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Magneto And Professor X, Old And New, In X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST!!

The Kidd here...

I've been telling you that this was coming for quite some time now, with X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST operating as the next step in the FIRST CLASS branch of the X-Men Movie Universe, while also opening the door for X-MEN 4 and the relaunch of the present day mutants we came to know over Bryan Singer's first two films in the franchise and then that debacle of a third that Brett Ratner got saddled with (I know it's easy to blame the guy, but that picture was all set to be a mess before he ever signed on). Now it looks official that the X-MEN worlds will be collided with Singer taking to Twitter to confirm that not only would the key principles from FIRST CLASS be returning - James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult - but our first iterations of Professor X and Magneto, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, would also be joining the cast this time around. 

The DAYS OF FUTURE PAST comic arc deals with Kitty Pryde transfering her mind into a younger version of herself in the past, in order to key her and her fellow mutants in on a key moment in hysteria that will lead to anti-mutant feelings to reach new heights, where mutants are jailed in internment camps. That would act as a perfect way to bridge the two casts - does Ellen Page return to reprise her role as Kitty Pryde from THE LAST STAND? - while setting off a chain of events that could easily send the X-MEN timeline of the earlier three movies onto a new path, one in which THE LAST STAND happened but didn't really (kind of like Abrams' approach to STAR TREK). 

I'll be interested to see what other dominos might not fall as far as the old X-MEN cast coming aboard DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, because Singer may be putting the band back together quite extensively to really expand the X-Men's presence on the big screen. We already saw Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romjin last time out... who's next?


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  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Cool! And first!

    by Flames gotta Eat

  • And I like this news, mash-up/timeline craziness seems to be trendy now. Love me the direction new X-Men is going.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Read that first sentence. Out Loud.

    by aTwenty7thLetter

    Jesus Christ. Is Kidd the worst writer that's ever been featured on this site? Someone's going to say it's Harry, but I think this guy takes the cake.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Can audiences follow this?

    by Silv

    I don't think most people understood the Star Trek reboot timeline plot, but just went with the flow. Asking them to do it again might be pushing it.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Ellen Page

    by Nuck81

    From your description it looks like Kitty will play a central role. I have nothing against Ellen Page, but wouldn't they go after someone a little more high profile?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Still wish the First Class story could have been an epic trilogy

    by JCBaggee

    First Class: the formation of the X-Men, hints of Erik Lehnsherr's dark side Sequel: the rise of Magneto. Paralysis of Xavier. Fall of the X-Men. Your 'Empire Strikes Back' 'All Hope Is Lost But We'll Try Anyways' downer ending Conclusion: Xavier secretly trains a team of All-New, All-Different X-Men and moves to stop Magneto.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by jemagee

    The majority of people are morons - they can't follow the plot of a south park episode - as long as they shell out money for geek movies who cares?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    GO with the Cartoon version of DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

    by Rob

    Bring in Cable and Bishop and prevent the assassination of Senator Kelly.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Will this somehow open the way

    by Chairman_Kaga

    for the more classic lineup of Xmen (Cyclops, Jean, Beast etc) in the late 60's/70's rather than Singer's versions in the 00s?

  • And I never thought I'd say this, but Fassbender McAvoy were much better than their older versions. So will this be part of the shared Fox Marvel Universe that Millar is the consultant of?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by jemagee

    High profile - you mean like casting a talentless but well known actress as Black Widow - or Storm - or Jean Grey? As for high profile - people still love ellen page from juno - and she scared the crap out of people in Hard Candy or whatever Give me TALENT over profile - (Chris Evans, Hemsworth) and then they GET the profile from being talented or did you miss the entire star trek movie?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    BOOYAH! This is GREAT news!

    by D.Vader

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    The "Original" Team

    by jemagee

    Which original team are we talking folks? For days of future past to REALLY change the future it also has to mess with x-men united and bring 'normal' jean grey back to life.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Too bad everything is still fucked thanks to Wolverine

    by D.Vader

    Or thanks to Magneto crippling Xavier in the first First Class movie. Should have been saved for later.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    really agree, the Marvel movies alone have shown that the obvious high profile choice isn't always the best.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    NOTHING says Kitty Pryde is in this movie

    by D.Vader

    All we need is time travel. We don't need Kitty Pryde. If this is a sequel to FIRST CLASS, then we'll get the FIRST CLASS characters traveling to the future to see what damage has been done. If this is an X4, then we'll see future characters traveling back in time to stop the future from happening.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Naked Kitty Pryde?

    by Royston Lodge

    Oh, this isn't about XXX-Men? Never mind...

