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Another new mutant for X-Men: Days of Future Past? Really?

Jul. 1, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Adan Canto/Sunspot

Seriously how many characters can you squeeze into one film?

Blastr is reporting that while answering a question for a fan on his Twitter actor Adan Canto revealed that he will be appearing in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST as Sunspot. The tweet has since been deleted but obviously it's out there now. It's been rumored that Canto would appear in the movie for a little while but there hasn't been any news on who he would be. Adan Canto isn't a well known actor outside Mexico but he might look familiar if you're a fan of the television show The Following on Fox.

Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot is a mutant from Brazil that can absorb solar energy that can be used for physical strength. He is also capable of flying, projecting intense heat waves as well as shooting dark solar plasma blasts from his hands. Here's a short bio and description from Wikipedia:

Sunspot is Roberto da Costa, a Brazilian male, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. He is the son of wealthy businessman Emmanuel da Costa and archeologist Nina da Costa. The relationship between Roberto and his father resembles more closely one of best friends than father and son. Nonetheless, Emmanuel constantly pushes his son to reach for both his physical and intellectual limits. Thanks to his father's encouragement, Roberto rose to the position of star soccer player at school, and was considered by recruiters for the Olympic Games.

Shortly before his fourteenth birthday (as best can be determined; there are conflicting references) Roberto was playing a soccer game with his team (the Thunderbolts) against their arch-rivals, the Dynamos. Racist members of the Dynamos assaulted Roberto during the game, and in response Roberto took matters into his own hands, initiating a fight on the field. While taking a brutal beating, his mutant powers manifested, suddenly transforming him into a creature of solid black solar energy. Surprised and terrified, people abandoned the stadium, and only his girlfriend, Juliana Sandoval, refused to abandon him.

There are plenty of people that don't see the amount of mutants in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST as a risk but I certainly do. Yes the comics are chock full of mutants and the story being told in the film needs a pretty big cast. But it just seems like it's getting to the point that most of these characters might show up for a scene and then disappear, similar to what happened in the God awful MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION. Sure fans of the comic would love to see some of their favorite mutants that aren't top tier characters in the film but not if they're going to be wasted in a scene that's pretty much there to show off yet another mutant and nothing more. As I've said before, I'm not trashing on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST but I am worried because I do want this storyline to be told and I want it to be told well.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST directed by Bryan Singer and starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, James Marsden and your mother is in theaters May 23rd, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: With this many characters in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST do you think they there's a chance we could see a spin-off film following X-Factor or The New Mutants? Do you think that's what they're building towards?
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1:14PM on 07/12/2013

Singer will screw the pooch on this

I don't know why in the hell Bryan Singer is directing this... with "First Class," the franchise was back on solid ground and had the opportunity to make a really good second pass at the X franchise. So what does Fox do? In "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" style, they pull a bed-shittingly stupid move and bring back the guy that made "Superman Returns" and abandoned them last time he was in charge...*sigh* Whatever. I gave up hope of this being any good when I heard about Singer, so I don't even know
I don't know why in the hell Bryan Singer is directing this... with "First Class," the franchise was back on solid ground and had the opportunity to make a really good second pass at the X franchise. So what does Fox do? In "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" style, they pull a bed-shittingly stupid move and bring back the guy that made "Superman Returns" and abandoned them last time he was in charge...*sigh* Whatever. I gave up hope of this being any good when I heard about Singer, so I don't even know why I bothered to make this comment.
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1:57PM on 07/02/2013

