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Days Of Future Past: What To Expect From The X-Men: First Class Sequel
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Days Of Future Past: What To Expect From The X-Men: First Class Sequel | The Timeline On Screen
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This film could be a rather elegant way to tie together Fox’s previous X-Films, which were set in the “near future” (so we were told in his first effort), with their retro, 60s-set First Class series. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the “future” bits here could feature mutants we saw in the original X-trilogy. A cameo from Halle Berry as Storm perhaps? Something for Patrick Stewart to do as the older Xavier? A return for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? The latter’s unlikely to be a substantial role given that he’s currently hard at work on The Wolverine – but can’t be ruled out for the same reason. If The Avengers taught us anything, it’s that there’s no reason you can’t cross the streams of different franchises, and Bryan Singer seemed to support that possibility in noting, “I think it's time to reach out and explore [the X-Men universe] and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films, as Marvel's done so well." Wolverine crossover! Time to build on that cameo, people.

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1 Officially looking forward to this now!
http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/ian-mckellan-patrick-st ewart-coming-back-for-x-men-days-of-future-past/ 2 Magnettos and 2 Prof Xs. This could be great. More

Posted by Hoddie on Tuesday November 27, 2012, 21:44

2 Re. Last Page: Didn't Mystique ALREADY defect?
At the end of First Class? More

Posted by loafroaster on Monday August 13, 2012, 08:56

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This is what fanboys spend their lives doing. Reading this article, I kind of lost interest in it and starting thinking of the comic book guy in The Simpsons who, just before a nuclear weapon landed on Springfield, stopped thinking about comic books and said: "Oh, I've wasted my life." More

Posted by BenTramer on Thursday August 9, 2012, 01:48

4 RE: Fleshing It Out
...and gods know these movies don't need any more characters running around... but I would still get a kick out of seeing Forge in an X-movie. He even ties into the DoFP storyline, as he one who sends Bishop back. He can be a total cameo. I'm cool with that. More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Thursday August 9, 2012, 00:39

5 Fleshing It Out
"The story would need lots more fleshing out: there’s virtually no second act in the two brief comics that exist." True, that. But there are plenty of plot threads related to the Sentinels and 2013 throughout the 90s run of 'X-Men' which can be tidied up, properly organized, and fleshed out into a coherent plot. As for Gambit, I'd love to see him return to an X-movie--but only if he plays the role he's meant to play in the storyline. If they're only going to bring him in as fan-bait and then have him stand around in the background doing not much, then why bother? Also, one of Gambit's recurring plots relationship with Rogue. But if this is set in the 60s... where is Rogue? I guess they could swap Rogue for Kitty... but that just doesn't feel right. More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Thursday August 9, 2012, 00:27

6 RE: Umm
You're a newbie and you're clever. I like you and your insights already. More

Posted by Englebertnightingale on Wednesday August 8, 2012, 16:44

7 RE: "something meaty to work with"
L: waltham1979 L: Englebertnightingale more unsuited to the role of Emma Frost? proof again that Vaughns team are clueless about their source material. Emma Frost is not an airhead. She's powerful, and i'm not talking about her superpowers, just her personality. Finally the most disappointing thing about First Class is, how badly they screw up the emotional beats. One way they do this is through all the killing in the film. There is too much mindless death showcased in this film. It makes you feel empty. Take Sebastian Shaw and co as they overcome the pentagon place. All the mindless killing of soldiers that goes on in that scene is overwhelming. Men dropping out of the sky, Azrail stabbing people. It does nothing for character, it doesn't enhance their villainy, it weakens the characters into nihilists, without ever explaining that nihilism. Vaughn needs to aspire to Nolans level. He needs to get more cinematic, spend more, take more time, stop focusing on being a rMore

Posted by Englebertnightingale on Wednesday August 8, 2012, 13:37

8 RE: "something meaty to work with"
L: Englebertnightingale more unsuited to the role of Emma Frost? proof again that Vaughns team are clueless about their source material. Emma Frost is not an airhead. She's powerful, and i'm not talking about her superpowers, just her personality. Finally the most disappointing thing about First Class is, how badly they screw up the emotional beats. One way they do this is through all the killing in the film. There is too much mindless death showcased in this film. It makes you feel empty. Take Sebastian Shaw and co as they overcome the pentagon place. All the mindless killing of soldiers that goes on in that scene is overwhelming. Men dropping out of the sky, Azrail stabbing people. It does nothing for character, it doesn't enhance their villainy, it weakens the characters into nihilists, without ever explaining that nihilism. Vaughn needs to aspire to Nolans level. He needs to get more cinematic, spend more, take more time, stop focusing on being a reputable under-schedule,More

