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Bryan Singer gives us our first look at James McAvoy as Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past

May. 9, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Thanks to director Bryan Singer we are getting looks at each other characters from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Today's mutant share is James McAvoy as Charles Xavier.

Bald is beautiful. Wait, nope, the Professor has long hair. They must be filming scenes from the past, specifically from the 70s. McAvoy looks excellent with that messy coif though, and a little rough. What is Xavier dealing with now? Those who have already read the DAYS OF FUTURE past arch will already know. Shit gets heavy. I'm ready to see Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart go head to head again.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore. The film is set to hit theaters July 18th, 2014.

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3:40PM on 05/10/2013
Awesome...he's combined his FILTH character with Xavier!
Awesome...he's combined his FILTH character with Xavier!
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1:02PM on 05/10/2013
How can people that know NOTHING about the script tell me that a movie is going to suck? You don't know shit about it. From a couple of still photos you can judge an entire movie? People were doing the same about Captain America's costume, and then shut the fuck up when they actually saw the movie it was in. Fucking relax.

I'm generally one of the more critical commenters on this site, but fuck at least base it on something.

That said, McAvoy's constantly touching his head to denote
How can people that know NOTHING about the script tell me that a movie is going to suck? You don't know shit about it. From a couple of still photos you can judge an entire movie? People were doing the same about Captain America's costume, and then shut the fuck up when they actually saw the movie it was in. Fucking relax.

I'm generally one of the more critical commenters on this site, but fuck at least base it on something.

That said, McAvoy's constantly touching his head to denote using his powers bugged the shit out of me in the first movie. Stop doing it. It looks ridiculous.
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1:18PM on 05/10/2013
because most people that leave comments are trying so desperately to say something relevant or important that the facts become 2nd and their personal feelings 1st
because most people that leave comments are trying so desperately to say something relevant or important that the facts become 2nd and their personal feelings 1st
12:24PM on 05/10/2013
You can only do so much with Days of Future Past given the current movie universe. I don't see how anyone could ever expect a frame for frame adaptation of the comic. I'm sure the comic will serve as a guideline for the film, then the film has to figure out how to make it's universe fit within that guideline. It's going to be very hard to do, and Singer is taking on a very epic & difficult task with this movie.
You can only do so much with Days of Future Past given the current movie universe. I don't see how anyone could ever expect a frame for frame adaptation of the comic. I'm sure the comic will serve as a guideline for the film, then the film has to figure out how to make it's universe fit within that guideline. It's going to be very hard to do, and Singer is taking on a very epic & difficult task with this movie.
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11:27AM on 05/10/2013
I hope it turns out good. I don't care how accurate it is to the comic. Being a comic book reader I can always read the actual comic if I want the original story. I have come to terms with movies and no longer care if the movie is close to the source material. A good movie is a good movie regardless of the source.
I hope it turns out good. I don't care how accurate it is to the comic. Being a comic book reader I can always read the actual comic if I want the original story. I have come to terms with movies and no longer care if the movie is close to the source material. A good movie is a good movie regardless of the source.
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8:09AM on 05/10/2013
It's funny how one picture here and there sets everyone off like they know how the entire movie will turn out.
It's funny how one picture here and there sets everyone off like they know how the entire movie will turn out.
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11:09AM on 05/10/2013
yeah, lol. Have they seen the sets already? the special-effects? the fights?

No, so.... its just the fans and their insecurities. They have Singer and Matthew Vaughn on board, and Prometheus and Life of Pi special effects houses... how on earth will this be a poor movie?
yeah, lol. Have they seen the sets already? the special-effects? the fights?

No, so.... its just the fans and their insecurities. They have Singer and Matthew Vaughn on board, and Prometheus and Life of Pi special effects houses... how on earth will this be a poor movie?
4:56AM on 05/10/2013
So I wanted a sequel to First Class, not another Bryan Singer X-Men jerkoff movie. Hopefully McAvoy and Fassbender have huge roles in this one.

edit: And I liked the first two X-Men films, they have their place, but I thought we were done with that after X3 happened.
So I wanted a sequel to First Class, not another Bryan Singer X-Men jerkoff movie. Hopefully McAvoy and Fassbender have huge roles in this one.

edit: And I liked the first two X-Men films, they have their place, but I thought we were done with that after X3 happened.
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7:01AM on 05/10/2013
but if the creator of the first two movies can do justice to those characters and actors with another sequel, why not? X3 cant be the last movie of them, its not fair, both to the actors and cast. We needed something better than that
but if the creator of the first two movies can do justice to those characters and actors with another sequel, why not? X3 cant be the last movie of them, its not fair, both to the actors and cast. We needed something better than that
4:07AM on 05/10/2013

thumbs down

Love getting thumbs down because i read comics.

