Much of the buzz surrounding X-Men: Days of Future Past, the Bryan Singer’s film that doubles as a sequel to both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: The Last Stand, has centered around the all-star cast signing on to return to the series for this project. Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and others from First Class will partake in a story that also involves the original team of Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart and co. as we see mutants from past and present get caught up in a story involving time travel.

Not only are the key players from the long-running franchise returning, but so too are their props (sans the black leather costumes).

The below image was tweeted from Bryan Singer who’s deep into pre-production on X-Men: Days of Future Past which begins shooting mid-April in Montreal. It came came attached with the caption, “Hello old friends.”

The left one is Patrick Stewart’s wheelchair from the X-Men trilogy as keen viewers can tell from the throttle control on the right arm-pad and the heavier, copper colored axle underneath. The big question this image brings mind is whether or not McAvoy and Stewart will share the screen together or whether their (and their teams’) stories remain separated by decades of time. Much of the film follows the returning First Class stars in Nixon-era 1973 and the original X-Men cast will be caught up in what seems to be some sort of alternate future where giant Sentinel robots hunt mutants.

Since Stewart is returning, and seemingly will be back in his wheelchair, we know Days of Future Past must take place in an alternate timeline where he didn’t get torn apart by Jean Grey/The Phoenix and then reincarnated in someone else’s body. By that logic, there’s no reason characters including Cyclops – who also seemingly met his end in Brett Ratner’s film – couldn’t return as well, though he’s not been mentioned among the return cast members yet. Should he be brought back?

Are we ever going to see the tan-colored hover chair created by Forge from the animated X-Men cartoon and comics?

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past starring Peter Dinklage, and returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and possibly, Alan Cumming. No word yet on Famke Janssen, James Marsden or Halle Berry.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013 and X-Men: Days of Future Past shoots from April to October for a July 18, 2014 release date.

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