Posted by waltham1979 on Wednesday August 8, 2012, 12:59

9 RE: "something meaty to work with"
more unsuited to the role of Emma Frost? proof again that Vaughns team are clueless about their source material. Emma Frost is not an airhead. She's powerful, and i'm not talking about her superpowers, just her personality. Finally the most disappointing thing about First Class is, how badly they screw up the emotional beats. One way they do this is through all the killing in the film. There is too much mindless death showcased in this film. It makes you feel empty. Take Sebastian Shaw and co as they overcome the pentagon place. All the mindless killing of soldiers that goes on in that scene is overwhelming. Men dropping out of the sky, Azrail stabbing people. It does nothing for character, it doesn't enhance their villainy, it weakens the characters into nihilists, without ever explaining that nihilism. Vaughn needs to aspire to Nolans level. He needs to get more cinematic, spend more, take more time, stop focusing on being a reputable under-schedule, under budget studio lackey. He sMore

Posted by Englebertnightingale on Wednesday August 8, 2012, 10:45

10 "something meaty to work with"
I don't like Helen O'haras journalistic style. Meaty is a poor choice of adjective. Additionally, I don't think it's very clear to her which characters are really important in Xmen. Kitty Pryde is such an important and great Xmen character that I think they should forget about chronologically trying to connect the continuity of the franchises. Xmen 3 killed professor X. It was a bad film. Why head towards that end point with these "prequels?. Additionally, I like Vaughn, but Xmen First Class simply isn't very good. If you disagree, watch it a few more times. I watched it last night, and there are so many problems with that film. From the Studios perspective, Vaughn is great. He got that film made under budget with time to spare. But, the reality is, this movie is not cinematic. It has the production standards of a BBC television series about detectives. It is claustrophobic with way too many interior scenes filmed in a studio with no windows. It's the neighbors of superhero films.More

Posted by Englebertnightingale on Wednesday August 8, 2012, 10:42

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Like Vaughn pointed out, these comics are constantly retconning themselves, constantly producing stories that contradict previous ones for the sake of a new entry in the canon... Star Trek found a way around the reboot using alternate time lines, so I guess this is a genre now. Retquel- noun- a film that follows previous films in a series and remains within the same canon without total adherence to the events of previous entries, often citing time travel as a plot device to justify the otherwise contradictory storylines. First Class was a rebirth for the series, I look forward to what happens next. More

Posted by sweetladybrick on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 21:54

12 Umm
So First Class got great fun out of 1960s historical references and was set in 1962... Days of Future Past centres on an assassination plot... anything like that happen in 1963...? Yes, of course they're going there! More

Posted by jonathanh on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 18:33

13 RE: WHAT IF!
L: sowasred2012 I haven't read or seen any iteration of Days of Future Past, but what if whatever they do with this film could nullify some of the crap they pulled in Last Stand (killing Scott and Jean, wasting Phoenix and Psylocke, neutering Magneto, Mystique and Rogue, vaporizing Prof X and putting him in another body, having Vinnie Jones in it at all)? If they're gonna start messing around with alternate timelines, the possibilities are GLORIOUS. thought X3 was great and really under-rated. There was some scary stuff for a comic book movie, and they made Mystique nekkid. It was a brave movie decision killing some of the main characters, too bad it upset a lot of geeks. The only thing that sucked was reducing Juggernaut to a minor supporting character in a tin helmet - that really was misjudged. More

Posted by BatSpider on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 17:56

14 WHAT IF!
I haven't read or seen any iteration of Days of Future Past, but what if whatever they do with this film could nullify some of the crap they pulled in Last Stand (killing Scott and Jean, wasting Phoenix and Psylocke, neutering Magneto, Mystique and Rogue, vaporizing Prof X and putting him in another body, having Vinnie Jones in it at all)? If they're gonna start messing around with alternate timelines, the possibilities are GLORIOUS. More

Posted by sowasred2012 on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 16:01

15 RE: Sentinals during training
L: Helen OHara Yes, and Wolverine defeated it with a Fastball special (with Colossus). Two of the most fan-authentic touches in the entire film, there. shudders at memory of Last Stand...beings to weep* More

Posted by waltham1979 on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 15:35

16 Brilliant
Great introduction to the story - and exciting plot ideas too. I think Vaughn and Goldman should bring Helen on board for scripting duties. This stuff's gold! More

Posted by gusbuster on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 15:17

17 Good work Empire
Very well put together special...and I hope you're not too far off with your possible storylines and characterization, because it all sounds like a mountainful of storylines in the X Men universe...as Singer rightly points out. Can't wait...as long as Singer's involved you know the X Men franchise is on the right path. More

Posted by ronniem on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 14:14

18 What about the Jean Grey link?
If we're looking at a plot where someone's mind is sent back in time, Jean Grey looks like a pretty good lynchpin between the films. In The Last Stand we saw a flashback where both Charles and Erik found her. Maybe her freaking out as an adult Phoenix created a dystopian future. After all, something happened when she was a kid to make Prof X put those mental blocks on her. Could be a good link. More

Posted by aye_min on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 13:13

19 RE: Sentinals during training
Yes, and Wolverine defeated it with a Fastball special (with Colossus). Two of the most fan-authentic touches in the entire film, there. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 13:00

20 RE: Sentinals during training
Yeah in the third one. The last stand More

Posted by NateDrake007 on Tuesday August 7, 2012, 12:32

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