Many (including myself) were surprised that “X-Men: First Class” did not turning to be a steaming pile of mutant poo. It had its problems (read Electroshadow’s review here), but was pretty solid entertainment. It did not quite light up the Box Office however, which is why a sequel has taken this long to see any movement. Twentieth Century Fox still made a pretty penny, so they do intend to make this a trilogy.
Now, what will the next instalment be called? No, nothing as boring as “X-Men: First Class II” or as lame as “X-Men: Second Class”. According to producer Bryan Singer (director of the first two “X-Men” flicks), the sequel’s title will be…
“X-Men: Days Of Future Past”.
Now, as a comicbook geek, that immediately conjures up a whole bunch of things. Won’t bore you with details (there’s Google for that), but it involves a LOT of the phase-shifting mutant Kitty Pryde. Now, here’s the thing. Pryde was already featured in “X-Men 3″ (played by Ellen Page). And that timeline is way before “First Class” which is a 60s set prequel. So unless they’re doing a casting reboot, I somehow get the feeling they’re changing significant portions of the comic’s story. In any case, they haven’t really gotten started. Here’s what Singer himself has to say on the project’s status:
“I can say it’s being written right now and it will start shooting in a few months. It’s going to be very ambitious. It’s called Days of Future Past and it deals with aspects of that comic but also some very new things. I just don’t want to give any of it away. Matthew Vaughn will be directing and I’m totally excited about it.”
Wonder if they’ll still use Vaughn’s idea about the JFK assassination that he previously spoke about. It’s all up in the air at this point. And since the comic’s storyline features elements of time travel, it’s likely we could see Pryde, as well as other mutant characters in this. Like, say, Wolverine. Singer continued:
“I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe. The X-Men universe on its own is every bit as big as the Marvel universe and I think it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films, as Marvel’s done so well. You may see some of that, I don’t know.”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” premieres 18th July 2014. More updates as we get em…