In a recent interview, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer said that the movie has 26 main characters, and it's a statement that's pretty easy to believe looking at the cast list. The 1970s characters share screen time with 21st century heroes and there are a number of new characters being introduced - both into the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.
Add to that a time travel/alternate timeline plot that is designed to rectify the continuity errors within the franchise, and X-Men: Days of Future Past is left with a lot to accomplish. This could either be the best entry in the series so far, or the messiest.
With just two months left to go before X-Men: Days of Future Past helps to kick off the summer box office, the latest issue of Total Film has a 10-page feature on the movie complete with seven new images and two covers showing the young and old versions of Magneto and Professor Xavier, side-by-side.
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At this point it's difficult to glean anything new about the plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past from these images (the still of Bolivar Trask and William Stryker is almost exactly the same as another image that was released, just taken from a slightly different angle). At this point we have a fairly comprehensive gallery of mutants standing around looking slightly unhappy, but it remains to be seen how they will all fit into the story.
One X-Men project that still remains largely a mystery is X-Men: Apocalypse. Set for release in 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse will be a direct sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, rather than a spin-off movie, and Singer has said that the events of Days of Future Past will bring about Apocalypse (that's a little ominous).
Singer elaborated a little on the plot and setting of X-Men: Apocalypse in his interview with TF:
"We're going to deal the the notion of ancient mutants - the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it'll be a contemporary movie - well, it'll take place in the '80s... The '80s is a period now - it's hard for me to believe that! Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle. We’re currently breaking the story. We’re almost ready to go. Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty and Simon Kinberg are in the office across the street from me, working on story stuff right now. It’s great to have Dan and Michael back."
X-Men: First Class featured both younger versions of the characters seen in the first three X-Men movies and new characters who had never been seen on the screen before. According to Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse will once again introduce younger versions of characters who haven't yet appeared in the prequel storyline (like Cyclops, for example).
“I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-f**k sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!"
We know how you feel, Bryan Singer. We know how you feel.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in theaters on May 23, 2014. X-Men: Apocalypse will release in theaters on May 27th, 2016.