X-Men: Days of Future Past will be set 10 years after the events of X-Men: First Class according to casting call discovered by Comic Book Movie. The call asks for extras available during the shooting period of April – August, and states that “most of the film will take place in 1973”. The story will revolve around the X-Men trying to prevent a major historical event that will have catastrophic consequences for mutants and humans alike.
From Comic Book Movie
However, far more interesting than that is the fact that the majority of the sequel will take place over TEN years later than those of X-Men: First Class. This more than likely means that JFK’s assassination (a sequence that Matthew Vaughn once said he would like to include in a sequel) won’t be the reason for mutants from the future travelling back to the past to change the course of history. However, a ten year gap would allow for certain characters not being brought back (such as January Jones’ ‘Emma Frost’ or Rose Byrne’s ‘Moira MacTaggert’) and James McAvoy’s Professor Xavier no longer having his hair!
This news isn’t particularly surprising but it will be extremely interesting to see how the characters have adapted to a world that now fears them. At the end of X-Men: First Class, Magneto assembled his Brotherhood of Mutants so it will also be interesting to see which of those characters will return and what influence they will have on the narrative.
As a huge X-Men fan, I am remaining very hopeful that this movie will be the best yet; it is certainly the most ambitious. The Days of Future Past story revolves around Wolverine protecting Kitty Pryde in the future while they warn the X-Men of the past about a catastrophe that will forever change the world.
There is still a huge amount of speculation surrounding the identity of the X-Men character that will be appearing in this year’s The Wolverine. The general consensus is that it will likely be Jean Grey, but my money is on Kitty Pryde, which could act as a possible prelude to Days of Future Past. The character plays a pivotal role in the comic version and providing that they stay fairly true to the source material, it does seem like a safe bet. Keeping this in mind, it would also explain the reasons behind her surprise casting in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will feature original trilogy alumni – Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellan (Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde) and Anna Paquin (Rogue). They will be united with First Class’ James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast).
The film will be directed by Bryan Singer and is scheduled for release in the US and UK on 18th July 2014.
The Wolverine is scheduled for release in the US and UK on 26th July 2013.