‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Brings Back A Familar Villain

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Bryan Singer’s original X-Men adaptation introduced a group of heroes and a group of villains. In the sequels, only a few of the latter characters returned, leaving the likes of Tyler Mane’s Sabretooth and Ray Park’s Toad seemingly gone forever as Magneto and Mystique carried out their business with other mutants.

With X-Men: Days of Future Past introducing the concept of time travel into the long-running franchise, there’s no reason the studio and its creatives cannot bring back familiar faces and that’s exactly what they’re planning to do. The core group of younger X-Men: First Class characters returns for the majority of the Days of Future Past story while its future-set plot involves most of the returning characters from the original X-Men trilogy (now, minus Anna Paquin’s Rogue).

Speaking with MTV, Evan Jonigkeit revealed that the unannounced character he’s playing in X-Men: Days of Future Past is Toad. He’ll be playing a younger version of the nasty, bird-eating version played by Ray Park who got fried by Storm’s lightning (after delivering one of the worst lines in Marvel movie history) in the original film.

Jonigkeit, a fan of the books, will very likely have minimal screen time and dialogue – sadly like most of the characters we know about – but he does confirm that his Toad does setup the Ray Park version from the original X-Men, but is quite a bit different.

 “I read a lot of the comic books. I found out the storyline of my character, who is Toad. X-Men fans will know that Ray Park played him in the first movie, so it’s a generation story of how he came to be. It’s really cool.”

“The aesthetics of the character are much different, and I’m not really allowed to say a whole lot more than that,” he said. “It’s darker. I would say it’s a darker tone.”

Could we be seeing a more mutant-looking version of the character than we did in the first film? Will there be a few more ties and lead-ins from Days of Future Past to the original X-Men? Does the timeline even make sense to have Toad in the ’70s? We’s expect to see Toad cross paths with Magneto and join his cause and team known as the “Brotherhood.”

In related news, a leaked script page for X-Men: Days of Future Past found temporarily on TMT reveals that in the future segments of the story, X-Men hero Colossus goes head-to-head with one of the larger, more advanced mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. It’s not a major revelation or a surprise, but it’s at least interesting to think about what sort of action the film will deliver, especially considering it’s on track to be the most expensive superhero ever.


More: X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer


Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit 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, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.

The Wolverine is now available on home video, X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015X-Men: Apocalypse releases May 27, 2016 release.

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  1. Forget Toad, why not being back Tyler Mane as Sabretooth? He was awesome, more so than Liev Schrieber was.

    • Tbh I liked Liev Schreiber better. He just needed his hair a little blonder and his facial hair more primal. Sabretooth is actually 6’6″ and Liev Schreiber is 6′ 3″. IMO it wasn’t that Schreiber was too short, it was that Hugh Jackman was too tall.

      Tyler Mane overall just had the better costume and make-up. That can be put on Liev Schreiber too.

    • Are you serious?? Tyler was literally the worst part of the first movie.

      • Nope, that was Halle Berry. I’m not saying he has an oscar worthy performance as Sabretooth he was just cool and intense and looked a lot like Sabretooth and is a great physical match for Wolverine.

        • I also liked tyler as sabretooth, more animalistic.
          Sabretooth isnt a talky kinda villain, and well liev not the most intimidating guy

          • He isn’t?

            He was a much scarier Sabretooth than Tyler Mane’s version, plus he’s intimidating as hell in Ray Donovan.

            • Great show!

        • He looked like Sabretooth bcuz of his costume and make-up lol

      • Yeah he was pretty awful. you could have put any person on the planet in that role with that makeup and script and got the same thing.

        • What script? All Sabretooth did in the first X-Men was grunt and snarl, you don’t need some super talented actor to play a dude like Sabretooth and its not like Sabretooth is a deep, super interesting, Joker like villain or anything.

          • That was my point..

          • The version of Sabertooth used in the first film was probably based off of the later feral, brutish incarnation of the character. Sabertooth was originally a reasonably intelligent psychopath with an affinity for hurting women. They probably needed to use the more verbally capable version of the character in Origins because they needed someone able to provide some exposition.

      • Liev Schreiber was a good Sabertooth but his portrayal just made Sabertooth less intimidating and beast-like. Tyler Man’s portrayal was way more spot on in the first X-Men movie. If I had to choose, I’d choose Tyler!

  2. If Toad is already a 20 something in the 70s… that means in the first X-Men movie (2000 right?) he’s 40-50 years old? Does mutant age slower? I know Logan and Mystique does not age, but the rest?

    • Sure.

      • Mutants DO age, I believe that they age slower and more gracefully than humans. Even Mystique and Wolverine age: Wolverine’s healing factor slows his aging factor significantly, even compared to other mutants, just like Mystique’s shape-shifting abilities have made her cells more resilient.

  3. Please stop!!

    This movie has enough cowbell already.


      • Cowbell might cure a fever, but this movie has got diarrhea.

  4. I cant believe they’re still revealing chaacters in this movie. Unless its all part of a mass mutant extermination scene, why so many characters?

    • The cut of the film submitted to the MPAA clocked in at 2 hours and 51 minutes, Obviously they’ll have enough time to show everyone

      • Is that a real thing? Hopefully they use the time well. It’s about time these movies started to break out of the popcorn genre.

  5. So they can have Toad in the movie, but they cut Rogues scenes? Makes perfect sense.

    • You forget whom we are talking about here after all. Fox logic /= normal or rational thought.

