It seems like a fairly substantial chunk of the filming for Bryan Singer’s superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past is taking place in Montreal, since the cast and crew have been spending a lot of time there over the past few weeks. It also seems as though scenes are being filmed at heritage sites that are open to the public, because there have been quite a few unofficial set photos snapped at various locations around the city.
All that, of course, is good news for X-Men fans who like to keep track of the movies in the making, though it’s been difficult to try and ascertain anything concrete about the plot. The film is based on the comic book arc of the same name, in which a present-day Kitty Pryde was temporarily possessed by the mind of her future self in order to warn the X-Men and prevent a dystopian future where Sentinels rule the country and the surviving mutants live in internment camps.
Fan-Girl has published a gallery of high quality images from a fight scene in a fountain, which features Nicholas Hoult in full blue make-up as Beast, facing off against Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence can also be seen in her Mystique make-up, though it’s unclear what kind of role she’ll be playing in this scene.
There isn’t really anything here that could be considered a spoiler for X-Men: Days of Future Past, since the enmity between the X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants has been established in the movies for over ten years, and the story of its origins was told in X-Men: First Class.
Both Beast and Magneto are wearing the kind of fabulous ’70s fashion that we can hope to see more of in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is set a decade on from the swinging ’60s of X-Men: First Class. Fassbender is sporting the high-waisted maroon flares and green fashion scarf that he was seen wearing in previous photos, and Hoult is only a little better off in his denim jacket and orange patterned shirt.
Respect is definitely due to the X-Men: Days of Future Past makeup department for creating a Beast skin that remains intact despite the rough treatment in the water, and one that can easily be removed between takes to give Hoult full use of of his hands.
If you’ve been following the set photos from X-Men: Days of Future Past, seeing Hoult back in full make-up once more probably has you feeling a little curious about his character arc for this film. Though a medical treatment for his “deformed” feet went wrong in X-Men: First Class, causing him to morph fully into his beast form, Singer has tweeted a photo of Hank McCoy in the sequel looking human once again.
It’s unclear exactly why Hank is shown as a normal(ish) human in some photos and as Beast in others, but in these set photos, his clothes are shown to be torn at the seams in places, suggesting that he has transformed whilst wearing them (a la The Hulk). Either that or his tumble in the fountain with Magneto has just taken its toll on his threads.
Will the different appearances of Hank McCoy be due to the time travel plotline, or will they result from further attempts to “cure” his condition? Share your theories in the comments.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in theaters on July 18th, 2014.