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Bryan Singer sheds light on when X-Men: Days of Future Past takes place

July 26th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

So by now we all know that X-Men: Days of Future Past will not be exactly like the comic, but what movie is?

The huge cast may give some pause, and in the photos we’ve seen the cast doesn’t look much older in the future. Turns out there’s a reason for that, the gap between X-Men: The Last Stand and this movie isn’t as long as in the books. Singer reveals in the latest issue of Empire magazine:

 “It takes place about ten years, give or take, after X-Men 3; and in the past it takes place about ten years after First Class.”

 So only a decade after Last Stand, is that enough time for us to hopefully see a dystopian future similar to that featured in the classic Chris Claremont & John Byrne arc? Things left off on a good note at the end of that movie, Beast even had a spot in the President’s cabinet. I really hope Singer doesn’t mess this up, if done well it could reboot the franchise.

During SDCC it was also revealed that it is indeed Wolverine who travels back in time and the director talked more about that and where we catch up with one time allies, Charles and Erik in the 70s:

“It’s its own story, inspired by Days of Future Past. She’s the prime facilitator – it’s her power that enables that to happen. But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey. Charles is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik has been gathering his power. They’re in a radically different place.”

“The film will be based on the comic book storyline “Days of Future Past,” which ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981 during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run and introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.”

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 and Evan Peters.

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

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