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New Details On X-Men: Days of Future Past Casting & Apocalypse Plot


Considering filming is finished and we’ve already had a first trailer, you’d think we’d be done hearing about casting for X-Men: Days of Future Past. If you did, you’d be wrong. Find out about the inclusion of an unexpected character as well as some new details Bryan Singer has given about the next X-Men film, Apocalypse

First up is Days of Future Past since, you know, it’s out this May. MTV News spoke with actor Evan Jonigkeit about his role in the film, which apparently he was cleared to reveal? Who knows? He did and it’s not a huge deal but it is a little surprising.

Jonigkeit is playing a younger version of Toad, a character that hasn’t been seen since the original “X-Men” movie in 2000, when Ray Park played him. Reintroducing Toad is a significant step toward setting up the events of that original movie and may suggest that the Michael Fassbender’s Magneto will establish the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in the upcoming “First Class” sequel.

No time for Rogue, though. Nope.

As for the character’s look, Jonigkeit said, ”The aesthetics of the character are much different, and I’m not really allowed to say a whole lot more than that…It’s darker. I would say it’s a darker tone.”

Director Singer talked to Entertainment Weekly about the announced follow-up to Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse. “I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it,” he told them. “I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.”

And what about the story? He’s mostly staying vague. “Something that happens in [Days of Future Past] causes what’s going to happen in that movie,” he said, adding that Apocalypse “will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”

(via Blastr, SuperheroHype)

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  • Troy Lenze

    Sounds like we get El Sabah Nur in Apocalypse?

  • kbroxmysox

    Ergh so annoying. Yes they can have Toad, but no Rogue. The script sounds so unfocused.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I can’t help it. I know I should be mad about missing Rogue, but dangit, I love Toad. I’m one of, like, six people who do, I know, but…aw, man, Toad! He’s so adorably pathetic!

  • Anonymous

    Eh, Rogue is only a fan favorite character of unlimited potential portrayed by an Oscar winner & star of a popular TV show. Who’d want to capitalize on that?

    It doesn’t make sense with the timeline to cast an actor in his twenties to play young Toad when the first movie is set about 30 years after.

  • frodobatmanvader

    “historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things
    like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about
    our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”

    If he doesn’t use this as an opportunity to FINALLY explore Storm’s backstory and what makes her tick, I’m gonna… gonna… I’m gonna…

    …I’m gonna think of something REALLY UNPLEASANT! Yeah! And then… by golly, I’M GONNA DO IT!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    $5 says his “role” is about as meaningful as Jubilee’s was in the X-Men trilogy…

  • Calum Syers

    Without Ray Park and his awkward line delivery, I’m really not interested. Had they cast him I may have been slightly more forgiving that they reintroduced a superfluous henchman over Rogue, but now, no chance. And I know that Ray Park’s in his forties now and timelines wouldn’t match up.

  • Anonymous

    “will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”

    So…Celestials? Hmmm.

  • Louis

    One Character who must come back is CYCLOPS, the REAL main character of X-men.
    EVEN ONE CAMEO APPEARANCE ALIVE AT THE END IN THE CHANGED FUTURE WOULD BE GOOD
    And he’s the most essential concerning Apocalypse, since his blood mixed with Grey’s produced a genetically superior mutant called Cable who can defeat Apocalypse

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    After how Singer borked her story, I have no desire to see Rogue in DoFP, especially as I feel her only purpose was to be angsty about Bobby.

    I have no opinion about Toad, because I cannot help but associate him with that terrible line.

  • Brittany K

    I’m still upset about no Rogue.

  • Anonymous

    He’s so adorably pathetic that he whupped Cyclops, Jean Grey, & Storm singlehandedly. Even with his tongue & phlegm upgrades, that’s Exhibit A in why movie X-Men are terrible.

  • Anonymous

    The easy work around for both Scott & Jean being dead (& Madelyne Pryor not existing) is to have Mr. Sinister make Cable from DNA samples he secretly collected from them year ago.

  • Louis

    That’s good, but what about fixing the mistake of having killed the REAL main character, especially since Cable needed to be raised by his parents during his first 12 years?
    My idea would be: Wolvy tells Havok in the past that his brother died, but his body was never found and there were no sign of his “death”, so Havok would be there when that moment occurred and would witness that Cyclops actually suffered another fate and needed help, then Cyclops appears alive at the end in the future changed.

  • Joanna

    To be fair, X-2 sounded like a right mess on paper but Singer kept it together.

