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James McAvoy talks X-Men: Days of Future Past, saying it will be a "dark journey"; also is Nightcrawler back?

Mar. 12, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Bryan Singer's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST continues to gain steam every time it's mentioned by anyone attached to the production, which shows the general excitement (or trepidation) of the sequel. Combining the actors from the first three X-MEN films with the actors from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS in a time-travelling, dimension-shifting story that pulls directly from the comics, the film is on course to be the most epic of the bunch, which James McAvoy is confirming in nearly every press interview for his upcoming WELCOME TO THE PUNCH. Speaking to Shortlist, McAvoy had some compelling things to say about where Charles Xavier is going in the sequel, which looks to be a darker place:

"I think its going to be quite a dark journey compared to the caddish, almost playboy character that we turned him into in the first movie," McAvoy confessed. "I think it will be going through a darker place to ultimately get a sorted Professor X that were used to seeing come the third movie. This movie might be a little bit more of a passing through the crucible for him."

The size and scope of the film is sure to be massive, especially if you factor in the possibility of bringing in an army of Sentinals, possibly led by the villainous Apocalypse, which McAvoy compares to a certain Spielberg film.

"Its going to be a humongous cast. Its going to be like the cast of the beach scenes in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN but everyones a mutant and everyone youve seen in other movies before."

In another interview, McAvoy seemingly confirmed that Alan Cumming would be returning to the role of Nightcrawler, although he could have jumped the gun. Singer has yet to confirm Cumming's return to the role of the blue-skinned teleporter, but with almost everyone else confirmed to return it would be odd not to have him back as well. Here's McAvoy's unofficial confirmation:

"You got me, [Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender,] Nicholas Hoult will be back, and hes just blossoming massively over [in America]. Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen, Halle Berry, Alan Cumming, Peter Dinklage I hear mentioned I dont know if thats happening Huge Jackman is coming by, hes massive, 75″ and muscley."

There's no doubt that the original Days of Future Past story in the comics is a dark tale, albeit one with plenty of excitement and cool moments, so it's not a surprise to expect the same for the movie. Singer seems to be on course with what he's doing, although he still has yet to meet with Mark Millar, who is supposed to be the Fox superhero franchise ringleader.

"Ive not spoken to Mark Millar at all. Hes not involved. I dont know what his role is about. All I know is that I have my own specific beliefs about how to take this universe forward. I started with the first X-Men, then First Class and now I am combining them and I think it could go further than that and I have some ideas about that, so perhaps he should chat to me at some point."

Yeah, might be a good idea.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST brings the mutant apocalypse on July 18, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think they'll be able to handle such a massive cast or will it be a battle of screen time? You have to wonder just who the film will focus on with so many big names attached...

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9:24AM on 03/13/2013
Sounds good, just hope every character get a great balance. Now that Avengers has been out and every character in that movie got shine, let's hope that Singer can do it for this movie. Can't complain enough that Cyclops didn't get enough love in the X-MEN movies, he's the goddamn leader!
Sounds good, just hope every character get a great balance. Now that Avengers has been out and every character in that movie got shine, let's hope that Singer can do it for this movie. Can't complain enough that Cyclops didn't get enough love in the X-MEN movies, he's the goddamn leader!
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4:49AM on 03/13/2013

Did you notice?

McAvoy just confirmed a third movie. The obvious question is whether or not they will start working on a third movie immediately after they finish this one and, if so, if it will be a continuation of the storyline begun in Days of Future Past. I don't know how to feel about this. It's bad enough if the movies have too many characters but if the third movie picks up right after DOFP then people who hadn't seen DOFP would never be able to understand what is going on.
McAvoy just confirmed a third movie. The obvious question is whether or not they will start working on a third movie immediately after they finish this one and, if so, if it will be a continuation of the storyline begun in Days of Future Past. I don't know how to feel about this. It's bad enough if the movies have too many characters but if the third movie picks up right after DOFP then people who hadn't seen DOFP would never be able to understand what is going on.
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10:51AM on 03/13/2013
He also made a comment that Night Crawler is in the movie too, but that was denied by Singer himself
He also made a comment that Night Crawler is in the movie too, but that was denied by Singer himself
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12:08AM on 03/13/2013

not cumming...giggity

I read that Alan Cummings isn't in the movie. Whose playing Cyclops? Is he getting recasted
I read that Alan Cummings isn't in the movie. Whose playing Cyclops? Is he getting recasted
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8:29PM on 03/12/2013
"Dark"?! Thats a big turn-off
"Dark"?! Thats a big turn-off
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3:30PM on 03/12/2013
It's great to see so many interviews with the new and old cast giving their input. I'm sure they're as excited to make it as we are to see it. Saying that, we definitely need Nightcrawler, Cyclops and Beast in the Sentinel filled future.
It's great to see so many interviews with the new and old cast giving their input. I'm sure they're as excited to make it as we are to see it. Saying that, we definitely need Nightcrawler, Cyclops and Beast in the Sentinel filled future.
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6:02PM on 03/12/2013
Without a doubt they need Cyclops to lead the X-Men in a Sentinel filled future.

