Hugh Jackman Confident That ‘Days of Future Past’ is The Best ‘X-Men’ Movie Yet

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Hugh Jackman is the only X-Men actor (so far) who’s earned a spinoff solo film. The character that’s defined the Aussie actor’s career not only spun off into an origin tale but a also launched a sequel in The Wolverine which debuted this summer. Next summer though, Jackman suits up as the fierce mutant hero once again as director Bryan Singer – who brought the franchise to the big screens back in 2000 – returns to the director’s chair and reunites Wolverine with nearly all of the other characters from the franchise.

Since the release of The Wolverine and his appearance at Comic-Con, Jackman’s gone on record hyping up X-Men: Days of Future Past, describing it as three movies in one and complimenting its story as the most ambitious and exiting for the series yet – but it also might mark the last time he plays Wolverine.

Chatting with The Daily Beast while promoting his upcoming feature, Prisoners, Jackman touched on his highly anticipated return to the X-Men team in next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and how it has very high expectations to meet.

“…I think some people are saying, ‘Ah, this just sounds like an excuse to get all these actors together and make an Avengers-style movie,’ but the truth is that it’s a great script and Bryan is very ambitious to make the best movie of them all. He’s got the biggest cast, the biggest budget, and he started it all, so it’s his legacy. He’s a fan of time-travel movies, and the detail that’s gone into it is incredible. I’m quietly confident that it will be the biggest and the best of them all. When I sat there on that panel at Comic Con, and looked down at all the actors, you think, ‘This might be one of the best ensembles ever assembled.'”

As for one of Wolverine’s greatest adversaries in the franchise thus, Jackman teases an interesting and different relationship after re-meeting (pre-meeting?) Erik Lehnsherr for the first time in the ’70s timeline.

“It’s fair to say we don’t get on that well. I get sent back to the past and he has no idea who I am, but you can imagine Wolverine has a bit of fun with that.”

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A situation where Wolverine is the source of knowledge and experience is an interesting turn from the character’s story arc in the original X-Men trilogy where he spent much of his time lost, attempting to learn about his past, and being put in situations created by one of the mutant leaders – Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen). Throughout the trilogy, Logan and Magneto shared multiple confrontations with Magneto’s mutant power of magnetism consistently -and sometimes humorously – giving him the upper hand.

Now, it’s Wolverine who knows everything about Magneto, his capabilities and who he becomes which gives Singer a lot of interesting character dynamics to play with, and something different for Jackman to play after reprising the role for the seventh time in Days of Future Past (if the cameo in X-Men: First Class counts).

Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.


X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014, Fantastic Four releases March 6, 2015.

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  1. I want to know how long this movie is going to be. In order for this to all pan out well, I feel it has to be at a minimum 2 and a half hours long

  2. I think it should be two or three movies.

    • I can’t figure out for the life of me why it isn’t. Usually studios jump at the chance for cash cows like this, sometimes even going out of their way to expand material, e.g. The Hobbit. Yet here’s a story complex enough for at least two movies and they squeeze it into one? I just don’t get it.

  3. Second paragraph- “most ambitious and exciting for the series yet.”
    I’m interested in seeing Jackman and Fassbender on screen together. He steals scenes. The bar scene in Inglourious Bastereds made me a fan. Jackman is at the top of his acting game right now. Looking forward to Prisoners.

  4. How ironic is it that in that picture of Magneto and Wolverine, Jackman looks nothing like that depiction of Wolvie?

    • Not to be rude, but there is zero irony in the fact that Jackman looks nothing like the Wolverine in the picture above.

      • Not to be rude, but evidently ‘sarcasm’ seems to be a subtlety that goes over your head.

        • Not to be rude, but there is no sarcasm in not properly understanding irony.

          • Not to be rude, but the understanding of sarcasm is hinged solely on identifying the premise that being ironic was merely misleading

            • Not to be rude, but I have a hard time believing he said the image was ironic, only because it was specifically void of irony, in order to be funny. By using Occam’s razor we can assume that it’s far more likely he meant it was coincidental that the chosen image of Wolverine in an article about Hugh Jackman and the actual Hugh Jackman while portraying Wolverine don’t look like.

              • I may just be an idiot, but I’m pretty sure that’s not iron, and being British I should know it when I see it (apparently)

              • Not to be rude, but any response beginning with the prefix “not to be rude” is only added to a statement that is intended to be rude in the first place…prefixing the initially rude comment as such is kind of redundant in my opinion.

