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X-Men: Days of Future Past Takes Place a Decade After First Class

According to a new casting call for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel is jumping forward in time more than a decade: While X-Men: First Class is set in 1962, this film seems to be taking place primarily in 1973.

The casting call, which comes courtesy of Comic Book Movie, indicates that some of the Days of Future Past shoot will take place in Montreal from April to August, and that the look the production is casting for is 1973, because “most of the film takes place in 1973.” Apparently we’ll be seeing a lot of sideburns, mustaches and beards.

This news aligns itself with something First Class director Matthew Vaughn indicated before that film’s 2011 release, when he raised the likelihood of the sequels jumping forward in time.

“1962 is far more grounded in the world of the ’50s,” he said. “I think it takes about five years for a decade to really start getting its identity, so the fun thing about this for me would be doing [a sequel] in the latter part of the decade, where you’ve got The Stones, The Beatles, Flower Power …”

Singer, who was then only a producer, added, “That’s an idea that’s been discussed. How the characters go through time. But only to a point — they can’t age too fast!”

If that’s the case, then some of the slightly older characters — like Rose Byrne’s Moira or January Jones’ Emma Frost — might not have a place in this movie. After all, it’s easier to age up people like James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender than it is those two, who were already supposed to be older than the new X-Men. At least this elaborates what Singer told Empire recently about the way he’s crafting this sequel.

“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.”

The 1981 Days of Future Past story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, which appeared in The Uncanny X-Men #141-142, depicts a timeline created by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from assassinating a U.S. senator. In that alternate future, the giant robotic Sentinels have become the de facto rulers of the United States, where mutants are hunted down and placed in internment camps.

The film brings together original X-Men stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore with First Class actors James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. It’s due in theaters July 18, 2014.


  • Chelette

    Had a hunch. It’s possible that some of the First Class X-Men team might not even be alive at the opening of the film. Still hoping Banshee and Alex show up…

  • Alex

     lol, just the two I want rid of.

  • Darknessatnoon

    Will it refer to Roe v. Wade?

  • Jex

    Seriously…both are lame as all get out.

  • Matthew Morris

    Could be interesting if Ashmore/Paige et al are in some dystopian future, and they send a message back (or Kitty back)

    OTOH, it could X-plain (sorry!) My Two Moria’s.  THe Trillogy’s Moria is the daughter of First Class’ Moria.

  • Jonbonjovi

    ‘First class sucked.’ Just as bad as X-men 3.

  • Jonbonjovi

    First class was really really awful! Shame on Mathew Vaughn. :(

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  • Mr_Wayne

    “But ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either.” -Singer

    Reminds me of that time when this guy said something similar while directing a certain Superman movie… yeah.

  • Joey, Esq

    They should just abandon all of the “continuity” of the previous films and do the Days of Future Past story directly from the books.

  • MattyMac

    That “explanation” that it is harder to age Emma and Moira than Charles and Magneto makes no sense. Those four characters (and Mystique) were in the same age group. Those five, however, were older than Banshee, Havok, Beast, and Angel… who, as far as I know, have not been signed yet.

  • Shawn Chaney

    Good story I hope they do it justice.

  • Tommy

    I’m not holding my breath. I actually love showing these different time periods and having superhumans appear in the 60’s and 70’s (i would like to see them in the 80’s as well)
    But this isn’t going to be an X-Men movie, as far as I know there hasn’t been a single actual X-Men movie, at least it doesn’t feel like it. 1 & especially 2 were okay movies were the closest Fox has gotten but they still didn’t feel like X-Men movies. 3 and XMO:W were crap and while XM:FC was a pretty good movie it didn’t feel like an X-Men movie, it was more like old James Bond movie with superhumans…
    I’m waiting to see what next Wolverine movie will be like since it so far sounds okay but like I said, I’m not holding my breath expecting to see X-Men movie that feels like X-Men movie as far as Fox is behind it.