“X-Men: Days of Future Past” has been one of the most talked about upcoming superhero films of recent months, but gained even more steam after the San Diego Comic-Con where the entire cast took to the stage. Ever since February, director Bryan Singer has consistently been posting behind the scenes photos from the film on Twitter while what seems like a never ending stream of information has been flooding the web.
- January Jones revealed in April that she likely wouldn’t be returning as Emma Frost.
- James Marsden was spotted sitting next to Halle Barry on a flight to Montreal in May. With Montreal being the location shoot of “Days of Future Past,” it is speculated that Cyclops will somehow return despite being killed by Phoenix (Famke Janssen) in “The Last Stand.” Could this be one of the things Singer has “corrected” with the time travel aspect of the film? The wheelchairs seem to confuse matters as well since Professor X was killed in “The Last Stand” and transferred his body into the mind of his then comatose twin brother. So why would he need a wheelchair?
- Peter Dinklage was confirmed as playing Bolivar Trask, the main villain of the film who created the Sentinels: giant robots built for mutant extinction. In “The Last Stand,” didn’t Bill Duke portray Trask? IMDb seems to think so.
- Along with Dinklage being confirmed as playing Trask earlier this month, NY Mag also uncovered some story details about the film:
“Ellen Page returns as Kitty from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ but this time she uses her powers to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty’s powers and bring their friend back to the future.”
- Quicksilver (played by Evan Peters) will be featured in both “Days of Future Past” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” due out in 2015. Fox will likely mention Quicksilver’s past and that he’s the son of Magneto while Marvel will probably portray the character as a villain along with his sister, Scarlet Witch, before they both end up joining The Avengers. Both studios own different parts of the character.
- “The Wolverine” producer Hutch Parker confirmed that potential “X-Men” sequels could focus on both the old and new casts.
- 20th Century Fox gave everyone a look at what the Sentinels would look like at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. Entertainment Weekly debuted two new posters for the film, as well.
- If you check out the IMDb and Wikipedia pages for the film, you can actually get an idea of a few other characters that will likely appear in the film; Booboo Stewart as Warpath, Bingbing Fan as Blink, Josh Helman as William Stryker, and Adan Canto as Sunspot.
Including Bishop is an intriguing factor. Since Bishop is from the future, bringing him into a film revolving around heavy time travel isn’t exactly out of the question but the Bishop character seems like he’d need a lot of story and screen time. Being cautiously excited about a film like this seems like the best way to approach it. The cast is staggering, but there are also a few things to consider. Unless this film is around the three hour mark, most of these characters are probably only going to get only a few minutes of screen time. Not to mention “Days of Future Past” is about mutant extinction, so expect at least one or two beloved characters to bite it. While Bryan Singer seems to know what he’s doing with the “X-Men” films, his films since leaving the franchise have been awful. Not many people enjoyed “Superman Returns” and “Jack the Giant Slayer” was not only sloppy, but also barely made back its sizable budget in its worldwide gross.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” does seem even more promising after seeing “The Wolverine,” (review coming tomorrow) which almost makes you forget about that other Wolverine film. There’s plenty to get excited about, but at the same time you find yourself wondering just how in the world is there going to be a proper balance between all of these characters and a cohesive story revolving around time travel?
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” will be released in theaters May 24, 2014.
Sources: worstpreviews.com, craveonline.com, comingsoon.net