New ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Images; Beast’s Human Form Explained

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Despite the fact that X-Men: Days of Future Past features characters from the original trilogy along with their young counterparts from X-Men: First Class and a multitude of other mutants, it sounds like there will be very little actual interaction between the characters from the two points in time.

In fact, it’s unclear just how much screen time each of the many characters is going to get, outside of main players like Wolverine, Magneto and Xavier. Also floating around in the plot’s time travel soup are Iceman, Havok, Toad, Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Warpath, Sunspot, Blink, Beast, Mystique, Quicksilver, Bishop and possibly even more.

In an interview with The Playlist, director Bryan Singer compares the filming structure to that of The Usual Suspects, with the group of future characters coming in for the initial block of filming before being replaced by the characters in the 70s portion of the plot. The interview also includes a few new movie stills from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and if you’re getting confused about exactly who the 26 different main characters are and what they can do, head over to the official website to read their bios.

One of the images features two of the major puzzles of X-Men: Days of Future Past in one place: a young Charles Xavier walking about as easily as if he’d never get a dose of lead in his spine, and a noticeably human-colored, de-furred Hank McCoy. Since Xavier seemed to be permanently disabled and Hank to be irreversibly transformed by the end of X-Men: First Class, this led to speculation that X-Men: Days of Future Past would include an alternate timeline for the young mutants.

In a new interview with JoBlo, however, Nicholas Hoult has revealed that the real explanation for his character’s appearance isn’t quite as complicated as that. Instead, Beast’s appearance is kept in control through use of a serum, but he transforms whenever he gets in a beastly mood. To put it another way, don’t make him angry: you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

“What’s happened up to this point is between the time of the last movie and this movie my character has created a serum which basically controls his mutation so his appearance is normal as long as he doesn’t get worked up. Any animal instinct or urges, that kind of brings him out. So yeah, he changes into Beast a few times throughout the story and they’ve done some great action sequences with him this time, particularly in the mansion flying around on these chandeliers and stuff.”

In the films so far there has always been a hint of irony to Beast’s name and appearance, since despite looking like an animal he’s actually a polite and mild-mannered intellectual. With that in mind, the fact that Hoult describes his character as being very much like the Hulk (or, alternatively, a blue werewolf) might rub some comic book fans up the wrong way.


X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on May 23, 2014.

Source: The Playlist, JoBlo

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  1. Lets hope he eventually finds the serum doesn’t work and he’s permanently trapped in that form because one of the enduring facets of the character was his pursuit of a cure to make him look normal again and then his acceptance of what he is and coming to terms with his appearance.

    • That and the fact that in X-Men 3, while he had accepted his appearance, when he came across the bald mutant kid that nullifies mutant powers, he looked all surprised when his blue fur started to come apart and reveal a human hand. I’m really hoping alternate timelines are involved, or else there’s no way to clarify all of these loose plot threads and inconsistencies.

      • Singer doesn’t consider X3 as canon, so you might as well forget about that movie.

        • why do people always make up stuff. No where has Singer ever said X-3 isn’t canon.

  2. So, they basically made Beast into a blue furry version of The Hulk…..?

  3. Still doesnt explain how young Xavier is walking…

    • Well, between the last movie and this movie he’s been working on a serum …

    • It does.

      Hank turns into beast when he’s in a beastly mood.

      Xavier can walk when he’s in a walky mood.

      • Makes sense to me. Make it canon!

    • A wizard did it.

  4. Soooo he’s the hulk. Way to rip off another marvel property so you wouldn’t have to spend as much money

    • That awkward moment when we have the same comment haha

      • And those guys in the last pic are facepalming at the thought of Dr Hulk McCoy.

  5. Sooooooooo Beast is pretty much the Hulk lol

  6. It would not surprise me if Hoult’s agent was in the middle of all that.

  7. Magneto looks like he’s going to a cosplay…lol ridiculous…

    • Villains and Heroes in Kick Ass 2 had better looking costumes.

  8. I would go see this movie just to see Peter Dinklage play Bolivar Trask. He was also amazing as ‘The Angry Elf’ Miles Finch in the movie ‘Elf’.

    • He must be a South Pole elf.

  9. Still not impressed with Cosplay Men: Days of Future Past.

    That Sentinal looks like a transformer waiting to transform into a hair dryer.

