Next summer will see past and future colliding and likely causing quite a big mess in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest in Twentieth Century Fox’s line of movies based on the Marvel comics – and possibly the busiest movie so far in terms of the amount of characters involved. Based on a comic book arc of the same name, X-Men: Days of Future Past will see the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants of the 1970s work together with their future counterparts to prevent a dark future for all mutants.
Director Bryan Singer and the cast were seen throughout the summer filming primarily in Montréal, Canada, which meant that quite a few set photos emerged from fans and press keeping a close eye on the shoots in public locations. The photos didn’t give away too much about the plot, but they did give us a look at some of the fabulous period costumes that the characters will be wearing.
Montréal residents should continue to keep an eye out for those pesky mutants, however, as Quebec film commissioner Hans Fraikin has confirmed to the Calgary Herald that X-Men: Days of Future Past will be returning for at least two weeks of reshoots before Christmas. The article states that the extra filming has been scheduled in order to shoot “extra scenes” for the movie, but otherwise it’s unclear exactly what will be filmed or which cast members will be involved.
It’s fairly common for big studio movies to have reshoots scheduled, whether for the purposes of adding more to a certain scene, adding new scenes entirely or just improving on what’s already been shot. The most recent comic book movie release, Thor: The Dark World, underwent fairly extensive reshoots, as did this summer’s surprise hit, World War Z, and the highest-grossing movie of 2013 so far, Iron Man 3.
If anything, the reshoots are actually a positive sign for X-Men: Days of Future Past, since its complex time travel plot sounds like something that could benefit from extra polish to ensure everything is kept clear for the audience. Moreover, with studios building shared universes out of their popular franchises, the trend of eleventh-hour additions (in order to set up future story threads or steer characters to more spin-off-friendly positions than originally intended) is becoming more and more common. Days of Future Past has the considerable task of bringing together characters from both the X-Men movies with a modern day setting and those from X-Men: First Class, as well as introducing new characters like Quicksilver. That’s a lot of mutants being thrown into the mix, and quite a few of them will have more than one actor playing the same role.
One notable exception to that rule is Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who looks just as fresh in the 21st century as he did in the 1960s, and who returns in X-Men: Days of Future Past after making a brief appearance in X-Men: First Class and starring in his own standalone movie, The Wolverine. With Logan returning for another team-up, the Daily Star asked Jackman whether he consider the fiercely antisocial fighter’s gifts to be a curse:
“His main curse is this berserker rage. It is what defines him. He doesn’t have the most powerful powers — on paper his powers aren’t that incredible if you think of other mutants who would probably have the upper hand. He can’t jump, he can’t fly; he has claws and he can heal but he is probably the most feared or powerful in a way because of that very human quality of his inner berserker rage. That animalistic side of him gives him power and strength but it also causes damage, loss and pain. And with the immortality, everyone he loves dies — everyone who has ever meant anything to him has passed on. What sort of life is that?”
Jackman also says that despite Wolverine’s perennial presence in the franchise, he expects the part to outlive him and for a new actor to take on the role someday. X-Men: Days of Future Past marks the end of his current contractual obligations, but he recently said that he’s already heard some great ideas for a third standalone Wolverine movie from director James Mangold, and in the light of The Wolverine‘s box office success this summer it’s very unlikely that X-Men: Days of Future Past will be the last time we see Jackman in the role.
…And of course, there’s yet another X-Men movie plus an X-Force movie currently hovering in the wings – both of which have the potential to star Jackman, as well. So the actor may be in story for more Wolverine than ever, should the DoFP box office hold strong.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in theaters on May 23rd, 2014.