Oh, it is officially ON for X-Men: Days of Future Past!
This film now has the potential to be the greatest X-Men film of all time. Let me explain.
The road to X-Men: Days of Future Past has been a winding one. When the title was first announced for the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, comic fans realized the potential of a really great story from the books coming to life on the big screen. It was a story that centered on Kitty Pryde, alternate timelines, and Sentinels from the Uncanny X-Men title in 1981. Sir Patrick Stewart seemingly confirmed the reprisal of his Professor Xavier role at a convention last September, leading many to believe we might see Stewart and his younger self, played by James McAvoy, face to face or at least shadowing each other. Then newly appointed Fox Creative Consultant and comic creator, Mark Millar, did an interview where he mentioned robots and time travel, leading us to believe the Sentinels will indeed play a part.
Vaughn had made public he would not be directing the sequel but producing it instead. This left the door wide open for previous X-Men film director Bryan Singer to stake his claim, which he did enthusiastically. Then Stewart told Entertainment Weekly he knew nothing about the project even though Singer had tweeted that both he and Sir Ian McKellen were on board (but we’re still assuming they’re in). Finally, Singer confirmed Hugh Jackman would be back as Wolverine even though he’s just finishing up The Wolverine, his second solo outing.
That brings us to this latest news.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 26, 2013
That’s Rogue, Kitty Pryde, and Iceman back to help connect the two franchises and make Days of Future Past the story it’s meant to be. Odds are we’ll see more names being revealed soon, especially considering Stewart name-dropped Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Rebecca Romjin, and Paquin in his original talk. So far, January Jones, who played Emma Frost in First Class, is the only cast member to say she has not be contacted to return. McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and Jennifer Lawrence (wrapping up Catching Fire at the moment), will all reprise their roles for the film set to open July of 2014.
While there may be some plot holes, I’m one of those viewers who would love for the bridge between the two franchises to be gapped and seeing all of these actors together on screen (whether in the same room or not) sounds really great to me.