Could "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the sequel to "X-Men: First Class," omit Emma Frost? It's something that's been asked since a number of cast members were confirmed back in November, and it's something January Jones, who played Frost in the first film, seemed to indicate on Thursday.
At the very least, her comments implied she knew nothing about the film, which is strange considering its import. She said:
I don’t know that I’m in it; I don’t think Emma’s in this one. Well they haven’t told me if I am [laughs]. I wouldn’t put it past them though, I got the script for the first one on the airplane on the way there.
It’s called "Days of Future Past," I think, and I think it’s more about James [McAvoy] and Michael [Fassbender] and then Patrick [Stewart] and Ian [McKellan], and I think it’s gonna go back and forth with those so I don’t think Emma’s in those bits. I don’t know, I really don’t know.
The film's title points to it being based on the classic X-Men storyline, "Days of Future Past." The casting, including both original "X-Men" characters Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen also points to that, as well, as it is a time travel tale, perfectly balanced to include both old and new characters and actors.
Those who recall that storyline 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.
Back in November, Bryan Singer tweeted the following:
I'd like to officially welcome back James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, & Nicholas Hoult to #XMEN for#DaysOfFuturePast.
There was no mention of Jones, although Emma Frost is a key character in many X-Men comic book stories.
We'll see how this all pans out, but Jones or no Jones, if true to the original, the new film could be great. The sequel is scheduled for a release on July 18, 2014.