In the original X-Men film trilogy, the government is seemingly unaware of Professor Charles Xavier’s hidden X-Men base under his mansion, but in X-Men: First Class the man who helped organize the first team of mutants works with the CIA. As we’ve learned today, that relationship may continue in X-Men: Days of Future Past and may play a critical role in the time-travel tale.

Singer tweeted out yet another tease for X-Men: Days of Future Past, this time revealing an interesting prop that has implications for the founder and leader of the X-Men. Below is an image of a CIA document dated from back in 1973 on human genetic mutation:

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X-Men: First Class took place during the Cuban Missile Crisis in late 1962 and it was previously confirmed that its sequel Days of Future Past would be based 11 years later, during Nixon-era 1973, coinciding with the dating of the CIA document. In First Class it’s made clear that the CIA are aware of the mutant phenomenon and this played a role in the formation and origins of Magneto and Professor X’s first team of mutants.

By the end of First Class, Xavier altered his relationship with the CIA by erasing memories of their interactions with Xavier and his team, but as evidenced above, works with them again in some capacity a decade later, possibly as a consultant or adviser on mutantkind. That or the CIA are following mutants and reading everything they can on them.

We still don’t know what elements of history will factor into the time-traveling tale the film adaptation of X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it’s a safe bet that it’s political in nature and something happens that creates a timeline where the government greenlights the production of mutant-hunting Sentinel robots.

In the comics, this alternate post-apocalyptic timeline began with the Brotherhood assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In the film universe, the Robert Kelly plot was explored in the original X-Men when Magneto captured him and attempted to turn him into a mutant. So, for Days of Future Past some other event, perhaps involving President Richard Nixon since Singer previously confirmed they will be casting someone to play him, will be the event that led to mutants behind held in internment camps.

It’s also important to note that in the original X-Men trilogy, Patrick Stewart’s Xavier has no continued relationship with the government whatsoever so it’s clear that the CIA parted ways with him again.

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.

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Source: Bryan Singer