    Peter Dinklage looks Boss though.

    • OHMA GOD I just looked at the photo again!!!

      I think that IS a gaint hair dryer in the Sentinals chest!!! That’s why they have that gaint fan off to the left of the picture!!! lmao

  10. seriously none of these pics they are showing are doing them any favours

  11. WAHHHHHH Beast is just like the Hulk WAHHHHHHHHHH That superhero is dressed like a superhero WAHHHHHHHHHH I want the answer to questions that will undoubtedly be answered in the film but I love finding reasons to trash movies so I demand to know such spoilers such as why Xavier is standing nowwwwwwwwwww WAHHHHHHH

    quit complaining..

    • I’m glad you managed to bring a little maturity to that comment there. I await future posts where you dazzle and amaze us with your sparkling personality and immense knowledge and worldly experience.

      • Cause I’m not a perfect representation of every person complaining about this film? It’s mind-blowing how ofte people point out mistakes and complai about plot holes for a film three months from release. Do people just think these aspects have no explanation and were going to be left in the dark about something as big as Beast controlling his appearance and Xavier walking. Why can’t people just wait? Why do people feel the urge to have to be negative? I don’t care if you think my comment was childish, this is a comment thread for a comic book movie. I just can’t stand constant bickering.

        • I agree. Just be patient and hope for the best ya know..

          • I’m just more disappointed in these “Hulk” comparison comments. As if anger-induced transformations are a Hulk-only thing.

            Goku transformed into a Super Saiyan when he got mad.
            Angel can apparently become Archangel when he’s mad.
            Haseo pretty much transformed into a monster when he got mad.

            It’s just sad to see these kinds of comments from comic fans, who should be more accepting of characters with similar traits and willing to give these things a chance.

            • I know right. And don’t forget other legendary creatures who can’t control their transformations.. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde as well as werewolves…

              I guess we should all hate those creatures too. LOL!

        • Respectfully, there wouldn’t be any bickering if we weren’t already familiar with these inconsistencies. They use the same actors in all spin-offs but then ignore them in future sequels. At this point, the only way to make another movie would be to write in an alternate universe. Emma Frost was in her 30′s in First Class. Wolverine Origins she was a teenager. And Professor X was aged as Patrick Stewart at the time. They’re molding a disaster of a movie franchise. An attempt at a reboot now being intervened by the original cast while high-jacking the DOFP story and ignoring recent spin-offs. The consistencies that do exist are half-assed and tied together with throw away lines of dialogue. As an X-Men fan, I’m tired of seeing people who have never even heard of X-Men get paid to make these movies and then parade their purple wigged mistakes on the cover of magazines. No hate on the actors of course.

        • Dude we’re just speculating about how they’ll explain it (or in this case pointing out how they’re turning Beast into a blue Hulk clone)

          Speculating about movies is a big part of what ScreenRant does as a whole. There’s no need to get mad at us (the users/commenters) for doing the same.

          • I’m not mad at anyone. Except FOX. And Bryan Singer. Just explaining why it’s okay to complain about this movie.

          • Heres the thing though…

            One could argue that Hulk is a rip off of Dr Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.

            It doesn’t bother me. I get how some are offended though

          • “Still not impressed with Cosplay Men: Days of Future Past.”

            “Magneto looks like he’s going to a cosplay…lol ridiculous…”

            “Soooo he’s the hulk. Way to rip off another marvel property so you wouldn’t have to spend as much money”

            “Still doesnt explain how young Xavier is walking…”

            These comments are ‘speculating’. They’re just negative. My point is people look for every little thing to complain about.

    • I guess I should go on record and say that I’m really kooking forward to this film, but you can’t deny the whole thing with Beast is more or less a rip off of the hulk.

  12. I think this helps debunk the many different timelines theory since the confusion about why Beast is human was used as part of the argument as to why there are various timelines.

    In regards to Xavier, I’m sure Beast creates some sort of belt or harness that Professor wears to help give him ability to walk. But when he’s at home, he doesn’t where it. Or maybe somesort of spinal or cerebral implant.

  13. Beast getting into a rage isn’t new to me. I seen Beast once in awhile get in a rage in the 90′s animated X-Men series & X-Men Evolution. Makes better sense on Hank’s part to use a serum than a watch like Nightcrawler does on X-Men Evolution imo.

