‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Is More Than A Time-Travel Reunion

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Bryan Singer tossed X-Men: Days of Future Past back into the spotlight yesterday, announcing via Twitter that he and studio Twentieth Century Fox have cast yet another key mutant character after the film had already begun shooting in Montreal.

Evan Peters of American Horror Story fame is playing the super-fast son of Magneto known as Quicksilver, a character that Joss Whedon is also currently planning to introduce into the Marvel Cinematic Universe via The Avengers 2. While we don’t quite yet know the implications of Singer’s latest roster addition when it comes to the two studios using the character, he does have bigger plans for Days of Future Past than fans may assume.

Like the story in Marvel Comics, X-Men: Days of Future Past is a tale of time-travel and alternate futures. With the complex plot device, Singer and Fox are able to bring back not only the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, headlined by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, but the stars of the original X-Men trilogy. That doesn’t necessarily mean the film is simply a bridge or dual-purpose-sequel to First Class and The Last Stand, as Singer points out in his conversation with SFX:

“It’s not just another X-Men film; it’s not just about the combined cast as there will be certain technologies and other stuff that we haven’t seen before in the X-Men films.”

“There are also issues of time and we’re messing about with that. I think we’ve got it figured out. I pitched it to James Cameron when I was in New Zealand last year and he said, ‘Yes, that makes sense.'”

This isn’t the first time the director has directly referenced “certain technologies” but we assume he’s referring to the ability to time travel (see: mutant character known as Bishop) and the inclusion of giant mutant-hunting Sentinel robots – the latter of which were teased in the intro of X-Men: The Last Stand.

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In the source material, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) travels back in time to warn the early X-Men of an assassination that led to the world becoming a mutant vs. human warzone. While only some elements from these story points from Marvel Comics will be used, we only know for certain that the First Class characters will have their segment of the story taking place in the ’70s, while the original cast will be in some sort of post-apocalyptic future, likely in a different timeline where mutants thought dead can return.

Speaking of the source material, Comicbook.com shared an interesting tidbit about the first X-Men, arguably the film that launched the comic book movie genre to the mainstream a year before Spider-Man took it to the next level. As it turns out, Bryan Singer banned comics on set with the hope that actors wouldn’t be reading them and potentially conflicting with what’s on the script. Apparently, this lead to there being even more comics on set and Hugh Jackman had comics delivered to his trailer. It’s there, during that shoot that he read up on all things Wolverine, falling in love with the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller stories of the ’80s, namely Wolverine’s adventures in Japan – the source material being explored in this summer’s The Wolverine.

Having James Cameron’s seal of sci-fi approval is a good thing and we previously chatted about Bryan Singer’s trip to New Zealand for the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where he chatted with Cameron about 3D technologies. That resulted in the official confirmation that Singer is actually shooting X-Men: Days of Future Past in 3D using Cameron’s Simul-Cam technology. By comparison, The Wolverine is being post-converted.

The most interesting and differentiating factor of this particular installment in the long-running series is what it means for the future of the franchise. X-Men and Marvel are a big part of Fox’s future tentpole movie plans and regardless of the age of the original X-Men cast, the franchise is not going away. Is this the last time we see the original cast together or is there still room for X-Men 4, a film that could essentially write off any issues from X-Men: The Last Stand thanks to the Days of Future Past timelines? Could it also be used to “reset” the series, leading to a quasi-reboot for release after the Fantastic Four reboot? Will the First Class cast get a third movie all to themselves, rounding out their own trilogy?

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At this point there are a lot of people out there hoping the “and other stuff” Singer is referring to is some sort of agreement with Marvel Studios to bridge continuities, an idea that Fox consultant Mark Millar would love to do:

“…And maybe at some point, I don’t know maybe give years down the line – and this is me speaking very unofficial here – but maybe you’ll get studios doing deals with each other and crossing certain characters over.”

Share your thoughts on the future of the X-Men in the comments below!

Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes when you think X-Men should be rebooted!

Source: SFX, Comicbook.com

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  1. Well since James Cameron said it made sense then that settles it…….

