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Does Fox have a plan to combine Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy into X-Men: Days of Future Past?

Sep. 26, 2012by: Alex Maidy

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST may have two Charles Xaviers to contend with a mutant apocalypse. Rumors have begun swirling that both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy may play versions of Professor X in the upcoming sequel to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

Speaking at the Montreal Comic Con recently, Newsarama reported the following: If his recent nod at an Apple store seemed to suggest he’d be returning to the silver screen in the role of Professor X, when asked directly by a fan during his Q&A panel, the Englishman gave a knowing smile and spoke the words many have been waiting to hear: “I think there is every possibility.”

Here is the plot of the DAYS OF FUTURE PAST comic arc: The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will involve a time travel storyline. While Stewart may just be providing a cameo like he did in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. But, CHUD offers an interesting theory: what if Fox is using the DAYS OF FUTURE PAST storyline as a method of integrating the FIRST CLASS characters in with the original trilogy? Instead of Kitty Pryde being the mutant who travels through time, it could be Professor X. This would allow the universes to be reset, STAR TREK style, and open the door for bringing back actors from the Singer and Ratner films.

While I don't really care if they bring back any of the actors from the Singer films (aside from Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman), I think having Stewart and McAvoy act off of each other in the same role would be phenomenal.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is slated to open on July 18, 2014.

Source: CHUD

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5:00PM on 09/28/2012

Cool... to a degree

I'm fine with this as long as it means we're not slavishly faithful to all of Bryan Singer's portrayals of the X-Men universe. There were things I like about his take and things I didn't, and I'd hate to see the door shut on the idea of new portrayals of characters who Singer didn't get right on his watch. Like I'm not on board with this if it still means Halle Berry as Storm and Rogue being... whatever the hell she was, is now canon.

I agree with the other poster about treating it like
I'm fine with this as long as it means we're not slavishly faithful to all of Bryan Singer's portrayals of the X-Men universe. There were things I like about his take and things I didn't, and I'd hate to see the door shut on the idea of new portrayals of characters who Singer didn't get right on his watch. Like I'm not on board with this if it still means Halle Berry as Storm and Rogue being... whatever the hell she was, is now canon.

I agree with the other poster about treating it like Bond. M came on near the end of Brosnan's tenure and by that time they implied she was coming in after Bond had already been a legend, then she shows again up for Craig's run as Bond is really coming into form.

Keep what works and ditch the rest. Do that and we cool.
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2:17PM on 09/28/2012

This film can be a good bridge...lots to be fixed.

It's def a good way for the XMEN to expand within the the same commercial vastness the Avengers universe created.
I really feel Ratner was NEVER the right guy for the job. The XMEN film under his watch all felt rushed and shoddily put together save for the casting of Stewart, Mckellan and Jackman.

This storyline is perfect for integrating characters, or at least perfect a a start for integrating characters, to flesh out the XMEN as much as The Avengers film.

If you're in the camp where
It's def a good way for the XMEN to expand within the the same commercial vastness the Avengers universe created.
I really feel Ratner was NEVER the right guy for the job. The XMEN film under his watch all felt rushed and shoddily put together save for the casting of Stewart, Mckellan and Jackman.

This storyline is perfect for integrating characters, or at least perfect a a start for integrating characters, to flesh out the XMEN as much as The Avengers film.

If you're in the camp where you feel The Avengers, and even Xmen: First Class, didn't raise the bar on, and change, how to handle super hero team commercial properties (and i know plenty of people who didn't like both those films) you're mistaken. Even DC is clamoring to catch up.

DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is the perfect screen story to tailor to start bringing the XMEN into a territory where it can be fleshed out and make up for all the mistakes of the previous XMEN trilogy, which i feel is the one trilogy i dislike most of all movie trilogies.
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9:50AM on 09/27/2012

Nice.

I think this sound awesome, even though there is room for failure. I really hope this works because I love the originals (X1 & X2) liked, only liked Last Stand...So I'd love to see the filmmakers connect the films and potentially see the original cast come back in another film someday. We'll see.
I think this sound awesome, even though there is room for failure. I really hope this works because I love the originals (X1 & X2) liked, only liked Last Stand...So I'd love to see the filmmakers connect the films and potentially see the original cast come back in another film someday. We'll see.
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9:49AM on 09/27/2012

Nice.