  • Flitzy

    I have been burned on the X-Men movies for too many times but I am cautiously optimistic about the Apocalypse movie – mostly because it’s only of my favourite storylines and Apocalypse is just an amazing villain. <3

    Honestly, though; I go into all these movies with such a low bar, so even if it does turn out, well like all the others, I won't be disappointed. :)

    Honestly, though, if they could choose ONE plotline to turn into a movie, they totally should use Beyond Good and Evil from the animated series because that was just so incredible I can't even… of course, the catch is that it was so good it would almost, for certain, be butchered in a movie/live action version and would send me into a spiral that only the finest bit of box wine and Ben and Jerry's could reverse.

  • Flitzy

    Rogue in the comics is an amazing character.

    Rogue in the movies portrayed by Paquin? Not so much. :

  • Laura Truxillo

    Oh shush, you.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Isn’t the movie going to be back and forth in time? Young Magneto would indicate he needs to start building the Brotherhood we’ve seen.

    And yeah, gotta agree with downthread. I like comic Rogue. Movie Rogue was…eh.

  • Melynda

    I learned from all the hype that was around Angel when they “included” him in the third movie that just because they say that a character will be featured, it doesn’t mean a damn thing. I’d honestly rather see Psylocke than any other mutant because she’s one of my favs, but whatever. I’ve learned what NOT to expect from these films. Is Apocalypse going to be Stewart and McKellan or Fassbender and McAvoy? Honestly I’ve enjoyed First Class more than any of the other X-Men movies. I feel like that cast is kind of being overshadowed by the old cast moving in, even for bit parts here and there.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Every X-Men movie has been so hyped about having NEW MUTANTS every time, they never work on the ones they have. Well, except for Wolverine, of course.

  • kbroxmysox

    That’s not Paquin’s fault. You can’t blame bad writing on her.

  • kbroxmysox

    Which is why I really wanted to see her improved in this. What better way to have BAMF Rogue than to have her change because of war times.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I would have liked to have seen that too, but it seems obvious, as she was dropped, they WEREN’T going to, so I call it a dodged bullet. Whatever they were going to do with her is best left out.

  • Guymelef

    I have to put my nerd hat on and correct you: it’s EN Sabah Nur :)

  • Guymelef

    Yes, bring back Cyclops! I notice that nobody has even bothered asking any questions about him or Jean – surely something the fans would have thought of asking? I wonder…

  • Louis

    Well obviously, because Fox & Singer didn’t portray Cyclops properly as the REAL main character and reduced his role in favor of Wolvy, nobody knows how special Cyclops is actually, besides being the 1st member and leader of the X-men.
    His parents were captured by D-Ken of the Shi’ar Empire, and the father becomes Corsair leader of the Starjammers.
    Sinister considers Cyclops his favorite mutant, and he was meant to be united with Jean Grey who turns out to be the Phoenix, for he’s oddly attractive to other psychic mutants (Psylocke, Emma Frost) and their bloods mixed produced Cable capable of defeating Apocalypse (the most ancient and dangerous mutant).
    His brother Havok served as leader in many teams (including X-Factor & Uncanny Avengers).
    Each member of the Summers family was born to be a hero, even the 1st mutant born after M-Day was named Hope Summers.
    Cyclops is more special than Wolverine.

  • ItsAnt

    Let us all remember that Bryan Singer is the one who wrote that God awful line “Do you know what happens to a Toad when it’s struck by lightning…?” I have no doubt that DOFP will be a very enjoyable film even though we know there will be many continuity errors and lots of skeptical adaptions but as far as X-MEN APOCALYPSE is concerned. I’d prefer someone else take the reins. Bryan Singer had done enough so far. Good Day singer!

  • Anonymous

    That was Joss Whedon.

  • Important Film Maker

    You dare not speak out against the King of the Nerds.

    Despite Avengers being a watered-down version of X-Men.

  • ItsAnt

    That was actually David Hayter, but Bryan Singer had the power so I blame him. Avengers had it’s flaws, but it was definitely a more enjoyable film than most of the X-Men films. a comic book movie done right as far as tone, balancing many characters and action!

  • Anonymous

    O: It’s funny that the only lines I really remember from that movie are that one and Storm’s toad comment.

    JW: Okay, which was also mine, and that’s the interesting thing. Everybody remembers that as the worst line ever written, but the thing about that is, it was supposed to be delivered as completely offhand. [Adopts casual, bored tone.] “You know what happens when a toad gets hit by lightning?” Then, after he gets electrocuted, “Ahhh, pretty much the same thing that happens to anything else.”
    http://www.avclub.com/article/joss-whedon-13730

  • Sybero

    Let’s talk X-Men: Apocalypse. Someone interesting to add to the character list would be Legion. How the story would go then is up to Bryan Singer, but I vote for Edward Norton in this role.

  • Troy Lenze

    Do I recover any nerd points if I can spell Escaflowne properly?

  • Guymelef

    For that, you get ALL the nerd points. As well as all my platonic love.