  2. bryan singer is a terrible director

    • @patrick, really? Wow, I’m convinced. I thought he was a great director but your argument there is airtight,

    • He’s not terrible he has just picked bad projects, superman returns wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible, there’s actually parts I liked, xmen was fair, x2 was amazing, usual suspects, and apt pupil all good films! He has talent, however Valkyrie and jack the giant slayer are my only toss always, I have hope, still would of liked Vaughn to be directing, but he will do it justice

    • No he is not, you must be crazy

  3. Love how a good quarter of this page turned into a discussion of whether or not Superman Returns sucked.

    • It wasnt Superman Returns? It was Superman Returns a Stalker

  4. The way all these films are gonna connect is simple. It’s obvious.. I don’t know how we’ve been so blind. In the ff reboot they won’t recast Johnny storm. And as it turns out in a bitter twist captain America is also the human torch all along… Genius. I haven’t been this shocked by a film since the number 23.

    • That’s a good shock, right? Cause I liked The Number 23.

      What if Quicksilver powers the time machine, much like Flashpoint ended when The Flash had to run super fast to merge the timelines?

  5. I think X-men Day of the Future Past is going to let me down just like the previous ones. Singer is an okay director and I just do not trust Fox with any Marvel properties. After see movies like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America none of the X-men movie come close to their level. X-men is a great property but too bad it’s in the wrong hands(aka Singer/Fox).

    • AGREED!!!

  6. The Mutants i want to see added or more of are Cyclops,NightCrawler,Gambit,Sabretoothe,Blob,Juggernaught,Multiple Man,Omega Red,Husk,BEAK,Scarlett Witch,Sinister,Archangel,Apocalypse,and JohnSublime. Mainly Cyclops,Beak,and Archangel.

    • Sadly I have to agree.Singer is great with almost anything that doesn’t envolve fantasy. Have u see the giant slayer?please sale the X-MEN back to marvel for a good price before they get to tarnished and Marvel low balls the rights back

  7. Singer will deliver, Im 100% sure about it.

    He’s not Brett Ratner or any random new director manipulated by Fox.

  8. i think Gambit should be in this one since both him and Bishop are important to the storyline of Sen. Kelley’s assassination. Also bring in Mystique due to her part in the story. I will not comment any further because of potential spoilers

  9. Well in my mind ALL things Marvel belongs to Marvel, that includes all rights to all characters and their designations (mutant, enhanced soldier, norse god, genious-billionare-filantropist)
    That being said they cant just get those rights back, but i realy think that cooperation between the studios should be sought. No doubt it would benefit both parties.

    • The problem with crossovers between the studios going forward is, as of now, Marvel has built up a rich shared universe with very conscious decisions being made when it comes to one movie to the next. Fox and the X-Men universe live in the moment, with what appears to be very little consideration to what comes next. As a matter of fact, The Last Stand and Origins feels like they pushed a vase off of a table and now Bryan Singer is trying to glue the pieces back together. He should have just swept it up and threw it in the trash.

  10. The X-MEN and their entire universe is what got me into the Marvel Universe to begin with. To be honest their comics is what helped me learn to read cause I did have a lot of issues with doing so when I was younger. I can’t deny in any fashion I am excited to see them return to the big screen but I cannot deny I still feel they won’t be given the proper justice they deserve. Bryan Singer deliveries amazing indie films and who didn’t love Usual Suspects but I transferring fantasy isn’t exactly his strong point. The X-MEN films at there time were amazing for what they were at there time. Now that Marvel/Disney has its very own studios and Christoper Nolan’s grounded in reality super heroes the X-MEN now have a lot to live up too especially with its completed ignoring contunity and placement of characters along with it’s timelines. The Iron Man trilogy single handedly turned an old character into a pop culture icon not to mention its films sales world wide. Yes movies in 3D help in ticket sales but are they enough to deliver a misinterpreted franchise at this point? Films like the Hulk show that recasting/reboots that fans are forgiving but the X-MEN are a team/buddy cop in a sense/family/ action type of movie that doesn’t showcase only its favorites. Wolverine isn’t the most powerful mutant by far but tough guy. Professor X& Magnetos story isn’t the only do focus of the story. If you actually read the Dark Phoenix saga it shows a teams turmoil and Scott(CYclops) love of Jean Grey(Phoenix) willing to die for her. The X-Cutioners song & Inferno where other stories that involved but primarily dealt with Cyclops and his baby Momma drama and kids. If this is gonna be another Wolverine as the leading man or of team just make the spin off already of his team X-FORCE. I hope the movie does well, but I hope it’s a fans movie and not another way for Fox to cash in cause they been trying to do this since 2000 having an X-Universe franchise. Trying to prove they can use Quicksliver when the X-Men have their own speedster Northstar just to try and get fans to talk about the film rather then actually use him ( not to mention more then once like NightCraweler &Beast) is childish. So I hope Bryan Singer actually goes sees the Marvel Studios movies and takes notes. Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Slayer his last two interruptions of fantasy compared to the film worlds now Sucked badly

    • Wolverine and Magneto, while decent characters, are way overdone. I could see that happen on a very small scale with Beast as well. Let’s see the first true X-man, Cyclops, the team leader and Prof. X’s right-hand man, front and center as the main focus, like it should be! Bring back Cyke!

