I guess we can’t have all the mutants.
The news of Banshee’s absence from X-Men: Days of Future Past has yet to be confirmed by director Bryan Singer, but Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop tweeted that he heard straight from Banshee actor Caleb Landry Jones that he wouldn’t be in the sequel. So that looks like that. Farewell, sweet ginger prince. We barely knew ye. (Though we knew ye better than Darwin, at least.)
That Havok, played in X-Men: First Class by Lucas Till, might be absent as well is all speculation at this point. But amidst the recent flurry of mutant casting news Landry Jones and Till both went conspicuously unmentioned. MTV notes that the ten years between First Class and Days of Future Past might’ve seen Banshee and Havok spend some time with the X-Men and then go off to do other things like they did in the comics. Plus Till and Landry Jones each have several movies coming up—good for them!—which means scheduling could likely be an issue.
I do not like this news. Not one bit. First Class has its problems, but one of them was not the new characters, who were more-or-less uniformly awesome. (Even if the movie didn’t always treat them as such—see Darwin and Angel.) And, look, I want to see Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Sir Patrick Stewart!Professor X, Sir Ian McKellen!Magneto, etc. alongside Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Fassbender. But not at the expense of the new characters. It’s like with First Class last decade’s X-franchise passed the torch to a new generation, only to turn around and say “On the other hand, we’d like that back.”
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