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Is Professor X going to look like a little lesbian in this one too?

    by Autodidact

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    jemagee, original team

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    I said original, but meant any of the classic x-men members in a group together. As long as it's not a gang of various versions of obscure Xavier school students that are there only for a cool power effect display and then killed off by the baddie of the day. When you think about it, the Singer movies really fucked it up. First class should've been a reboot.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Kidd scooped everyone!!

    by Bass Ackwards

    Because there must have been an article somewhere in the past where he said something like, *I wonder if this film will tie into Singer's films?* Scooped! He's been telling us this news for months! I remember posting, shut up already Kidd, we're all tired of hearing about you're incredible X-Men scoops, give us a break! Another *win* for AICN.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    will never EVER get over the gross mishandling of the PHOENIX

    by the Green Gargantua

    1000 deaths is not penance enough.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Its going to be Mystique rather than Kitty Pryde...

    by TopHat

    Mystique is going to be the one to contact her younger self. Singer and Donner obviously think she's an interesting character. ...which is one of the reasons why I have no faith in this.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Who care if audiences can't follow it?

    by InfiniteGeist

    Stop catering to retards. Then you'll force mindless to raise their standard of thought and perhaps inspire them to think a little more when watching. Critical thinking can do wonders in the real world too. Regardless, I'm quite curious to see how this entry turns out. I think Singer will give his best effort with this flick. As much a I want the property to go back to Marvel, I'm willing to see if they can fix the franchise with this flick.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Gimmie Cable and Bishop

    by Darkknight37

    You can't miss out on the quality of fuckery that's at stake here.

  • ..and watch Rob Liefeld have conniptions all over again like he did the first time he found out that Peter David made one of his characters gay.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    A key moment in hysteria...

    by Bill C.

    ...noooo, the joke probably writes itself.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Continuity is fucked anyhow....

    by Bob

    X-Men: Last Stand. Older Xavier (Stewart) is walking with Magneto in a flashback that clearly takes place after First Class. Except in FC, he gets crippled. Hoping for a semi-reboot. The X-Men had two good films, and a shit turd for a third. Let's hope Singer can literally rewrite their history, and fix things. So far he's two for two.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    But does that mean...

    by skiprat1

    ... the soon to be released Wolverine movie will be the last remnant of the original, present day timeline (seeing as it's apparently set after Last Stand), if the timeline is somehow altered before Last Stand takes place? Or... will they take the time to show old Magneto getting his powers back, and old Prof X explaining to everyone that he's not dead and has a new body (high-five!), but still can't walk. Or something. Oh and here's younger me.

  • Please don't turn out to be another Wolverine show.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    How about some Apocalypse? and some giant fucking battles?

    by Joey Stars

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by Rob

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Bring in Bishop,Cable and Forge kthxbye

    by Chain

  • I've said it before and I'll say it again, in my mind First Class actually already rebooted the X-Men in a better light. Yes I loved X2 but let's be honest the 1st X-Men was ok at best, and we all know the 3rd was a train wreck. So if they wipe away those 3 for a new direction with these than I'm all for it.

  • That gave us Storm, Colossus, Night-Crawler, & Wolverine! Colossus needs to be done right!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    BRING CYCLOPS BACK GODDAMMIT and don't focus so much on Wolverine.

    by sonnyfern

    I'm still 100% pissed that they fucked Cyclops over and over again in the first trilogy. There was no need to do that at all, he's a great character, with a GREAT power. I hope to God Singer just doesn't focus the entire movie on Wolverine AGAIN. It's called X-MEN. NOT Wolverine and the X-men.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Dewayne Johnson for Bishop!!!

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    ellen page is known name

    by Matthew

    Kesley Grammer as beast should be brought bacl, at least for a cameo. They could continue on with first class and present day x-men films after days. Will days be a two part film? Seems like lots of characters and story. The original comics of x-men didn't sell well at all and was cancelled. X-men became popular later on without the original lineup, just saying. Would really love to see them have the 90s cartoon theme in the movie redone with full orchestra

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    shared universe?

    by Matthew

    x-men and fantastic four? that is all fox owns, but x-men is a pretty big universe

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    My money is on Mystique being the one who goes back.

    by JediRob

    Makes sense I think.

