And this is leavig aside the fact that how much romance can there be between two people who knew each other and awkwardly flirted about being different before one decided to go and become a terrorist and then not seeing each other for decades? Methinks they decided there needs to be some romance in those movies and since they don’t have the guts to go full steam for the obvious Cherik route they have elected R/H to It Couple. Bad move, IMHO. X-M movies suck at romance.
Right? It was the opposite of forbidden! Everyone was on board! Hell, even Erik didn’t so much oppose as point out the obvious flaw. But between them knowing each other for two months (or, as the movie would have you believe, two weeks), Hank not being ready to handle coming out, Raven jumping into Erik’s bed and her subsequent leaving for a decade, the relationship is dead. Unless Charles holds nightly “Why Raven Is The Best And We Are Not Worthy” presentations, complete with conditioning, it’s hard to understand why Hank might be willing to fight for her other than save the future and possibly a smidge of nostalgia and, you know, being a decent human being. Unless it’s the “only girl who looks weird enough to date me” thing, which doesn’t seem healthy either.
I mean ship it or not, Charles and Erik had an explosive, emotional first meeting, burning attraction and enough chemistry to pollute a medium-sized river, even if they didn’t want to go the romance route, it’s patently obvious that they made enough of an impression on each other that the tension is still there ten years later. I’d be surprised if Raven remembers Hank’s last name.
I read an article about this on a very mainstream not-catering-to-women site and even IT talked about Charles and Erik as though people raising their eyebrows at their *ahem* “friendship” was quite standard. I agree with the commenter that it feels like they’re going for the safer romance, which is SO FUCKING FRUSTRATING because as MUCH as I think he’s a shit director, he also is probably the best person in his position to actualize Cherik for the first time in ANY FORM OF MEDIA ever. 15 years ago he completely revolutionized the Comic Book Movie industry and now look how awesome it is. He could revolutionize things for LGBT romance in blockbusters, too. Would some people be pissed? ABSOLUTELY. And you know what, they’ll get over it.
At the same time, Fox loves money (look at how many pennies they’re trying to squeeze out of DOFP with MULTIPLE CINEMATIC RE-RELEASES, it’s like the Rob Ford of cash grabs), and bigots have money to spend too. I doubt they’d ever risk it.
And on the creative side, after what Singer did to Magneto I’m not sure I want him to try and deal with something character-oriented. Yikes. Aughh I just hope XMA is way better than DOFP was. But the more I hear about it, the lower I slink into my chair….