‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Brings Back Colossus, Adds Blink, & More

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Hugh Jackman wasn’t kidding when he said that X-Men: Days of Future Past wouldn’t just be a sequel or reboot of the X-Men series, but a family reunion of almost everyone who appeared in the past. With the younger stars of the first films – Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) – all returning to their superhero roles, it seemed like it would only be a matter of time until director Bryan Singer got around to confirming that Colossus would make the reunion of younger heroes complete.

Thankfully, Singer has taken to Twitter to tease the return of Daniel Cudmore (Colossus from X2 and X-Men 3: The Last Stand), as well as a few new faces for roles that hint at the larger arcs – and villains – that may be making their way into the story.

The reveal came courtesy of a photo Singer tweeted showing a wall full of headshots of the award-winning actors already returning, with a few as-yet-unannounced faces, and some obvious missing pieces. Have a look:

Cudmore’s photo jumped out immediately, meaning that the fan-favorite hero Colossus will be given another chance to shine onscreen (pun intended), being one of the high points of X-Men 3. As much as we’d hope to see more of Piotr Rasputin’s past explored in the film, it’s more likely that Colossus will be called upon for his special effects, not his complicated backstory.

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One of Cudmore’s Twilight Saga co-stars will be joining him in the shift from vampires and werewolves to time-travelers and alternate realities, as Boo Boo Stewart is also joining the cast in an unknown role. But the far more telling addition is that of Chinese actress Fan Bingbing’s, reported to be playing the mutant known as ‘Blink.’ In the comic books, Blink was a young woman gifted with the ability to teleport herself and those around her. She would go on to become the leader of the Exiles, as well as playing key roles in a few X-Men arcs.

For comic book fans, the inclusion of Blink could be yet another sign that the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline is going to be a major factor in the reality-hopping plot of Days of Future Past. If Apocalypse isn’t going to be showing up (meaning Omar Sy isn’t playing him), then adding Blink for her abilities alone seems too coincidental.

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For now we trust that Bryan Singer has a plan, and rest easy knowing that even if Apocalypse doesn’t make an appearance, the Sentinels will still be on hand to deliver some exciting action sequences. Whether those are taking place in the modern world or a dystopic future is anyone’s guess.

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and yes, Halle Berry.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past releases on July 18, 2014.

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  1. the budget on this thing mst be HUGE! i just hope the cgi and effects dont take a tumble.

    • Whatever money or concessions they had to make to get empress H. Berry onboard, it wasn’t worth it. She’s too big a star for a small role, and she knows it. I suspect she makes more by far than all the othe cast members except hopefully Stewart and McKellen. I further assume she insisted on some incentives to return, namely not just a pile of cash, but also a bigger part more to her liking. Of all the movies to try to woo her back for, I think they could’ve banked on the absurdly strong ensemble cast without bending over backward to accommodate her this time. Personally, I think shes awful, and her acceptance speech at the oscars, in which she happily claimed credit for busting the black actress ceiling for all her people and generations to come, was amazingly arrogant and hard to forget. Not impressed by her hit and run and run and drive home all confused semi confession to a judge either. But even if she were my favorite actress, she is less necessary than ever, and more expensive. Plus there is a tendency for these oversized stars to damage the artistic intent and integrity of a film by showing up with game changing demands and story concessions for their charatcers. I have high hopes for the film, and will probably love it, but this sounds like a bad move, and I bet she and her undoubtedly augmented role (and paycheck) will stick out like a sore thumb. Again, that is. The best thing about her big shot status is that she gets her own starring vehicle movies, and doesnt have to pollute ensemble efforts. So much for that idea. Now if they cram in Julia freaking Roberts to play Tyrion’s wife, or Angelina g.d. Jolie to be Picard’s love interest, I may have to skip this one after all. Fingers crossed!

      • I think Halle and all the cast from the original films will have minor rolls at best. I see this movie starting out in the future, stopping off in the original casts timeline, then ending up in the 70′s for the majority of the movie. I think the story that takes place in the 70′s will be “we have to fix the future” part of the movie.

        • If they are going to try and follow the basics of the original story even a little bit Kitty Pryde and Wolverine will be a major part of the story. Using time travel and placing it in the 70′s means that Kitty can be sent back and Logan is one of the only characters who can actually be in any time period they use, barring of course they start tacking longevity on to other people like they did with Shaw and Mystique.