  • Surely there were plenty more stories they could tell while Xavier and Erik are finding mutants, building those wonderful toys, etc. Seemed like a bit of a mad rush to get the backstories, the Brotherhood, Cerebro and Xavier's paralysis jammed in there. It doesn't annoy me that they included them all, far from it. It just comes across that they didn't have much confidence that they might get another crack at it, ie. the film flops and they don't get to work on a sequel. Anyone with a more informed idea about this?

  • Next we'll have Gandalf teaming up with Captain Kirk to fight Buzz and 3D! Movies are dead to me now i've got Halo 4 - Hitman - Dishonoured - games now have better stories and originality than their movie conterparts.... ...Course i'll be there for Godzilla though! RRRRAAAOOOOOWWWWW :O

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    And go back and delete these entries(pissing ipad)

    by Torben

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by Simpsonian

  • How many more goes are there at a storyline like this? Avengers has raised the game, and all the pieces are sitting right there for a comparable X-Men epic-scale story. With the old and new casts - the "lead up" films are already made. Do it right, Fox! This one is just waiting to be hit out of the park!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Why can't a single writer on this site

    by The Llama

    spell McKellen's name correctly? It's disrespectful, asshats.

  • I know films are bad these days, but good God, man, what are you on? Video games are the gutter of used-up cliches from other media, fan-fic ghettos of horrid storytelling and worse dialogue. Video games are the absolute nadir of storytelling, no matter how much people seem to like them. Popular taste has just gotten worse, I think, and I didn't think it was possible.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    philjacksonisthemasterofzen: FOX's shared Marvel Universe

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    it was announced months ago, but I think AICN missed that. Mark Millar is overseeing all future Marvel Movies from FOX. From the press release: "we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe.”

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Terry Crews for Bishop!

    by Rob

    You know this to be true.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Spell McKellens name right? Ain't nobody got time fer dat!!!

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I'll see your Terry Crews, and raise you Stephen Lang for Cable.

    by davidwebb

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    ...and include the Avengers too!

    by Joe Cranford

    Just... no JLA.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I think it's a mistake to link the films

    by McGuphin

    Lets face it The Xmen Franchise was crap by the end. The 2nd film had moments, the first one was a glorified tv movie and the 3rd one, you know. First class was fun and cut free of the garbage that came before. Whoever thought "lets link them up, that'll be good because we painted ourselves into corners before and we might as well pull this reboot prequel sequel into the mess" hasn't thought it through. Sure wolverine was a small nod in first class but wolverine was about the only thing they really got close to right!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    @atwenty7thletter: I did read the first sentence out loud

    by Player01

    I almost asphyxiated. You will be sued for these instructions, please forward me your details. Meanwhile 'The Kid' will be fired, by a firing squad, for crimes against journalism and the English language. Or maybe we should just send him back to grade school, to brush up on some basics again?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Biff and Magneto?

    by grassh0pperunit

    What happens if Biff travels back in time and give the Grays Sport Almanac to Magneto? Will Marty and Wolverine have to team up to stop them?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    fuck magneto and friends, Miss Lawrence is returning,thats all that matters

    by lookylookymoontard

    oh yes

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    and they build 'good robot us's..'

    by Axl Z

    to totally save the babes!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    First 10 minutes of X2...

    by Darth Macchio

    Singer so got the physicality of how I imagined Night Crawler's movement and teleporting - that scene to me stands out as some of the best 10 minutes of "comic book movie" film currently in existence. Moe Zart's "Dies Irae" was a brilliant touch as well. And yes...the OST to Xmen3 was fantastic (John Powell), the best Xmen soundtrack to date if you ask me (FC was good as well tho I'm somewhat alone with that opinion). But to the article, retconing can be a good and bad thing - and not just for continuity's sake. One example: in FC at the beginning when Shaw is coaxing a young Eric Lenshere to move the coin and then uses the "Nazi technique" to coax him by threatening his mother. All well and good...except for one tiny little detail. In the original Xmen, when they first separate Eric from his parents at the concentration camp, as the young Eric panics and begins to scream for his parents, unleashing his powers at the gate...the actor playing Eric has a moment where he seems to recognize that the gate is bending and yet it shouldn't be and that he's doing it (a great moment where fractional moments of shock and disbelief pass over the actor's face amidst the anguish/fear of what was happening). Leading me to think that, up to that point, neither Eric nor his family had any idea about his ability to move a coin much less affect magnetic/electric fields. When FC showed his mother giving him words of encouragement implying she knows he has this "power", I sort of got a little works SOOO much better if his power is first realized at that moment shown in the first film...a moment of terrible pain and torment as this child realizes what is happening...all the while NOT realizing that he's something more than your usual child. Having that knowledge ahead of time, as shown in FC, takes away from the whole scene and context as presented. All they had to do was show puzzlement and confusion on the mother...and it would have worked. But she knew he had this ability. It almost completely ruins the scene for me.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    This is going to be confusing.

