So, by now you’ll be aware that the title of the X-Men: First Class sequel is Days of Future Past, and will be based in part upon the classic comic book arc of the same name.
Here’s the interview again where producer Bryan Singer talks a little about it:
And here’s a summary of the Days of Future Past story, from Wikipedia:
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future
What’s really interesting in Singer’s interview are his comments about wishing to expand and link the X-Men universe movies, in the same way Marvel Studios have done with the Avengers Universe flicks.
This opens up some great possibilities. By now you’ll have seen the couple of X-Men trilogy cameos in First Class, but scenes set in an alternate future (for the 60s-based First Class characters, though present day for us) timeline would allow many more familiar faces to appear. Would the likes of Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, et al be up for cameos – or even co-starring roles – for their present day characters’ inevitable appearances? With a generous paycheck and maybe just a few days work I am sure they could be convinced!
With Hugh Jackman deep in production on The Wolverine, he’s certainly in the zone mentally and physically to head over to Matthew Vaughn’s set. I for one would love to see if the writers could work in a scene where Fassbender’s Magneto meets his older self! One just hopes that McKellen’s newly expanded Hobbit schedule will allow some time!
Anyway, the next X-Movie certainly just got a lot more interesting! What do you think?