“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is really setting the bar as the most meta movie title ever. If anyone is even remotely aware of this popular story-line from the comic book from which it was adapted, then you’d understand that it involves elements of time travel. With Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men movies, at the helm, it became possible for the franchise’s own past to meet its future…By which I mean the cast from the prequel that came after the trilogy will be able to meet their counterparts, who are older, but are themselves from the future, which came before the prequels…Did you catch all that? Time traveling.
So how did all this become possible? First off, Matthew Vaughn, the director of the well-received “X-Men: First Class”, stepping down from the director’s chair has allowed Bryan Singer to take his place and finally correct the wrong that was “X-Men 3: The Last Stand”. According to Mark Millar, who is now Fox’s own comic-book-adaptation-consultant and the creator of such comic books as “Kick Ass” and “Wanted”, Matthew Vaughn was signed on to bring another one of Millar’s book called “Secret Service” to the silver screens and they had to jump on that project right away because other studios were passing around some similar scripts. Now, I assume that they’re amazing friends because passing off the chance to direct another movie in a successful franchise for an unproven project that could easily flop seems ludicrous. Or perhaps he’s doing it for the art. Probably not.
Now, I would’ve loved to see what Matthew Vaughn does with the new X-Men film, but Bryan Singer is a great consolation prize and look at what he’s already done in this short time as the new director. He’s brought in Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen to reprise their roles as older Professor X and Magneto respectively. They’re terrific actors, but more importantly, their casting further solidifies our suspicions that there’d be some sort of time traveling involved in the sequel. It’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned. Not only that, but now there are reports coming out that Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Wolverine for the seventh time. It’s a win-win-win.
So we potentially have three actors from the X-Men franchise of past coming out in this future installment. We could also speculate on whether other cast members could possibly make an appearance in this new movie, but that can get a little crazy. It’s already hard enough keeping up with time travelling as a concept, but we have to consider a few things when speculating about other cameos. For example, are we to believe that everything that has happened in the first three X-Men films are intact? If so, are we to believe that Professor X has successfully transferred his consciousness into that other person in the after credits scene in “X-Men 3: The Last Stand”, and has gone through major cosmetic surgeries to make himself look like his old self again, thus making his appearance in “Days of Future Past” possible? Or is this taking place in an alternate future? What the hell was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”? Are we to disregard everything from the old movies like they never happened? There are just far too many questions to be answered here and I don’t think Fox is equipped to, nor do they care to, answer any of it. They dug themselves a nice big hole over the years, and are now just concerning themselves with continuity with the advent of “The Avengers”. They’re only NOW realizing that there IS a nuclear race, so to speak, and are trying to make everything connect within their own universe. I suppose their only saving grace is that they’re not the only ones who fell behind while Disney/Marvel took a huge leap in the race.
But who knows? Maybe Fox will be able to staple all these connective tissues together to present us with a messy, yet cohesive timeline. I doubt it, but I can’t deny that I am definitely looking forward to “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and I can’t help but be excited by its casting decisions. Besides, there is a far more important question to be answered here.
Like, will Cable be in this movie?
Written by Daniel Lee