    by Brigon

    but so long as Stephen Lang is in for Cable, I'm in.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Will Spiderman Be In It?

    by Lesbianna_Winterlude

    Wouldn't be the same without him.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Ellen Page is big and will get cross-over cash...

    by txtone04

    and if 'The Rock' is anywhere near this I may pass. That is all.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Ellen Page

    by GQSioux

    Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde appeared to be in her early 20s in The Last IF Days of Future Past presumably takes place in the early 70s....she wouldn't even be born yet!!! So I highly doubt they'll use her.

  • there are so many more x-men that could be added, why stop at 35?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    X-Men.. my 2 cents

    by houbou

    I didn't really liked any of the X-Men movies. The effects weren't all that great. The stories were so-so. Some of the casting was good however, I will give it that much, Magneto, Professor X, Wolverine and even Mystique were well cast. I found the Wolverine solo movie more enjoyable. But that's probably because Hugh Jackman made it good movie to watch. However, X-Men First Class was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed this fine movie. Which is why, I'm a bit weary of seeing where things will go with the upcoming DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. I really want to like it. But Singer didn't deliver as much as I would have liked it with X-Men and X-Men 2. Ratner kinda sucked even worse with X-3, but let's not go there.. However, considering that Singer is involved again, I'm not so sure I'm going to like it. He's the same guy who royally screwed up Superman Returns by working with a very badly written script. On the other hand, he did great by Star Trek, so let's give him that much. Seems to me, he doesn't understand comics that well, which is why both X-Men movies and Superman returns sucked big time. Too bad Joss Whedon can't take the helm for the new X-Men movie, or even Kevin Smith for that matter, for these guys are true geeks who love the genre and respect it and can bring it forth, especially Joss with his proven record on the Avengers and his past work with Buffy, Angel, Firefly, etc.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    I don't know what the fuck can save this series.

    by Christian Sylvain

    Each subsequent X-Men movie only exists to ignore the previous one. It's ridiculous.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Re-cast Storm if she's in it!

    by Charger

    Halle Berry just isn't right for the role.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Matthew Vaughn for Star Wars?

    by Jay Jay

    Check out this tweet from DIY TV in the UK -"We chatted to the lovely Jason Flemyng who pretty much let slip that Matthew Vaughn will be on Star Wars IV duties oops! #Jameson7Psychos Did Flemyng spill the beans? Or is it a wind-up?

  • fact recast the whole thing except Jackman, since Wolvie doesn't age. Halle Berry looks great naked, but Angela Basset was born to play Storm. I used to watch Strange Days over and over, wishing I could someday be raped by her. Also Strange Days is Kathryn Begelow's best work. Just sayin'.

  • ...because when I heard they were using "Days of Future Past" as the basis for the story it NEVER occurred to me that the original cast might show up again. Sadly, sarcasm is lost on some without vocal inflection.

  • Sorry to go off topic, but Fox has hired another writer to work on The Forever War for Ridley Scott. Hopefully we'll get an article and talkback about it here soon, but I just couldn't contain my excitement.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Unclear on the Concept...

    by rbottoms

    You do know the idea behind blockbuster films is to make money? I gurantee you James Marsden who has the screen presence of sphagetti is not going to ever be featured over screen time for Hugh "ladies in the seats" Jackman. In the comics, Cyclops is a badass who I clearly enjoy leading the X-Men. However his incarnation on the big screen barely registers, and then there's whole thing of seeing 26 year-old Marsden together with 36 year old Famke Jensen starting in X-Men. Jensen is no Mariel Streep but even she outshines her "soulmate". Phoenix and Wolverine generate actual heat between them, not exactly Bogart and Bacall, but they were surely presented as more believable as lovers than Cyclop's whiney self.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by rbottoms

