‘The Wolverine’ & ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Get Surprise Cameos

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hugh jackman x men days future past cast The Wolverine & X Men: Days of Future Past Get Surprise Cameos

After the series of confirmations from cast and crew, namely director Bryan Singer, that the X-Men: First Class followup would attempt to adapt the time travel tale Days of Future Past, every actor who had a role in the X-Men trilogy was asked at every opportunity whether they’d be returning. The storyline allows the next X-Men tentpole to feature both the cast from the First Class prequel and the original trilogy via multiple timelines, and the oft complex plot device could also be used to rectify certain continuity and story issues present in the series.

Playing with the concept of time also allows the film to bring back characters who were seemingly killed off in earlier films. For the most part, almost all of the main mutant heroes from the trilogy are returning, alongside the core characters of X-Men: First Class, but there were noticeably a few absentees.

Famke Janssen – despite having a small cameo in The Wolverine – hasn’t been confirmed or announced to return for X-Men: Days of Future Past and no one’s heard from James Marsden – who was robbed of an important role and killed off in the intro of X-Men: The Last Stand- about returning either. Whether or not Jean Grey and Cyclops still have a role to play in the current state of the X-Men film universe remains to be seen, but we can safely expect there to be several guest appearances in Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming Marvel films. We may already know about two of them.

What lays ahead can be considered possible spoilers on cameos for The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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Bryan Singer posts regular behind-the-scenes photos of the set and cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, a film which began shooting in Montreal two weeks ago. One of his more recent notable photos was that of Halle Berry suited up in a new Storm costume. According to Ray Carsillo, an editor for EGM, Berry was spotted on a flight leaving Montreal. She was sitting beside James Marsden.

Longtime Screen Rant readers may remember back during the production of X-Men: First Class a cab driver claimed to have driven Hugh Jackman from the airport to the hotel for a cameo appearance and that turned out to be 100% accurate. Needless to say, there’s a good chance Cyclops returns in some small capacity for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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Up first on Fox’s upcoming Marvel slate however, is James Mangold’s The Wolverine, a film which was originally intended to feature no other mutants outside of Hugh Jackman’s titular character and was positioned as a standalone story. In a post-Avengers world where big budget superhero films are expected to follow continuity, there’s no way Fox doesn’t take advantage of their biggest star in Hugh Jackman to at least tease what’s next for the franchise.

According to JoBlo, James Mangold and Hugh Jackman were conducting some reshoots over the weekend in a Montreal airport and the scene in question was seemingly designed to serve as a button sequence to tease X-Men: Days of Future Past. It featured Wolverine arriving at an airport- probably returning from his adventures in Japan – and time freezing as Professor X (Patrick Stewart) walks in with him. Yes, the dead professor from X-Men: The Last Stand and yes, walking. If the report proves true, it’s likely the Days of Future Past version of Professor X from an alternate post-apocalyptic future (as seen in this behind-the-scenes photo) contacting Logan.

Fans will recall at the end of X-Men 3, there’s an after-credits sequence featuring Professor X waking up in another body that he transferred his mind into – that of his braindead twin brother. This could explain Charles’ ability to again walk, should Bryan Singer choose to follow that route. The other obvious scenario is that the future depicted in film is an alternate one affected by time travel where characters thought dead can return, changed.

Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing and Adan Canto, 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, Daniel Cudmore.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes if you want to see Cyclops return!

Sources: CBMJoBlo

TAGS: the wolverine, x-men, x-men days of future past

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  1. I would also love to see more sabretoothe. So Angel,Nightcrawler,and Gambit where in x-men films and never join the x-men like the comics?

  2. ugh… this is starting to sound stupid and confusing. And then after Logan sees Prof. X, Xavier tells him they made a mistake and they have to go back to the island. I wish they’d just give the rights back to marvel.

    • Oh my Lord no. lol They would completely ruin it if they got the rights back.

      • But then avengers 2/3 would have xmen…

        • They’ll have Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch anyway, though they won’t be referred to as mutants or children of Magneto. But the rights reverting back to Marvel would allow Wolverine in the Avengers’ roster, which would be A.W.E.S.O.M.E!! Add to that a deal with Sony to feature Spider-Man and we could have the legendary Wolvie/Spidey banters. Whedon would tackle that brilliantly.

  3. Dear god they are making a mess of things I am not one for reboots and remakes but just make a new series please start all over again with the original team(Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl, Angel, and Beast) or just give it back to Marvel I want to be uber nerd and let myself believe that a Marvel Civil War movie is possible.

    • Don’t forget to include the Fantastic Four in all of that!

      • Thats true but with THAT remake happening they could just let them borrow them not like that movie would make any money 3 civil war movies then close the marvel universe for 10 years then reboot them all cause i feel we will see another Ironman trilogy or Wolverine movies with new actors in are life time no matter what happens. say in 40 years or so.

    • Not just no but Frak No! Civil War is the crappiest storyline Marvel has done in the last 15 years!

      • Umm, no. Twas great.

        • I agree

  4. I wouldn’t really consider the Storm stuff “news”…been known for awhile. I read it at least twice in different places.

    Is there any word yet on whether or not Alan Cummings or January Jones are in?

