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Bryan Singer Promises ‘Epic’ X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer has big plans for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The director who proved that superheroes can work on film with 2000’s X-Men returns to the franchise with a sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class that not only features alternate timelines but reintroduces characters from the original trilogy.

“It’s epic,” he told Empire. “I don’t think people realize how big this movie’s going to be. We get to bring both casts together.”

Singer revealed he turned to other directors and films to help figure out the science behind the sequel’s prominent time-travel elements. “We’ve cracked it in a way that it makes sense,” he said. “I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick wtih them. That’s why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible.”

Singer also addressed a question many fans have had about which films will be included in the continuity of Days of Future Past. “I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together,” he said. “I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. But ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to debut in theaters on July 18, 2014.


  • Nick

    Here’s hoping that an older Iceman will actually spend a good amount of screen time in ice form instead of that tiny little tease we got in X3.

  • Tim D.

    Cable.  That is all.

  • Mike

    Bring back James Marsden!

  • Bryan

    Agreed, we need more Cyclops and James Marsden!

  • YO

    Bring back Ellen Page!

  • Nick

    They damn well better bring him back! Seriously the worst part of that horror called the Last Stand were all the meaningless deaths and de-powerings!

  • Hypestyles

    I like Jim Cameron as a director, but for whatever it’s worth, why bother having lunch/dinner with the guy to talk at length about all sorts of over-elaborate ways to explain time-travel as a plot device in a comic-book movie?  It’s not, ahem, rocket science (fiction).  I’d think he’d have more to offer about the use of cutting-edge FX technology and the like.  Use mentors wisely.

  • Arrow41

    They did. She is already confirmed.

  • Mycroft

    I have honestly never understood a single bit of the hate for X-Men 3. I thought it was a good film! Certainly nothing special, and definitely not the ending to the trilogy we deserved, but a good film nonetheless. I mean, if I’m honest, the only major problems I had was its pacing. It often simply felt like there wasn’t enough breathing space between events in order to process everything. That’s why Cyclop’s death was so underwhelming.

  • Alex

     When I watched Last Stand I kept expecting him to pop back up at some point since we didn’t even see him die.  Pointless death and handled horribly.

  • Alex

     I heard the whole reason it happened was because Halle Berry was threatening to quit if she didn’t get a bigger part,  So they killed off both Cyclops and Xavier.  Would have been better off without her I think.

  • Sully

    hope Colossus is a central character in this film and please god can they sort out the Havok – Cyclops age thing in this movie, it’s so messed up

  • Talltower27

    it can very easily be done too. they can just say that jean didnt kill cyclops, but he somehow was pushed out of the time stream into the future (or the past) by the phoenix

  • Skapunkboi19

    So since he said HIS two movies and First Class it’s official that we can just ignore Last Stand as a thing because I’m totally fine with that.

  • Kris

    This is NOT Wolverine and the X-Men. CYCLOPS has to star and lead. That is all. 

  • Brian G

    Did you not read what he said at all? He said he’s taking ALL movies in the series into account, not just his own.

  • Pat

    I’m so glad he’s not going to ignore the less respected films such as X3 and Origins: Wolverine. I think they were decent, but I can’t deny they weren’t as good as the first two or First Class. But at the same time, they weren’t so terrible as to be discarded completely. 

  • Shade

    This is why getting different directors to make their own shitty films is a bad idea. Because continuity issues arise and everything becomes so messed up.

  • Shade

    I will agree that wolverine is not as bad as people make it out to be but the last stand definitely deserves a miss. The only problem is now continuity. Xavier could stand on his two feet in origins and x3 however is paralyzed at the end of first class so there sure is some explaining to do.

  • Shade

    The last stand didn’t make sense at all, I mean why kill cyclops? Firstly he didn’t get half as much screen time as he deserved and secondly all the attention was focused on wolverine. The other thing they so foolishly did was kill Xavier, one of the most important characters of that whole universe.

  • Shade

    We then find out that Xavier survived in a post credits scene but it was still pointless.

  • Pat

    Yeah that’s something that’s always bugged me since I saw First Class. Hopefully Singer explains it while maintaining creativity.

  • Wolfgang8517

    That’s not true