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1973 is the year for X-men: Days of future past

Feb. 1, 2013by: Jesse Giroux
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At one point Matthew Vaughn had talked about using JFK's assassination in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST in a similar fashion that the Cuban Missile Crisis was used in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Looks like that's not going to happen based on the casting call that is up at Comic Book Movie that says the film will mostly be set in 1973. That means that there is a ten year gap between X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

What could that mean for historical references that may be used in the new film? If you take a look at the list of major events of 1973, several stand out:

1.The end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. It was kind of a big deal. There are a million different ways they could tie that ugly and draining war to the events of the film, so I'll leave it to you to speculate.

2. Watergate Scandal. Maybe Nixon had people break in to find secret mutant documents? Or it wasn't Nixon but he got blamed?

3. Skylab, America's first space station is launched as well as plenty of other space related things. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON used the moon landing, so it could work for X-MEN.

4. Elvis Presley Hawaii concert. That's right: The King's a mutant.

There's been plenty of news on the time-travel extravaganza this week, and it's not going to stop anytime soon. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is out July 18th, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: How do you feel about historical events being used in this capacity? Do you think the JFK assassination would have ended up being too controversial to use as a plot device for a comic book movie?

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3:19AM on 02/02/2013

Oh Hell no

You can't use the Kennedy Assassination because then, presumably, you would have to prevent it in order to save people in 2013 and that would not work. My guess is that the new script does not involve an assassination at all: my guess is that things have gone terribly wrong because Jean Grey proved how dangerous mutants could be at the end of the last movie and they have to go back in time to the time when Xavier and Magneto recruited Jean Grey and prevent Xavier from suppressing the Phoenix
You can't use the Kennedy Assassination because then, presumably, you would have to prevent it in order to save people in 2013 and that would not work. My guess is that the new script does not involve an assassination at all: my guess is that things have gone terribly wrong because Jean Grey proved how dangerous mutants could be at the end of the last movie and they have to go back in time to the time when Xavier and Magneto recruited Jean Grey and prevent Xavier from suppressing the Phoenix personality so that she instead learns to control her powers. That will make it possible for them to redo the Dark Phoenix storyline all over again one day.
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1:46AM on 02/02/2013
'73 was busy year for Nixon. Helped Pinochet's coup in Chile, got US troops out of Vietnam and then Watergate. The movie might not directly link to any of these events but only link to the America v/s Reds mood of those years. What side would the mutants be on?
'73 was busy year for Nixon. Helped Pinochet's coup in Chile, got US troops out of Vietnam and then Watergate. The movie might not directly link to any of these events but only link to the America v/s Reds mood of those years. What side would the mutants be on?
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11:48AM on 02/01/2013

the REAL unanswered question...

will we finally see a bald James McAvoy in this one?
will we finally see a bald James McAvoy in this one?
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11:24AM on 02/01/2013

Sounds Awesome

I think the idea of incorporating the Watergate scandal into the story for DOFP would be awesome. While it would be cool to see what Mutant involvement in the Vietnam War would be like, I think the series then runs the risk of having the incorporate major battles/wars of each era into their films. Not against using historical events as a backdrop, I would just like to see them branch out beyond military encounters.
With the Watergate scandal, I envision the break-in and stolen documents to
I think the idea of incorporating the Watergate scandal into the story for DOFP would be awesome. While it would be cool to see what Mutant involvement in the Vietnam War would be like, I think the series then runs the risk of having the incorporate major battles/wars of each era into their films. Not against using historical events as a backdrop, I would just like to see them branch out beyond military encounters.
With the Watergate scandal, I envision the break-in and stolen documents to have something to do with a Sentinel Program, in that some steals the plans/specs from Nixon and eventually perfects the plan in today's date and Sentinels are unleashed on the world leading to the dystopian future. Nixon takes the fall to cover-up the plans actually exist. And somewhere during the story Wolverine stabs a man in the chest.
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11:12AM on 02/01/2013
X-Men: First Class mixed real event with X-Men universe in a stunning way. I hope Days of Future Past can do the same. I'd opt for President Nixon and some kind of mutant control program (within Watergate, maybe?) and, hence, X-Men vs. The Sentinel!
X-Men: First Class mixed real event with X-Men universe in a stunning way. I hope Days of Future Past can do the same. I'd opt for President Nixon and some kind of mutant control program (within Watergate, maybe?) and, hence, X-Men vs. The Sentinel!
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9:59AM on 02/01/2013
The movie is going to be amazing. With the new and old cast coming together to possibly make the best X-Men film yet.

Oh and please have Sentinels in this film. PLEASE!
The movie is going to be amazing. With the new and old cast coming together to possibly make the best X-Men film yet.

Oh and please have Sentinels in this film. PLEASE!
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10:23AM on 02/01/2013
It pretty much 100% that there will be sentinels since its a major factor of the Day of the future fast comic. What I really wanna see is the infamous wolvie death scene by a sentinel.
It pretty much 100% that there will be sentinels since its a major factor of the Day of the future fast comic. What I really wanna see is the infamous wolvie death scene by a sentinel.
9:35AM on 02/01/2013
Bryan Singer has mentioned the Vietnam War's events possibly being in the First Class sequel.
Bryan Singer has mentioned the Vietnam War's events possibly being in the First Class sequel.
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