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Will the X-Men First Class sequel story involve Days of Future Past?

Jun. 5, 2012by: Paul Shirey

With Matthew Vaughn currently prepping his sequel to the succesful X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, there has been next to no information about the story or characters, other than that it will feature Magneto (Michael Fassbender) prominently and that Jennifer Lawrence will return as Mystique.  The rest is up in the air.

It seems that FOX has registered the title "Days of Future Past" with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau, which "exists for studios and productions companies to stake their claims on certain titles that they intend to release and distribute, so that others can stray from using a similar title."

So, why does this matter?

Well, there's a number of things that are of interest if FOX and Vaughn are pursuing this particular storyline.  For one, the story's two main characters in the comics are Wolverine and Kitty Pride.  Two, there are sentinals.  And three, time travel and alternate universes.  Ultimately, it's a really cool story and an exceptionally ambitious one if they're actually pursuing this direction.  It's likely they're just going to tear it up to fit what they have to work with, but still...

...could Vaughn have an ace up his sleeve?  Is it possible that we could see Wolverine in the sequel?  Or, the famed Sentinels?  Ahh, the speculation...

Here's the comic book story breakdown:

The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.

Click here to do some more homework on it.  So, what do you guys think?  Is this a bunch of smoke or do you think this could be a good direction? I think it's exceptionally ambiguous, but I'm not sure that alternate realities and time travel will go over well with your average moviegoer. 

The untitled sequel to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is set to open July 18, 2014.  So, y'know, we have a while.

Extra Tidbit: What X-Men story would you like to see them tackle? I'd like to see X-tinction Agenda myself.
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10:20PM on 06/06/2012

I say: go for it

Look, what they have to have realized by now is that any film with an X-Men pedigree is gonna make money. Now, if they want to take it a step further (because the reboot was sweet, but let's face it, we'll get bored when the excitement of seeing these stories on the big screen again wears off) - they need to elevate their storytelling... it has to be more than a good movie.

The Dark Knight is the obvious example, but consider a more surprising analogue: The Fast and the Furious movies.
Look, what they have to have realized by now is that any film with an X-Men pedigree is gonna make money. Now, if they want to take it a step further (because the reboot was sweet, but let's face it, we'll get bored when the excitement of seeing these stories on the big screen again wears off) - they need to elevate their storytelling... it has to be more than a good movie.

The Dark Knight is the obvious example, but consider a more surprising analogue: The Fast and the Furious movies. When those shifted their formula, viewers ate it up.

An ambitious story like this seems like a great opportunity to do more than continue the X-Men brand... to build the franchise's legend as one of the great ensemble in action cinema. Also they can cash in on some of those options that they probably have to bring back some great characters and actors from the pre-First Class movies...
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12:56AM on 06/07/2012
Please don't compare X-Men to Fast and the Furious. Just don't.
Please don't compare X-Men to Fast and the Furious. Just don't.
11:39AM on 06/11/2012
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you idiot
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5:21PM on 06/06/2012
Could be interesting. If the end game is to figure out a way to bring Wolverine into it, they're onto something. After all, the events of Wolverine Origins, as bad as it was, took place way after First Class (right??), so he still gets amnesia if Vaughn's attempting to align the movies together.
Could be interesting. If the end game is to figure out a way to bring Wolverine into it, they're onto something. After all, the events of Wolverine Origins, as bad as it was, took place way after First Class (right??), so he still gets amnesia if Vaughn's attempting to align the movies together.
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11:18AM on 06/06/2012
X-Men: First Class was a great film and a good way to re-introduce the X-Men again. There are so many ideas that they could do for a sequel and to make it spetacular.

I would love to see more of the X-Men characters we all know and love in this time around like Cyclops, Jean Grey, Gambit, Wolverine, etc. I also really want to see Sentinels in this one too. In the comics and cartoon they were a HUGE factor. And also I would like to see Mr. Sinister or Apocalypse.
X-Men: First Class was a great film and a good way to re-introduce the X-Men again. There are so many ideas that they could do for a sequel and to make it spetacular.

