Fox has finally confirmed what films they're bringing to Comic-Con (sort of) and their panel presentation includes The Wolverine and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with a third unannounced film we're sure is X-Men: Days of Future Past.
With recent reports and confirmations that Fox is now developing another X-Men film titled X-Force, it's possible Fox uses this stage to not only showcase their next two Marvel movies, but to make announcements regarding the future of the franchise which Days of Future Past may very well help setup.
When we chatted with The Wolverine director James Mangold, he continually emphasized that while its story does honor and take place in the same universe, acknowledging the films that came before, it's truly standalone. More interestingly, he pointed out that his story ends when the credits roll and he wants moviegoers to feel satisfied as such, making it clear that any added post-credits sequence is not his or part of his story, instead serving as a studio's way to excite fans of the next franchise film.
Such a scene is a certainty with Fox banking heavily on X-Men: Days of Future Past turning the series on its head and launching the future in a new direction and we heard rumors two months ago of how the scene might play out. Speaking with The Buzz, Jackman essentially confirmed rumors that a post-credits scene at the end of The Wolverine will pave the way for next year's ambitious franchise installment:
"There's a lot of great actors in it, and if you stick around to the end of the credits of The Wolverine, you're going to get a really nice little Easter Egg for what Days of Future Past has to offer... which we can't reveal!"
So far, we know Days of Future Past features time travel, "new technologies" as director Brian Singer describes, and the combination of nearly every cast member from the First Class prequel and the original X-Men film trilogy.
What lays ahead can be considered possible spoilers on cameos for The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
According to JoBlo, James Mangold and Hugh Jackman were conducting some reshoots in a Montreal airport and the scene in question was seemingly designed to serve as a button sequence to tease X-Men: Days of Future Past. It featured Wolverine arriving at an airport- probably returning from his adventures in Japan – and time freezing as Professor X (Patrick Stewart) walks in with him. Yes, the dead professor from X-Men: The Last Stand and yes, walking. If the report proves true, it’s likely the Days of Future Past version of Professor X from an alternate post-apocalyptic future (as seen in this behind-the-scenes photo) contacting Logan.
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, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, and Daniel Cudmore. James Marsden may be involved if witness reports are true.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.
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Source: The Buzz (via DigitalSpy)