    H8ters gotta hate. For it's time the Golden Gate Bridge scene was one of coolest WTF moments in a superhero movie. For the money and time constraints it is a pretty solid flick.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Boris Kodjoe for Bishop!

    by ShadowVision

    He has the looks and the build.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    if by WTF, you mean why the fuck is it suddenly night time when it was just day?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    @thulsaboom. I don't know about this X-men shit. All I know is...

    by Deceased Fan

    Arnold for Thanos. That is all.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    What about Wolverine.... He needs to be in this movie

    by ass clown

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    More Liefeld characters please!! Shatterstar! Feral! Cameltoe! Thrustbox!

    by Fries Against

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Angela Basset/ Black Actress/ Black Comic Heroines

    by Dawhiteguy

    I have not read The Walking Dead comic books. She is the best black female heroine in a fantasy series I have ever seen. Back to Storm, who can play a great Storm? I want to see the Storm who wears tribal outfits that connect to her roots and earthiness. Maybe "Gugu Mbatha-Raw", she has the looks for the part.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Please explain Havok

    by Phategod2

    I'd be glad to forget X-men Origins: Wolverine and there was no clear indication of when that movie took place, but Havok is supposed to be younger then Cyclops, 1st class takes place clearly in the 60's, and before Professor X has met Cyclops in X-men Origins:Wolverine which appears to take place in possibly any period between 1970-1990 it was not clear at all, will anyone actually attempt to explain this?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    I agree that none of the X-Men were great.

    by Dawhiteguy

    They have no kind of re-watch value compared to their comic/ cartoon counterparts.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    @houbou Singer didn't Direct Star Trek

    by Phategod2

    I was pretty indifferent towards X-1 but I think X-2 stands out as one of the best comic book movies. And X-3 and X-men origins: Wolverine are cinematic aberrations.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Baaaahhh. If they get ANY of this right,I'll shit a sailboat.

    by Mike McCutcheon

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Ellen Page was a great Kitty Pryde in X3

    by PoweredUpPackman

    While the rest of that movie blew unholy donkey dick, Page was pretty great in it as I recall, and pretty close to what Kitty was in the comics (the ones I read anyway).

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Rachel Phoenix please

    by Jim

    Would love to see this. Rachel back in time finds the aftermath of last Stand and mom and dad dead. Figures out somone is fucking with the timestream. Recruits wolvie's x force plus legion to go back in time and set shit straight. Giant fucking fight between brotherhood xmen and xforce. Rachel finds apocylypse and nimrod fighting to fuck the m'kraan crystal goes full fucking phoenix and destroys reality and remakes it. end has Mcavoy Xavier sitting bald in a wheelchair with a green blanket on his lap watching tony stark come out as iron man on tv. He thinks "to me my xmen" Scott, Bobby, Jean, Hank, and Warren show up. National emergency called to clean up fanboy jizz

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    worlds will be collided

    by pearlanddean

    What the fuck kind of writing is this? Apart from a rambling first sentence which goes on far too long, this is amateur at best. Half the articles here read like a teenagers over-excited blog entry rather than a legitimate film news website. FFS get your Mum to proof read this stuff before posting it.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    With more actor `doubles` there`ll be less time for each as a character.

    by higgledyhiggles

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Terry Crews for Bishop would be perfect. Almost.

    by MikeTheSpike

    The only problem is that if you're really going to stick to the comics, Claremont made him an Aborigine for some stupid reason. Also, Stephen Lang was born to play Cable. I've never seen an actor who more closely resembled a comic book character.

