As the streaming home of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney+ has arguably the greatest lineup of superhero content material in all of streaming. It’s a formidable roster that includes Oscar winners (Black Panther), mega blockbusters (Avengers: Endgame), and main cultural turning factors (Iron Man). And with Disney’s acquisition of Fox forward of the launch of Disney+ in 2019, the service has slowly began to increase its impeccable library with, uh, different Marvel films. Fox’s outdated slate of Marvel films have popped up on Disney+ each few weeks for the previous yr or so, films like the reviled 2015 Fantastic Four movie and in addition 2007’s comparably not terrible Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Now Disney+ has added one other movie from Fox’s X-Men franchise. You can stream X-Men: The Last Stand on Disney+ if you wish to see the most inconsequential superhero film ever.
Directed with a boring, point-and-shoot type by Brett Ratner, X-Men: The Last Stand was—at the time—a lackluster finish to the franchise that made superheroes a viable genre in the 21st century. We now know that wasn’t the case. There have been truly just a few extra flashes of greatness and/or originality left in the franchise (X-Men: First Class, Logan, Deadpool, I’d even be controversial-yet-brave and say New Mutants). But at the time? X-Men: The Last Stand was a Juggernaut-sized bummer that wasted Beast and Kitty Pryde, killed Cyclops offscreen, utterly sidelined Rogue, and turned “The Dark Phoenix Saga” right into a story about Wolverine. And, insult to harm, none of it mattered. None of it mattered 3 times over.
Obviously none of it mattered as a result of Disney and Marvel Studios now have the movie rights to the X-Men to make use of as they see match, thus giving the characters the clear slate they so deserve. So in that respect, none of the X-Movies matter—besides possibly the Deadpool movies, as a result of if any sub-franchise can fold being offered to a brand new company overlord into its bonkers narrative, it’s that one. But X2? Logan? Days of Future Past? None of them not “matter” in the approach that hardcore superhero followers demand.
But X-Men: The Last Stand was already erased from continuity earlier than Disney wolfed up Fox! Remember, the entire level of 2014’s time journey epic X-Men: Days of Future Past was to utterly reset the X-movie timeline—and it did! It wiped X-Men: The Last Stand from continuity, in addition to the first two X-Men films and… in all probability the Wolverine films? Honestly, the X-Men film timeline extra difficult than Cable’s and Psylocke’s origins mixed.
Both of these resets have been fantastic, although, in comparison with the first reset—which occurred in actually the closing minutes of The Last Stand itself. The two largest swings in The Last Stand have been the homicide of Professor X and the introduction of a mutant “cure” that left Magneto and Mystique human in opposition to their wills and Rogue de-powered by selection. Xavier lifeless and Magneto powerless? Those are huge, daring strikes for a film to take—and this rattling film couldn’t even decide to these decisions. A post-credits scene reveals that Xavier is alive, waking up in a comatose physique on Muir Island. On high of that, the final scene of The Last Stand, reveals Magneto nudging a steel chess piece together with his thoughts! The remedy doesn’t even work! All that hoopla, all that destruction and loss of life might’ve been averted if the remedy—like the COVID vaccine at present coursing by means of my very own physique—got here with a two-week ready interval after injection! Instead, oops, seems this remedy is absolute crap! Back to the morally doubtful drafting board!
To recap: X-Men: The Last Stand is a film that was undone by its personal ending, then undone once more by Days of Future Past, after which undone a 3rd time by Fox’s sale to Disney. Truly, might a film matter much less??? But hey—X-Men: The Last Stand issues sufficient to Disney to throw it on their streaming service, and I suppose that’s finally all that issues. Even after having actuality rewritten round it 3 times, The Last Stand nonetheless exists. Kinda like the X-Men themselves, this film simply can’t die.