  2. The movie is going to be 8 hours long with 2 hours going into the final credit list

    • I think you’re forgetting that she’s extremely hot though

  3. im sssoooo excited

    like im OD’ing on energy pills lololol

    • … and you just can’t hide it!

  4. Okay, okay, it’s starting to get a little ridiculous. If I hear three more additional roles, I may flip.

  5. Hell yeah! Colossus is awesome. He was one of the only high points of X3, all five minutes of him. But yeah he’s one of the dozens underused characters of these movies.

  6. who is the person under peter dinklage and halle berry? never seen him before.

    • That’s boo boo

      • possibly playing Forge

        • or one of the Proudstars

          • Too skinny for one of the Proudstars, but Forge fits in with the DOFP comics if I remember right.

            • If you have Bishop you must have Forge. I agree.

            • Thunderbird I was a moderately built guy (for comic standards) and his brother was as skinny as rail when he was a Hellion and Wolverine beat the tar out of when he kidnapped Xavier. The jacked-up, steroid version came when Liefield started drawing him, and Rob’s idea of human anatomy is about as accurate as a stick figure drawing….

  7. no cyclops or jean grey? i know they died but they are integral parts of the team

  8. Collosus NEEDS more significance in the X-Men movie… I really felt bad that he’s basically in all three movies but only there to just be… there. It’s even hard to catch his full ‘visible’ mutant power on screen. His steel form and Iceman’s ice form needs more screentime!!!

    Oh, and hey… I just noticed: what happened to Banshee, and Havoc? I haven’t heard about their return in this movie yet

    • The only problem with Banshee is in First Class Banshee was a male, in the origional Xmen 2 movie Banshee was a female, how would they get around that one?

      • No banshee has always been male. The girl you are refering to is his daughter Siryn.

      • Actually Banshee has a daughter who inherited his mutant ability and thus becomes Siren (if that is how its spelled I am not sure). So First Class has Banshee while X2 features his daughter -or granddaughter considering the timeline. SO no real big deal.

      • Just when you think the film is intense as is, comes out another bit of information that ups the scale just a bit more. You really cannot say this film is a direct sequel to either The X-Men Trilogy or X-Men: First Class, and that is not even concerning its connection to The Wolverine this summer. This film seems more of a stand-alone crossover event picture that intertwines the separate installments of the franchise – except the terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine which from what I understand is now out of canon. Hard to see this film still as the direct sequel of X-Men: First Class.

        The addition of Colossus is exciting yet I fear there will be minimal character development as before, given the size of the cast and presumed scope of the film at the very least of known information. Blink is an interesting addition as the filmmakers chose this particular teleporter over two established teleporters- Nightcrawler and Azazel. Knowing that Bryan Singer usually pick characters in which both powers and role within the story is important.

        Characters like Cyclops and Jean Grey feel missing in this installment definitely. The Summers family tree is complex in the comic books when considering alternate dimensions and timelines. Jean Grey plays a vital role in this as well of course. And given the fact that if Apocalypse is being hinted up as a future threat, then we assume the presence of Mr. Sinister- who has immense ties to both Scott Summer and Jean Grey. So its worth noting how that will be handled is a concern. But then again, with both characters presumed dead (one may be a secret cameo this summer in The Wolverine) its probably not worth revealing any involvement of those characters just yet or at all prior to the production/release of the film. Perhaps its Blink herself that may prove helpful in bring back Cyclops… assuming Jean just sent Scott to another plane of existence.

        This film is becoming intriguing and worrisome at the same time! Wishing for the best!

      • That’s not a problem with First Class,that’s a problem with Singer not knowing how to properly use the characters.

        • That last comment was at Bryan’s first comment.

    • Of all the possible characters to bring back, I am glad for Cyclops, but would also like to see Kurt Wagner. (Or as he was known in the Munich circus, “The incredible Night Crawler!”

  9. Oh and btw, I wonder if the names of the cast shown on that picture can be added to this news? Plus more detail about what he meant in his tweet: 3 Oscars? It goes to Lawrence, Berry and… ?