  • An increasingly apathetic fan base wooed by expensive fan boy pleasing announcements to give the impression that they have or will make a 'film for the fans'. the biggest problem is at least half the core fan base no longer cares. The problem is that in the words of the great B.B. King 'The Thrill Has Gone'. Too many times have this studio fallen short and while there will be a number of fans who will clamber to see the new films in the opening week there are many that will be boycotting or simply not bothering to see these films. This in turn has lead to more big promises and ever increasing production budgets to emulate the success of the Avengers without having put any of the work in. Only a Marvel produced film can save this holy mess. It is a desperate situation This is a perfect example of brand damage. It should be studied at school : 'How to screw up one of the biggest comic book film franchises' Give it up boys the rots too deep on this one

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Bishop? Cable? Are you guys fucking kidding?

    by Autodidact

    When did you ever read a comic, put it down, and say to yourself "man, Cable and Bishop, such interesting characters!" Cable and Bishop represent a lot of what went wrong with comics in the early 90s. That is artists "creating characters" by doodling a random assortment of cliches. Bishop's claim to fame is having the most extreme mullet of all time. Cable's is having massive shoulder pads and a metal arm. You guys have to be kidding me by asking for their inclusion.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    It blows my mind that X-MEN came out 12 years ago

    by Autodidact

    What the fuck happened to the past decade!?

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Angela Basset would be a Perfect Storm!

    by steverogers5

    And yeah, Strange Days is a great undervalued movie! I can't stand Halle Berry. She somehow managed to be the worst thing in Die Another Day. (Which in a film with invisible cars and dreadful cgi, was quite an accomplishment..) And yeah, add me to the list of folks hoping to see Cyclops in this. It is such a shame the way his character was treated in these films..

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I always thought Natalie Portman would have been a great Kitty Pryde..

    by steverogers5

    But they ruined the prospect of that ever happening by putting her in a really worthless role in Thor...Sigh!

  • She was great in Battleship.

  • I like the movies and I like almost all the casting. I can even watch Last Stand and Wolverine Origins, BUT they have to give Scott some time in the spotlight! He is such a cool character in the comics!

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    I always wanted to see Iman play Storm

    by zer0cool2k2 Though, her time has probably passed.

  • Get your facts straight, man! Cable was a joke in the 90s, but today, hes pretty cool.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    No more gimmick/stunt casting...

    by Darth Macchio

    I agree that Berry is 100% wrong for Storm and that Basset, circa Strange Days, would be more than perfect for the role. But can we stop with the gimmick casting already? What's next? Mick Jagger as Toad? David Crosby as Blob? Brittany Spears recast as the White Queen? Justin Bieber recast as Leech? I haven't seen some of these movies that feature non-actors as actors (Battleship) but this is not a good trend to start in sci-fi/action/comic book movies. If people want their Whitney Huston 'Bodyguard' vehicles, fine...more power to them as it's a perfect fit. And there are exceptions of course...always liked Dolly Parton back in the day, Marky Mark isn't terrible (and occasionally great - The Departed, etc) and Will Smith is often fantastic (I Robot and I am Legend - bad movies yes but he was excellent in them), Mos Def has been great in everything I've seen him in (and I felt he was fine as Ford Prefect), but it seems like casting just jumps at the chance to cast someone on their name only..Rhiana, Madonna, Paris Hilton, being perfect examples. Perhaps these people can act...most likely they can't...but I find the motivation to cast them to be incongruous with the true intent of movie making...telling a visual story. Of course...I'm a delusional, anachronistic, fantasist idiot who believes that something like 'creative integrity' should be driven by something other than just profit. Now, at the risk of being cynical, there's hardly a concern for anything beyond profit. And that really really sucks. And another thing... For some reason, the actors in comic book movies always seem to grow larger than the parts they portray. Hugh Jackman played the part of Wolverine...he is NOT Wolverine and the part is not freakin owed to him for life. Our loyalty should be to the character first and foremost - the person playing the role is only important insofar as talent and similar physical appearance correlating to the character in question. Jackman may be the reason certain people see these movies but the reason we (geeks) see them is for Wolverine. I don't see Xmen to see the fantastic Patrick Stewart act. I see Xmen cause I love the characters and the universe in which they reside. I don't see Xmen to see the crazy beautiful Rebecca Romain half-naked and painted blue..I see Xmen to see Mystique (although I cannot deny, shallow or not, that this is definitely delicious gravy for me seeing Romain in all her half-naked, blue-skinned glory but I digress...either way, she's a more than capable actor!) Of all people, geeks like us should be heralding the characters and not the freakin actors who play them. All this talk of who should play who and us going through the rounds of famous names and faces really misses the point. Only here (and other film "connoisseur" sites) do people have great concern about whose writing the script and who's directing versus which actor 'du jour' is getting the part. But yet when people in AICN fall into the same apparent trap of supporting gimmick casting for any reason as opposed to working purely from story, plot, and character, I start to get really worried. I know some of you self-loathing types think geek dollars aren't significant or that our "tropes" are meaningless but I think it's abundantly clear that you couldn't be more wrong. No geek dollar - no base inspiration for things like Avengers and the billion it pulled in. Yes, more than "geeks" saw Avengers in the theater but do you actually (and honestly) think for one fraction of a second that a movie like 'Avengers' would even exist without geeks?

