Tertium Non Amatur By Roderick on June 16, 2016 1 This post has a slight spoiler for X-Men: Apocalypse, so I’ve put it in the comments section. Science Fiction
There’s a scene in X-Men: Apocalypse where the characters are arguing about whether the first or second Star Wars movie is better. (We’re talking original trilogy, not the prequels.) Then one of them says something like, “Well, at least we can agree that the third movie in a trilogy is always the worst one.”
For anyone who doesn’t get the joke: the third X-Men movie is generally agreed to be significantly inferior to the first two – and the director of X-Men: Apocalypse is the guy who directed the first two movies but not the third one.
The barb backfires slightly, in that X-Men: Apocalypse is itself, in a sense, the third movie in a trilogy, if we treat the three recent X-Men movies starring the new cast as a trilogy (so, not counting the Wolverine and Deadpool standalones) – and indeed there seems to be agreement that Apocalypse isn’t as good as First Class and Days of Future Past.