Chris Claremont’s Influence on the X-Men films

Chris Claremont, long time writer of the now classic Uncanny X-Men comic series,  wrote key moments in the history of the X-Men that continue to influence the lives of the mutants living in todays Marvel universe. It is no surprise that three of the six films in the X-Men franchise are based on stories by Chris Claremont. X-Men United was based on the graphic novel; God Loves, Man Kills. X-Men: The Last Stand was based on The Dark Phoenix Saga. And the next installment in the X films, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, is based on a story that took place in Uncanny X-Men issues 141 and 142 respectfully.

Claremont wrote for Uncanny X-Men longer than any other writer and in In his 17 years on the title, he co-created strong female characters that have become an important part of the films. Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, and Emma Frost, all have Claremont to thank for playing a key role in their collective existence. Claremont created Sabretooth, Gambit, and the Phoenix Force which drove Marvel Girl crazy. The iconic writer also helped propel Wolverine into one of the most popular characters in comics as well as in movies, with the current movie The Wolverine based on the classic Marvel miniseries.

How much more of Claremont’s influence will we see in the future? Describing the further expansion of the X-Men on screen at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Mark Miller, Marvel Comics’ consultant to Fox told Collider, “I think there’s about five to ten potentially golden franchises” that are being “vaguely” talked about at this stage.”

With the characters Claremont co-created already playing a huge role, his influence will most definitely continue, as there is a possible X-Force film on the horizon. There are also undoubtedly more Claremont stories that could be mined for screenplay material and fans of the mutants should remember that X-Force was originally titled The New Mutants which Claremont also helped launch. Interestingly, one of the New Mutants, Sunspot, will be making his debut in the upcoming Days Of Future Past.

Chris Claremont didn’t set out to make a career in comics. He wrote novels and hoped to become a Director when he began his career at Marvel as an editorial assistant. Instead he has become one of the industry’s most influential and respected writers and creators and his creations have mnow become the foundation for one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises.

Written By: Victor Hernandez

Victor is a graduate of San Antonio College with a degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting. He served nine years in the Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and National Guard in electronic warfare and served one year in Iraq as an interrogator. Victor lives with his wife and cats in Texas, writes for his own blog, and writes for Sci Fi Pulse.

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