‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Plot Details & Mystery Characters Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 16th, 2013 at 8:07 am,

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For a high profile blockbuster superhero movie with a well known director and a huge A-list cast, you have to hand it to 20th Century Fox for managing to keep the plot details of X-Men: Days of Future Past under wraps for so long.

Despite multiple teaser photos from the set – many from director Bryan Singer himself (see his latest one here, of what appears to be a an actor on wires in a very Magneto-esque pose) – the actual plot and character details on the time travel storyline have been largely hinted at … until now.

Here’s what we know so far about the film: the main cast of the previous “present-day” (well, near-future) X-Men films are reprising their roles even as the actors who played their younger counterparts in the prequel X-Men: First Class will also play an integral role in the story.

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The popular 1981 comic book story written by Chris Claremont – also called Days of Future Past – serves as the inspiration for this installment, which features time travel and the mutant-hunting giant robots known as Sentinels, which were (sort of) seen very briefly as part of a Danger Room training simulation in X-Men: The Last Stand.

In the comic, Kitty Pryde (played by Ellen Page in the film) has her consciousness sent back in time into her younger self to help the X-Men of the past (most of whom have been hunted to extinction in the future) prevent the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly’s (who died in the first X-Men film) and the Sentinel apocalypse to come. In the adaptation from the 1990s animated series, the mutant Bishop was the time traveler.

However, in the forthcoming adaptation – according to Vulture  – Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) will be the mutant who gets sent back in time to 1973.

Apparently, Kitty Pryde will use her powers (??) to send Wolverine back, where he meets the young Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Kitty suffers some kind of mishap in the process, forcing the mutants in the present to find someone capable of absorbing Kitty’s powers and returning Wolverine to the present.

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Anyone with a passing knowledge of this universe knows this may be where Anna Paquin’s Rogue – and her ability to absorb other mutants’ powers – could come into play. Despite the fact that she took the “mutant cure” in The Last Stand, we have reason to infer that the cure’s effects are not permanent, evidenced by the way Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen) was able to slightly move a metal chess piece toward the end of the film.

It’ll be interesting to see how Kitty Pryde’s intangibility powers are capable of sending people back and forth through time. That’s definitely a new development.

Vulture has also revealed that Peter Dinklage is indeed playing Bolivar Trask, the inventor of the Sentinels (and owner of an epic ‘stache), and that Josh Helman is set to play a young William Stryker. Previously, Stryker was portrayed by Bryan Cox (X2) and Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

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It seems that Trask will play the part of the villain in the present (though Dinklage’s handlebar mustache may say something different) while Stryker will be the villain of the past. Considering Stryker from Wolverine and Stryker from Days of Future Past are both from the 1970s and are drastically different in appearance in age, we can probably assume the former film no longer exists in X-Men movie continuity.

Bryan Singer has also confirmed the return of yet another cast member, one he hasn’t directed before – Lucas Till will reprise his role as Alex Summers/Havok from First Class as we figured from an unofficial street photo of him on set in Montreal. He tweeted an image of Till on set:

Could Havok be a soldier in the Vietnam War? It seems pretty likely.

Fox is bringing its upcoming blockbusters to Comic-Con this coming weekend, including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Wolverine, with “a surprise” in store as well. We initially thought that a new Predator project could be announced, but with this sudden flurry of new information, we have to wonder just how many more surprises Bryan Singer and company have in store.

The director has promised that his latest outing will be more than a gimmicky time travel reunion, but just having Singer back in charge of this world – which he helped bring to life in the first place – is exciting for fans. We can’t wait to find out what else he has up his sleeve.


Expect more news on the X-Men’s latest adventure as 20th Century Fox hosts their panel at Comic-Con 2013 on Saturday, July 20th.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters July 18th, 2014.

Sources: Bryan Singer, Vulture

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  1. to me, at the very least, they never went through on making archangel a creation of Stryker’s in X2. I’ll take that over the characters sole appearance in the franchise.

  2. Why the hell do they have Kitty Pride in charge of the time traveling when they have Bishop in the movie as well, things like this piss me off. However I have seen Bishop and it looks pretty well done.

  3. X-men 1 & 2 Were lackluster in both story & in character development, Magneto, Cyclops, Pro X, & Wolverine were the only characters that had descent actors portraying them, all of the female cast sucked IMO.
    X-Men 3= Sucked beyond belief.
    X-men First Class was all over the place & inconsistent to both the comic & the previous films, so it was very disappointing to me, + had characters no one cared about like that Angel bug chick, & I hated that they switched Mystics.
    X-men Days Of Future Past sounds even more dysfunctional IMO, even adding some of the original cast does not interest me, I had been an X-man fan for years, but the franchise is DEAD IMO, as is the comics sadly & has been for several years. They should of rebooted the whole franchise from the ground up IMO. I am so much more excited about the Avengers even though I was more of an X-men fan.

    • This series has become the example of what happens when you try to take 30 years of incredible story telling and hack it up into digest able pieces for the thoughtless cinematic masses. it all tanked with the decision to have Wolverine serve as the central character and have everything revolve around him. Love Hugh Jackman, but hate how the film makers have pandered to the slash and gnash culture of movie watchers. Wolverine was written as a positive irritant who challenges the group to grow , but grows himself. Abandoning the heart and soul of the XMen by trivializing the relationships and family dynamic of Xavier, Cyclops and Jean Grey destroys this series and makes any continuity between the comic and the films unpalatable. XMen was hard to sit through, but X2 gave me hope– although again the Wolverine centric plot swallowed up all the great things about it. XMen:Last Stand was an abortion! Ratner destroyed one of the best stories ever told in comics. The liberties taken with the original plot lines to create Xmen First Class further destroyed any true telling of the Xmen’s evolution. I saw hope in the return of Bryan Singer and the possibility of making at least some of it right in Days of Future Past. But alas, Wolverine is the time traveler (because with Scott and Jean gone there is no Rachel right???) and Kitty uses her powers!?!?!?!? To send him back to 1973. I think this is my stop. Claremont and Byrne gave us some incredible stories in the 70′s and 80′s. I will treasure that work and what it meant to have the X-Men be part of my growing up. Age 50 seems like a good time to let go of childhood fantasies! Peace Out X-Men! You are missed.

      • Doesn’t Jean Gray return as Marvel Girl? And as we never saw Cyclops body who says he’s dead?

        • That would be news to me. I’ve heard nothing about Jean Grey being in Days of Future Past. While it might be cool to see Famke Jenssen return in the role, Jean wasn’t part of this story line in the comic so it would honestly only serve to make things more confusing.

    • Everyone must understand no movie will be word for word event for event like their comic book or novels movies change things up so viewers want know the entire plot

      • Agreed Marcus, however, I would argue that sticking to major character themes and plot lines does not constitute a request for a word for word retelling. Star Trek the reboot managed to do what I’m suggesting. Stay true to the original while charting a new path with plausible continuity shifts.

  4. On top of everything wrong with the X-Men movies. Why is Havok even in he is Cyclops younger brother, and that means no one did their homework

  5. why doesn’t anyone talk about the fact that the character MORPH hasn’t been in the x-men movies. not even mentioned.
    but many boring stupid characters are in the movies.
    this is amazing to me because he is an original character from the x men comics. all the x men movies have failed because of this b*******.