‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Begins Principal Photography

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From the year 2000 to present there have always been two or three years between each X-Men feature film, but going forward, that’s about to change. Twentieth Century Fox is done with the Daredevil franchise and plans to take full advantage of the key Marvel assets they still own in a big way.

This July will see the standalone feature The Wolverine and next summer, 14 years of X-Men films will come together in X-Men: Days of Future Past, followed by a reboot of Fantastic Four the year after.

Reports of the seemingly dead Deadpool and future crossovers between the X-Men and FF down the road aside, what’s official is that there are three Marvel movies coming from Fox in the next three years and all three of them are designed to radically evolve each respective series.

Despite negative critical reception on two of the X-Men installments, every movie in the series has been profitable. With The Avengers showing just how powerful the appeal of superhero epics can be at the box office, Fox wants to take advantage of their brand and the timing to do something similar with their own properties going forward.

They’ve enlisted the help of comic book creator Mark Millar to serve as a consultant, and Bryan Singer is back in the director’s chair for the next X-Men team-up adventure and has ideas of his own for the series going forward. Despite the age of the series and the talent involved, it’s not over yet and next summer may define the future of the X-Men movies as we know it.

X-Men: Days of Future Past begins shooting today in Montreal, Quebec, and director Bryan Singer is continuing to provide updates via behind-the-scenes photos, tweeting an image of what could be the enclosed Cerebro set (image below) and another of Patrick Stewart in costume, standing, and getting his photo taken (click here for larger version).

X-Men: First Class began shooting in August 2010 for a June 2011 release, less than 10 months of time from start to finish. There were reports of it being rushed and Matthew Vaughn feeling rushed, but for the more ambitious followup, Days of Future Past has just over 16 months of production time before its July 2014 release date.

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Ian McKellen tweeted that he was fitted recently for a new, sleeker costume and mentions not needing a helmet. That’s likely because the helmet is there to protect him from telepathic mutants and in the future depicted in Days of Future Past, other mutants may not be his enemy. The Sentinels will be. That or he has minimal powers leftover from X-Men 3 but we’ll ignore that.

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart and Fan Bingbing, 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 and Fantastic Four on March 6, 2015.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes which returning character you’re most excited about seeing again!

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  1. The pic of Patrick Stewart looks as if he’s reprising the role of Jean Luc Picard….

    • I was just gonna say that!

      • Singer….make it so.

        • Hahahahaha…

    • With a John Harrison coat.

      Oh no, can of worms opened.

      • I believe it was Leonard Nimoy who once said that ANYTHING can happen in Science Fiction.

        That being the case, maybe Captain Jean Luc will meet Professor X in some kind of space/time continuum and get married.

        Just think of the folks in attendance: The Beast mingling with Worf. Jean Grey comparing notes with Dr Crusher. Magneto hitting on Counselor Troi. Wolverine bullying Data.

        Now that’s a movie I’d like to see!

        Best wedding in the Universe EVER!!

        • Cyclops and Geordi comparing visors?

          • lol


            • Been done in crossover novels. Patrick Stewart actually talked about it years ago on the Daily Show I believe…

        • There IS a Star Trek TNG novel that has an X-Men crossover. It’s called “Planet X”. I think there might be others, too.


  3. What, Peter dinklage as in Tyrion from GoT? O.o what’s his role In this film?

  4. @ Adam

    Dinklage’s role will be Trask from the comics. Bolivar Trask who creates the Sentinels & Mastermold.

  5. Patrick Stewart doesnt age.

    • yeah he doesnt

      • He’s so money supermarket, he doesn’t even know it.

        • HA! (^-^)

  6. Rob, is it wrong that I have little to no faith in Bryan Singer? X-Men is my favorite franchise from the Marvel universe but I feel like Fox and everyone involved has created one big blunder out of the rich source.


    • I don’t think it’s wrong.
      Even though I loved The Usual Suspects and the 1st two X-Men films Singer has a spotty track record since especially his last 2 big budget tent-pole films.
      So yeah, I’m excited but a bit worried at the same time.

      • Same, although I can’t bring myself to like the first X-Men movie like I did back in the day and I never thought the second was very good either (still get bored and confused before the halfway point and switch off).

        Granted, they’re not as much of a mess as the third and Origins but so far, the only movie he’s made that I enjoyed was The Usual Suspects and that’s more to do with great writing and acting than his directing ability.

    • The Usual Suspects is one of my favorite movies and I pretty much exclusively collected X-men comics in the 80’s & 90’s. At this point the feeling I have towards the franchise as a whole is direction-less. There has been little to no development of many of the characters and the overall narrative has just been mediocre.

      And to those who always bring up the point that the movies do not have to follow the comics, the problem is that these movies have not established their own road map to follow after over a decade. And now that they want to mine a storyline from the 80’s to try and undo certain script decisions it seems like it could be hit or miss.

      • So the movies suck when they ignore the comics? But also when they use the comics?

        • Suck is your word, I just feel like the movies have no cohesive story which is why this film has taken a sever turn from whatever they were trying to accomplish with First Class. The fact they feel a need to “fix” whatever gaps that have been created throughout the other movies shows an acknowledgment that they have not paid any attention to their own story points from one movie to the next, it has zero to do with following the comics.

  7. Rob,

    You going to be able to wrangle a set visit? You’re in Canada.

    Make it so!

    • Montreal’s not that far a drive!

  8. Maybe I’ll like it, but I still think their idiots for taking out half of the First Class and Origins cast. I’m still looking foward to it. As much as I will miss Azazel, Banshee, Havok, Angel, Riptide, Moria, and Emma Frost’s boobs, but I’ll look foward to it. Singer, don’t be Ratner.

  9. I can’t wait for this movie. It will be interesting to see how they bring all the X-Men movies together.

  10. Cool. Does anyone get the feeling they could through a weird curve ball like say Storm is carrying “the messia mutant” or some such? It would be terrible and completely off canon but Halle Berry is nuts and she is fully preggers and she did say her role was “pivotal/important” though she’s not fighting..

  11. WHERE–

    (Oooo, now I’m getting whizzicalled right off….!~)

  12. “newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart and Fan Bingbing”

    I’m sorry but that is the worst collection of names I have ever read.

  13. What was everyones complaints about the third x men? I just watched it in its entirety for the first time and thought it Was pretty good, If just kinda cluttered at the end. not fantastic but pretty good. Note I’ve never read much x men before…and I did notice all the inconsistencies between those movies, origins, and first class.

  14. Singer made Cyclops into a wimp. He’s great in the comics though. Sadly, it’s all about the big name actors and nothing about the actual story and characters. We saw that with all three original X-men movies, the last being the worst offender.

    This movie can only set the stage for a massive reboot. I can only pray they will get it right later…

    • @tython34

      You’re right, Singer made Cyclops a jealous, smitten wuss in all three movies. I’m surprised he didn’t abandon the source material entirely and just make Cyclops fall in love with Storm.


  15. Will this have an original trilogy vibe? Or First class vibe? And Cyclops should get recast or saved from time or rebooted or something. They really dropped the ball on the Xmens leader, who is essentially the Captain America or Batman of the team, three films in a row. Eye wonder, Scott Summers, don’t let him take off his Stunners.

  16. Long hair magneto FTW!

  17. bryan singer is a terrible director