I'm really surprised we haven't heard any confirmation on the character or any input from Marsden.
Without a doubt they need Cyclops to lead the X-Men in a Sentinel filled future.

I'm really surprised we haven't heard any confirmation on the character or any input from Marsden.
2:40PM on 03/12/2013
It would be great to have Nighcrawler back in this film. By far one of the best things and parts of the five X-Men films.

Now if we could only get confirmation if Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, and Gambit are going to be in this as well.
It would be great to have Nighcrawler back in this film. By far one of the best things and parts of the five X-Men films.

Now if we could only get confirmation if Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, and Gambit are going to be in this as well.
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2:51PM on 03/12/2013
And when I mean Beast, I mean adult Beast from X3.
And when I mean Beast, I mean adult Beast from X3.
1:53PM on 03/12/2013

Singer kinda sounds like a dick

This movie sounds more and more awesome with every story that comes out. And I'm looking forward to the possibility of taking the franchise into different areas of the comics rather than the X-Men have to fight Magneto over and over again.
That being said, Singer kinda sounds like a douche in his quote. If Mark Millar is the supposed ringleader for all Marvel franchises at Fox, shouldn't he try going to Millar to touchbase on the movie rather than assuming everyone is going to cater to him
This movie sounds more and more awesome with every story that comes out. And I'm looking forward to the possibility of taking the franchise into different areas of the comics rather than the X-Men have to fight Magneto over and over again.
That being said, Singer kinda sounds like a douche in his quote. If Mark Millar is the supposed ringleader for all Marvel franchises at Fox, shouldn't he try going to Millar to touchbase on the movie rather than assuming everyone is going to cater to him and Millar needs to come knocking on his door? It'd be a shame if Millar comes to Singer at the last minute and tells him he needs to change up major things on the movie, and Fox backs Millar's decisions rather than Singers. Just sayin....
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2:23PM on 03/12/2013
Don't see how Singer is a dick because he is making the movie he was hired for. If MIllar was hired to "put input" into these movies than "knocking on his door" is exactly what Millar needs to do. Beside, Fuck Millar. He sucks anyway.
Don't see how Singer is a dick because he is making the movie he was hired for. If MIllar was hired to "put input" into these movies than "knocking on his door" is exactly what Millar needs to do. Beside, Fuck Millar. He sucks anyway.
2:45PM on 03/12/2013
Singer was hired before Millar. If somebody has to catch up, it's Millar.
Singer was hired before Millar. If somebody has to catch up, it's Millar.
3:32PM on 03/12/2013
It's not being a dick, it's him knowing he's spear headed this franchise into what it is today. Why would he need input from a guy that just shows up on the scene.
It's not being a dick, it's him knowing he's spear headed this franchise into what it is today. Why would he need input from a guy that just shows up on the scene.
4:23PM on 03/12/2013
It's actually Millar who seems like a douchebag. He's always spouting what's good and bad about Marvel or DC films and badmouthing the Justice League movie. When he stops being such a pussy and actually directs a movie himself then he can bitch and moan about other people's work.

I trust Singer completely on this and I'm pretty psyched to see this movie.
It's actually Millar who seems like a douchebag. He's always spouting what's good and bad about Marvel or DC films and badmouthing the Justice League movie. When he stops being such a pussy and actually directs a movie himself then he can bitch and moan about other people's work.

I trust Singer completely on this and I'm pretty psyched to see this movie.
1:46PM on 03/12/2013
I love Singer's quote about not knowing what the hell Millar's role is all about. Regardless, I have complete faith in this movie.
I love Singer's quote about not knowing what the hell Millar's role is all about. Regardless, I have complete faith in this movie.
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4:24PM on 03/12/2013
Me too, Singer has a vision and is sticking to it.
Me too, Singer has a vision and is sticking to it.
1:42PM on 03/12/2013
What worries me is that if there are too many casts, some scenes might end up like the final battle at the end of X-Men 3 with so many characters that you can't focus all of them.
What worries me is that if there are too many casts, some scenes might end up like the final battle at the end of X-Men 3 with so many characters that you can't focus all of them.
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1:56PM on 03/12/2013
curiously, the x-men of the final battle of X3 were only 6 characters, the same as Avengers. So the problem was the director and the budget. If Marvel can do an epic an big battle where each hero has some great moments, Fox and Singer can do it too.
As long as the budget is around 200 millions, and Singer show the original actors fighting the sentinels more than once, it will be fine
curiously, the x-men of the final battle of X3 were only 6 characters, the same as Avengers. So the problem was the director and the budget. If Marvel can do an epic an big battle where each hero has some great moments, Fox and Singer can do it too.
As long as the budget is around 200 millions, and Singer show the original actors fighting the sentinels more than once, it will be fine
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