5 Things We Want to See in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer has fans hopeful that his next X-film will lift the franchise to its next step in evolution.

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By KalebAmos - 12/31/2012


Hot on the heels of a successful Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and its collective $3.8 billion dollar revenue), 20th Century Fox has been scrambling to copy Marvel Studios' recipe for greatness with their follow up to X-Men: First Class. It appears as if they are opting to take a step closer to source material to appeal to the kingdom of X-fans by taking a page right out of the classic John Byrne story arc, "Days of Future Past." With Bryan Singer getting back in the director's chair and several actors from the initial X-Men trilogy set to return, mutant-lovers everywhere are expecting nothing less than an all-out geekfest. Here are just a few things that fans want to experience in X-Men: Days of Future Past:



1. Sentinels

One of the most noticeable things missing from the first three X-Men flicks was the presence of the classic mutant-hunting robots, the Sentinels. Sure, there was a quick little nod to them in the opening scene of X-Men: The Last Stand, but that was a Danger Room simulation and doesn't count. These guys have been staple antagonists throughout the publication of X-Men issues and everybody remembers them being prominent players in the 90's animated X-Men series. Wouldn't it be great to see a climactic battle with our mutant pals taking on dozens of Sentinels? Of course it would. Heck, even Nimrod or Master Mold could get in on the action. Let's hope Mr. Singer is reading because a Sentinel showdown is long overdue.



2. Classic Costumes (or something like them)

Bryan Singer has already let us know that there will be "no leather suits" via his Twitter feed, and for die-hard fans this is interesting. Something that irked quite a few viewers of his first X-Men outings was that the team was wearing those dreadful, black leather uniforms that looked more like a troupe of futuristic Hell's Angels than superheroes. Needless to say, it would be quite the sight to see an older, salt-and-pepper-headed Logan confronting a younger Logan and making a snarky jab at his colorful costume. Perhaps we're asking too much? We saw a little attempt at hinting towards costumes with the jumpsuits towards the end of First Class. At any rate, some old fashioned blue and gold could do this franchise some good.



3. Lockheed

Alright, alright, so this one's a bit of a stretch. But can you blame me? Who wouldn't want to see Kitty's little dragon alien buddy burst into action? No doubt his actual origin would be a bit outside the realm of a reasonable running time, but a cameo could be done. Since time-travel is already going to be a key element in this film, a shot of future-Kitty and a purple dragon-like character would be a nice nod to the fans. Especially if he were to take down a whole slew of baddies at the last minute with a breath of fire. Yep. Sounds good. Okay, moving on...



4. Rachel Summers

While rumors are that Famke Janssen may come back for a cameo as Jean Grey in The Wolverine, we may see another from the Summers family pop up on the big screen in Days of Future Past: her and Scott Summers/Cyclop's daughter, Rachel. To put it simply, in the original story arc the film will be based on, Jean lives, marries Scott, and they have a child named Rachel who inherits her mother's potent psychic powers. Rachel is the one responsible for sending the Kitty Pride from the future timeline back in time, so there's a chance we may see a new X-Man suit up on the big screen. There are a number of lovely young actresses who could pull this off, but my pic would be an Ashley Greene or Emily Blunt, the latter of which has been wanting to jump on the superhero bandwagon for some time now.



5. Apocalypse

I list this not only because many fans are dying to see this villain hit the cinemas, but because I think it is very possible Singer will see to it. Part of the hype building at the close of The Avengers this summer was the mid-credits sneak peek that revealed Thanos, the extremely powerful cosmic villain orchestrating the chaos that occurred in the film. For Marvel Studios this has only pandered to fans who are hungry for more in Phase Two of Marvel building their movie universe. The recent addition of comic writer-extraordinaire Mark Millar as Fox's consultant for their superhero films seems like a move to emulate Marvel's way of doing business. Since they need the X-Men franchise to continue, what better way than to finally introduce the first mutant himself? An end credits scene similar to the Thanos shot in Avengers would be quite the way to set up an Age of Apocalypse-inspired sequel the next time around.


There are undoubtedly several other things folks are waiting and wishing to see in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but they'll have to wait til July 18th, 2014 to know for sure. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!
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DukeAcureds - 12/31/2012, 4:46 PM
I absolutely agree on every single point.
DukeAcureds - 12/31/2012, 4:51 PM
Also, Ellen Page should return as Shadowcat, not only so we can have an onscreen recreation of that cover, but also because she wasn't really Ellen Page then and she is now.
Franklin Richards would be a perfect way to blend this in with the FF franchise, as he and Rachel Summers get together and have a child in a Days of Future Past type future, in the comics. They've already planted this in X2, with Franlin Richards name on a list of mutants names on a computer.
This might also be a good place for an Onslaught era Logan/ Elektra romance, with Jennifer Garner reprising her role.
bazinga85 - 12/31/2012, 4:59 PM
Good write-up. I'd also like to see Ellen Paige return as kitty pryde, if she hasn't been confirmed yet already.
BANE5000 - 12/31/2012, 5:48 PM
As for the Sentinels and ur idea of having a battle between the X-Men and them, it would be kool to see a similiar panoramic battle scene ala The Avengers showing each member of the team taking on the Sentinels and watching them fight as a team while at the same time u see the camera move smoothly from one character to the other and see what they are doing during this fight and how they are taking down the Sentinel they are fighting against.

Even the 90's animated series had scenes like this against Sentinels, I'm sure they could re-create that on film as well.
BANE5000 - 12/31/2012, 5:50 PM
Oh and for the costumes...FOX has no excuse to say the classic suits will be to hard to translate onto film or would look to ridiculous...I refer u to the Avengers once more,it can be done FOX :]
CorndogBurglar - 12/31/2012, 6:04 PM
Bane5000
U refer to the Avengers for costumes? No one in that movie had an outlandish costume except for Cap.

