Has Bryan Singer cut Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club from X-Men: Days of Future Past?
With all of the casting going on for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the only villain returning from FIRST CLASS has been Michael Fassbender's Magneto. Absent have been January Jones' Emma Fronst, Zoe Kravitz' Angel, and Alex Gonzalez' Riptide. So, the group known as The Hellfire Club appear to have been excised almost entirely for the sequel. So, the question needs to be asked: is this a sequel to X-MEN 3 or to FIRST CLASS?
Based on reports from The Coventry Telegraph, the screenplay for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST previously acted as more of a sequel to FIRST CLASS but has changed into something else. Was it truly Matthew Vaughn's intention to meld the two X-MEN franchises together like this or is this the doing of Bryan Singer and the executives at Fox? I want so badly to feel good about all of this casting, but I am really getting the strong feeling that there is going to be way too much going on in this movie.
I have been reading many of the comments on this site from you guys and your complaints about the purity of DAYS OF FUTURE PAST in relation to the comic book story arc. While I have no problem taking a story from the print world and transforming it on the big screen, I am beginning to wonder if Singer is trying too hard to link the two timelines. I mean, it worked for STAR TREK because the two timelines are parallel to one another, not the same universe. Could DAYS OF FUTURE PAST be setting up the two X-MEN franchises to collide, battle the enemy, then return to their proper period? Does that mean if we go back to the 1960s era and everything is set back that the FIRST CLASS squad will therefore be eliminating the future timeline? My brain just exploded.
I guess we will have to wait until July 18, 2014 to find out.