Fox is poised to launch a combined X-Men movie universe with next year's Days of Future Past (which follows this summer's The Wolverine). Early on, Hugh Jackman teased that the film would unite the cast of the original X-Men trilogy with the stars of X-Men: First Class, and little by little, actors have been confirmed to appear (or not appear) in Days of Future Past.
One of the most recent additions was Oscar winner Halle Berry, who played the weather-controlling mutant Storm in the first three films. However, since that statement, Berry has announced that she is expecting her second child, raising the question of if her pregnancy would mean she'd have to back out of X-Men duty.
According to the BBC, the answer to that question is a resounding "No." Here's what Berry herself said:
"One thing is for sure, with another baby on the way mama cannot take time off."
Berry added that the production would have to shoot around her forming baby bump and that the importance of her role would remain intact - even if her actions might be a bit less "badass":
"Storm probably won't be as badass as she was going to be because we won't be able to do any fighting or flying or things like that. She'll be different than we originally planned her to be but I still think she'll be an integral part of this new X-Men movie."
While it's a bit disappointing that Storm's physicality in Days of Future Past may be limited, the advantage here is that her character is powerful enough to still pose a threat to her enemies without exerting a lot of muscle. After all, the character could easily hurl a lightning strike or summon a hurricane to take down enemies. Assuming that she plays a significant enough role in the film to engage in battle, it sounds as though Singer will just be adjusting some of her action beats - not whittling down her screen time. After all, X-Men: The Last Stand ended with Storm taking over Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and her appearance in the time-bending plot of Days of Future Past is a necessary element for uniting the two series.
Are you glad that Storm is still going to factor into Days of Future Past, despite the fact that she won't be taking flight? Let us know in the comments section below.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters July 14, 2014.