With the cast, director, and release date (July 2014) set for the X-Men: First Class sequel our attention will naturally turn towards where the X-Men and Magneto’s gang are headed this time round. As is the case with these types of films, story details are scarce, but word has hit the net that 20th Century Fox has registering a title for the movie, and it has led to speculation that the sequel will involve alternate timelines and mutant-hunting robots.
One of my little birds Weapon X recently dropped me some information that 20th Century Fox had recently registered the title DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau. The Bureau exists for studios and productions companies to stake their claims on certain titles that they intend to release and distribute, so that others can stray from using a similar title.
Fans of the comics will be familiar with this title, which appeared in a two-issue story arc in 1981, however for those who aren’t aware here’s a quick summary from Wikipedia:
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.
I can’t see them following this storyline exactly as it was in the comics, but if this is where Matthew Vaughn and co. are heading then I would be very happy. Vaughn previously hinted that the opening could involve Magneto controlling the bullet that kills John F. Kennedy, so perhaps they’ll use Kennedy’s assassination as the event that kicks the Sentinels program into gear.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been talking about using the Days of Future Past story in an X-Men film for a while now, and with the bar for superhero movies being set even higher with The Avengers maybe an ‘epic’ X-Men film is what the franchise needs.
This direction does raise the question of whether members of the original X-Trilogy will be involved, and whether Fox will use the alternate timeline to carve out a new direction for the First Class trilogy instead of sticking within continuity.
Does Days of Future Past sound like a good idea for the next X-Men film?