    • Anna Paquin won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1994 at the age of 11 for her role in The Piano. She was the second youngest winner after Tatum O’Neal won a 9 for Paper Moon. I looked at the pick it took me a few minutes to remember.

  10. Hoooo i’m SO HAPPY right know, Colossus is my favorite Xmen and I was so sad with his screen time. This movie just go better and better

    • Now* >.<

  11. Back then, I kind of had my fanboy heart set out on seeing Emmy Rossum play Kitty Pryde but Ellen Page did such a precocious job that I’m now looking forward to seeing Emmy Rossum play Blink or Polaris instead. But I can understand if an Asian will be cast into the role anyway. Having Asians and talents especially from the other side of the globe will round out the casting nicely and help with promotions.

    P.S. Hope pre-production on “Runaways” is shaping up nicely and not being ‘shelved’ instead.

    • Yeah I always liked that the X-Men was such a diverse team both racially, ethnically, and in gender. The more diverse the better in my opinion. It just ties in so well with the themes of unity in the face racism.

      • @The Archer

        I could not have said it any better.

        But I am more interested as to how the gender (minority) dynamic will be tackled and portrayed this time around onscreen seeing as Singer himself is openly gay. It’s high time that the X-Men films show that and I’d be looking forward to seeing Northstar onscreen (a short impressionable cameo would suffice) in DoFP.

        And I’m basically hoping for a TV series (a la Smallville) where it chronicles the original X-Men’s early years but I guess that’s just too much to ask for as it would have to be set and updated to the present – so basically another upheaval that would rival the Ultimate’s presentation of the X-universe.

        • It would be a kind of cool idea for a tv show,if they did it right,which probably wouldn’t happen.

  12. Just when you think the film is intense as is, comes out another bit of information that ups the scale just a bit more. You really cannot say this film is a direct sequel to either The X-Men Trilogy or X-Men: First Class, and that is not even concerning its connection to The Wolverine this summer. This film seems more of a stand-alone crossover event picture that intertwines the separate installments of the franchise – except the terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine which from what I understand is now out of canon. Hard to see this film still as the direct sequel of X-Men: First Class.

    The addition of Colossus is exciting yet I fear there will be minimal character development as before, given the size of the cast and presumed scope of the film at the very least of known information. Blink is an interesting addition as the filmmakers chose this particular teleporter over two established teleporters- Nightcrawler and Azazel. Knowing that Bryan Singer usually pick characters in which both powers and role within the story is important.

    Characters like Cyclops and Jean Grey feel missing in this installment definitely. The Summers family tree is complex in the comic books when considering alternate dimensions and timelines. Jean Grey plays a vital role in this as well of course. And given the fact that if Apocalypse is being hinted up as a future threat, then we assume the presence of Mr. Sinister- who has immense ties to both Scott Summer and Jean Grey. So its worth noting how that will be handled is a concern. But then again, with both characters presumed dead (one may be a secret cameo this summer in The Wolverine) its probably not worth revealing any involvement of those characters just yet or at all prior to the production/release of the film. Perhaps its Blink herself that may prove helpful in bring back Cyclops… assuming Jean just sent Scott to another plane of existence.

    This film is becoming intriguing and worrisome at the same time! Wishing for the best!

    • You forgot (intentionally perhaps) the black dude from W.Origins, who presumably was the husband to Mystique and the father of Nightcrawler. His teleport effect wasn’t as cool as Kurt’s, I say, but seeing his bones and organs briefly was unique. At the very least I would prefer they reuse a teleporting character rather than keep showing more of them. The variety of mutations is key to the appeal, so having similar or repeated power waters the idea down too much. I hope they vary it somehow. I can’t recall Blink…

      • Oh, I actually forgot him. But then again I intentionally do try and not count that film, part being I disliked the film and part being the film is no longer in canon.

        I was under the presumption that Azazel was Nightcrawler’s father- which can be seen as both are on the same team by the end of the First Class. My comic book lore is a bit rusty. Also using Blink can tie in the story at hand, doesn’t she travel between dimensions, or I am confused. I agree repeating the same power does lessent the impact but it does show not everyone is completely different from one another. But altering her powers just a little will go a long way to make her distinct power-wise. But I remember Blink can open portals to teleport through rather than just disappear and reappear.

        Hopefully there is a reason.

