The upcoming "X-Men" film, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is unique in that, as a time-travel story, it offers the chance to use actors and characters from the original series of films, as well as those from "X-Men: First Class." On Friday, Singer teased that he might include Jean Grey and Scott Summers from the original series.
When asked if he'd like to somehow include the couple, Singer said, while laughing:
Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? That’s all I can say.
There is plenty of opportunity to plan with the future and the past in the new film. Those who recall the "Days of Future Past" storyline from the comic books will remember it spanned "The Uncanny X-Men" issues #141 and #142, published in 1981. Written by Chris Claremont, it was drawn by John Byrne and inked by Terry Austin.
In the story, we see an alternate future which has been triggered by the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into a younger, present-day Kitty Pryde in hopes of preventing the event, which led to all mutants being either killed or imprisoned in internment camps.
Only a few X-Men are alive: Kitty Pride, Wolverine, Storm, and Colossus. In the alternate future, all are killed, even Wolverine, despite his adamantium skeleton and rapid healing factor. He is vaporized by a Sentinel, too fast even for his healing process, with only the metal skeleton left behind.
However, Kitty Pryde's mission succeeds, and that dystopian future is gone, never to occur.
Rachel Summers, who took the name Phoenix, also traveled back in time as part of the story. Despite being from an alternate future, she stayed, and became a member of the X-Men.
Notably, though, neither Cyclops nor Jean Grey appears in the future "Days of Future Past" timeline.
We'll see how this all pans out, but if true to the original, the new film could be great. The sequel is scheduled for a release on July 18, 2014.