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Howls of Praise from Marv Wolfman for the X-MEN Movie.
By Craig D. Reid (unless otherwise noted)
July 17, 2000
'They were the X-MEN,' former Marvel Comics editor and Blade-creator Marv Wolfman gleefully blurts after a screening of X-Men
. 'I think the characters translated wonderfully on screen.' Why is the Wolfman howling for joy? He sternly adds, 'Because there had been a lot of bad Internet comments about the film, and it just proves that the rumor mill knows nothing. I had already known this, but it does influence you anyway. About 90 percent of what you hear is incorrect, but when you read it so often, and even if you know it's wrong, you start to believe it.' Wolfman, long time friend of Len Wein, official savior of the X-Men franchise (much to the unenlightened chagrin of TV Guide), was the Editor-in-Chief for 3 years back in the days of the X-Men comic's resurrection. Unlike Wein, Wolfman received opening credit on the film of his creation, Blade
When I mention to Wolfman that a lot of the sight gags in X-Men
look like something from Hong Kong action films, he agrees. 'I'm a big fan of Hong Kong films. After I saw 5 Fingers of Death
, I was hooked. Ever since Hollywood embraced John Woo, it wasn't long before directors were directly ripping them offlet's say inspired by. But it was obvious to anyone who's seen those films. It's visceral and kinetic. It's impossible when dealing with martial arts not to have Hong Kong influence.'