Not even Professor X has done more for the X-Men than Chris Claremont, and the expanded documentary Chris Claremont's X-Men, re-releasing next month on VOD with more thrills and chills, will show exactly how he did it.
In case you didn't know (but we know you know), the X-Men weren't invented by Claremont. They were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963, and ... very slowly went nowhere. A bit of unintended hope came in late 1974, when writer Len Wein invented, in the pages of Incredible Hulk, the man who'd become the X-Man to solo film eclipse all other X-Men, Wolverine, but it wasn't until Claremont came on the scene, as a fresh-faced kid at Marvel in the '70s who was more than willing to take on a book that no one seemed to really want, that everything fell into place. His run at the series from 1975 to 1991 is widely seen as the genesis of the powerhouse X-Men we know and read and watch at the cinema today. Like Professor X, Claremont didn't father them, but he sure as hell made them who they are.
Fittingly, this just-released trailer for the extended film promises great origin-story drama:
The doc will be released to video-on-demand platforms February 6, and promises to include new interviews with folks like Deadpool's Rob Liefeld and artist Marc Silvestri (two of the co-founders of Image Comics) and, in a move Kirby would approve of, gives credit to Claremont's two original collaborators, Ann Nocenti and Louise Simonson, diving deep into the work the three of them did as a team.
Okay, so, set your watches, 'cause it's only 10 days till X-mas.