The more director Bryan Singer tweets about X-Men: Days of Future Past, the more questions fans have about the film. For example: How will the X-Men from the “future” (present?) interact with the X-Men of the 1970s? How will time travel be involved? And, perhaps most importantly, will Days of Future Past have too many characters for its own good?

While we’ve already seen a picture of Wolverine on the set (from behind, mind you), today Singer tweeted the first image of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, front and center – with 1970s Beast (Nicholas Hoult) at his side.

Check out the tweet and image below:

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The image, like the multitude previous, just raises a bunch of new questions about Days of Future Past.

Singer’s tweet (“Welcome to 1973“) seems to indicate that the Wolverine of the present (or perhaps even the future) has gone back in time to 1973…to prevent something terrible from happening? Presumably. To prevent X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand from ever going into production? Nah, we’re probably not that lucky.

Now, arguably the Wolverine in the image could be 1970s Wolverine, too, but given the complicated continuity of previous films – and Wolverine’s absence from the team until the year 2000 – that seems unlikely. Of course, in fairness, the X-Men series hasn’t exactly been known for its strict adherence to previously established continuity (see: Emma Frost being portrayed as a teenager in the ’70s-set Origins and as a full grown woman in the ’60s-set X-Men: First Class).

The other question here is – why is Nicholas Hoult not in blue makeup in the image?

Fans will recall that near the end of First Class, Henry “Hank” McCoy – A.K.A. Beast – accidentally transformed himself into a big blue cat-man. In The Last Stand, Kelsey Grammer also portrayed a very blue and very furry Beast – though he was more ape-like in appearance in that film.

More recently, Singer gave us a glimpse of Hoult in the blue Beast makeup (seemingly a hybrid of the First Class and Last Stand makeup design). Check it out below:

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So by all accounts, Hank McCoy should be big, blue, and hairy in 1973.

What reason would there be for Nicholas Hoult to look relatively normal and clean-shaven – if decked out in hilarious sideburns – in the tweeted image above? (That is, aside from the fact that he’s a fairly well-known actor (Warm Bodies, Jack the Giant Slayer) whose face producers might want to be visible throughout the film.)

Has Hank McCoy developed a means for hiding his mutation? Is he wearing Nightcrawler’s holographic appearance generator from the X-Men: Evolution animated series? Or has he succeeded in temporarily removing his blue, cat-like mutation…only for the blue, ape-like mutation to pop up at some point down the line?

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Do you have any theories about the new image? Drop us a line in the comments.

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The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18th, 2014, and Fantastic Four on March 6th, 2015.

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