'Days of Future Past' Story Confirmed for 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

August 1, 2012
Source: IGN

Days of Future Past

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.

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If you watch Wolvering and The X-Men you can see what they're talking about up here. Except instead of Kitty you have Prof. X talking to Logan from the future to the past.

Ha on Aug 1, 2012


I really do hope it's the alternate timeline/JJ Abrams Trek idea. Having alternate timelines might be the only way Fox can save itself from the continuity clusterf*ck their X-franchise has become. I really loved First Class and the respect Vaughn managed to show the source material and characters without compromising the story he wanted to tell. I can't wait to see what he does with the Days of Future Past.

Outlaw on Aug 1, 2012


First Class is in an alternate timeline all ready, separate from X1, X2, X3; you do know this? That they have decided to set Days of Future Past in the First Class universe is too bad, it would have been really cool to see the cast of X1-3 in this. The F'd Up Timeline of X-Men: First Class:

David Banner on Aug 2, 2012


Thanks for setting outlaw straight . and yes as mooreworthy notes , DOFP is more apt with the FOX X-Men plus new intros !.

Dominic A on Aug 3, 2012


At least someone understands the timelines. Tired of people trying to piece it together and Ethan proves his ignorance yet again with hoping that this can bridge them together. It's a reboot with the same but not same characters and this and that and well FOX, like X3 and generally the entire franchised, you've fucked this up. Hand it back over to a company that knows how to make movies and destroy them.

tra la la la la di da on Aug 8, 2012


As long as they don't try to pull a "JJ Drunk", then I'll be ok with it. The last thing we need is another drunk director who loves getting everybody sick and then blinding them.

Zanpher on Aug 1, 2012


That's the worst analogy for a director I've ever hear. JJ Abrams has done a great job in the film and tv industry. Funny how you dislike him, yet you spend your time still watching his films, haha.

JBrotsis on Aug 1, 2012


Lets stick to facts eh? Just because you love getting drunk and going blind, doesn't mean everybody else does as well .. Lets go over the movies I have seen of his: * Armageddon: Only had one blind scene in it. * MI 3: No drunk or blind scenes, he actually learned how to direct for once. * Cloverfield: He was severely drunk during the making and editing of this movie. * Star Trek: He tried to blind as many people as often as possible in this fan fiction star trek film. * Super 8: Only a few blind scenes, it seemed like he was starting to use that brain. * MI 4: This was interesting. This was actually directed decently. This is amazing for him. AAA working? Spend my time still watching his film? He is a HUGE hit or miss. Either he literally tries to blind his audience, or get them sick (meaning he was drunk when filming). With only the 6 films I have seen so far, only 2 of them he was able to direct sober. That is 6 out of 15 movies I have seen of his.

Zanpher on Aug 1, 2012


Youre an idiot Zanpher. I always respect other people's opinion when it comes to film and such because its always a matter of personal taste. But man you have your facts all fucked up. JJ has only directed 4 films so far in his entire career. 3 we've seen and 1 yet to be seen. So, lol, Armageddon, Cloverfield, and MI4 is a no. 6 out of 15 is a no. Fail bro, major Fail

JohnnyQuiid on Aug 1, 2012


Calling someone an idiot because you don't agree? There's doctors you can see for that problem. Also, we are not related. Nice try though.

Zanpher on Aug 2, 2012


lol its not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing Zanpher. Its about facts and getting your information correct before you go and criticize someone's work. So youre an idot because you arent smart enough to check your info. 'nuff said Bro.

JohnnyQuiid on Aug 2, 2012


Directors: Armageddon - Michael Bay Cloverfield - Matt Reeves Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Brad Bird Oh and all of J.J. Abrams' films have been both box office successes and well-received by critics. Ever heard of Google or IMDB? They're great. Let's stick to the facts eh?

Sean on Aug 2, 2012


That is interesting,. Are you sayign there are other retarded directors out there? That is good to know.

Zanpher on Aug 2, 2012


everybody relax he's just trolling, nobody is actually that stupid when it comes to movies...

Jericho on Aug 2, 2012


So a troll, calls someone else a troll.. Now who's stupid? lol

Zanpher on Aug 2, 2012


see now here is a perfect example, he is once again trying to get under the skin by expecting himself to look smart and pointing out something he hopes is similar to how he is acting when in reality its just making himself look like an ass. so if i was to actually be drawn in then i would cop off something like "GET LAID!" but i am a mature adult, so instead i am showing that i am not going down to his middle school level because he is already demonstrating he has no idea about movies in general, this dear audience is a Troll so please demonstrate your self control on this site and simply down vote him without responding and he will go back to his World of Warcraft help site..... ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT TROLLING!