    • Theres a picture out aswell

    • The last that i heard is that the 2 actors would not come back to reprise their roles. January Jones was more certain not to return as i remember reading the article in question. Alan Cummings dreaded doing the time in make up and said he was not up for returning. But those rumours/news was a while back so maybe things have changed and they are still in negotiations to return. Nightcrawler could fit in, specialy seeing it is going to be an action packed movie but Emma Frost not returning would not be that bad, maybe in the movie after DOFP. The danger in this movie is too many mutants so we will see how they are going to get over that hurdle.

      • That’s too bad. I understand Cummings didn’t exactly enjoy the makeup process but I wonder what the problem with Ms Jones is…

    • I REALLYYYY hope Nightcrawler comes back, but honestly, I’m not holding my breath.

      It’s already been confirmed that Jason Flemyng won’t be coming back as Azazel, and with Blink officially on board with the film, I doubt they’ll have Nightcrawler either given that Blink is a teleporter as well.

  5. Where the hell is Angel????? And I mean the REAL one – not Salvadore.

  6. I just have a question will the Beast(Kelsey Grammer) and Nightcrawler ( Alan Cumming)be in Days of Future Past no one has mention them but both actors did a terrific job as them .Well I hope they at least make cameos.

    • yes “The Beast” will be in the new X-men movie. If you IMDb the X-men movie you get the full cast and crew. :) I am a Splinter Cell fan, so I can’t wait till that movie comes out.

      • You must be excited for Splinter Cell Blacklist then :)

      • He was talking about the Kelsey Grimmer Beast you know the guy who played as Frasier

    • As far as we know, neither will be in the movie.

  7. I really want to see Jean Grey come back somehow, not just a cameo. I really think they should not have killed Cyclops, Jean and Prof X in the first place– all this time travel stuff is going to be hard to pull off.

  8. Either way, I ‘ll still watch an X-Men movie!!

    By the way, I don’t think Marsden was good as Cyclops. His acting was so bland. I couldn’t see him as a leader. If they bring Cyclops back, they’ll have to use a different actor (which will be confusing, anyway).

    Here’s an X-Men movie idea- A Jean/Phoenix origin story!! There’s so much interesting stuff in her past to use, and her character is so complex. It would be perfect. And, she was powerful enough for her powers to bring her back from the dead before…

  9. I hope they don’t do things like Terminator. I never liked that time travel, it didn’t make sense. I never understood how Reece is sent back in time by the Connor to protect his birth and mom but then Reece ends up being the one who impregnates Sarah. How can a future Connors send back someone to protect him when he hasn’t been created yet? How does Connor exist in the future and then a future man (Reece) goes to the past to create Connor?

    • Clay, that is called the Predestination Paradox, and it is an inescapable property of ANY time travel story where the traveler has the ability to actually interact with the “past” environment, and where the “flow of history” can be changed.

      It makes use of the principle of “retrocausality” in quantum mechanics, though writers logically inferred the paradox before such was scientifically confirmed.

      • All I know is the back to the future stories seem to make more sense because the individual goes back in time and whenever he interacts or messes with something he is affecting the future. Even Star Trek made sense because the villains go back and change the future which creates an alternate future and negating the original future. (young Spock explains it to the crew)But Terminator has an individual living in the future whose birth is determined by sending someone going to the past to create him. I just don’t see how you can be alive before you were born. Am I making sense? I’ve talked to other people and all agree with me that the Terminator time travel involing Connor is flawed.

        • I just read the Predestination Paradox theory. As I understand it, it assumes that if something happens in the past and you go back to change it you can’t. You become part of the event without any change to the outcome. You are there to reinforce the outcome.

          I guess I could understand Terminator if it were explained or would have in 1 of the following 2 ways

          1. Sarah Connor was impregnated by a random individual, creating John Connor who ends up becoming leader of the humans who then sends Reece back in time to protect Sarah but then ends up being the one to impregnate Sarah creating John. The only other paradox to this would be 2 different looking Johns because there would be 2 different fathers (you know cause DNA)

          2. Scenario 2 we are to assume that Reece travelled to the past in a previous loop creating John. But for that to have happened in a previous loop, it would have to have been a future without John. So someone else besides John would have had to send Reece back or Reece went back on his own. This would thus create John and lead to him being the leader of the future. However, this scenario would also mean that Reece was always predestined to be trapped in that loop.

          • Getting closer.

            Try looking at it like this. A timeline is a complete entity unto itself. Past, present, and future already in place (looked at from outside the timeline). Reese is John’s father because Reese was ALWAYS John’s father.

            Again, the PP invokes “retrocausality” (give that a look up as well). It’s an inherent principle of time travel in any scenario where the traveler can actually interact with the past portion of the timeline.

            And yes, it CAN get “messy” and really tangle up timelines, especially ones where there are multiple “incursions” to consider. There’s not much that can be done about it.

            • so if John was always Reece’s son then we have to assume my second scenario. However, we as the audience don’t get to witness the future that started it all. The one without John but Reece goes back and creates John. This leads to John being stuck in that loop.

              • You need to stop thinking linearly. That’s what’s messing you up. THERE NEVER WAS A “first” timeline where John Connor’s father was someone else. That’s retrocausality at work.

  10. I just really hope to see Cyclops, and maybe in the next film he could be the main character along side Archangel,Gambit,Beak,Husk, and Nightcrawler fighting Sinister,Scarlett Witch,and Apocalypse.and maybe Wolverine might get another sequel dealing with Omega Red.

  11. I wonder will Firestar be in this movie? I would love to see her.

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