People should only talk about comic book stuff if they read it, not just watch the crappy films.

This is going to blow, i wanted to see days of futures past not this pile of hot garbage.
Half the mutants in the film are either dead or just not in the comic.

AWFUL STUFF!!
Love getting thumbs down because i read comics.

People should only talk about comic book stuff if they read it, not just watch the crappy films.

This is going to blow, i wanted to see days of futures past not this pile of hot garbage.
Half the mutants in the film are either dead or just not in the comic.

AWFUL STUFF!!
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7:27AM on 05/10/2013
It looks more and more like the cartoon's DoFP, NOT the comics' one...
But I have to agree with you. Why call it DoFP when it's clearly NOT ! Ho, yeah... Because people will talk about it because it's 'based' on a cult story, so more people MIGHT go see it ! I don't think it goes far further than that...
It looks more and more like the cartoon's DoFP, NOT the comics' one...
But I have to agree with you. Why call it DoFP when it's clearly NOT ! Ho, yeah... Because people will talk about it because it's 'based' on a cult story, so more people MIGHT go see it ! I don't think it goes far further than that...
7:59AM on 05/10/2013
god i never thought id see the day i was agreeing with you, but yes this is going to blow hard, its going to be like the wolverine, they are taking major comic arcs, saying these movies are based on them and changing everything around...fox SUCKS
god i never thought id see the day i was agreeing with you, but yes this is going to blow hard, its going to be like the wolverine, they are taking major comic arcs, saying these movies are based on them and changing everything around...fox SUCKS
8:04AM on 05/10/2013
If they did a direct adaptation of DOFP, it couldn't be part of any of the films' continuity. As long as certain elements of DOFP remain, I don't see the problem.

The 90's cartoon took a completely different direction with DOFP, and it still kicked ass.
If they did a direct adaptation of DOFP, it couldn't be part of any of the films' continuity. As long as certain elements of DOFP remain, I don't see the problem.

The 90's cartoon took a completely different direction with DOFP, and it still kicked ass.
11:40AM on 05/10/2013
You get thumbs down not because you read comics but because you are an idiot.
You get thumbs down not because you read comics but because you are an idiot.
12:03PM on 05/10/2013
You got 18 thumbs down because you sound pretentious and ignorant. "I actually read comics, I'M actually ALLOWED to talk about the movies" you wrote this up here because you have NO FRIENDS to say it to bro. Find something to LIKE, ya know.... just once.
You got 18 thumbs down because you sound pretentious and ignorant. "I actually read comics, I'M actually ALLOWED to talk about the movies" you wrote this up here because you have NO FRIENDS to say it to bro. Find something to LIKE, ya know.... just once.
1:39PM on 05/10/2013
Srsly dude, you need to chill the fuck out and stop trolling everybody. Just cuz you're a huge comic nerd doesn't give you any more right to bitch and complain or praise a FILM.

Sure, they took the title, but this is what normal people refer to as "ADAPTATIONS". It's clearly not a direct translation of the story, so why get your panties in a bunch? Just chill the fuck out, wait for the movie to be released, then you can strut around all pompous and asshole-y and tell everyone "MOFOs, I
Srsly dude, you need to chill the fuck out and stop trolling everybody. Just cuz you're a huge comic nerd doesn't give you any more right to bitch and complain or praise a FILM.

Sure, they took the title, but this is what normal people refer to as "ADAPTATIONS". It's clearly not a direct translation of the story, so why get your panties in a bunch? Just chill the fuck out, wait for the movie to be released, then you can strut around all pompous and asshole-y and tell everyone "MOFOs, I WAS RIGHT!" -- Until then, keep your opinions to your own posts and stop being such a jag-off!
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3:49AM on 05/10/2013

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Totally stoked for this. We've had 2 poor X-Men films without Signer's involvement and 3... about to be 4 solid ones with it.
Totally stoked for this. We've had 2 poor X-Men films without Signer's involvement and 3... about to be 4 solid ones with it.
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3:48AM on 05/10/2013

Luke319

Totally stoked for this. We've had 2 poor X-Men films without Signer's involvement and 3... about to be 4 solid ones with it.
Totally stoked for this. We've had 2 poor X-Men films without Signer's involvement and 3... about to be 4 solid ones with it.
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3:04AM on 05/10/2013

oh man

This is not days of futures past.
Why even use the name.