Just to make sure

We got to throw in - New Mutants, X-Factor, X-Force, X-Calibre, New X-Men, X-Men 2099, (Age of X) X-Men, X-Babies, etc....And leave Age of Apocalypse for the next one.
We got to throw in - New Mutants, X-Factor, X-Force, X-Calibre, New X-Men, X-Men 2099, (Age of X) X-Men, X-Babies, etc....And leave Age of Apocalypse for the next one.
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9:26AM on 07/02/2013
I've been a person that has been against the addition of too many mutants from the beginning. But I've recently started thinking that the complaining is all in vain. I have no facts to back this up, but I really do think that Fox is using this movie as a way to start two separate X-Men franchises. One based in the past, and one based in present day. This movie might be a way to showcase a number of characters for both casts and way to let the original cast move on. It's clear that as much
I've been a person that has been against the addition of too many mutants from the beginning. But I've recently started thinking that the complaining is all in vain. I have no facts to back this up, but I really do think that Fox is using this movie as a way to start two separate X-Men franchises. One based in the past, and one based in present day. This movie might be a way to showcase a number of characters for both casts and way to let the original cast move on. It's clear that as much as Hugh Jackman loves being Wolverine, even he doesn't think he can keep it up forever. So this movie might be a way for the original cast to pass the torch to a new present day cast, as well as round out a cast for the First Class movies beyond Beast, Havoc, and Banshee.
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12:22AM on 07/02/2013
I'm really not all that concerned with the amount of mutants that they're putting into the fold for this film. I'll be concerned if I see a runtime of less than two hours with 200 mutants supposedly making an entrance. But thankfully Singer is behind the helm on this and not some other hack director. When it comes to X-MEN, he knows what the fans want and he'll deliver the goods.
I'm really not all that concerned with the amount of mutants that they're putting into the fold for this film. I'll be concerned if I see a runtime of less than two hours with 200 mutants supposedly making an entrance. But thankfully Singer is behind the helm on this and not some other hack director. When it comes to X-MEN, he knows what the fans want and he'll deliver the goods.
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6:47PM on 07/01/2013
what is with all the bitching about too many mutants? I think its pretty obvious that these are basically glorified cameos to fill out the universe.
what is with all the bitching about too many mutants? I think its pretty obvious that these are basically glorified cameos to fill out the universe.
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9:18AM on 07/02/2013
I think that's what people are bitching about. They don't want these characters to be wasted on nothing more than a 20 second scene that really serves no purpose.
I think that's what people are bitching about. They don't want these characters to be wasted on nothing more than a 20 second scene that really serves no purpose.
6:10PM on 07/01/2013
I get the feeling that most of these mutants will just show up for a second and move on. I feel like they are just trying to emphasize the sheer magnitude of mutants affected by the storyline. I'm willing to bet that their plan is that if the characters play well for the short time they are featured, they will be brought back for later installment. IF this is actually what's going on, there's nothing to worry about. But you just never know.
I get the feeling that most of these mutants will just show up for a second and move on. I feel like they are just trying to emphasize the sheer magnitude of mutants affected by the storyline. I'm willing to bet that their plan is that if the characters play well for the short time they are featured, they will be brought back for later installment. IF this is actually what's going on, there's nothing to worry about. But you just never know.
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5:02PM on 07/01/2013

Where's Gambit??

Why does Bryan Singer hate Gambit?
Why does Bryan Singer hate Gambit?
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3:54PM on 07/01/2013

Trilogy!

I have no issue with all of the mutants they are putting into DOFP but why not make it a trilogy? It certainly has enough characters to facilitate 3 movies and it is an X-Men movie so it will perform at the box office! Don't know how much they have already shot but but they must have enough footage to at least make 2 movies and I imagine they could add an additional 2 hours in just character development of the new mutants. This seems like way too much plot and characters for a 2-2.5 hour
I have no issue with all of the mutants they are putting into DOFP but why not make it a trilogy? It certainly has enough characters to facilitate 3 movies and it is an X-Men movie so it will perform at the box office! Don't know how much they have already shot but but they must have enough footage to at least make 2 movies and I imagine they could add an additional 2 hours in just character development of the new mutants. This seems like way too much plot and characters for a 2-2.5 hour film.
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3:35PM on 07/01/2013

Let me get this straight . . .

For the most part, everyone has agree that Days of Future Past is one of the best stories to come from the X-Men universe. Now, I'm not an avid comic reader, but I would assume that, in the future run by Sentinels, there are an abundance of mutant characters that are shown in the comics, whether they are the main focus or casualties of war. If this is true, should we really worry about there being too many mutants?

Again, I know that X3 left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths, but
For the most part, everyone has agree that Days of Future Past is one of the best stories to come from the X-Men universe. Now, I'm not an avid comic reader, but I would assume that, in the future run by Sentinels, there are an abundance of mutant characters that are shown in the comics, whether they are the main focus or casualties of war. If this is true, should we really worry about there being too many mutants?