                • To be completely rude, everyone shut-up.

                  • Not to be rude, I always thought Sean Penn would have been a perfect Wolverine. He’s short, angry, and bulks up very easily (hey, you don’t go to jail without learning a thing or two).

                    • Not to be rude, but Beyonce would be the best Wolverine of all time. The best Wolverine of all time.

    • But Jackman looks exactly like the Wolverine that has been depicted in the film series. Wolverine has been depicted many different ways over the years in many different forms of media. Should we point out every time he looks different?

      • Not to be rude but I actually would be prefer a solo movie for Rogue…said no one ever

  5. “This might be one of the best ensembles ever assembled.”

    I think he may be right. I’m just starting to realize how talented the cast is. Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult…Much better than the cast of Avengers if you ask me! I’m really hoping this film delivers, since if it fails, the X-Men franchise will take a hit that I don’t think it’ll be able to recover from.

    • How could you leave out Jennifer Lawrence??

      • She’s over at my house holding my hand right now.

        • Your third hand?

      • As well as Jennifer Lawrence aha!

    • The best players don’t necessarily make the best team…

      • Unless of course it’s the original “Dream Team!”

    • Don’t 4get halle berry, jennifer lawrence, shawn ashmore, lucas till, daniel cudmore & anna paquin. There R rumors about vinnie jones, also starring.

  6. I cant be the only one who wants to see Fassbenders Magneto and Jackmans Wolverine have their first real conversation. Its like 2 sarcastic basterds meeting for the first time

    • Yeah it would be funny if when Wolverine meets him Magneto would be like nah remember you told me to go F*** myself.

  7. I’m very excited for this movie!!!!

  8. “Wolverine” days of future past.


  9. Where is Cyclops? Why is Kitty Pryde not going into the past, future, or whereever? Why do the Sentinels look like Mattel toys? What is Quicksilver doing besides thumbing a nose at Marvel in this movie, even though I am very glad to see him in Avengers #2? Why-why-why-why-why? Of course I’ll buy the DVD, but I hope this doesn’t turn into Whottamess Alley!

    • You’ve only seen the ’70s Mark I Sentinels…. NOT the Sentinels of the future.

      Just sayin’

      • So you’re sayin’ there’s “another” version of the Sentinels we haven’t seen? Goody! Goody! Goody! I can’t wait for this to come out!

        • If the Sentinels existed since the 1970’s, where were they during the previous movies? I guess we can make up something, let’s say they were temporarily deactivated until someone in leadership decided to wage a war against the mutants.

          • Dude, this is a film about alternate timelines…


            You think Mutants were present at the Cuban Missle Crisis?:P

            Clearly First Class’ timeline will be a different one from the X-men movies previous to it.

            (And STILL they didn’t retcon Cyclops, how screwed up is that!?)

  10. I’ve a feeling he’d say that about the next one too. I wonder, though, how many more people would turn out to watch if he said, “This one’s crap.” :)

  11. Didn’t he say that about this last Wolverine? It was garbage. Time for a new Wolverine at Marvel Studios please.

    • He did indeed say that and I agree with him. Great movie. It’s number 2 in my “best movies of the year so far” behind Pacific Rim.

      • Oh and Marvel Studios doesn’t own the rights to any X-Men other than Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch so you won’t see any version of Wolverine there.

        I think you meant Fox.

        • Am I the only one that finds it interesting that Marvel Studios doesn’t have the rights to share Wolverine without mentioning his mutant heritage like they do for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? Wolverine has been an Avenger as well as an X-man. That’s not to say I want a Marvel Studios non-mutant Wolverine… I just find it curious. I wish they would release the contracts between Fox/Sony and Marvel so we can actually see who has the rights to whom.

          • I’m not up on Marvel the best of best, but if I’m not mistaken, the moment all of these rights got sold was in like 1999 or something around there? X-men itself maybe even earlier. Wolverine wasn’t in the Avengers back then as far as I know. So he got completely sold off to Fox. QS and SW were in the Avengers since really early weren’t they?

            I’d say a better characters to ask for is Beast, he was actually in the Avengers from what I know before the nineties.

            • Beast probably since the early seventies.

