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X-Men - Color and Costumes

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A look at the meaning behind superhero costumes and how they characterize the X-Men. Support this channel at https://www.patreon.com/kaptainkristian Follow me at https://twitter.com/kaptainkristian
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Benjamin Kline (21 days ago)
I think the purpose of the the costume design with Singer's first X-Men film was to try to appeal to as big an audience as possible. Superhero movies where not nearly as ubiquitous or accepted at the time, so upon seeing trailers for the X-Men movie with costumes that looked "outlandish" or "over the top" to the standard movie-going public of the time could have been a very real death sentence for the film as well as comic book movies as a whole. I think the changes made were beneficial to the comic book movie genre to make it more accepted with mainstream audiences—not viewed as gimmicky or geared toward children, but more serious–as it is now. Progress often comes in steps not leaps.
Turtle Boy (1 month ago)
Colors are gay
Eder Ojeda (1 month ago)
Rip Stan lee
Eder Ojeda (1 month ago)
Thank u stan lee for making the xmen my favorite franchise u ever made since I was 5 to today rip Stan lee
Jose Gomez (1 month ago)
I would like to help you with subtitles in Spanish... I want to show this to my parents but they can’t understand it...
Vitor Cotta (2 months ago)
I honestly think that good super Hero movies are yet to come in the 3rd or 4rth wave of movies. Marvel did some ok ones, and that great DeadPool that was more thanks to the actor's behind scenes (My respects You are the one human who deserved the duty of representing Mr Pool And you Nailed it.) And DC- OK! We All know you make great falling buildings scenes, how bout something to think , to reflect you know? (Course, Mr. Bateman did an awesome job, his Alfred was perfect & Mr. Leather also mastered at his great achievements of mankind) But like, SUPERMAN: why did you spent all the movie budget on roids in his ass? the real villan is him who must have killed one hundret people from demolition Any other movie is nothing but a bunch of scenes in green n cables. I know my generation love this and they all recriminate me for hating avengers, but i really do..
Night Raven (2 months ago)
3:25 just had to though that in there huh ?
Otababallin (2 months ago)
Couldn’t have said it better!!
Xavier Flores (2 months ago)
Still hoping for a good fantastic four movie
Bryan Gonzales Trujillo (2 months ago)
You're right but yellow is ugly.
9spades (2 months ago)
This is a nice video. I couldn't disagree more - it is totally wrong. It would be total garbage to put these guys in spandex - for lots of obvious reasons. But good work!
James Soares (2 months ago)
I instinctively hit like when I heard all that Tekken 2 music.
J C A (2 months ago)
Thoughts on Logan?
Drew Arnold (2 months ago)
and then...logan
Lopson (2 months ago)
Wolverine in his classic yellow costume: You actually go out in these things? Cyclops: What would you prefer? Black leather spandex?
Scooter Campbell (2 months ago)
I think that when the first X-men movie came out, bright costumes simply wouldn't have worked. However, we're long past that point and can appreciate comic characters for what they are instead of needing them to be edgy reboots.
Richie P (2 months ago)
The comic book costumes wouldn't work on film. Deadpool costumes may have had SOME color, but they weren't over the top like the comic books. They were mostly black with some accent color. Similarly, look what Warner Bros had to do with Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman costumes to make them not look idiotic like the Christopher Reeves Superman. They muted all the colors. But the colors aren't the only problem. There's also the issue of plausibility. If the costume is not explained, many viewers, myself included, would be plagued by the question of, "where did the costume come from?" That may seem trifling to some, but for me and many others it would be so bothersome as to take me out of the movie. That's why Christopher Nolan's Batman and Sam Raime's Spider-man both have montage sequences showing the heroes designing their costumes. And I don't even have time to get into the MCU, in which EVERY...SINGLE...COSTUME... is provided with an exhaustive origin story (except Hulk, who doesn't wear a costume, and aliens whose clothing doesn't need explanation because we can accept that they're not from Earth and don't dress like us). So the X-Men are a problem when it comes to costumes. If they each wear their own flamboyant costume, the movie can't explain where all those costumes came from and it just breaks the fourth wall. If they wear matching uniforms, that is easily explained because they are a team, but then the comic book fans throw a conniption fit. You can't please everyone, so it's probably just best to do what works.
Gallant Sector (2 months ago)
When the first X-men movie came out I was so disappointed at the costumes, because I believed there was a way to make more colorful ones work. The First Class happen and I was like “ummmm yeah, but now we’re so far behind” The movie industry were afraid to take that chance, I get it. But missed opportunity...I believe so. Great video, you hit so many point right on
N / A (2 months ago)
Worst version of the costumes: X-Men films.