      • Rogue has been completely useless and not rogue at all in the three movies she has been in. It’s about time they got rid of her and hopefully recast and reboot her.

        • Another case of “Fox Logic”……turning one of the most powerful X-men into a whimpering and reluctant girl who is useless in a fight and ends up being relegated to a villain plot device. Lame.

          This would have been a possible chance to redeem the character but noooooooo.

  6. Let’s play “Frogger”!
    Bet he practices french-kissing with anteaters and aardvarks (long tongues).
    In the meantime, WHERE’S CYCLOPS!?

  7. Before people go on the inevitable “it’s too crowded train” This is an X-Men movie and that’s multiple teams coming together to defeat a common enemy of course it’s going to have tons of characters.

    • some people wont ever understand that, lol.

      This is what? the 7 X-Men movie already? so what do fans expect? only 10 mutants? lol

    • Wrong.

      This is a just another Wolverine movie.

      • ^This +1000

    • But, b-but, but Spider-man…Spider-man 3….

  8. It makes more sense to have Toad than Rogue. They said they’re spending more of the movie time in the past, and less in the future. So while it’ll be nice seeing all the mutants from the original trilogy, this is more of a First Class sequel and carry on with those characters for the majority of the film. Thus you can have characters who were established on either side prior to the first film and we can see their origin. Toad is the only character from the first film that hasn’t been given any origin. Cyclops, Sabretooth, and Wolverine in X-men Origins: Wolverine; Jean in X-men: The Last Stand; Mystique, Xavier, Magneto in First Class; and Rogue got hers in the first film. I guess Iceman hasn’t really had his origin story but it’s not as important because we saw his development, but at the same time he’s too young for this film.

  9. As long as the core teams are well represented and there’s good action, the more the merrier. This idea, branching the trilogies, is ballsy and if it’s the most expensive superhero/comic movie, then I’m pretty optimistic it’ll turn out well. With this kind of dedication those involved have to be passionate about X-Men.

    • The price of a movie does not equal a good movie. I don’t see this appealing to the casual viewer. This movie has way to many characters in it for it to easily be followed, half of the characters are useless as it is. We’ve seen the horror and I do mean horror of them carrying a movie with to many mutants in it. We’ve all seen it, now they want to put in time travel and no one sees this going horrendously wrong. Just for the love of god give the movie rights back to Marvel and let them do the reboot after a good 7 years time. A proper reboot, not reboot the series and then change your mind later and decide to link two separate universes together, with timey wimey wibbly wobbly stuff. This isn’t Doctor Who. I want this movie to flop, if only so Fox can hand back the rights to Marvel studios.

  10. Finally watched The Wolverine and now I wish Rukia was in DoFP!

    • I wish they hadn’t of turned a great villain like the Silver Samurai into nothing more than a life support and extraction tool. Very sad.

      • The Wolverine would have been a better movie without those versions of Viper and Silver Samurai. They were not really necessary and the grandfather character seemed like a take-off on Lord Dark Wind, who was Deathstrike’s father. They had already burned the Deathstrike character in X-2 so they were had to use left overs.

        • There’s actually 2 versions of Silver Samurai in that film, there’s the ancient samurai armor at the grave site that they called “Silver Samurai”, and there’s the unnamed adamantium lifesupport armor at the end of the film

        • You mean there’s a Death*strike* out there along with Deathstroke, Deadshot and Deadpool?? Or did you mean Deathstroke?

          • Lady Deathstrike

  11. I’m so glad that they used a Toad video with MSI.

  12. Thats awesome, i cant wait to see Toad again. this movie is the number one film im looking forward to. The X-men defiantly brought its self back with First-Class.

  13. I hope this Toad is better than the 1st one. And if they are gonna have Toad ,they had better have Cyclops in this movie.

  14. I’m glad that they are bringing Toad back. In the comic books, to me, he seemed like such a wimp and useless character, but in the first X-men movie I thought that he was really cool. The look that they gave him was great. He had great lines, acrobatics, and special effects.

    It’s too bad that they cut Rogue’s scenes. At some point they need to figure out how they are going to give her all the powers that she has in the comic books. She absorbed these powers from Ms. Marvel. How are they going to deal with that since Ms. Marvel belongs to the Avengers (I think).

    I’d like to see them bring Saber tooth back. But the actor should have the body of Tayler Mane (a WWF, bodybuilder type) with lots of acting experience.

    Some of the other characters I’d like them to bring back or introduce (not necessarily in this movie but in future movies):

    Jean Grey and Cyclops,
    Lorna Dane,
    Thunderbird (he should be portrayed by a WWF, bodybuilder type like The Rock or Vin Diezel, ideally he should be a native North American Indian),
    Dr. Cecilia Reyes,
    Alpha Flight.

    Also I’d like to see: the present day XMen (including Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey) vs the Hellfire Club.

  15. Sabretoothe, Juggernaught, Cyclops, Gambit, Rogue, Nightcrawler and Archangel should be brought back

  16. I too felt like Leiv Schreiber was the better Sabretooth. I think he protrayed the personality of someone stalking logan perfectly. Sabretooth does have dialogue when the story is about him and Logan. I thought Tyler Mane was just too much costume Halloween like. My biggest problem is with both Sabretooth and Wolverine, they need to portray them with more athleticism.