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    That's be Sir Patrick Stewart to you.

    by PrezMike

    Not just Sir Ian.

  • Its a similar skill set. Yeah, you get the Paris Hiltons, but the bottom line is if you're a celebrity (any kind of celebrity) you're more than likely to be talented at presenting yourself to an audience, which is a big huge part of acting. Casting may be in many cases dollar driven, but no less so for "real" actors than for singer/rapper/model-turned actors. As much as I just don't like Common, I think he's become a fine actor. I don't like him the way I don't like Tom Cruise. Just preference. You can't say Tom Cruise isn't a great actor. Both the Wahlbergs, Tupac, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, etc. All of these guys were able to become great actors because they were not afraid to put themselves out onto screen physically and emotionally, as they had already been doing with their music.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    There are exceptions...of course..there always are

    by Darth Macchio

    And that's a good thing too. I was the biggest Will Smith much so that I used to joke he was being cast as everything in everything (especially after hearing he apparently wanted his whole family cast in the matrix sequels after he declined the role of neo initially) but then I saw him in 'I, Robot' which is not a good movie (but based on a fantastic book) but Smith is superb in it. The scene where he describes the accident and why he had such a horrible bias against the robots was simply fantastic. i think he's far more talented an actor than he ever was a musician. so, to my point, i'm not talking about stopping people who have talent in front of the camera but who also happen to be from other celebrity-based fields. not even a little bit. hell, i think Duane Johnson is great and more than worthy heir to the rather madhouse action movie genre from which so many other iconic stars have emerged. all the people you mentioned are unquestionably talented actors. which is great - I'm not prejudiced or biased against musicians or anybody for that matter becoming an actor if they can act. what concerns me is this zeal to seek out people for reasons other than established acting talent. or not bothering to ensure that talent before the camera rolls. rihanna is a very attractive woman and i cannot say if she's a capable actor as i have not seen 'battleship' but was she cast due to her name recognition or because of her name recognition AND the matter of her actually being great as an actor? comedians are another facet on this...tina fey is hilarious and does great work now but initially she was so clearly aware of the camera and being on camera that it was rather excruciating to watch. and the less said about cindy crawfords forway into "acting" the better. which is my point really - the casting crew had to know she was terrible but yet still cast her cause...well hell, it's cindy crawford after all! (she does make good furniture tho) and i always respect their courage...hell even lohan is somewhat courageous doing that liz and dick thing (whereas the studio seems somewhat exploitative)...but i care more about the story than i do the people portraying the role. that must come first. and it seems like we're inexorably moving further and further away from that. actors used to seek roles, cherish them from the character's it seems like we're moving into this notion of roles seeking actors. I cannot say that this doesn't make me a little nervous about the future of film.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Oh no...not macchio!

    by Deceased Fan

    While you indeed would look great stuffed and mounted above my mantle, I like you so I'm going to have to throw you back in. Rihanna? please. Battleship? Dead giveaway. I do apologize for that bit of fun. Your pal, adeceasedfan Btw Britney Spears as White Queen. Wish I had thought of that. Lol.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    by Deceased Fan

    Also apologies to Angela Bassett. While I agree at one point in her career, she was the...ahem, Perfect Storm. I was disparaging her good name for a laugh.

  • Mystique will be front and center. If anything, Ellen Page/Kitty will just sit in a chair the whole movie with diodes connected to her brain, eyes rolling up into her head, drool dribbling down her chin, and they'll cut to her now and again just to acknowledge her existence.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Mystique

    by Bass Ackwards

    Its not really such a revelation that they're tying in cast members from Singer's films to the prequels, since both Jackman and Romijn had cameos in First Class.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    i hope they keep the emphasis on fassbender, mcavoy & jen lawrence

    by smudgewhat

    they are the whole reason XFC worked. would love to see ellen page back as kitty though.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    um smudgewhat i disagree. McKellen and PStew are unsurpassable

    by Stephen

    I have a great hope that we will get an X-Men franchise some time down the road that is actually amazing and not the "decent movies with great moments" that we have with this one. But one thing I believe is that even if I live for 100 more years I will never see a better casting of those two characters. Please let them shine.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    How did Cable come up?

    by Homer Sexual

    Because, well, Cable is not in Days of Future Past. Plus he is the character I hate most of all comic book characters. I can live with Bishop, but not Cable. Although I defy anyone to not make either of those two look absurd in live action, considering that they even look ridiculous on the page....

