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A Look at X-Men: Days of Future Past

Updated on February 4, 2014

Update: Trailer added


The seventh installment of the X-Men series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, could not only be the best X-Men film yet, but it could be one of the best superhero movies that we have ever seen, and certainly one of the best films of next year. The film is based on the famed 1981 story arc where the X-Men of the present must stop the Brotherhood of Mutants from killing an important Senator that creates a future where mutants are hunted down and Sentinels pretty much rule the world. The story goes back and forth between the two timelines as the X-Men fight for survival. Days of Future Past will also serve as a sequel to both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: The Last Stand. The remaining cast members from Last Stand will unite with the cast of First Class.

Using this story and bringing the different casts together gives director Bryan Singer a great chance to do something epic with the time travel storyline. Singer has already said that he intends to "fix" the continuity problems within the series which could lead to a couple of different scenarios that might play out in the movie. One of the possibilities could be that the events of Days of Future Past will create an entirely new chain of events, i.e. an alternate reality, just like the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films. That would free the filmmakers from having to worry about connecting the future movies to the old movies since the old movies will be part of something different. The continuity between the old and new won't matter since the new movies could do whatever they want. The other possibility I see is that the X-Men could fight to preserve the history that has already been established, even though a number of things happened in those movies that the characters would probably change if they had the chance. I believe that the alternate reality scenario is the more plausible because it will wipe the slate clean and give the filmmakers a chance to start fresh. They can move forward without having to worry about what's already happened, outside of First Class and Days of Future Past.

I am very interested to see who the main villain will be as well. Peter Dinklage, of Game of Thrones fame, has been cast as the villain of the movie but his identity has not been revealed. Early rumors had him playing Bolivar Trask, who created the Sentinels in the comics (who will FINALLY be making their long awaited debut on the big screen), but that would create more continuity issues since Bull Duke portrayed Bolivar Trask in Last Stand. It is possible that Dinklage's character will be brought to life through motion capture, even though Bryan SInger said that won't be the case. Zack Synder said that General Zod wasn't going to be the villain in Man of Steel and that was a lie. He could be playing Nimrod, Mr. Sinister, or even Apocalypse. He could be playing someone that no one has though of yet. No matter who Dinklage plays, it's pretty safe to say that he will do a great job and provide a great adversary for the X-Men.

It's also refreshing to have Bryan SInger back in the director's chair. It's like he's coming full circle since he directed the first two films. Even though Blade was a hit two years before the first X-Men came out, a lot of the credit for the popularity explosion of the superhero genre can be credited to Bryan SInger, whose first two X-Men films were critically acclaimed and were big box office hits. Singer took on the directing duties again after Matthew Vaughn, who directed First Class, decided not to return as director. He stayed on as a producer and co-writer so he and Singer just switched roles from First Class. Singer's passion for the series will be a major driving force for the eventual success of the new film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters on July 18, 2014 and I can't wait to see it. I wish I had some time travel so I could jump to next year.


Update: The first footage from the film was released at this year's Comic-Con and it looked very promising. The trailer began with with footage of the future X-Men including Halle Barry as Storm, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, and Ian McKellan as Magneto. Xavier then tells Wolverine that he has to do for him what Xavier once did for Wolverine. Logan asks Xavier "So I wake up in my younger body? Then what?" Xavier then tells him that he will have to find him and convince him of everything that has happened. Magneto then tells Wolverine that he will have to find him too. When Wolverine asks him where, Magneto tells him that he find find him walking a darker path. Xavier tells Wolverine that he was a different person back then and asks Wolverine to be patient with him. The we see various action shots with Wolverine getting riddled with bullets, Beast screaming, and Mystique changing form in the middle of a crowd. James McAvoy's Xavier says "I don't want your future, I don't want your suffering" and old Xavier tells his younger self through the mind of Wolverine "Please...we need you to hope again." I saw the leaked footage before it was removed from the internet and it looked great. I'm very much looking forward to this film and I believe that it could be the best X-Men done so far. Hopefully we'll get the real trailer very soon.

Set photo of Shawn Ashmore as Iceman. The motion capture tags on his face could mean that we'll get full iceform Iceman again.
Set photo of Shawn Ashmore as Iceman. The motion capture tags on his face could mean that we'll get full iceform Iceman again. | Source
Set photo of Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier.
Set photo of Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. | Source
The timelines meet in this set photo of Nicholas Hoult as Beast and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
The timelines meet in this set photo of Nicholas Hoult as Beast and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. | Source
Character portraits displaying some of the past and future characters.
Character portraits displaying some of the past and future characters.
The Sentinels make their film debut next year.
The Sentinels make their film debut next year.
Side-by-side comparison of future and past Wolverine.
Side-by-side comparison of future and past Wolverine.

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