Wooo! Hot off the presses!! Even better is the fact that I remember this storyline like it was yesterday--really dating myself here, but I swear I think I have the original X-Men episodes of this story tucked away in my office--the two-part comic story "Days of Future Past", first produced in 1981, is noted by many comics fans and artists alike as one of the most popular comic book stories ever written. So here we have it. Even though the last X-Men movie showed the earliest days of Charles Xavier's dream of a better world for mutantkind, its follow-up looks set to jump straight to the bitter end with confirmation that the sequel to X-Men: First Class will be titled X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The X-Men movies' executive producer Bryan Singer confirmed the title to IGN while promoting his new web series H+, saying that the movie - due in Summer 2014 - will "deal with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things."
"Days of Future Past," for the uninitiated, was the title of a two-part storyline from the end of Uncanny X-Men's much-loved run by Chris Claremont and John Byrne which flashed forward to a then-distant future (The year 2013; happy to say, things didn't turn out the way they predicted back in 1981). In that far future, all of mutantkind is being hunted and slaughtered by the giant robot Sentinels; during the story, Wolverine, Storm and Colossus are all murdered as they try to fight back against the genocide. In addition to be reprinted multiple times -- and inspiring countless sequels, prequels and spin-off comics -- the storyline has been the basis of stories in both the 1990s X-Men animated series and the more recent Wolverine and The X-Men show.
Whether or not the movie will include its own time-travel into a dystopian future or merely take inspiration from the comic's other plot - that of the planned assassination of an important politician whose bigoted rhetoric has made him a figurehead for hate groups and anti-mutant legislation alike - remains to be seen. Backpedal a minute--that almost sounds like present time--!! We can only hope that our long-held dream of seeing an aged Hugh Jackman stare down a giant robot death machine -- for real, not like the tease in X-Men: The Last Stand) will finally come true. Hopefully he's down for more than a cameo in the next film, especially considering how close filming could run to his current work on The Wolverine. I am almost as excited to see this movie as I was the premiere of John Carter! The last several X-Men movies have been outstanding. I think this one is going to rock our socks off!
X-Men: Days of Future Past - if that is indeed the title – will be in theaters on July 18th, 2014.
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