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Everything We Know About X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past won’t arrive in theaters until July 18, 2014, but director Bryan Singer has been teasing elements of the film all over the internet. It’s time to take a look at what we know (and what we don’t know) about the latest X-Men installment.

uncanny xmen141Story:
According to Singer, the film will be set in 1973, 10 years after the events of X-Men: First Class. The basis for the plot comes from a 1981 story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne (The Uncanny X-Men #141-142) that depicts an alternate timeline created when the X-Men fail to stop the assassination of a senator. The story alternates between a dystopian future, where mutants are hunted by enormous robots called Sentinels and imprisoned in internment camps, and the past, allowing the actors from Fox’s first three X-Men films to appear in the same film as the stars of X-Men: First Class.

If Singer follows the original storyline, then Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) will play a major role in kicking off the events that lead to the X-Men trying to revise history.

James McAvoy has stated he and Patrick Stewart don’t share any scenes, and it’s safe to guess that few (if any) of the characters will “meet” their past selves.

Actors returning from First Class include:
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (of course!)

Actors returning from the first three films include:
Halle Berry as Storm, Ian McKellen as Magneto, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Anna Paquin as Rogue, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, and Jackman as Wolverine (again)

Actors not yet confirmed:
Lucas Till as Havok, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, James Marsden as Cyclops and Famke Janssen as Jean Grey

Actors not returning:
January Jones will not reprise her role as Emma Frost, and Rose Byrne isn’t coming back as Moira MacTaggert, as far as we know.

xmen-2000Actors confirmed in unknown roles:
Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy are set to appear in the film, but it is unclear who they will play. Fans have speculated that Sy could play Bishop, who has a key role in the “Days of Future Past” storyline in the X-Men animated series. Singer has said Dinklage won’t play a CG character. Several sources have indicated Dinklage will be the primary antagonist, with MTV suggesting he could play Bolivar Trask, inventor of the Sentinels.

The big picture:
Singer has teased set designs and pictures of what might be the entrance to Cerebro, and the wheelchairs for past and future Xaviers. What we know for sure is that Singer has promised a bigger, more lavish, more epic X-Men film than we’ve seen thus far. And I, for one, can’t wait until 2014.


  • Bellaelissah

    Charlize Theron is exactly as Emma Frost !!!
    Emma Frost MUST be there In this reality, Emma was the former White Queen of the Hellfire Club, but retreated to a technological base off the coast of India after a majority of the mutant population was wiped out. She sold her telepathic abilities in services of mutant leaders and was eventually approached by Magneto to save Wolverine, Emma managed to restore Logan’s mind and joined Magneto, They continued to operate out of Emma’s base with other members as the  “X-Men”, Emma meet with Cyclops and Jean Grey as White Phoenix of the Crown, Cyclops is falling in love with Emma They should defeat Apocalypse and Sentinel this time…

  • Greg

    And that’s why they don’t use fans as story consultants…

  • BeastieRunner

    X-Men continuity is the main reason I don’t read them anymore. You need a PhD in order to follow along.

  • Ian

    I grew up as a Marvel zombie X-baby, but your right in that the continuity is back breaking.  That’s why I read DC, Dynamite, and Valiant Comics now and avoid anything with Marvel in the title when it comes to comics.  BUT I love the Marvel movies!

  • TheGavGav

    This article forgot to mention that McAvoy said in an interview younger Xavier loses his hair in this film. Not that important, but still cool to know. Plus it fits in an “Everything We Know” article.

  • Zacwax

    Maybe he’ll go back and retcon the part of Senator Kelly turning into a water blob and dying, thus killing off an important character to the franchise.

    This could all ultimately result in the a “reboot”, which I would certainly welcome

  • A Parasitic Cyst

    The only glaring continuity error is the fact that Xavier was paralysed at the end of 1st class but in Wolverine origins and the last stand flashback scene there’s a young bald Xavier still walking around.

  • Badly Drawn Cartoons

    Telepathic projection

  • Laralock

    Isn’t that story the one where Jubilee and Synch are lovers?

  • BeastieRunner

    Well this whole X-Men movie is giving me a headache.

  • Michael Sacal

    “If Singer follows the original storyline, then Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page)
    will play a major role in kicking off the events that lead to the X-Men
    trying to revise history.”  How do you figure? If it’s set in 73, then Kitty can’t be in that time frame. It’ll either be Logan’s consciousness that travels back in time, or Bishop who does it physically.

  • imthatawkwardgerman

    I thought we agreed to ban Halle Berry from playing any more superheros?

  • Perry Constantine

    The projection angle works with Origins, but not so much with TLS. Why would he send Magneto and just a projection of himself to meet with Jean? Especially when he told Erik that Jean was one that they had to meet in person because she was special. 

    What’s probably more likely is Singer will use DoFP to retcon things he doesn’t like about the franchise, such as Origins (which fits since The Wolverine is also ignoring it) and TLS. That could pave the way for Singer to do his Dark Phoenix Saga story as he originally envisioned it.

  • Sowat

    Lots of errors…Beast was human in X2 but transformed in the 60s in First Class (yes, image inducer can be excuse)…Aging: Emma was a teen in the 80s in Origins, but an adult in the early 60s for First Class…Aging: Even if we say Storm in the X-Men trilogy is Halle Berry’s age, it’d be impossible for Storm to be a child in her FC cameo without being older than Halle Berry in X-Men…Charles met Wolverine in First Class using Cerebro, yet years later doesn’t know him in X-Men (an excuse is he’s retroactively lying about not knowing him)…same with Charles and Mystique, in the X-Men trilogy he has no relationship with her, that can be explained as they have no pivotal scenes together, but since X-Men trilogy came first, it wasn’t intended for them to be brother and sister. I’m sure there’s more…Not bashing the movies, X-Men, X2 and FC were great, just calling out what is.

  • Sowat

    Cuz Kitty can be in that frame if she’s the one that travels back in time. But it’s a movie, so things will automatically be different from the comics. It might be more than one character time traveling…anyone from Wolverine, to Charles, etc.. This movie could be intentionally screwing history as some theorized for a reset…we have no idea. But this will involve time travel on at least one person’s behalf.

  • WT37

    There’s not going to be a reboot. The whole reason why this movie is happening is to fix all previous plot holes and prevent a reboot.

  • WT37

    Well the whole idea of making it a time travel movie is so those error could be fixed. My guess is that it will end in an alternate timeline which will make the entire story completely different, but in a way that makes sense

  • Michael Sacal

     But Kitty can’t be in the time frame of 1973 since she hasn’t been born yet. The X-Men movies take place “in the near future”. The actress who portrayed Kitty wasn’t born until 1987. Given the time frame of the original trilogy, that pushes Kitty’s DOB even further, into the 90s. There is no way that Kitty Pride can be alive in 1973 in the continuity of the movies.

  • bishop0611977

    Dinklage is going to be Puck. Duh. If he plays anyone else besides Puck, it’ll be a total missed opportunity.