Lost Age Comics (2 months ago)
Yellow & Blue...eh. BROWN...and proud!
Castor Ayala (3 months ago)
Man you hit the essential core of the genre in a 5 minute video.
Just Bobby (3 months ago)
Uhh...Kapt. Kristian, I need a follow-up to this 😅 I need some MCU related/X-Men joining video from you my guy lmaooo. This is absolutely true & brilliant 👌🏽
Mini Wolfsbane (3 months ago)
Holy crap, this was hilarious. I think it can be done, but they'd have to use a slightly darker color pallet and simplify the designs just a hair. Otherwise it does look just a tiny bit ridiculous. For example, Batinthsun did a Wolverine vs. Wonder Woman video (very violent, don't watch, but not my point) the costumes were comic accurate, but they did look weird to me in a real life setting. Just my opinion, no flames.
Elvis Pringle (3 months ago)
My Dude!!!you Ripped them a new one!! But yeah...X men Apologies should have been the title for that movie.
Zyrus Matol (3 months ago)
Rhian Ramos!
Colorful Gaming (3 months ago)
I think the X-Men costumes should look like the ones from Evolution. I mean the first ever X-Men related thing I’ve watched was that show.
Space Age Shakespeare (3 months ago)
I agree that all the major superhero movies should be vibrant and inspiring and powerful. Because that's what Superheroes are, an escapism and exploration of overpowered human beings. But to be fair, the scripts for the majority of these films wouldn't have worked with those suits. The problem really is as someone below said that these directors and writers aren't "creative enough". And they really aren't. The first time we've seen Marvel REALLY go all the way is with the recent Infinity War, which comes the closest to actually representing the wild, crazy and wonderful combinations of superhero characters. The way they always should have been. But the trash writers of Hollywood don't know how to write stories like that, that actually grasp what Superheroes ultimately are. Not just shitty "action heroes", but a vibrant, strenghtening celebration of people and imagination. Not lackluster trash like the XMen film franchise or the abysmal DCEU 😑
Moraco Mole (3 months ago)
Psylocke's costume in Apocalypse was probably the only good things in the movie
HexBolts 4Life (3 months ago)
If their going to give them blacks suits give thrm the black suits they showed at the end of x men evolution
Ramone' Detroitguam (3 months ago)
and that's why Marvel got their property back...
Sharan Mudda (3 months ago)
The reason singers X men where colourless was quite simple, just like every other jackass superhero movie directors who robbed the superheroes of their comic book colour, they wanted to ground the characters in reality !!!
The Goddamn Batman (3 months ago)
My crush hates the X-men and wolverine!
Nick Mattio (3 months ago)
Really don’t understand how they can screw up a good thing like their costumes, personalities etc. I mean it’s ready proven what works here
DisKorruptd (3 months ago)
4:11 except he was in the military, he VERY well knows the importance of wearing a uniform
bossdog bossdog (3 months ago)
Superman,batman,wonderwoman,spiderman,captain america,iron man and the list goes on of super heroes with colorful costumes that have been brought to the movie screen with pretty much comic book accuracy. The b.s. excuse for the xmen not having them is just b.s. But then again everything about the xmen franchise has been lazy,the writing,the directing,the acting,the special effects,in general just freaking everything. I hope marvel studios can revive them,they really have their work cut out if they even try.
Josh Lira (3 months ago)
The black leather suit is ok but at least give them their design on the suit n bits of the yellow n blue out lines on that leather
Robert Lee (3 months ago)
Look I personally liked Hugh jackmans look as wolverine in the movies it’s way better than that flairing ear mask he wears in the old comics but the black leather suit that was way over the top do you think that if Logan was real would he wear some of the suits in the movies ? Hell if superhero’s were real do you think they would wear a costume ? If I was a superhero I,d probably go with camo not spandex & a creepy skull pull over mask to hide my identity
Mostwanted (3 months ago)
If they picked color the movies would of been Mocked like the 90's Batman movies, they had to go with all black because of the new "Good" Batman movies, I hate the new batman movies
Benjamin Connor (3 months ago)
I think that , because of what the X-men initially stand for, a commentary on racism, people feel the need to use them in a dark "realistic" enviroment. So they shy away from the bright colors and the lighter more dynamic atmosphere. And this has gotten the comics doing it to in recent years. Go ahead pick up an X-men comic it looks just like the 2000's movie, black leather with little yellow highlights. (well except for Shadowcat and few others)
Gahmuret Van Begonia (3 months ago)
nice tekken 2 music
The Ultimate Omelette (3 months ago)
Now we know we will get colourful costumes when Disney brings them home.
