female characters in the main cast. I mean we’re talking Halle Berry’s Storm, Anna Paquin’s Rogue and Rebecca Romijn’s Mystique alongside Janssen. The early 2000s was a time of experimentation for the superhero genre and the x-men not only do movies hold up today, they continued to pass on his story in the franchise until just a few years ago.

Famke Janssen’s last appearance in the franchise was in 2014 days of future pastbut with his most recent project, redemptive lovesome of them x-men past caught up with her when one of them The last Stand the co-stars became her co-star again. Eric Dane, who played Multiple Man in the 2006 film, recalled CinemaBlend being on set of the film early in his career:

Famke took me on set once because she had a super fancy car they were driving her in Vancouver. It was the third X-Men, so she was about to become Dark Phoenix. And she was part of this massive action franchise that I had this very small role in. I was a hundred but it was really tight and I just remember going ‘Wow, she’s taking me for a ride in her car for the set, I ‘made a good impression.’ Oh my God, we were in the woods that day. Right in the middle of the woods. Savage. With hundreds of extras. Ah, the good old days.

Dane fondly remembers being on the set of the huge Marvel project. He recalls the first impression the Jean Gray actress had on him while they were filming major sequences for The last Stand. The pair play together in redemptive love, a romance film based on the book by Francine Rivers. To verify CinemaBlend’s review of the film and see redemptive love in theaters now.

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