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X-Men: Days of Future Past writer on why Wolverine and not Kitty will travel back in time

December 3rd, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr 1 Comment

In the X-Men: Days of Future Past comic book storyline, Kitty Pryde was the one sent back in time to set things right for the future. In Fox’s movie adaptation, Wolverine is the one being sent back in time. In a recent interview with total Film, writer Simon Kinberg explains the reasoning behind the change:

“We made the decision for a lot of reasons, some of them obvious and some of them more nuanced, to make it Wolverine who goes back in time. One reason is that he’s the protagonist of the franchise, and probably the most beloved character to a mass audience. Probably the bigger reason is that when we started thinking about the logistical realities of Kitty’s consciousness being sent back in time, to her younger self, as opposed to her physical body being sent was impossible. Obviously in the book it’s Kitty..but you’re talking about an actress (Ellen Page) who, in the age of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, would have been negative 20 years old. So we started thinking again, and the first reflex response to that was a character who doesn’t age. Wolverine is the only character who would looks the same in 1973 as he does in the future.”

What do you think about the reasoning?

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

Bryan Singer has managed to gather an impressive cast which includes James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Lucas Till.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to be released in theaters on May 23, 2014.

Source: Total Film

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  • Just call me V

    I totally agree with this decision. Why would a comic book do that? Send someone back to their younger selves? Yeah, wolverine is the only one from the main group of X-Men that can do that. Plus, how the hell would Professor X or Magneto listen to Kitty?

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