Gonna blow donkey dick.
This is not days of futures past.
Why even use the name.


Gonna blow donkey dick.
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2:54AM on 05/10/2013
Groovy!
And @ Murden40, how exactly has Bryan Singer ruined the X-Men movie franchise??? A: The first X-Men was good and very good considering when it was made (it paved the way for a lot of movies to come). B: Was it with X-Men 2? Because that one was very good, so it can't be how he ruined the franchise... It must be C: With Days Of Future Past which you have had the chance to time travel to the future and see. Well thank you for letting us all know how Singer ruined the X-Men franchise with
Groovy!
And @ Murden40, how exactly has Bryan Singer ruined the X-Men movie franchise??? A: The first X-Men was good and very good considering when it was made (it paved the way for a lot of movies to come). B: Was it with X-Men 2? Because that one was very good, so it can't be how he ruined the franchise... It must be C: With Days Of Future Past which you have had the chance to time travel to the future and see. Well thank you for letting us all know how Singer ruined the X-Men franchise with Days Of Future Past.
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1:14AM on 05/10/2013
Double post.
Double post.
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1:10AM on 05/10/2013

I'm confused

How much of this is set in the 70s and how much of it is set in present day?

I really don't mind the way they are doing this: it is quite clever really; the Days of Future Past story came out in the 80s and the future was 20-30 years in the future. (Franklin Richards had grown up and Scott and Jean had Rachel who grew up to be a teenager.) So the timeline isn't completely off. I do want to see cameos with Scott, Jean and Dazzler though. Logically if this involves the multiple timeline
How much of this is set in the 70s and how much of it is set in present day?

I really don't mind the way they are doing this: it is quite clever really; the Days of Future Past story came out in the 80s and the future was 20-30 years in the future. (Franklin Richards had grown up and Scott and Jean had Rachel who grew up to be a teenager.) So the timeline isn't completely off. I do want to see cameos with Scott, Jean and Dazzler though. Logically if this involves the multiple timeline theory of time travel then this would result in a complete reboot of the series ala JJ Abrams Star Trek. Then there's the rumor that Apocalypse will be in this. Does Singer have a sequel planned? I hope it isn't going to be like Spiderman 3 where the villain we want to see gets killed off in the last five minutes. We should really have a trilogy with the Sentinels, Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse. I imagine the studio is worried about how much this movie is going to cost, especially after what happened with Singer's Superman. If it does turn out to be a trilogy then it could be better than the original X-Men trilogy which had a lackluster third act mainly because Fox wasn't wliing to wait for Singer to come back after doing Superman.
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3:49AM on 05/10/2013
None of its in the present day. The bulk of it will be set in the 1970's with a few scenes set in a post-apocalyptic future.
None of its in the present day. The bulk of it will be set in the 1970's with a few scenes set in a post-apocalyptic future.
4:02AM on 05/10/2013
Read the fuckin comic.
Read the fuckin comic.
11:42AM on 05/10/2013
You mean Uncanny X-Men issues #'s 141-142? Weren't you the one that said this wasn't being based on the comic? smh
You mean Uncanny X-Men issues #'s 141-142? Weren't you the one that said this wasn't being based on the comic? smh
12:13AM on 05/10/2013
Scrap the black leather, dress everyone in tie-dye!
Scrap the black leather, dress everyone in tie-dye!
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11:50PM on 05/09/2013
It looks terrible. Bryan Singer should just go away. He's ruined this franchise along with making an awful superman movie. They need to reboot this series again in a Bryan Singer free zone.
It looks terrible. Bryan Singer should just go away. He's ruined this franchise along with making an awful superman movie. They need to reboot this series again in a Bryan Singer free zone.
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3:55AM on 05/10/2013
Professor X in a wheelchair looks terrible?
Professor X in a wheelchair looks terrible?
6:13AM on 05/10/2013
could not agree more!
I was really hoping for days of future past when this was first announced, but with every new photo or update it seems to get further away from the source material!
Now thats fine if it didnt have the name in the title, If it was just first class 2 and he took some things from the days of future past story i would probably be dying for the movie to come out, but he is making days of future past and changing alot by the sounds of it.
could not agree more!
I was really hoping for days of future past when this was first announced, but with every new photo or update it seems to get further away from the source material!
Now thats fine if it didnt have the name in the title, If it was just first class 2 and he took some things from the days of future past story i would probably be dying for the movie to come out, but he is making days of future past and changing alot by the sounds of it.
10:42PM on 05/09/2013
Groovy baby!
Groovy baby!
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10:03PM on 05/09/2013
I like this new side of Professor Xavier! It will be a refreshing pace from his always-optimistic and unfazed persona in the previous movies!
I like this new side of Professor Xavier! It will be a refreshing pace from his always-optimistic and unfazed persona in the previous movies!
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8:38PM on 05/09/2013

He's sad.

