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UPDATE: Three Familiar Mutants Join Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past

Jan. 28, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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UPDATE: Empire has an interview with director Bryan Singer in their new issue and has released some blurbs from the article. Some of the things that are covered include how how giant in scope X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST may be, as well as the complexities of the actual comic and his conversation with James Cameron. I'll leave you with this nugget to speculate on:

"We've cracked it in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick with them. That's why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible."

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In order for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST to work (for me anyways) is retaining cast members from the previous films. I'd love to see Nightcrawler again, but if it's not Alan Cumming it may not be the same. Granted he's completely covered in make up so visually it will look about the same, but if they're really going hard with this "original/reboot team up" they have to get as many from the originals as possible. So far they've done a good job, but if you've read the "Days of Future Past" storyline from the comics, you've been waiting to see if a certain original member will be back.

Over the weekend Bryan Singer announced through his Twitter that Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, and Shawn Ashmore have been added to DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Kitty Pryde plays a significant role in the story, and I'm glad Ellen Page is returning instead of it being re-cast.

Even if you didn't like THE AVENGERS, you can't deny its financial success. The critical acclaim for the film is all well and good, but the box office numbers are what really stand out especially to studio head honchos. THE DARK KNIGHT inspired films to chase after "Gritty Realism Money" and now THE AVENGERS has opened the doors to "Ensemble Film Money." Some films may have already been in the works (JUSTICE LEAGUE, the possible Jack Ryan/Sam Fisher team up) but I guarantee you that they've gained traction recently because of those mind blowing numbers.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST could turn out to be something special though, since it'll be based on a pre-existing story arc with time travel elements. That means it's less likely we'll get characters or subplots that are forced into the film just for the sake of "Hey, remember Toad? He's back! Isn't that awesome nerds?"

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST isn't set for release for well over a year from now (July 18th, 2014)

 

Extra Tidbit: Which X-Men character would you want to see on the big screen that hasn't shown up already, and who would play said mutant? And please don't say "It would be great if they did Gambit but better" because I'm sure most are thinking that already.

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10:22AM on 02/12/2013

Bishop!

How could he NOT be a part of this? I think Terry Crews or Tyreese (sp?) would make a GREAT Bishop!!!
How could he NOT be a part of this? I think Terry Crews or Tyreese (sp?) would make a GREAT Bishop!!!
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8:00AM on 01/29/2013

Obviously Cable and Bishop...

Bishop because he's central to the DoFP story arc, and Cable because he's also a definitive time-traveler in the X-men universe.

Who else? The Shi-Ar, simply because X-men should keep up with the Avengers universe, and start getting "off planet" involvement. On that note, I'd like to see ANY character that has a good X-men/Avengers crossover which Marvel still has control over, just as a way to acknowledge that Marvel has done the best job with their comic characters so far. But that may
Bishop because he's central to the DoFP story arc, and Cable because he's also a definitive time-traveler in the X-men universe.

Who else? The Shi-Ar, simply because X-men should keep up with the Avengers universe, and start getting "off planet" involvement. On that note, I'd like to see ANY character that has a good X-men/Avengers crossover which Marvel still has control over, just as a way to acknowledge that Marvel has done the best job with their comic characters so far. But that may be a bit of a stretch for a company that doesn't want to give back their rights to Marvel.
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4:52PM on 01/28/2013

How I see this going...

It starts after X3. Cyclops is already dead, Jean is already dead, Xavier is trapped in the coma patient.

If they aren't bringing back Grammar/Beast, Berry/Storm, Cummings/Nightcrawler or that dude playing Colossus, then they can claim that they've died in a battle against Magneto's forces, off-screen. Wolverine returns after whatever his stint is in Japan this year to help out the struggling young X-Men in the fight, but then we see a few more of the cast of the original trilogy die
It starts after X3. Cyclops is already dead, Jean is already dead, Xavier is trapped in the coma patient.

If they aren't bringing back Grammar/Beast, Berry/Storm, Cummings/Nightcrawler or that dude playing Colossus, then they can claim that they've died in a battle against Magneto's forces, off-screen. Wolverine returns after whatever his stint is in Japan this year to help out the struggling young X-Men in the fight, but then we see a few more of the cast of the original trilogy die on-screen (Iceman, Rogue, Wolverine).

Sentinels take over due to the Brotherhood winning, then Magneto, realising it's all become a bit Nazi Germany (which obviously he hates), is the guy who helps Kitty come back to visit the First Class mutants and put things right again. All going well this should somehow cancel out the Pheonix's return in X3 or maybe even Jean's death in the first place. Perhaps Megneto can tell Kitty that Jean is the only mutant powerful enough to stop the war in the future being won by Magneto...or something, and so Jean has to be found and warned in the past, before she becomes an X-Man (obviously past Magneto wants her to himself when he hears of this uber powerful young girl, and there we have the conflict with the First Class X-Men and Younger Brotherhood). With Jean eventually warned as a child by the X-Men, she's prepared for the future, therefore cancelling her death, Cyclop's death and Xavier's death, leading them to beat Magneto in the present timeline and resetting the original X-Men trilogy timeline for future sequels.

