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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts
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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts | 2. Don’t Dilute Your Best Asset
2. Don’t Dilute Your Best Asset

Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine quickly became a fan-favourite part of the X-Men cinematic universe. The growling, punchy hero was a natural for a spin-off, but by the time X-Men Origins: Wolverine finally rolled around it really just seemed like a cash-in attempt. True, we got to explore some of his backstory, but it was via disjointed, sappy romance, OTT action scenes that made little sense and a less-than satisfying match-up between Logan and Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth. Full marks for thinking you can make more use of a popular character. But it helps if you give him a good script first – even someone like Gavin Hood will struggle to make something great. With luck The Wolverine will restore our faith.

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I do rather like seeing other significant comic characters in movies like wolverine. Reminds me of the actual comics (the comics used to do this for the same cynical "we might get a spin off comic out of this" reason). Besides Wolverine:Origins screwed themselves with Deadpool by removing his voice and then killing him. His annoying banter is his defining characteristic. Continuity does not lend to a stand-alone movie More

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Here's another big 'don't', inspired principally by X-Men Origins: Wolverine - When a film is itself a spinoff from an existing franchise, don't further waste (screen) time and effort on minor characters who you want to spin off into their own franchises, thus diluting the main storylines of the actual film. How else to explain the showy but effectively glorified cameos from Gambit and Deadpool? (See also another waste of Ryan Reynolds' talents in Blade Trinity!) More

Posted by BelfastBoy on Monday October 29, 2012, 12:43

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