I would love to see more of the X-Men characters we all know and love in this time around like Cyclops, Jean Grey, Gambit, Wolverine, etc. I also really want to see Sentinels in this one too. In the comics and cartoon they were a HUGE factor. And also I would like to see Mr. Sinister or Apocalypse.
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9:09AM on 06/06/2012
This would be epic on every proportion, and will out do First Class. I liked First Class and all, but there are things in that one, that disturbed me from thinking it is the best one. X2 all the way. I hope Fox will go through with this.
This would be epic on every proportion, and will out do First Class. I liked First Class and all, but there are things in that one, that disturbed me from thinking it is the best one. X2 all the way. I hope Fox will go through with this.
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8:35AM on 06/06/2012

Hugh Jackman

They already established he was wolverine in first class... They NEED him in this one, but won't he be off filming Wolverine? Maybe there is a deal where they can share his time... He will be playing the same character, only on different sets.
They already established he was wolverine in first class... They NEED him in this one, but won't he be off filming Wolverine? Maybe there is a deal where they can share his time... He will be playing the same character, only on different sets.
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6:11AM on 06/06/2012
They should have called First Class, X:Men Orgins: Magneto because thats really what it was. If i'm watching an X:Men movie i want to see Iceman, Cyclops, Gambit, Colossus, Angel, Storm, Nightcrawler, i mean whats the point of owning the rights to such cool characters and not using them. This is why we hate you fox, oh and for raping Deadpool, that was truly unforgivable.
They should have called First Class, X:Men Orgins: Magneto because thats really what it was. If i'm watching an X:Men movie i want to see Iceman, Cyclops, Gambit, Colossus, Angel, Storm, Nightcrawler, i mean whats the point of owning the rights to such cool characters and not using them. This is why we hate you fox, oh and for raping Deadpool, that was truly unforgivable.
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3:00AM on 06/06/2012
Where does Magneto fit into this? Sentinals and Wolverine! Holy CRAP yes!! Finally getting to see sentinals would be epic!! I hope they use this story line, and Jackman HAS to be Wolverine!!
Where does Magneto fit into this? Sentinals and Wolverine! Holy CRAP yes!! Finally getting to see sentinals would be epic!! I hope they use this story line, and Jackman HAS to be Wolverine!!
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10:23PM on 06/05/2012
the more death by quarters the better
the more death by quarters the better
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9:28PM on 06/05/2012
will we see matthew vaughn doing the kick-ass sequel first, before shooting this film if it's that far in the future?
will we see matthew vaughn doing the kick-ass sequel first, before shooting this film if it's that far in the future?
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10:56PM on 06/05/2012
Vaugh isnt directing Kick Ass 2 just producing. Jeff Wadlow will direct instead.
Vaugh isnt directing Kick Ass 2 just producing. Jeff Wadlow will direct instead.
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8:45PM on 06/05/2012
While I'd love to see DoFP on the big screen, this is still FOX we're talking about. Fingers very much crossed.
While I'd love to see DoFP on the big screen, this is still FOX we're talking about. Fingers very much crossed.
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8:42PM on 06/05/2012

Apocalypse

I think it is too soon. I was thinking the next movie would have Mr. Sinister as the villain and then Apocalypse. They could use the title and tease us with Apocalypse.
I think it is too soon. I was thinking the next movie would have Mr. Sinister as the villain and then Apocalypse. They could use the title and tease us with Apocalypse.
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8:17PM on 06/05/2012
'Days of Future Past' is my favorite X-Men story arc, both within the comics and the '90s cartoon series. This is a really tough story to nail while trying to reboot the franchise, but I feel there would need to be a film leading up to it introducing the Sentinels. Make a movie about Master Mold creating the Sentinels, and then go into 'Days of Future Past'. That way you have a film to know what type of threat the Sentinels can really be for Xavier's team.