  13. Adding characters that were not even around during the story they claim to be working from, sounds like business as usual with this franchise. Why not just put Mojo and Longshot in there to make everyone happy?

  14. as much as i’m looking forward to this, all this news about characters and plot aspects makes me a little afraid they’re trying to put too much into one movie and it might become overcrowded. same goes for amazing spider-man 2, but to a lesser extent. i’ll try and remain hopeful though, because if done right this could be the greatest x men movie ever made… but if done wrong it’ll be a big, convoluted mess

    • Become overcrowded?! It been overcrowded for a while now,and it seems that Singer and Fox keep squeezing in a little bit more.

      • Overcrowded….. have you read the books in the last fifteen years!

        • Lets face it the majority of the movie is supposed to take place in the past (firet class reality), so the present day xmen will amount to what? A 15-30 minutes of the entire film? So it will be a big action sequence, some lip service and done. So they can cram everything in there with them fightin sentinels its not like they get much character dev.

        • that’s different; when you do something like this in a comic book, there’s not nearly as much riding on it and it’s much easier to correctly
          whereas this could go wrong much more easily, and, if so, we might never get another x-men movie again

        • No I stopped reading the books about 16 years ago, pretty much because it became bloated with characters I could tell apart from each other.

      • which is exactly what i’m worried about
        at this rate, either each character is gonna get twenty minutes of lines, or or they’re just gonna have the original trilogy’s cast cameo in the last 30 minutes for the big epic final fight (i’d prefer the second option, personally)

        • Im thinking that tr original cast will bookend the film. So a setup in the first say 20 mins, showing the present or near future war with sentinels, then time phase to the 70′s to stop the assasination, then in the epilogue show the “new” future thats resulted. Thinking this will be more of a taste or the original cast, something to get the fans wanting more (xmen 4,5 etc). But yeah, there will be time for an elic original xmen/sentinels battle and movie/time travel setup anddthats about it. The rest will be how the first class xmen stop the assasination

  15. where is Emma Frost ?? Cyclops ?? Jean as White Phoenix of the Crown ?? Scarlet Witch ?? Havok ?? Gambit ?? Bishop ?? Sabretooth ?? Juggernaut ?? Blob ?? Deadpool ?? Lady Deathstrike ?? Mystique ?? Avalanche ??

    They MUST be IN

    Focus on Apocalypse Holocaust Mr. Sinister Exodus Archangel as Villains

    • This is basically the problem with Singer’s X movies.The villains have been pretty lackluster.

      Sebastian Shaw was an awesome villain for two reasons,1)Kevin Bacon did an awesome job,and 2)he was pretty much pure evil and a good character that was a major threat.

      Magneto,imo,has never really been that great of a “villain”,a really good antagonist,but he doesn’t have the pure evilness of a Mr Sinister,Apocalypse,or even Mojo to make him a true villain.And this is what makes Heath Ledger’s Joker so legendary.To a certain extent,the main villain should always outshine the main hero to a certain extent,but not completely.

      I’ve always been saying,in order to have interesting heroes,you have to have equal or better villains.Something that most comic book movies have been failing at.

      • I basically agree. The best movies often have BETTER villains than antagonists in my opinion, and Ledger as the Joker is a great example. He stole the show. But I would argue that it’s Magneto’s lack of pure evil that makes him interesting. Many villains are conflicted, often to cheesy extents, but he is just complicated. I prefer to decide on his degree of evil instead of being clumsily told or shown that the bad guy is just a 2 dimensional, black hat villain. Those are usually dull roles that fall flat and don’t require any thought. Evil villains belong in LOTR and Star Wars, but usually complexity is better. In the last star Trek movie they had a chance to explain complexity, and tried to with the prequel comics, but he was treated like a simple evil person who must be killed. That was really dissapointing and lazy and misguided. I want to root for the villain, and I want him or her to be anything but simple.

        • The thing about Magneto not being the typical Villain is he was friends with Professor X instead of pure enemies. Batman & Joker, Iron Man & His Villains all wanted to kill the hero (or with IM steal his tech). Magneto respected Pro. X and therefore didn’t want him dead just to further his goals (He said that in X3). Both Magneto and X wanted the same thing but went at it differently.