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I like the idea of replacing Kitty with Mystique....

    by Homer Sexual

    Of course, then they can't be fighting the same Brotherhood that Mystique was a part of in the original story, but both the old and young versions already exist, and both are excellent. Jennifer Lawrence isn't exactly a flash in the pan, she is an amazing actress who really DESERVES to be a star. Watch Winter's Bone and you will be converted.

  • It's 2012, she's 55 or something now.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Bryan Singer

    by allstarninja

    Is simply the wrong choice. This guy is the King of turning hot attractive chicks fugly in his movies. And while I'm not saying it has anything to do with his dude preferences, it totally has everything to do with his dude preferences. For example: Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush - hot as hell Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns - fug Famke Jansen in anything - hot Famke Jansen in X-Men - fug and mad This guy made Halle Barry wear basically a tight mumu as Storm, made Jennifer Lawrence somehow simultaneously unattractive and naked at the same time (how?) and took the only female character in the Usual Suspects and turned her into a hell biatch. Aren't movies like this catered toward us geeks? Don't geeks usually favor the hot chick Jim Lee version of the X-Men characters? Or maybe at the very least a little skin? Tell me you don't want to see some super hot chick playing Psylocke in an X-Men flick? Not a chance on this one with Captain Meat Whistle at the helm. Mark my words my friends, you are in for one big non hot chick wang fest. I'll still watch it, but with likely major disappointment ....

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Sorry but this franchise is fucked

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Not everything can be like the comic, I understand that, these are movies. But the First Class movie should have been a reboot. Christ, they made how many Star Trek films over a couple of decades? They could have made a real series of great X-Men films, starting with the original team and moving into the Wolverine era, and done the Dark Phoenix story some justice (instead of wiping their asses on it, which is how it came out in X3.) I fear for Days of Future Past, because I don't understand why they don't just write an original story instead of taking something famously well-loved and "betterizering" it in Hollywood hack fashion.

  • Fucker made Marrow "pretty." Chris Claremont is not allowed in this dojo.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I want Mystique and Kitty Pryde to be lovers

    by FlyingToupee

    Because, you know, Jennifer Lawrence and Ellen Page are hot.

  • Maybe I missed something, but if you're talking about FC, I couldn't disagree more. I couldn't take my eyes off of her for the whole movie.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I don't think all star ninja knows any gay guys

    by Homer Sexual

    Cause we are way better at making women look hot than straight guys. Singer did make Halle Berry unattractive but so did the uber hetero Last Stand director. I disagree about Jennifer Lawrence, but that movie was directed by Matthew Vaughn not Singer. Kate Bosworth has anorexia or something so she simply isn't that hot any more. For the record, I don't think Singer is a very good director but it's not why you say it is. Also, we homos loooooove chicks like Psylocke so I really don't think you have a y gay friends or family.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    I don't think homer sexual got my point

    by allstarninja

    I have lots of gay friends, but that isn't the point. All I'm saying is that there is a certain part of singers interpretation of the x men that completely disappoints me, and the uniforms he has them wear is part of it. I'm fine if he wants to focus on Hugh jackman walking around in a wife beater showing off the pecs for the ladies and the dudes that dig it, but throw the straight guys a bone and let us see more of famke Jansen than her mean glare. Needless to say the black leather was horrible, and why not let them wear the uniforms featured in the comics. Why not let the core team be cyclops , beast, angel, jean grey and iceman? I could go on. Anyways, that wasn't an anti homo sexual rant, it was an anti Bryan Singer not being willing to feature a hot chick rant, presumably because he has no interest in it. And To flying troupe , Jennifer Lawrence has a hot bod but could have been painted better, a bit picky I know but my opinion. And btw, singer produced first class's hence the connection. Oh and f you both, it's my opinion so go blow each other.