Iron Man's suit isnt far from believable to begin with, so it was easy to adapt that. Hulk has no costume. They changed Hawkeye's costume to the leather, more realistic Ultimates coatume instead of purple spandex, and Black Widow just wears black leather in the comics, so nothing needed changed.

Again, Cap is the only costume they tried to adapt, and ironically enough, its the only one people complain about. Weird, huh? The kne flashy costume they tried to adapt from the comics was the one people hated the most.

KalebAmos - 12/31/2012, 6:10 PM
Duke - I agree on including Franklin; I'm hoping Millar is going for the connectedness the FF and X-Men worlds deserve.

Levi- Thanks!
BANE5000 - 12/31/2012, 7:21 PM
CorndogBurglar

Yes sir, I refer to The Avengers when it comes to costumes, because atleast Marvel Studios did what they could to adapt the comic costumes to the big screen and if it did look to outlandish, they reinterpreted it to where it would be believable enough{ Using Ultimate Hawkeye than 616 }.

I understand about Caps costume, which I thought could've been better than a regular sweatsuit and hope they improve on it in his sequel somehow, but FOX should atleast try to adapt X-Men costumes or versions close enough to them to work on the big screen, instead of just the same black leather zip up suits for everybody on the team.
TheFirstAvenger97 - 12/31/2012, 7:38 PM
Good right up! I agree 1000%
BANE5000 - 12/31/2012, 9:54 PM
I know its obvious and cliche by now to suggest it...but Ill still say i think Vin Diesel could pull off being Apocalypse.
TheReddestHood - 1/1/2013, 5:50 AM
I agree. A wolverine suit has said not able to wor, but look at this


Tell me that isn't a awesome wolverine suit that works well!
KalebAmos - 1/1/2013, 8:51 AM
I personally appreciated the way the costume designers handled everyone who showed up in The Avengers, and the Marvel films overall have been really solid with grounding the actors in a relatively believable setting. Obviously, you have to suspend your disbelief just enough when dealing with extra-dimensional beings, teleportation, mind-control, giant green mutates, alien invasions and a 70-year cryogenic nap, but it could have been worse...

Roland Emmerich could have directed it.
KalebAmos - 1/1/2013, 11:47 AM
LEVITIKUZ - Absolutely. I appreciate Hugh Jackman as an actor and everything, but the heavy spotlight on him is getting a bit much. I liked the direction Matt Vaughn took focusing on the relationship between Erik (even though his birth name is Max) and Charles. Hopefully it continues and we see some depth in the story development.
LEEE777 - 1/1/2013, 2:16 PM
I fear the sequel, couldn't really enjoyed First Class... characters so messed up and timelines, what was an okay movie could of been pure gold, up there with WATCHMEN and AVENGERS!

Can't see them pulling it off, WOLVERINE 2 sure back to basics, ninjas, Japan. Can't fail like BORIGINS failed, well lets hope not :p

Great write up dude, enjoyed it!

I'm still waiting for the day when X is bk with MARVEL, great news DD is now!
LEEE777 - 1/1/2013, 2:17 PM
Awesome BATS VS WOLVIE vid up there btw, damnnnn good!
KalebAmos - 1/1/2013, 3:10 PM
LEEE777 - Feel you on those points for sure. When you look at the history of Marvel properties turned into Fox films, the rap sheet is less than impresive: Hulk, Daredevil, then we had Elektra (gag), both Fantastic Four films. Ideally it would be awesome to see the film distribution rights back with Marvel, since they know how to take care of their stable of characters best.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Marvel could do with Daredevil too. A live action series, perhaps? Appreciate the feedback!
BANE5000 - 1/1/2013, 3:55 PM
KalebAmos

I can see Marvel teaming with HBO to make a DD series and have it as hardcore as they'd like it to be for The Man Without Fear
parkerray - 1/1/2013, 4:15 PM
Yes to Lockheed! and Nimrod! and Ellen Page!

Don't even explain Lockheed. I'm not sure I knew where he came from for maybe ten years. Didn't take away at all from how cool a girl with a dragon is. Some mystery is good, and less exposition is always better.

Hopefully classic Nimrod.

At this point I can't believe I'd like anyone as Kitty Pryde more than Ellen Page. Anyone else is a step backward.

One thing: I hope they don't introduce Apocalypse in any way similar to Thanos' intro. Can't wait to see him though.
LEEE777 - 1/1/2013, 4:36 PM
KALE @ Yeah a DD TV show from Marvel would be awesome dude and could easily translate to television, like PUNISHER too! ;)

Sweet
parkerray - 1/1/2013, 4:39 PM


Yes to Franklin, also please!
DukeAcureds - 1/2/2013, 9:18 AM
I like the idea of DD and Punisher series.
DD would be such a good show. And Punisher? Y'know, I've liked all three Punisher flicks, in different ways. Obviously the second one, with Tom Jane is the only viable attempt, but the other two are enjoyable as shitty low-budget flicks. But seriously, it's three strikes and your a TV show, right?
KalebAmos - 1/2/2013, 9:30 AM
parkerray - I meant not so much that they SHOULD introduce him in the same way, but I speculate they'll try to do something similar. There are definitely better ways to do it. A couple of mid-film references, a flashback of En Sabah Nur, maybe a flash waaaayy forward of Apocalypse in a shootout with Cable..
parkerray - 1/2/2013, 11:06 PM
KalebAmos, that sounds perfect--thread it through the whole story. Would really build on the anticipation. Great article--so much left to explore in the X-men universe. I'm way more excited for this movie, even if they only do half these things. I hope it's at least two and a half hrs long.

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