              I imagine there’s a bit of a scramble for Fox and Marvel to develop the characters they can, and establish them in the minds of the audience. Once that happens, I doubt either company would try to create a competing version. Beast is pretty much X-men now. Marvel won’t be using him in Avengers. X-men’s Quicksilver won’t make enough of an impact, and the Avenger’s version will cement him in the Marvel Universe for the future.

              I expect that Marvel is moving to include Inhumans in their Universe, and they should be doing the same for Black Panther. Both of those are firmly FF related (to name a couple) and are really fair game at this point. Thing is, Marvel has laid a lot of groundwork so they can now introduce any character much more organically.

      • +1
        It was a great addition to the franchise. I don’t think it was the best X-Men film so far, but I’d put it on par with X-Men First Class which I think is the second best out of the franchise.

        And for AAA thinking they should return it to Marvel, I certainly hope not. I thought The Wolverine, First Class, and the first 2 X-Men films were better then all the Marvel films apart from The Avengers and Iron Man. Either way, Marvel’s not going to get the rights back for a long long time, you’re beating a dead horse.

  12. Weirdly, I thought that image at the top showed Wolverine and Nova until I looked closer.

    Anyway, can’t wait to see it, even if the only X-Men movie I’ve enjoyed was The Wolverine. Lets hope it isn’t convoluted for the sake of a decent running time. I hate when movies rush through the plots towards the end.

  13. Like the sound of that

  14. This looks to be a great comic movie. Singer has a real good pulse of this universe. It’s too bad he bailed on the third XMen to ruin Superman which ruined XMen3 in the process. I hope he’ll make up for it here with The XMen universe since Snyder has resurrected Supes. Can’t wait.

  15. I wonder how much of the cast will have actual roles or if most of them will just have brief cameo appearances. The ladder would be pretty disappointing.

    • I’ve made a quick math. There are currently at least 20 characters, if the film last for 120mn, each character would get a 6mn screen presence, assuming they are all of equal importance, which they’re not… And then there are establishing shots, opening credits etc.

      Doesn’t leave much room for anything else than cameo appearances…

    • They’ll have a lot of scenes with mutants being captured and/or killed by Sentinels.

  16. Can’t wait to see one of my most favorite X-Men stories come to life next year. Hope it’s close to 3 hrs.

  17. “I think some people are saying, ‘Ah, this just sounds like an excuse to get all these actors together and make an Avengers-style movie,’”

    I think Avengers were late to the party since X-men 1. That said, is Jackman trying to say that in new X-men movie we won’t feel any threat to our heroes or see any worldwide threat? =(

  18. Cannot wait to see what they do to open up the x-men world for future installments.

    I’d put money on this though, the film will end with the x-men of yesterday pulled through time to the present day to replace some or all of the current team.

    • Interesting idea. Although in the original comic, Kitty didn’t physically travel through time. Her adult consciousness from the future entered her child body in the present/past. Not saying they couldn’t change things up, but I’m expecting they’ll do something similar to Wolverine.

  19. All I wanna know is, will Ben Affleck be in this so I can go watch it.

    • Hurawl!?!?!?

  20. This movie is going to be great

  21. Bryan Singer is the worst thing that has ever happened to comic book movies.

  22. Next to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

    • Then you must not like SH movies, because Singer/X-men/Jackman pretty much started the current run of movies of the last dozen years.

      What do you want? Yellow Spandex?

  23. Not to be rude but Earth to Brent I’m not so sure you do know get the irony,

  24. I think this will be a really good film, but i am getting tired of Wolverine anyone with me? I mean my biggest dissapointment for this film is we do not get to see the characters we really love fight side by side like Cyclops,Angel/ Archangel,Husk, Psylocke, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Beak, and maybe see the real Juggernaught like Hulk, and Sinister, and Apocalypse. i mean we keep getting wolverine and Magneto over and over and over, and over, and ok sorry but thats what it is like. I just want to see other X-men shine a bit. I really cannot wait for a remake not reboot.

  25. they keep useing the same character over and over and messing up continuity issues people will stop careing and watching the films eventually it will be as dead as the Monster horror/sci fi movies genre.

  26. Actually, GOtG is looking like one of the best ensembles for a super hero movie. This one is pretty good too though.

  27. I want x men cantoon action figure toys and vehicles toys and villians action figure toys and vehicles toys and sentinel toys

  28. how about an X-men tv show.

  29. Without Cyclops, it is not a X-Men movie.