      • + 1000 thumbs up :)


    • Sounds about how I feel about Cyclops being way underplayed. I feel your pain.

    • Rogue only got her super-abilities because she touched Ms. Marvel, who Marvel still has the rights to.

    • OMG THIS IS SO TRUE!!! I really hate how they make the X-Men characters seem so weak. Say what you will of Bret Ratners The Last Stand, he at least let the X-Men fight and battle it out. Why can’t we see the X-Men in all out wore unleashing all of their powers?! Storm does so much more than just throw lightnight… Cyclops is the freaking leader and his role was deminished to almost nothing and lets not get started on Rogue… come on?!!!!!! Please make this movie as powerful as The Avengers! they used their powers and were physical and had a plot… please use the X-Men as they should be used – to their FULL POTENTIAL! Its my favorite franchise

  12. X-Men (Earth-10005),Earth-199999 (Avengers) ’nuff said 😉

  13. I’m an X-Men fanatic. Although, I’m not happy about a lot of the changes to the storyline with characters and things, I’m still excited to see my favorite childhood characters come to life on screen. I’m a bit skeptical about so many characters being in this film. Hollywood loves to have lots of actors just for the sake of looking cool and they really have no REAL purpose but I can’t conclude anything because we still have a full year before it comes out. I’m most excited because this alternate future plot could possibly bring back characters who are VERY important to the series but have died in past films, like Cyclops, Jean Grey, etc. Overall, I’m excited about this film and I hope Bryan Singer delivers. If not, I’m sure Joss Whedon wouldn’t mind taking the wheel and directing his own X-Men movie and making it as Epic as it’s supposed to be.

  14. Just start at the beginning and give me the REAL First Class. Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman and Jean Grey. Then work your way into the Second Team!! Then, The phoenix saga should be a trilogy at least! Too see the Shiar Empire take down the X-men to get the Jean grey on screen…….well, let’s just say I would be very happy! Never Happen With FOX

  15. What if they lead into a short run series in a few years?
    Complex multi-arch/character twelve? episode story line every year?
    Not too much for the feature actors to stay onboard but enough for the diversity and sophistication X-men deserves

    • Like a TV series, but on the big screen? Do a 1 hour serial every year. Would be kind of cool!

  16. I think that all the conflicts from X-men trilogy will be repair on X-men days of the future past, and then it is the chance to have X-men 4! I suggest that they will add more physical action on mutants fighting sentinels. It’s like a more on action and twisting story without focusing on teeny weeny love story of Wolverine and Jean and the other mutants.

  17. Bryan Singer should take some pointers from Joss Whedon. I can already tell it’s going to be a disaster of a movie. Hiring on new actors while filming sounds indulgent and not thought out.

  18. Instead of having Kitty Pryde being able to time travel, you should go with the idea that the mutant Forge built a time machine for the X-Men to travel back and forward in time. Forge can build whatever his mind thinks of. Forge is a very intellectual mutant with the mutant power to build whatever his mind finds capable of.

  19. Yeah Forge would be cool because then you could use Bishop as the one sent back in time instead of Wolverine.

  20. I think that by having a potential villain alter a past event Singer opens up lots of possibilities. If the past is changed the original X-Men timeline effectively becomes void. That means we can have Cyclops, Jean etc. back with no problems in canon. If we’re seeing the original team several years into the future, Singer doesn’t even need to explain events between the ‘present’ and then. Rogue can have her full powers without needing to explain where she acquired them, and Singer can bring in new team members. What do you reckon?

    Can’t wait!

  21. The alteration of time is perfect to merge with the Avengers and if Avengers 2 ends the way the battle with Ultron has always been known to end Bishop could be the perfect tie in to change the Avengers, with a new Fantastic Four you are just a couple characters short of a Marvel Ultimate Alliance movie…Apocalypse even.