January 27, 2013

2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past cast growing bigger

Newsarama reports that many of the X-film veteran stars are returning for what is sure to be a blockbuster next year. "Days of Future Past" is the classic Chris Claremont/John Byrne X-Men tale from 1981 which establishes a dystopian future (an alternate timeline much used, by the way, in many subsequent issues of X-Men) where mutants have been hunted down and either killed or interned, and North America is ruled by the mutant-hunting Sentinels. This future was triggered by the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by a band of evil mutants in 1980. (Ironically, the future scenes in the comics take place in our current year of 2013.) Kitty Pryde (played by Juno star Ellen Page in X-Men 3) devises a plan to exchange her consciousness with that of her 1980 counterpart in an effort to prevent the senator's murder, and hence, the dystopian timeline.

Wolverine is vaporized by a Sentinel in X-Men #142.
Yes, his adamantium bones were unaffected.

Screenrant notes that hotshot comics guy Mark Millar has been tasked with making the film version of "Future Past" tie together all the X-related films. He'll have his work cut out for him. The X-films have paid little mind to continuity in their many offerings. Here's just a sample of the inconsistencies, some repeated from this past post of mine:

  • X-Men: First Class shows that Prof. Xavier and Magneto parted ways in 1962. But in X-3 we see their older selves still together, visiting a young Jean Grey.
  • Why does Prof. X have no recollection of Wolverine (Logan) in the original X-Men? He met him (albeit briefly) in First Class, and rescued the mutants Wolvie freed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • Why doesn't Prof. X recognize Emma Frost in Wolverine? He fought against her in First Class!
  • First Class's character Havoc is Cyclops' brother. No connection was ever made in X-Men or its sequels.
  • In Wolverine Logan is shot with an adamantium bullet -- twice. Though Wolvie can heal virtually instantly, his adamantium certainly cannot. But when Logan was examined in X-Men, there was no evidence of these bullet holes in his skull.
  • In X2 we see a brief glimpse of Hank McCoy on a television. McCoy is the X-Man Beast, yet on the TV he was completely human. This scene was screwed by X3 in which Kelsey Grammer played Beast ... and even moreso by First Class where it's shown that McCoy got all blue and furry in 1962.
  • A scene in X3 shows an older Prof X (Patrick Stewart) walking, but First Class establishes that Xavier lost use of his legs in 1962. The older Prof X is also seen walking in Wolverine.
  • A very young Storm (Halle Berry in the first three X-films) has a cameo in First Class. Which means she should be a lot older in the first three X-films. We can grant, perhaps, that her mutation makes her age at a slower rate; however, Moira McTaggart is shown to be about the same age in First Class AND X3. And she's 100% human.

So far, Ian McKellen (older Magneto), Patrick Stewart (older Prof X), James McAvoy (young Prof X), Michael Fassbender (young Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Jennifer Lawrence (young Mystique), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Nicholas Hoult (young Beast), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) are all slated to appear in Days of Future Past. It opens July 18, 2014.

Posted by Hube at January 27, 2013 12:16 PM | TrackBack

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I wasn't a big First Class fan, but this movie sounds awesome. I can't wait.

Posted by: Carl at January 27, 2013 12:50 PM

Plus I think the time travel plot is a great way to resolve the inconsistencies in the movie series and establish a more coherent film universe. I love Days of Future Past; it's definitely in my top 10 storylines of all-time.

Posted by: Carl at January 27, 2013 05:28 PM