60 mutants to keep track of, one of which is blue naked Jennifer Lawrence? I don’t know if my old brain can handle this.
Take everything I just said about Spider-Man and multiply it. X-Men comics are even more focused on drama and relationships, and require the introduction of even more characters (although in the case of the X-Men, it’s team members, not villains). To date all the X-Men movies have been, at best, barely coherent. The plot of most of the movies can be boiled down to “here’s a new character, here’s a new character, here’s 10 more characters, oh wait, somebody died, final confusing action scene, the end.” And now they’re adding time travel and multiple versions of some of the characters to the mix? I know a lot of folks are looking forward to X-Men: Days of Future Past, but I’m kind of dreading it.
If there was ever a comic book franchise crying out to be an ensemble TV drama, X-Men is it. And hey, given how often the X-Men line-up changes, they could constantly refresh the cast ala ER and keep the show on the air for 15-years.