    • Some good choices! I’d like to see a few of those in particular, but I also worry about too many characters in the film to handle properly. I’d like to hear that it will have a direct sequel from a cliffhanger. That would set up more room for all to shine.

  16. I was hoping that Colossus would return, good sh*t

  17. I’m sort of glad that Jean Grey and Cyclops don’t seem to be returning just yet, they’ve had enough focus on them in the previous movies. Although, it doesn’t seem right for them to not be there at all. As long as Cyclops isn’t sulking for the entire movie, throw them in.

  18. Yeah ok, IT’S A LARGE CAST!!! GET OVER IT !!!

    THERE THE X-MEN FOR GOD SAKE!!!

    X-MEN = A LOT OF MUTANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AND did i mentioned to GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. What movie was Peter Dinklage in ?

    • Elf

  20. I’m glad Colossus is back he’s one of my favorites i think the movie will rock!! :)

  21. I hope Colossus gets more action scenes than what he did in X3. I was hoping a fight between him & Juggernaut would happen but didn’t. Oh Well. Im liking how Singer is rounding up the old cast & newer cast to the franchise to try to get things back on track. Movie im hoping is gonna be atleast 2 1/2 hrs long. Maybe longer if needs to be aslong as it good since its based off Days Of Future Past which got me excited.

  22. Hey in x2 they had lady deathstrike… And nothing. They just used her to be a foil for wolverine. So just because some version of Blink might show up doesnt mean much. And I stress “some version” of her.

    • You hit the nail on the head there, pal. This version of X-Men is really just that: Singer’s reimagining, an ode to Wolverine and basically a boring misuse of what could potentially be an amazing franchise. Every misstep is taken. I’ll start paying to see these X-Men movies when someone as dedicated and insightful as Whedon takes the helm. Singer is clueless.

  23. Yes Colossus,now i just wnt to see Archangel in the film and Cyclops,Beak,Apocalypse,Gambit,Banshee,Scarlett Witch,and Sinister.

  24. we find ourselves wondering what Blink’s role will be. But do you remember Psylocke from x-men 3? No? Exactly. Don’t expect her to be a major part of anything.

  25. I wanted to see first class 2 not Xmen 4

  26. I just re-watched the cartoon series from the 90s and time travel happened way too often and got way too complicated, especially with Apocalypse being behind almost every story including a set of episodes based on Days of Futures Past, but there was also one set of episodes that focused on an attempt on young Xavier’s life by Sentinels, specifically Nimrod…???…Could this actually be the story being used?

    • I am specifically referencing “One Man’s Worth” in the cartoon series because of how sentinels are being stressed.

      Might also explain some as of yet unannounced roles – Bantam (Peter Dinklage?) and Trevor Fitzroy ???

  27. No word just bring Famke Janssen back as White Phoenix of the Crown !!

  28. 800 characters in this movie and the only one I care about is nowhere to be seen. *sigh*

  29. Very sad. they’re going to completely ruin one of Marvel Universe’s most interesting villains and most pivotal X-Men story arcs by *** jamming Apocalypse in there somewhere with an already bloated roster.

    • This is stating to sound like a mess of characters and ideas from too many story arcs with the name of a popular storyline tacked on. I really don’t see how they are going to use a 30 year old storyline to “fix” mistakes they have made with these movies.

      Many of the comments I have read also seem to be confusing three different comic book arcs and the 90′s cartoon version of events, which the writers and producers may also be suffering from.

      • Most people are confusing the stories, I was the until I went back and checked it out. Think like you state most are thinking of the animated xmen version where its basically a merging of a couple stories into one. If thry do stick to DOFP then no apocalypse, no cable.

    • Yes some people are getting their stories mixed up. But I dont understand the “bloated roster” argument anymore. Movies have a ton of cast members. All of them. Ever watch the credits?

      • @Bellcure- From the content of some posts I think people are mixing up the cartoon episodes from the 90′s, Days of Future Past, Days of Future Present, the Age of Apocalypse, and various other random stories from the past 30 years.

        @Alpine- Of course movies have a large cast on average, the point people are speculating on in this film is the issue of how substantial many of these roles will be. It is a double edged sword if they are announcing all of these characters for hype purposes and many of them turn out to be 2 minute blips on the screen.