Jericho on Aug 2, 2012


You trolls are funny to respond to. Making up stuff for the hell of it, then froth at the mouth when people see through your lies. Continue with your pleads. Your troll tears taste sweet.

Zanpher on Aug 2, 2012


and now observe for he has demonstrated insecurity by downplaying, the middle of the post shows a lack of real life social skill by believing people will rally behind him despite the evidence that no one has agreed with him in any post he has made on this site, the need for dominance as evident by the end of his post. and all of this has shown that a Troll needs to feel on top otherwise he will be going back to his online guild in shame..... stay tuned for the next installment of 'to catch a Troll'

Jericho on Aug 2, 2012


And yet you continue to troll. When will you ever learn?

Zanpher on Aug 2, 2012


Growing up before participating in adult conversations will help you as you get older.

Zanpher on Aug 2, 2012


Ok Ethan, you made me bust out my old boxes and find uncanny x-men #141 and 142 days of future past. The cast in that story arc were Wolverine, Colossus, Storm, Kitty Pride, Angel and Nightcrawler. None (except Wolvie cameo) were in First Class. It will be interesting how the story will be rewritten with the current cast. Sorry, but if Darwin isn't brought back, that's so ass. He dies but wings stripper lives????

mooreworthy on Aug 1, 2012


In my mind, Darwin's body might have been evaporated but he still lives. I refuse to believe Darwin of all mutants was killed off 🙂

Neuromancer on Aug 2, 2012


No doubt. In the comics, he exploded, but was able to piece himself together.

mooreworthy on Aug 2, 2012



Jericho on Aug 2, 2012


Always gotta kill off the black man ( first ! ).... might be nice for Vaughn to bring him back in the mix .

Dominic A on Aug 3, 2012


Agree, please kill off Angel in the first 30 seconds of the movie.

BeeBee on Aug 16, 2012


Nimord and Sentials!

Michael Lee on Aug 1, 2012


Ooooh Nimrod would badass! Did you ever ready x-men second coming?

mooreworthy on Aug 2, 2012


I think this sequel spells epic all over it just like X-Men 2 did. I trust these guys will bring justice to the storyline and possibly something more impressive but I hope they bring in some Sentinel action I've been waiting for that since the first launch of the franchise back in 2000. Almost forgot I don't want that sentinel action crap from Xmen 3 as far as I know that film doesn't exist.

BinaryChaos on Aug 1, 2012


I Have to say that Chris Claremont and John Byrne should get some props for coming up with this back in 1981. I can't wait!

MarvelinTheEighties on Aug 1, 2012



DAVIDPD on Aug 1, 2012


They'll screw it up. Only way this could be awesome is if they adandoned every X-Men film made so far and got Wheadon to write and direct it. None of those things are gonna happen so it'll probably suck. Depending on the trailers, though, I might go see it anyway. Seeing a Sentinel on screen would be pretty awesome...

Agent13 on Aug 2, 2012


I think many people can write better than Wheadon.

Ryderup on Aug 2, 2012


Then why aren't they doing it?

Agent13 on Aug 3, 2012


Yeah, they can get the same people who have been doing the X-Men movies thus far. Such a great job they've been doing.

Agent13 on Aug 4, 2012


All you turds who downed my comment come back and fix it when this piece of shit comes out, okay?

Agent13 on Aug 3, 2012


It's gonna be bad. Book it.

Agent13 on Aug 4, 2012


oh cool, maybe they'll alter history and charles can walk again then he doesn't walk again (he walks in Wolverine-1 and in X-3 in a flashback where he goes alongside Magneto) to recruit Jean, then beast becomes human and goes beast again(X-2 Hank McCoy comes out as a human in the news), and maybe Magneto and charles get a concussion and forget they met in their 20's and think they met when they were like 17 and forget that Hank was the one that invented cerebro(This is a contradiction the trilogy and First Class Have), yeah haha xD (I'm totally being sarcastic by the way, the X-Men Universe is really messed up, now it contradicts itself in a lot of ways) But whatever, I'm still looking forward to the film! I love the X-Men Films no matter how much contradictions there are, those movies are awesome specially First Class and X-2. If they do it right it will be a very very awesome movie! 🙂

Fidel Reyes on Aug 2, 2012


Anyone want to see uncanny x-force on the big screen?

mooreworthy on Aug 2, 2012


Why is Bryan Singer even attached to X-Men still?! The franchise needs to go back to Marvel ASAP!

ticketmaster on Aug 2, 2012


Vaughn has to have Colossus in it , just so the movie can have a " C'mon Petey Give me a Fastball Special ! " scene . Cause i believe it was a Sentinel story where that first happened

Dominic A on Aug 3, 2012

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