Again, I know that X3 left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths, but it wasn't the over-abundance of mutants as much as the story was just bad and, according to ghostman123, mutants weren't represented correctly. If they have a decent story and do things correctly, which I believe Singer will do, I don't see a problem.

The irony of it all is that, if they didn't have a lot of mutants, people would bitch about that, too. Let's just wait for some footage before we get our nerdboy-undies in a wad.
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4:45PM on 07/01/2013
Thank you for finally speaking some sense. Yes there seems to be alot of characters added but they aren't all going to be in the spot light. You are dead on about the future war scenes needing an abundance of mutants. Many of these minor ones will only be seen fighting, dying or being taken captive which is fine because it fits into the story. I would much rather they fill these roles with ACTUAL characters from the comics instead of all of those lame mutants they created for the end of X3.
Thank you for finally speaking some sense. Yes there seems to be alot of characters added but they aren't all going to be in the spot light. You are dead on about the future war scenes needing an abundance of mutants. Many of these minor ones will only be seen fighting, dying or being taken captive which is fine because it fits into the story. I would much rather they fill these roles with ACTUAL characters from the comics instead of all of those lame mutants they created for the end of X3. Seriously would you rather have awesome characters like Sunspot and Quicksilver show up or lame ass ones like porcupine-man and spike thrower from X3
3:35PM on 07/01/2013

I trust Bryan Singer

Wow this site has really turned on Singer as of late. I loved the X-Men movies he directed, as well as Superman Returns and Valkrye, and I'm not worried at all that he can produce an awesome X-Men film.
Wow this site has really turned on Singer as of late. I loved the X-Men movies he directed, as well as Superman Returns and Valkrye, and I'm not worried at all that he can produce an awesome X-Men film.
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12:23PM on 07/01/2013
I'm not afraid of a big ensemble. If anything it will be cool to see the mutants from First Class with the mutants from the original trilogy together and seeing brand new mutants that we haven't seen before.

Singer knows what he's doing and I have faith that he will give us another great X-Men film. I just wish he would confirm Cyclops already!!!!
I'm not afraid of a big ensemble. If anything it will be cool to see the mutants from First Class with the mutants from the original trilogy together and seeing brand new mutants that we haven't seen before.

Singer knows what he's doing and I have faith that he will give us another great X-Men film. I just wish he would confirm Cyclops already!!!!
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2:30AM on 07/02/2013
He did
He did
9:21AM on 07/02/2013
I think I missed that announcement. Did he bring back Marsden to play Cyclops? Or did he get someone new?
I think I missed that announcement. Did he bring back Marsden to play Cyclops? Or did he get someone new?
11:37AM on 07/01/2013

I don't see the problem

Most of these new mutants are probably going to have a few seconds of screen time in the future scenes with the sentinels, to show just how bad shit's gotten while keeping the MAIN character death count down as much as they can. The way I see it, it doesn't matter how many there are, but rather how well they're portrayed in the time they're given. I didn't mind all the mutants in X-Men 3. What I did mind was that not a single one of them was portrayed correctly. Juggernaut was a mutant, Calisto
Most of these new mutants are probably going to have a few seconds of screen time in the future scenes with the sentinels, to show just how bad shit's gotten while keeping the MAIN character death count down as much as they can. The way I see it, it doesn't matter how many there are, but rather how well they're portrayed in the time they're given. I didn't mind all the mutants in X-Men 3. What I did mind was that not a single one of them was portrayed correctly. Juggernaut was a mutant, Calisto could run fast, Multiple Man was a bad guy, Beast was a politician and Psylocke could...turn invisible? I say bring on whoever they want to bring on as long as they have a purpose for the characters and they stay faithful to the characters the best they can.
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11:12AM on 07/01/2013
I don't remember if it was this guy, it must have been, but I sort of remember Sunspot being alluded to awhile back. It was a Latin American actor hinting at fire powers so clearly Sunspot was the big guess.
I don't remember if it was this guy, it must have been, but I sort of remember Sunspot being alluded to awhile back. It was a Latin American actor hinting at fire powers so clearly Sunspot was the big guess.
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11:05AM on 07/01/2013
Extra tidbit: They can actually make some spin-offs out of this movie. Maybe X-Force or The Runaways.
Extra tidbit: They can actually make some spin-offs out of this movie. Maybe X-Force or The Runaways.
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7:35PM on 07/01/2013
Runaways are owned by Marvel proper. Fox doesn't have the rights.
Runaways are owned by Marvel proper. Fox doesn't have the rights.
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11:00AM on 07/01/2013
most of these characters are just minor roles, having little screen time with probably little to now dialogue at all. in order to create a world of mutants, you need mutants from all sorts of life, I'm glad they using actually mutants from the comics and not random characters with random powers. nothing to be concerned with overload of characters.
most of these characters are just minor roles, having little screen time with probably little to now dialogue at all. in order to create a world of mutants, you need mutants from all sorts of life, I'm glad they using actually mutants from the comics and not random characters with random powers. nothing to be concerned with overload of characters.
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10:38AM on 07/01/2013
Keep it steady. I'm still positive. I just want a trailer but it will be awhile.
Keep it steady. I'm still positive. I just want a trailer but it will be awhile.
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2:34AM on 07/02/2013
We could get lucky and get it with Thor 2?
We could get lucky and get it with Thor 2?
10:30AM on 07/01/2013
Everybody and their mother!

