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Thursday, April 18, 2024

With the impending arrival of "X-Men: First Class" (hitting theaters on June 3), one can't help but anticipate yet another film steeped in the origins of an established franchise.

However, rather than lament the rise of commercialization and the seemingly empty pond of original ideas, why not capitalize on it?

In terms of the "origin" story angle that seems to be creeping into so many films these days, here are some other potential storylines we think merit some consideration from Hollywood.

1) Yoda - "Star Wars"

Who wouldn't want to see a film about a young Yoda? Is there a figure in pop culture who represents the quintessential "wise man" better? A Yoda origin story, we want.

2) Morpheus - "The Matrix"

I don't know about anyone else, but the entire time I watched "The Matrix" trilogy, all I could think when Laurence Fishburne came on the screen was, "Where did this guy even come from?" He has all the answers and acts like he knows everything. What's his story?

3) Rorschach - "Watchmen"

Say what you will about "Watchmen," but you know Rorschach was cool. Bringing back the essence of 1950s vigilante justice at its most blatantly violent, Rorschach's back story in the film wasn't enough to portray this mysterious figure in all his complicated glory.

4) Bill - "Kill Bill"

So we know that Bill shot the bride and also was the father of her child, but what did David Carradine's Bill do before he trained under Hatori Hanzo and Pei Mei? Anyone else want to see what the "Snake Charmer" was up to before he started the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad?

5) Anton Chigurh - "No Country For Old Men"

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And finally, perhaps one of the more notorious villains in modern cinema, Javier Bardem's turn as the antagonist of "No Country For Old Men" made us look sideways at people with funny haircuts or people who carried oxygen tanks. And just like his predecessors on this list, there's something innately mysterious about him that could definitely fill an hour and a half of popcorn-munching gluttony.

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