I think this sound awesome, even though there is room for failure. I really hope this works because I love the originals (X1 & X2) liked, only liked Last Stand...So I'd love to see the filmmakers connect the films and potentially see the original cast come back in another film someday. We'll see.
I think this sound awesome, even though there is room for failure. I really hope this works because I love the originals (X1 & X2) liked, only liked Last Stand...So I'd love to see the filmmakers connect the films and potentially see the original cast come back in another film someday. We'll see.
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8:31AM on 09/27/2012
I'm gonna see it anyway, but if we actually get a chunk of the film set in the future with big-ass sentinels stomping about then I should imagine repeat viewings might be in order (assuming it doesn't, you know, suck)
I'm gonna see it anyway, but if we actually get a chunk of the film set in the future with big-ass sentinels stomping about then I should imagine repeat viewings might be in order (assuming it doesn't, you know, suck)
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3:02AM on 09/27/2012
i think this would make way too much sense for fox to think its a good idea
i think this would make way too much sense for fox to think its a good idea
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9:32PM on 09/26/2012
If we're going to be introducing time travel, have someone travel back to stop the events of X-Men 3, and let Singer direct a proper X-Men 3.
If we're going to be introducing time travel, have someone travel back to stop the events of X-Men 3, and let Singer direct a proper X-Men 3.
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7:20PM on 09/26/2012

Let's Be Honest...

The original X-Men trilogy fell extremely flat and was incredibly disappointing. While, I've not seen the latest one I can honestly say that I abhor what Hollywood does to comic book based movies. They take great written stories, then try and put their "twist" onto them, leaving comic continuity and ignoring storyline that got them popular enough to be a movie in the first place.
The original X-Men trilogy fell extremely flat and was incredibly disappointing. While, I've not seen the latest one I can honestly say that I abhor what Hollywood does to comic book based movies. They take great written stories, then try and put their "twist" onto them, leaving comic continuity and ignoring storyline that got them popular enough to be a movie in the first place.
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6:36PM on 09/26/2012

"whose mind traveled back in time"?

I love X-men movies. And I read some of the comics (even the first ones).
But this line is just a bit too absurd to me.
I love X-men movies. And I read some of the comics (even the first ones).
But this line is just a bit too absurd to me.
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9:48AM on 09/27/2012
But the idea of these characters actually existing isn't too absurd? If you're cool with a man controlling metal, I don't see what's so absurd about a twist on time travel.
But the idea of these characters actually existing isn't too absurd? If you're cool with a man controlling metal, I don't see what's so absurd about a twist on time travel.
5:36PM on 09/27/2012
I'm not bothered with the fact of what these mutants can do, or that this story features time travel as long as it feels real in a way. I think that's why the first X-Men film succeeded because it had some foot on the ground. An idea like the "time travelling mind" is not only far too fetched (even for a story that features characters like these) but feels like a cheap narrative device instead of a smart one. Hope the movie will prove me wrong.
I'm not bothered with the fact of what these mutants can do, or that this story features time travel as long as it feels real in a way. I think that's why the first X-Men film succeeded because it had some foot on the ground. An idea like the "time travelling mind" is not only far too fetched (even for a story that features characters like these) but feels like a cheap narrative device instead of a smart one. Hope the movie will prove me wrong.
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5:46PM on 09/26/2012

Think 007.....

The way i personally feel about these movies and the continuity is simple....they should make these movies a seperate, episodic, set of movies, like James Bond, how each movie doesn't directly effect the other, but keeps the same characters. If multiple stories are needed then do it.
The way i personally feel about these movies and the continuity is simple....they should make these movies a seperate, episodic, set of movies, like James Bond, how each movie doesn't directly effect the other, but keeps the same characters. If multiple stories are needed then do it.
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5:03PM on 09/26/2012
I hope they're doing all of this to eliminate Wolverine and the Ratner movie from continuity and start fresh. I was lukewarm on X-Men: First Class but this sounds potentially awesome.
I hope they're doing all of this to eliminate Wolverine and the Ratner movie from continuity and start fresh. I was lukewarm on X-Men: First Class but this sounds potentially awesome.
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4:09PM on 09/26/2012

Yes BUT...