Nightcrawler and Mystique: "We're up."
Everybody and their mother!

Nightcrawler and Mystique: "We're up."
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10:30AM on 07/01/2013

It's a war movie, people!

War movies are always crowded. Instead of having the screen filled with unknown characters, they wil fill it with cameos from mutants, which is pretty cool. You can tell by the actors they're casting lately that all the important parts are cast and now, it's just about filling the screen.

I'm more worried about The Avengers 2, to be honest. They found the right balance for the first film but adding two extra characters seems problematic since they all have main character status.
War movies are always crowded. Instead of having the screen filled with unknown characters, they wil fill it with cameos from mutants, which is pretty cool. You can tell by the actors they're casting lately that all the important parts are cast and now, it's just about filling the screen.

I'm more worried about The Avengers 2, to be honest. They found the right balance for the first film but adding two extra characters seems problematic since they all have main character status.
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10:29AM on 07/01/2013
Just show me a trailer so I can have a real opinion.
Just show me a trailer so I can have a real opinion.
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10:27AM on 07/01/2013

Yes, there's a cast of like 40 characters

Just like in Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. It's not that big of a deal, guys.
Just like in Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. It's not that big of a deal, guys.
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3:57PM on 07/01/2013
But Harry Potter was a story told across 8 movies and LOTR was a trilogy! I like the idea of splitting this into two films or even a trilogy...I have faith but it could be too much for one film.
But Harry Potter was a story told across 8 movies and LOTR was a trilogy! I like the idea of splitting this into two films or even a trilogy...I have faith but it could be too much for one film.
10:07AM on 07/01/2013
I have a feeling many of these more minor mutants will more or less just be there as eye candy. That way, fanboys will be ecstatic seeing less-mentioned mutants, and the average Joe can marvel (hehe, get it?) at the epic battles they seem to be gearing up for.
I have a feeling many of these more minor mutants will more or less just be there as eye candy. That way, fanboys will be ecstatic seeing less-mentioned mutants, and the average Joe can marvel (hehe, get it?) at the epic battles they seem to be gearing up for.
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10:03AM on 07/01/2013
Never thought I'd have my hopes so rock-bottom low for a DOFP film adaptation.
Never thought I'd have my hopes so rock-bottom low for a DOFP film adaptation.
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10:00AM on 07/01/2013
i think that many of these characters will be killed off by a sentinel or something like mutant concentration camps. but yea, this is starting to worry me. how big is the budget on this film.
i think that many of these characters will be killed off by a sentinel or something like mutant concentration camps. but yea, this is starting to worry me. how big is the budget on this film.
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9:53AM on 07/01/2013
With all these mutants, it's bound to be major characters left hanging with nothing much to do which judging by Singer's track record will likely be the X-Men of First Class. This will probably end up being a Wolverine centered X-Men, again.
With all these mutants, it's bound to be major characters left hanging with nothing much to do which judging by Singer's track record will likely be the X-Men of First Class. This will probably end up being a Wolverine centered X-Men, again.
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