Tidbit: I really want to see Mr.
'Days of Future Past' is my favorite X-Men story arc, both within the comics and the '90s cartoon series. This is a really tough story to nail while trying to reboot the franchise, but I feel there would need to be a film leading up to it introducing the Sentinels. Make a movie about Master Mold creating the Sentinels, and then go into 'Days of Future Past'. That way you have a film to know what type of threat the Sentinels can really be for Xavier's team.

Tidbit: I really want to see Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse together in a film. That would make me really geek-out. Either that, or cover the Longshot and Mojo arc.
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7:48PM on 06/05/2012
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What a stupid idea.
Don't get me wrong, Days of future past is one of my favorite xmen story arcs. I just don't see how they can do this without the important players. Mystique set up Gambit by killing the president as him. Then Bishop comes back in time with Nimrod to assasinate Gambit. Wolverine and Forge rescue Bishop and let him use their time machine. You see where this could get out of hand? Too many important characters and we know they wont do this story arc justice
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What a stupid idea.
Don't get me wrong, Days of future past is one of my favorite xmen story arcs. I just don't see how they can do this without the important players. Mystique set up Gambit by killing the president as him. Then Bishop comes back in time with Nimrod to assasinate Gambit. Wolverine and Forge rescue Bishop and let him use their time machine. You see where this could get out of hand? Too many important characters and we know they wont do this story arc justice by leaving out the real Xmen.
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8:20PM on 06/05/2012
That's only the story from the cartoon. In the comic, it was quite a bit different and didn't feature the same roster.
That's only the story from the cartoon. In the comic, it was quite a bit different and didn't feature the same roster.
7:00PM on 06/05/2012
Whatever the sequel turns out to be, I doubt they will stay true to any comic book storyline, not that its a bad thing. I've been a massive fan of xmen comics for many, many years and nothing in first class shows me they care about recreating storylines, except maybe mystique being nightcrawlers future mother with Azazel being the dad. But still a great entry in the x-saga. Now if only we could somehow erase x3 and that abortion of a movie Wolverine from existence all would be good.
Whatever the sequel turns out to be, I doubt they will stay true to any comic book storyline, not that its a bad thing. I've been a massive fan of xmen comics for many, many years and nothing in first class shows me they care about recreating storylines, except maybe mystique being nightcrawlers future mother with Azazel being the dad. But still a great entry in the x-saga. Now if only we could somehow erase x3 and that abortion of a movie Wolverine from existence all would be good.
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5:43PM on 06/05/2012

In FOX I FEAR

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So they want to do a story involving the daughter of Scott & Jean BEFORE introducing them, and her husband, the son of Mr Fantastic and The Invisible Woman, right before the FF reboot ?
RIIIIIIGHT...
I'm officially scared !
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So they want to do a story involving the daughter of Scott & Jean BEFORE introducing them, and her husband, the son of Mr Fantastic and The Invisible Woman, right before the FF reboot ?
RIIIIIIGHT...
I'm officially scared !
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6:15PM on 06/05/2012
You just spoiled the wrong arc...you're talking about Days of Future PRESENT...not Past
You just spoiled the wrong arc...you're talking about Days of Future PRESENT...not Past
6:18PM on 06/05/2012
[link] your post
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8:43PM on 06/05/2012
Rachel was in Days of Future Past. We just didn't know who she was.
Rachel was in Days of Future Past. We just didn't know who she was.
7:27AM on 06/06/2012
yeah, I klnow...my last post was supposed to read "misread" but it left a link instead...weird
yeah, I klnow...my last post was supposed to read "misread" but it left a link instead...weird
4:46PM on 06/05/2012

wait...