Kamdan (3 months ago)
Excellent work! Singer is no position to criticize superhero costumes. Look at what he approved for Superman’s costume.
The problem is that the first X Men was in production around the time The Matrix came out, the studios wanted their action heroes on black leather, and if you look at many comic book adaptations or action films in general from the late 90's to early 2000's, they all wear black leather.
Tainted Knives (3 months ago)
4:38 What is this from? That line gave me chills.
Kunal Singh (4 months ago)
Great video , i'm so sick of the x men wearing black leather crap and paintball gear.
That Cupcake Dude (4 months ago)
I just want to say how this is a well put together video. And I agree with every damn point you made. It makes me happy to know that everyone else wants to see the xmen done right. This was an amazing video. Thank you.
Brenda Cervantes (4 months ago)
I see what you mean, those costume don't have a soul
daniel p (4 months ago)
This was really fucken good! I've been trying to explain to people why the films are so shitty with costumes and now I can just show them this and they'll understand.
MyAssIsBrass (5 months ago)
Woah, Jun Kazama Theme at 2:54
spark7620 (5 months ago)
Definitely enjoyed this video man. It really helped remind me why I love the X-Men even more
Claude Baron (5 months ago)
Absolutely on par with your thinking , I would loved it if the new x-men of the mcu appears in colors suit 👍👍👍👍
Mitch Bussey (5 months ago)
Awesome
Maybe Disney can make it right and actually use the costumes when they remake X-Men
Will K (5 months ago)
4:17 To be fair, Wolverine's blue and yellow outfit is one of the ugliest costumes ever designed. His yellow and brown one is infinitely better, however.
Black Cross (5 months ago)
I think that "classic rebel" logic works to explain why Logan wouldn't be wearing a costume in the first X Men film or in his solo movies, but in the second and third X Men films when he had already become a full time member of Xavier's team I think they should've introduced it. If they wanted to stick with a dark color scheme, why not use a design similar to his X Force costume? Or even the brown costume? I only say this because I'm not a big fan of the yellow/blue color scheme but the suit itself could've been adapted successfully
lillie (5 months ago)
not having the X-Men wear their costumes is homophobic
SETO (5 months ago)
Just discovered this channel. Brilliant editing. Great job
Nottherealcarlo Bautista (5 months ago)
The only time wolverine in the movies not wearing his uniform feels right is in Logan.
chauncey ridgeway (5 months ago)
The song at 2:56 is from Tekken 2 I believe
its blu (5 months ago)
This man went straight for the corporate and creative jugular.
LASH (5 months ago)
Good video except Deadpool is trash
TriColoredTiger (5 months ago)
Brilliant
Sir Casman Marvellolover (5 months ago)
The wolverine was a pretty good movie in the X-men franchisee
Will Wade (5 months ago)
I personally feel that Wolverine's classic costume (The tiger strip yellow and blue) looks ridiculous and I'm glad that it hasn't made it too live action, however I do think Logan should have worn a costume, namely the one that was teased in The Wolverine film, at some point in the movie franchise. That's just my opinion though and what you talk about in this video was fantastic. Nice job man!
Paul Spurgeon (5 months ago)
Cyclops and Wolverine had those colors schemes before they were on a team together. Your conclusion about their color schemes is simply wrong.
Steven An (5 months ago)
XMen movies need to catch up. Reboot that shit.
klaudioss2 (5 months ago)
Well and now that it does seem that Disney& Fox deal will go on maybe MCU will give the some of the iconic uniforms ? In Avengers it seems that some do, some dont .
Adam Sifford (5 months ago)
I grew up during the 80s and 90s I know how to bring colors on film to look good.... I never liked the matriX-Men but it was a great start tho...
MegaSpideyman (6 months ago)
I'm glad James called them out, James Marsden, on the costumes.
PwnzerProductions (6 months ago)
Okay, but literally the whole point of the film The Wolverine was that Logan was disillusioned with being a soldier and left the X-Men or any other cause he was fighting for. James Mangold was entirely right that wearing the blue and yellow would be out of character, because we're talking about the character in the film, not the comics. I agree that the 2000 outfits are horribly dated and unrecognizable from the comics costumes, and that later films have proven that colors can work, there's still not a 100% translation from the comics, as proven by Captain America's suit in the Avengers. Spandex DOESN'T look good on film. Movies have to strike the right balance between believable practicality and functionality, and being recognizable from the source material
kalanjingles (6 months ago)
What's the name of the song in the end?
