Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past will pick up right where X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class left off. Wait, how is that going to work?
The Chris Claremont comic book series that Days of Future Past is based on jumps back and forth between timelines, and the film adaptation is expected to do the same, bridging the gap between the X-Men film trilogy and the new series that takes place in the 1960s and 70s (starting with First Class). This means a huge cast and a lot of stuff going on, not to mention various continuity problems between the X-Men films that need to be cleaned up.
So how is Bryan Singer going to pull that off?
Singer did tell IGN that he’s planning to “fix sh**” between the continuities of The Last Stand and First Class, and says that time travel (sort of) may play a part in that.
“The movie takes place at different times. It deals with, I don’t want to say time travel, but time displacement. A form of time travel which is steeped more in the X-Men [mythos].”
As far as the 70s timeline, which picks up right where First Class left off, Singer noted:
“The majority of it…or that part of it, takes place in the early 70′s, 1973. So Nixon is a character, and there will be different styles and automobiles. And there will be some futuristic, as well as retro, technology which you haven’t seen. There are science fiction aspects of the movie, and then there’s some retro science fiction that the X-Men films haven’t had quite yet. So we’re exploring that, which will be fun. And there’s an attitude [difference]. We discover our characters, particularly the younger characters, at a different place in their lives. Every character you discover in this movie is in a completely different place than you’ve ever seen, emotionally, and it’s about them moving through that. Hilarity ensues!”
Singer also noted that the X-Men films might be moving to more of a shared universe model a la The Avengers due to the sheer size of the X-verse. However, he stressed that right now, he’s just concentrating on Days of Future Past.
Screen Rant has the cast list breakdown as of now: Returning First Class cast members include Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, while returning X-Men movie trilogy actors include Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and possibly, Alan Cumming.
Will Famke Janssen, James Marsden or Halle Berry join? Singer has been coy.
Are you excited for X-Men: Days of Future Past?