Matthew Vaughn gave X-Men: First Class a sense of 1960’s James Bondian intrigue mixed with mutant drama. Vaughn directed Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new espionage film based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will unite the cast of the original trilogy (set in the near future) and X-Men: First Class (set in the Cold War 1960’s) but when will the new film take place?
Cue the disco and glam rock!
Director Bryan Singer tweeted this photo showing a CIA report on mutation by Charles Xavier dated 1973.
The film is based on the Chris Claremont story in which X-Men from a dark future send one of their own into the past to rally the earlier X-Men to prevent an assassination that will lead to a government crackdown on mutants – including the creation of Sentinels!
Could this mean Singer’s April 1st tweet about Lady Gaga playing Dazzler was not really April Fool’s? (Fingers crossed!)
Dazzler (Alison Blaire) was created by Claremont in the final days of the disco era and her mutant power was to convert sound into light which she could use as lasers to as a “dazzle” effect that she used in her stage shows as a singer.
Director Bryan Singer keeps delivering Uncanny casting news! Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page are reprising their roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Stars from the original three films will join stars of X-Men: First Class including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.
The film will be based on the classic storyline in which mutants from the future try to change the past.
My geeky brain starting thinking of what else would make this sequel even more Astonishing X-fans! Here are 8 wishes:
X1 Hugh Jackman leading the real Last Stand! In the classic Days of Future Past storyline Logan leads the underground resistance in a future North America ruled by Sentinels. Magneto, Storm, Colossus and Kitty Pryde (now Kate Rasputin) are the only surviving X-Men. The heroes eventually break out of their concentration camp and join Logan on a suicide raid on Sentinel headquarters. Hugh Jackman is set to return so he could play the aging Logan on his last mission.
X2 Rachel Summers! The daughter of Scott and Jean is the key to the story. Rachel is telepathic and telekinetic like her mother and uses her psionic powers to send Kate’s mind into the present day body of a younger Kitty Pryde who must convince the X-Men to prevent an assassination that will lead to this dark future. Bryce Dallas Howard (yes I know she’s already been in a Spidey movie) would be perfect as tragic daughter of Scott and Jean. Rachel was forced to be a “Hound” and track down fellow mutants. In the comic books Rachel escaped the future and went into the past became the new Phoenix and joined the X-Men. She currently teaches as the Jean Grey School.
X3 Franklin Richards! The last surviving member of the Fantastic Four is in love with Rachel. The son of Reed and Susan Storm Richards is in the camp with the surviving X-Men and I won’t reveal his final fate. Mark Millar’s new role as Creative Consultant for the Fox controlled Marvel franchises includes the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. This film could serve as a reboot point for both franchises similar to J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek.
X4 Kitty Pryde/Kate Rasputin! Ellen Page is back so will she play the future Kate? Kitty is married to Colossus (as it should be!) but agrees to have her mind travel into the past to rally the X-Men to stop a chain of events leading to the dark future. Continue reading X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Wish List!
This post reveals the ending of Wolverine and the X-Men #23
Do NOT keep reading unless you read that issue!
Here it is:
The finale of the Frankenstein Murder Circus arc ended with comeback of a villain I wasn’t expecting! Jason Aaron dropped a supernatural bombshell but has he been warning us of this old enemy’s return since the first issue?
Frankenstein’s Monster and a witch named Calcabring made an unholy alliance to enchant the X-Men into becoming circus freaks and helping the monster track his prey – the young Bishop of the new Hellfire Club aka the last Frankenstien!
The X-Men ultimately defeated Frankenstein, the witch and their circus of zombie clowns! On the final page we learned the witch has been serving Azazel! The demon looking mutant daddy of Nightcrawler appeared to have magically transported into our world!
Who is Azazel?
In a storyline called The Draco (Uncanny X-Men #426 – #434) writer Chuck Austen revealed that Nightcrawler’s father was Azazel. This mutant from Biblical times was banished by Angels to a dark brimstone dimension. He was able to escape the dimension for brief periods of time and visited Earth to father several demon-looking mutant children. Azazel fathered Kurt Wagner with Mystique. The X-Men stopped Azazel’s plot to claim the Earth via his teleporting demon children and the villain went into character no man’s land.
Azazel (played by Jason Flemying) was part of Sebastian Shaw’s Hellfire Club in X-Men: First Class. Director Matthew Vaughn didn’t reference the Nightcrawler connection and turned the reviled character into a sinister on- screen smash.
It appears Azazel’s popularity from the last film has inspired a comic book comeback. One of the many running storylines since Wolverine and the X-Men launched is the bamfs running wild at The Jean Grey School. The tiny Nightcrawler looking creatures escaped to the school when Beast opened a portal to their dimension. The little gremlins have been making mischief as the school (like stealing Wolverine’s whisky) but have they been agents of Azazel all this time? Could this lead to the resurrection of the real Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler?
The Consultant sounds like a cool comic book. It’s Mark Millar’s new job. His clients are Marvel’s big screen superheroes controlled by Fox (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Wolverine.) The Superhero Movie Consultant is talking about his new role and his excitement for the sequel to X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn who directed the film based on Millar’s Kick-Ass. The sequel is based on the classic Chris Claremont/John Byrne two-parter Days of Future Past.
Millar tells SFX “Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
He teased the plot, calling it “X-Men meets The Terminator“.
“You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film.”
He also said that it is “no spoiler on [his] part” to say that the film goes into an apocalyptic future.
Millar explained how his job will meld the heroic franchises into one cinematic universe to SFX.
“Fox have said that they want to build a cohesive universe and I’d personally like this to work in complement to the Marvel one. It would be cool if these universes didn’t contradict each other so if you went to see Spidey, The Avengers, the X-Men, etc, as a viewer you would have no idea that all three are coming from different studios. I’d love to make it look like they’re all just happening in one place.
“I don’t think it’s something anyone would want to rush into. Following that Marvel model, we want to establish things first. If you had a Fantastic Four relaunch, and Wolverine and the X-Men were in it, I think it would distract you from the Fantastic Four. You can make people aware that they’re existing in the same universe without making it a big crossover movie but it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them.”
I’m hoping Days of Future Past could include Hugh Jackman as Logan of the future leading the mutant resistance against the Sentinels (I assume that’s the Terminator reference Millar makes above ) and the film could reboot the X-Men franchise – like the recent Star Trek film.
Avengers vs. X-Men rages on this week in X-Men Legacy #268 but Marvel promises this issue will dive into the past of Frenzy. Joanna Cargill has been a villain with the Alliance of Evil and the Acolytes but is now trying to redeem herself with the X-Men.
I’m a huge Frenzy fan because of Mike Carey and now Christos Gage’s portrayal of her in X-Men Legacy. She left Utopia and joined Rogue and Wolverine because of falling in love with Cyclops in the Age of X pocket universe. Scott did not return her affection when reality was reset.
Frenzy is a powerful mutant and emotional powder keg. She may have been pushed but Frenzy threw the first punch in the AvX fight in this tie-in book. Joanna’s rage has been because of emotional manipulation and disappointment after giving her all to a cause (the Acolytes, Cyclops in Age of X.) Gage has been slowly showing an attraction between Joanna and Gambit. Frenzy reminds me of Rogue when she first joined the X-Men. I look forward to seeing what Gage does in this issue with such a character that has so much potential.
Click here to see why I think Frenzy would be perfect for an X-Men: First Class sequel.