Looks like he is going through depression...maybe bacaue he is on a wheel chair.
Looks like he is going through depression...maybe bacaue he is on a wheel chair.
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8:19PM on 05/09/2013

Xavier ... Charles and Chuck

I hope that the attitudes are drastically different between the past and future selves. Chuck's friend is now his enemy, he has to lead while overcoming the emotional tole of his new handicap. I want Chuck to be depressed, but Charles in the future to be a beacon of hope. Magneto is becoming an eglomaniac and maybe Eric has lost some of his angst in this brave new world. It would be fun for the audience, and fun for the actors to get to showcase a different part of their personalities. PS -
I hope that the attitudes are drastically different between the past and future selves. Chuck's friend is now his enemy, he has to lead while overcoming the emotional tole of his new handicap. I want Chuck to be depressed, but Charles in the future to be a beacon of hope. Magneto is becoming an eglomaniac and maybe Eric has lost some of his angst in this brave new world. It would be fun for the audience, and fun for the actors to get to showcase a different part of their personalities. PS - Iceman better whoop some sentinels, as he is an omega level mutant.
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8:03PM on 05/09/2013
I think it looks like shit. Shouldn't he be going bald? And what's the deal with the beard. It's a cool look, but aside from the wheel chair, not a very Professor X-ish look.
I think it looks like shit. Shouldn't he be going bald? And what's the deal with the beard. It's a cool look, but aside from the wheel chair, not a very Professor X-ish look.
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9:03PM on 05/09/2013
(Cue the Debbie Downer horn)
(Cue the Debbie Downer horn)
4:04AM on 05/10/2013
Hes not even ment to be in days neither is magneto.

This is gonna be a terrible adaptation.
Hes not even ment to be in days neither is magneto.

This is gonna be a terrible adaptation.
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7:55PM on 05/09/2013

Comics...

Was Proffesor x from the 70s in a wheelchair. In the comics?
Was Proffesor x from the 70s in a wheelchair. In the comics?
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1:14AM on 05/10/2013
Yes.
Yes.
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7:54PM on 05/09/2013
Latest action figure news - "Disco Inferno" Professor X!
Latest action figure news - "Disco Inferno" Professor X!
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9:04PM on 05/09/2013
I would totally buy!
I would totally buy!
9:38PM on 05/09/2013
It also comes in double package with "Electric Boogaloo" Magneto!
It also comes in double package with "Electric Boogaloo" Magneto!
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7:47PM on 05/09/2013

Comics...

Was Proffesor x from the 70s in a wheelchair. In the comics?
Was Proffesor x from the 70s in a wheelchair. In the comics?
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9:39PM on 05/09/2013
I think he was but it was a normal-looking wheelchair, nothing fancy.
I think he was but it was a normal-looking wheelchair, nothing fancy.
7:42PM on 05/09/2013
I WANT that shirt !
I WANT that shirt !
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7:37PM on 05/09/2013

Lt. Dan's got new legs.

Am I the only one picturing him having some Lt. Dan freak out moments? "WALK beside him, in the kingdom of Heaven!?"
Am I the only one picturing him having some Lt. Dan freak out moments? "WALK beside him, in the kingdom of Heaven!?"
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8:31PM on 05/09/2013
First thing I thought of too lol
First thing I thought of too lol
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7:31PM on 05/09/2013
The professor has never looked so awesome
The professor has never looked so awesome
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7:31PM on 05/09/2013
Far out, man.
Far out, man.
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7:29PM on 05/09/2013
I think he looks pretty awesome here. Now just show us some pictures of Fassbender in costume already!
I think he looks pretty awesome here. Now just show us some pictures of Fassbender in costume already!
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3:06AM on 05/10/2013
IM assuming as with ever other comic, you haven't read this either?

Why comment on comic book film when you clearly know nothing about the subject?
IM assuming as with ever other comic, you haven't read this either?

Why comment on comic book film when you clearly know nothing about the subject?
7:25PM on 05/09/2013
That actually looks kind of awesome.
That actually looks kind of awesome.
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