Retro Movie Geek Goes Offscript: Chris Claremont’s X-Men (2018)

February 15, 2018

In this BONUS episode, the Retro Movie Geek crew (at least Darrell and Peter) are geeking out over the new documentary, directed by Patrick Meaney, Chris Claremont’s X-Men (2018) and

  • reading comics
  • behind-the-scene antics at Marvel
  • the genius of Chris Claremont
  • The Uncanny X-men
  • and much, much more!


Chris Claremont came to Marvel as a young man, and was assigned a book that no one else wanted, a book on the brink of cancellation: X-Men.

Over the next 17 years, his work on the title turned it into the biggest franchise in comic book history. Forty years later, his work has been adapted into ten films, three TV series, countless video games and become a part of our cultural mythology. But, it all started with one writer and his commitment to emotionally honest storytelling and real character building.



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3 comments on “Retro Movie Geek Goes Offscript: Chris Claremont’s X-Men (2018)

  1. I’ve got Kitty Pryde
    And Nightcrawler too
    Waiting there for me, yes I do!

    I don’t think Chris Claremont created those two, but Psylocke isn’t in the Weezer song.

    I love the Phoenix storylines. I like Warpath. I wish they’d stuck with Adam Beach in casting him for the films. Of course I love Sabertooth and Wolfsbane – because SpaceWolf. Gambit is tied for my all-time favorite of the X-Men with Nightcrawler. Didn’t love Taylor Kitsch’s portrayal of Gambit in Origins – although I can see him pulling it off under the right circumstances, especially if you compare Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool in that film to his later effort – but the thought of a Channing Tatum Gambit makes me want to heave. I really hope that never materializes.

  2. Fun episode, guys. You actually stayed on topic more without Joel than with him! When there is nothing to rebel against, you two are perfectly behaved.

    I like what Darrell said, “He didn’t create it, but he built it.” What he brought to Wolverine and Nightcrawler is really what makes them so great.

    I also really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes of Marvel’s inner-workings with the editors. The Shooter and Simonson stories were great. That was cool to see those candid conversations. It was refreshing to see someone besides Stan Lee. And to hear these people really dig into the gory behind-the-scenes details, rather than talking to us like children. No disrespect to The Man, especially when his health is poor, but his schtick and the stories he’s told 1,000 times don’t let you behind the curtain as much as this doc does. It’s so cool to see the battle in the creative process.

    • Peter Nielsen Feb 16, 2018

      But… but… we’re always perfectly behaved, aren’t we? Right? Most of the time… at least… or some of the time… or once in a while…
      I think we…
      I mean…

      Moooom! Uncle Josh is being mean to us…
      I think…

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