'Days of Future Past' Story Confirmed for 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel
Back in June, a story surfaced that 20th Century Fox had recently registered the title Days of Future Past with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau. For comic fans, that was a big deal as the story is a huge one in the X-Men universe, and with the X-Men: First Class sequel in development, with a set release date of July 18th, 2014, it only made sense that we would see director Matthew Vaughn take the young X-Men into this popular 1981 two-issue storyline that deals with alternate timelines. Now producer Bryan Singer confirms that fact saying, "It deals with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things." More below!
For those unfamiliar, here's a synopsis of the story 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. (The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005 gave the numerical designation of "Days of Future Past Earth as Earth-811).
Basically, the idea of alternate universes allows for the original timeline of the X-Men trilogy to remain intact while setting off on a new arc with these younger X-Men. It's basically the same idea J.J. Abrams applied to his Star Trek franchise so as not to disrupt the original Star Trek film franchise. However, I think the story seems even more out of this world than the universe Matthew Vaughn created, which was fairly grounded for a movie about people with mutant powers. But Bryan Singer does note to IGN that this whole alternate timeline business might allow for some connectivity to the other X-Men films as well:
"I think there's a strong desire to broaden out the universe. I mean the 'X-Men' universe is every bit on is own as big as the Marvel universe. I thin it s time to reach out and explore and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films as Marvel has done so well. So you may see some of that. I don't know."
Now the problem we run into here is that since Fox owns the rights to X-Men, we wouldn't see any cross over with The Avengers or any of the characters from that team (though a small crossover with The Amazing Spider-Man almost happened). However, Fox does own the rights to Fantastic Four, and there could easily be some crossover action there with the reboot. Or perhaps Singer was talking about the connectivity of certain characters from the original X-Men films cropping up in the X-Men: First Class sequels as the timelines comes closer to the not to distant future of the original film trilogy. I guess we'll have to wait and see what writer Simon Kinberg has in store for us.