.....or something.
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2:29PM on 01/28/2013

Good

I always thought it was kind of lame that they used Bishop for this story in the cartoon. I know Kitty wasn't in it cause of the team being modeled after the team in the comics at the time (of which characters like Kitty, Colossus and Nightcrawler where not part)but they could of at least had her guest appear like they did with Colossus and Nightcrawler.
I always thought it was kind of lame that they used Bishop for this story in the cartoon. I know Kitty wasn't in it cause of the team being modeled after the team in the comics at the time (of which characters like Kitty, Colossus and Nightcrawler where not part)but they could of at least had her guest appear like they did with Colossus and Nightcrawler.
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2:23PM on 01/28/2013

I would like to see:

Not only Bishop and Cable, but a shot like this [link] where you can see Forge looking at Wolverine's preserved skeleton. The image is taken from an episode of the animated series titled Days of Future Past: Part 2.
Not only Bishop and Cable, but a shot like this [link] where you can see Forge looking at Wolverine's preserved skeleton. The image is taken from an episode of the animated series titled Days of Future Past: Part 2.
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1:14PM on 01/28/2013

Remember when.......

Remember when I used to watch the X-Men cartoon and Rouge was my favorite character? well, her and Gambit. But then when Rouge was in the first movies, she was HORRIBLE! Gosh, she almost ruined them for me....... I am worried now......
Remember when I used to watch the X-Men cartoon and Rouge was my favorite character? well, her and Gambit. But then when Rouge was in the first movies, she was HORRIBLE! Gosh, she almost ruined them for me....... I am worried now......
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2:46AM on 01/29/2013
There was no character named Rouge in the comics, cartoons or movies. Perhaps you are thinking of Rogue.
There was no character named Rouge in the comics, cartoons or movies. Perhaps you are thinking of Rogue.
12:56PM on 01/28/2013
Great news! I am a die hard fan of X-Men and havr been ever since I grew up watching the classic cartoon. I'm really excited about this film, getting the continuity corrected, and having the same actors coming back to play the same characters again, but personally for me, for this to be great James Mardsen and Famke Jansen have to both come back for Cyclops and Jean Grey. It won't be a true X-Men film and reunion without two of the most important, best characters the X-Men have. If they are
Great news! I am a die hard fan of X-Men and havr been ever since I grew up watching the classic cartoon. I'm really excited about this film, getting the continuity corrected, and having the same actors coming back to play the same characters again, but personally for me, for this to be great James Mardsen and Famke Jansen have to both come back for Cyclops and Jean Grey. It won't be a true X-Men film and reunion without two of the most important, best characters the X-Men have. If they are bringing back Rogue, Iceman, and Kitty Prydr then they HAVE to bring back Cyclops and Jean Grey and if they do and do a good job of it then I can respect Last Stand a bit more then.

I would love for them to bring Kelsey Grammar back for Beast and would love to see Gambit return from Origins for this film. Make it happen Synger! Very excited!
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12:25PM on 01/28/2013

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"It would be great if they did Gambit but better"
Sorry, I had too ;) but yeah I'd love to see Gambit and/or Bishop...Apocalypse would be amazing as well.
"It would be great if they did Gambit but better"
Sorry, I had too ;) but yeah I'd love to see Gambit and/or Bishop...Apocalypse would be amazing as well.
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12:14PM on 01/28/2013
I would love Kelsey Grammar to return as Beast. Best thing about X-men 3
I would love Kelsey Grammar to return as Beast. Best thing about X-men 3
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11:20AM on 01/28/2013
They're doing a great job with the casting. I'm glad they'll at least have this type of continueity, since we can't speak of such in terms of timeline. I just hope they'll have a scene with both Fassbender and McKellen and McAvoy and Stewart.
They're doing a great job with the casting. I'm glad they'll at least have this type of continueity, since we can't speak of such in terms of timeline. I just hope they'll have a scene with both Fassbender and McKellen and McAvoy and Stewart.
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11:02AM on 01/28/2013

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John Rhys-Meyers as Chamber
John Rhys-Meyers as Chamber
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10:59AM on 01/28/2013
Its really cool how many people they got to come back. I mean, I pretty much wrote off a lot of these actors ever returning to the movie.
Its really cool how many people they got to come back. I mean, I pretty much wrote off a lot of these actors ever returning to the movie.
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10:42AM on 01/28/2013
Yay! I absolutely loved Ellen Page in X-Men 3, it wasn't a good movie but she was one of the best things in it.
Yay! I absolutely loved Ellen Page in X-Men 3, it wasn't a good movie but she was one of the best things in it.
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10:38AM on 01/28/2013

This is great news!

We need Cyclops back!
We need Cyclops back!
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10:32AM on 01/28/2013

Just look at my profile picture...

...and then tell me if you know why I am super excited to see this news.
...and then tell me if you know why I am super excited to see this news.
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10:06AM on 01/28/2013
Extra tidbit: Mickey Rourke as Cable and Terry Crews as Bishop. Please!
Extra tidbit: Mickey Rourke as Cable and Terry Crews as Bishop. Please!
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9:54AM on 01/28/2013

Beast

I will not be upset if they don't bring Frasier back as Beast.
Like, at all.
I will not be upset if they don't bring Frasier back as Beast.
Like, at all.
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9:53AM on 01/28/2013
This movie is really turning into a cluster-fuck of cast members. You got the entire Xmen trilogy cast along with the First class cast? Is there time for story?
This movie is really turning into a cluster-fuck of cast members. You got the entire Xmen trilogy cast along with the First class cast? Is there time for story?
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