Won't saving senator Kelly be difficult, considering he died in X-MEN 1?!!!
Won't saving senator Kelly be difficult, considering he died in X-MEN 1?!!!
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5:02PM on 09/26/2012
Maybe it will take place before that incident. Still though, it would boggle up the timeline as far as the other characters go...
Maybe it will take place before that incident. Still though, it would boggle up the timeline as far as the other characters go...
11:59AM on 09/27/2012
Or it will further more serve as a 'changing timeline device' plot...
To disconnect the original 2+1 (NOT A TRILOGY FOR ME !) movies' timeline from FIRST CLASS' one...
Even though I would prefer they find a way to say that X3 and XMO:W are NOT in the same universe than X1 and X2...
Or it will further more serve as a 'changing timeline device' plot...
To disconnect the original 2+1 (NOT A TRILOGY FOR ME !) movies' timeline from FIRST CLASS' one...
Even though I would prefer they find a way to say that X3 and XMO:W are NOT in the same universe than X1 and X2...
4:57PM on 09/28/2012
I think they've already set this one vastly apart from the original trilogy with the reinterpretation(s) of Stryker.
I think they've already set this one vastly apart from the original trilogy with the reinterpretation(s) of Stryker.
4:05PM on 09/26/2012

How will The Wolverine complicate this?

This is cool news. BUT I feel like The Wolverine, being a semi-reboot of the character/his origins/etc., will make it difficult for them to incorporate Jackson back into the "original" cast/story. I know he cameoed in the last X-Men movie, but once The Wolverine comes out, it may confuse audiences to revert back to the original timeline of events.
This is cool news. BUT I feel like The Wolverine, being a semi-reboot of the character/his origins/etc., will make it difficult for them to incorporate Jackson back into the "original" cast/story. I know he cameoed in the last X-Men movie, but once The Wolverine comes out, it may confuse audiences to revert back to the original timeline of events.
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3:50PM on 09/26/2012
Uhh, can I have the Bishop version of Days of the Future Past. When Wolverine and Forge sends Bishop back to kill Gambit and prevent him from killing President Kelly. Then it turns out that Gambit was actually Mystique after all. I didn't mention spoilers because this storyline has been out for 25 years. If you didn't read it by now, you probably wont ever read it.
Uhh, can I have the Bishop version of Days of the Future Past. When Wolverine and Forge sends Bishop back to kill Gambit and prevent him from killing President Kelly. Then it turns out that Gambit was actually Mystique after all. I didn't mention spoilers because this storyline has been out for 25 years. If you didn't read it by now, you probably wont ever read it.
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5:35PM on 09/26/2012
Actually the Kitty Pryde version was the comic version and the Bishop story line happened in the 90's animated series. Honest mistake though and I would rather see Bishop than Kitty Pryde any day.

Also since we are on the subject who would you cast as Bishop? My call would be Common for sure.
Actually the Kitty Pryde version was the comic version and the Bishop story line happened in the 90's animated series. Honest mistake though and I would rather see Bishop than Kitty Pryde any day.

Also since we are on the subject who would you cast as Bishop? My call would be Common for sure.
8:39PM on 09/26/2012
not everyone in the world is the same age. always new generations. just something to think about for future spoilers....
not everyone in the world is the same age. always new generations. just something to think about for future spoilers....
3:23PM on 09/26/2012

That would be spectacular...

I am in total agreement with those who should, could return...this storyline is shaping up to be the best of maybe any superhero movie franchise...good to see X-Men put themselves back on the map...wouldn't it be cool to see some excerpts of a Civil War between X-Men and Avengers???
I am in total agreement with those who should, could return...this storyline is shaping up to be the best of maybe any superhero movie franchise...good to see X-Men put themselves back on the map...wouldn't it be cool to see some excerpts of a Civil War between X-Men and Avengers???
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