4ngry W4rrior (6 months ago)
Geez its because of the costume thats why the movies are bad, so if i shaved my pubes would it ruin the character of my dic because everyone tells me not to.
Deadpool Guy (6 months ago)
With the respectless and shady (watch An open Secret, guys) Singer fired and the X-Men back at Marvel we will finally get the real costumes!
KillerTacos (6 months ago)
Amazing video. I’m watching this 2 years later in pride month which is pretty funny
Popular Culture Inc. (6 months ago)
The Wolverine was not bad it was good
Rory Lumley (6 months ago)
Superheros wear coustumes the one thing i agree with cyclopes.
Kristopher Peroni (6 months ago)
With Wolverine I kind of get him not wearing his iconic mask but he could of at least worn the rest of the costume
Itachi Uchiha (6 months ago)
Bruh awesome video! Especially that Tyler beat at the the end
Dempsey Holloway (6 months ago)
Love this video, so true !!!❤️
Yes Bryan Singer, we would prefer yellow spandex. Tobey Maguire wore red and blue spandex as Spider-Man and it totally worked.
Diza K (6 months ago)
damn good critique
tcrpgfan (6 months ago)
If you want proof of why he's right... just look at spider-man. They deliberately stuck with the iconic red and blue suit because *it works* regardless of the film iteration. Sure each version of the suit looks stylistically different in certain places depending on the film, but there is a certain... 'That's Spider-Man' look to them. None of them are comic accurate, but they're not trying to change the foundation of the classic suit.
Cameron White (6 months ago)
I love the Tekken 2 background music
Quentin Edge (6 months ago)
i wouldnt like it if i guy who looked like a columbine crazy is trying to saving me
Mo 2k (6 months ago)
They are so ashamed of the original costumes that they deleted a scene from the Wolverine where logan looks at his yellow spandex. He doesn't even wear it. He takes a Peek and the film makers thought that was too much
stonie Cad (6 months ago)
As good as the American intro is, that Japanese version is amazing
caleb gonzalez (6 months ago)
I’ve been saying that about the X-men movies for years. They had no faith in the subject material, look at the avengers film, any of them. They use their costumes, but they ground them in reality.
YOUR GOD (6 months ago)
Agreed
Speedy Quick (6 months ago)
The films are SHITE The don’t even focus on the X-Men Singer is a twat
Claudio Aronica (6 months ago)
I disagree with your point. I was a Wolverine fan for years before the first X men movie but I liked him despite the silly yellow uniform. I agree with the Director's point about him being the rebel outsider and black leather is perfect for him I feel.
Clynt Louise Conlu (6 months ago)
Quality content! 👍🏼
Sebastian Gomez (6 months ago)
Reeeeeee stop changing our costumes reeeeeeeeeee Good video though
Ian VLNVA (6 months ago)
I've only seen this now, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! First film in the Xman franchise, I remember seeing that as a teen, and after growing up on the 90s animated series and on the comics, I was so disappointed with the direction especially with the costumes and the character development. You nailed every single point of the argument. On the contrary, the same aspects that show a good amount of respect to the characters, their relationships, the craft of how these stories wind together, is something I enjoy from the MCU film franchises. I love the Xmen dearly and know them more than any other comicbook franchise, I wish they had gotten a better treatment. I guess we can hope for the far future!
Anthony Bryant (6 months ago)
What was the name of the song at the end of the video?
tvTOON (6 months ago)
I don’t think it’s that the filmmakers are embarrassed by the source material, I think it’s that the colorful costumes don’t fit the serious tone of the films. Honestly, I think you presented a boring and frankly entitled argument.
Brandon Gordon (6 months ago)
Right!!!!👍👍👍
Dene Pride (6 months ago)
Hugh Jackman will be replace once another actor puts on real Wolverine's mask and full on costume....
「Pessimismo」神 (6 months ago)
what is iconic about wolverine isn't his suit, he is a hairy motherfucker with adamantium claws who smokes and skins people alive, what else do you need?
「Pessimismo」神 (6 months ago)
mmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMISS ME WITH THAT GAY SHIT
jack zhen (6 months ago)
What is the name of the song at the very end. It’s so funky

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