Did we all forget that Vaughn made a movie called "X-Men: First Class" that had ZERO to do with the X-Men First Class?...I am sure the title means nothing
Did we all forget that Vaughn made a movie called "X-Men: First Class" that had ZERO to do with the X-Men First Class?...I am sure the title means nothing
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4:37PM on 06/05/2012
I like Days of Future Past , mostly for Bishop. Not sure how it would fit the First Class timeline as Gambit is a major character in that story but they could use it to re-con Xmen 3 as an alternate future lol. In Vaugh I trust.
I like Days of Future Past , mostly for Bishop. Not sure how it would fit the First Class timeline as Gambit is a major character in that story but they could use it to re-con Xmen 3 as an alternate future lol. In Vaugh I trust.
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4:45PM on 06/05/2012
huh?...Days of Future Past was released in 81...long before Bishop and Gambit
huh?...Days of Future Past was released in 81...long before Bishop and Gambit
5:24PM on 06/05/2012
I think that Dirtyfrog is talking about the 90s cartoon version which had bishop going back in time, instead of kitty pryde, who did not exist in the cartoon.
I think that Dirtyfrog is talking about the 90s cartoon version which had bishop going back in time, instead of kitty pryde, who did not exist in the cartoon.
6:24PM on 06/05/2012
I think the one your thinking of is "One Man's Worth". Gambit was the assassin. Logan and Storm were also married. Those few episodes were fucking awesome. Nothing like seeing Magneto(The Leader) struggle, then manhandle everything.
I think the one your thinking of is "One Man's Worth". Gambit was the assassin. Logan and Storm were also married. Those few episodes were fucking awesome. Nothing like seeing Magneto(The Leader) struggle, then manhandle everything.
4:08PM on 06/05/2012
With Vaughan returning, no matter what the plot winds up being, we can be sure to expect awful editing and terrible characterizations, so yay!
With Vaughan returning, no matter what the plot winds up being, we can be sure to expect awful editing and terrible characterizations, so yay!
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3:59PM on 06/05/2012

One of my favorite X-men storylines

But I really hope they leave out Wolverine. Because he's been the star of five X-men films already. I understand his popularity, but I never thought he should have been the star. In the comics he was usually the coolest secondary character. Basically Cyclops was Luke Skywalker(the lead) and Wolverine was Han Solo. They never did get that dynamic right in any of the films. I do trust Matthew Vaughn though, so I'll just wait and see.
But I really hope they leave out Wolverine. Because he's been the star of five X-men films already. I understand his popularity, but I never thought he should have been the star. In the comics he was usually the coolest secondary character. Basically Cyclops was Luke Skywalker(the lead) and Wolverine was Han Solo. They never did get that dynamic right in any of the films. I do trust Matthew Vaughn though, so I'll just wait and see.
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3:58PM on 06/05/2012

sure hope they use a time travel plot

it's the only way to go if you ask me, simply because of all the inconsistencies that First Class presented with the original trilogy. Hope it happens, I would be a LOT more excited for it then!
it's the only way to go if you ask me, simply because of all the inconsistencies that First Class presented with the original trilogy. Hope it happens, I would be a LOT more excited for it then!
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3:49PM on 06/05/2012
I doubt they'll use the time travel, multiple timeline elements. Though I'd love them to include the Sentinels in some sort of way. I think the sequel won't have anything to do with this story.

Fox may be registering this name, but where is it mentioned that they're doing it in relation to the First Class sequel? It could just be for something else.
I doubt they'll use the time travel, multiple timeline elements. Though I'd love them to include the Sentinels in some sort of way. I think the sequel won't have anything to do with this story.

Fox may be registering this name, but where is it mentioned that they're doing it in relation to the First Class sequel? It could just be for something else.
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3:36PM on 06/05/2012
Awesome news.

Tidbit: I would like to see Apocalypse and/or Mr. Sinister.
Awesome news.

Tidbit: I would like to see Apocalypse and/or Mr. Sinister.
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6:37PM on 06/05/2012
Danny Huston would rock the house as Sinister if he hadn't appeared in X-Men Orgins: Wolverine.
Danny Huston would rock the house as Sinister if he hadn't appeared in X-Men Orgins: Wolverine.
10:00PM on 06/05/2012
Nice choice
Nice choice
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3:20PM on 06/05/2012
X-cellent news whatever story they use.
X-cellent news whatever story they use.
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