    • Yeah, that watch was pretty ridiculous.

      Question is, will Beast use the serum to look normal again or because he saw Mystique join the villainous side in FC and he’s afraid he’ll turn out the same?

  14. Now I’m really starting to get worried about this movie. They seem to be overcomplicating it at every turn… There is no need to go though Beast’s transformations again… I’ve tried to remain positive but I’m done defending this movie, I’m still going to see it, but I’m not expecting much

  15. To sum up some of the comments so far…

    …and with this movie X-Men reverts back to Marvel/Disney, not because it had to but because it wanted to. With Disney/Marvel magic it should be able to become a real boy instead of a wooden puppet.

  16. My theory for Xavier… hes the worlds strongest telepath. Hes using his powers to make it appear to those around him that hes not paralyzed so as not to appear weak.

  17. Still doesn’t explain how Xavier is walking, dude…

    • Hes not. Hes making it look like hes walking to everyone. He showed in first class he can manipulate what people see with his telepathy.

  18. A bit of a disappointment. The timeline crazy multiverse talk sounded more interesting. This serum sounds like a quick fix, but anyways. Although Xavier walking was not explained, with that pattern I can only assume he also invented some sort of drub that let’s him walk for 5 minutes or something? :)

  19. Only thing I want to know is if we will see The Brotherhood including Blob, Juggernaught, Sabretoothe, Beak, Quick Silver, Scarlett Witch, Emma Frost, Toad, and Angel Salvador go up against the X-men including Cyclops, Jean, Storm, Archangel, Gambit, Rogue, Wolverine, Colossus, Iceman, Beast, and Night crawler? some of these characters could actually time travel with the help of another mutants abilities like Forge, Beast, or someone with super intelligence. A lot of great fight scenes and unique ways to use their abilities on each other, and Colossus vs Juggernaught and others would be great if a better version of Juggernaught is possible. Beak just has a very emotional story, and unique look. Cyclops, Gambit, Rogue, and Archangels are must as well they need some screen/story love. and a bad ass Wolverine vs Sabretoothe, and Cyclops vs Wolverine battle needs to happen. I say split X-men Apocalypse into two films explain some stuff in the first and really hammer the story home in the second film.

    • Yea! Rogue, Gambit, Archangel, and Cyclops are some of my favorite X-men!

      I’ve written before that, after this movie, maybe Forge and Beast could make an actual time machine to send physical people back!

  20. You all do know that in the comics, at one point hank had a holographic Image inducer that looked like a watch. He wore it whenever he went out into public (AS IN to have a peaceful night out on the town doing normal things) so he wouldn’t get harassed by Mutant haters. This Serum is a variation on that. As for the Prof, maybe they’re on the astral plane where he can do anything, EVEN WALK! or maybe it’s a play on the braces he made for himself in the 90′s where he Psycically controlled his walking through them. It’s clear all of you morons making these comments never actually read an X-men comic or followed any storyline…or else you would get some of the things they are using in this movie to pay respect to the books.

  21. Lol, who says there are 26 main characters?? Was Maria Hill a main character in The Avengers too??

    • Bryan Singer said that. I reckon he’s an authority on the matter.

  22. I dont mind at all if he uses serum or whatever.
    And rest of fans shouldnt, either.

  23. Feel like at least 1/3 of this movie is going to be dedicated to fixing the errors of X3

  24. They killed this horse with X-Men III. Now it looks like they’re going to make two more movies spent just kicking the $hit out of it.

    • yeah you really can’t un-ring the bell. We ALL saw XM3, for good or for bad so it is there hanging out in the backs of our minds. If you are trying to tie up all the loose ends, you have to be willing to accept all of the baggage that has come with it, including XM3.

      Kind of like XMO:W. It happened and they totally dorked poor Deadpool.

    • When did singer say it wasn’t canon?

  25. They should give everyone Beast’s serum, it would be like a hairy What If?

  26. Lol at people complaining about beast like this is something earth shattering you have cancer news … its a small change and I can see where this serum comes to play … so yeah there’s that.

  27. So early May we’re gonna get ASM2. Then late May we’re gonna get x-menDOFP.

    Ima gonna burn my wallet.