Without a doubt, we live in a time that has given artists and creative minds an almost endless supply of opportunity. Though it’s no easier than it’s ever been to come up with a quality concept for a film or TV series, the manner by which up and coming creatives can get their ideas out to the public and the cost-effective technology available to make these projects a reality has never been better.
Though demand for movies and franchises based on beloved comic books or toys or even famed TV programming has grown over the years and Hollywood studios have responded, fans don’t always get exactly what they want. It’s tempting to sum this issue up with the old adage that you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time – however when it comes to the superhero genre, all of the people want to be pleased all of the time.
Fortunately our current access to technology has provided us with at least one sort of solution: do it yourself. The concept of DIY is not a new one, but the results can be far more wide reaching and grandiose than ever before. Case in point is young filmmaker Joel Furtado, whose new fan-made YouTube series X-Men: Danger Room Protocols is getting set to drop on YouTube January 19th.
At present, Furtado has released a teaser of the series on his YouTube channel, with the filmmaker himself appearing afterwards to give a bit of additional information. The series will offer 18 episodes in which Professor X will place teams of two X-Men at a time into the Danger Room to take on various training exercises that will include doing battle against a host of different villains. The villains will of course be recognisable ones from the comics and Furtado claims that the settings in which these exercises take place will also be familiar to X-Men fans.
Having spent a year developing the series, Furtado calls it his love letter to Marvel and his childhood, as well as a way to give something back to the fans. The animation on display in this first teaser is reminiscent of the early '90s era X-Men: The Animated Series style, with a hint of classic Nintendo 8-bit graphics thrown in for good measure. Because the series is fan made and neither Furtado nor his team are making any money from it, there shouldn’t be any legal issues with Marvel.
Whether or not this will be the start of big things for Joel Furtado is anyone’s guess. It’s certainly not unheard of for filmmakers to find themselves having their careers born out of small budgeted, YouTube ventures. If the rising amount of views and subscribers this video has already received are any indication, X-Men fans are going to be swarming Furtado’s channel later this month. We wish him all the best with this creative endeavour.
X-Men: Danger Room Protocols premiers January 19th, 2016 on Furtado's YouTube channel, joelyface.