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Ian McKellan & Patrick Stewart Return For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 27, 2012 3:10 PM
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Well, this just got a whole lot more interesting. With the upcoming 'X-Men' movie featuring a plot that involves time travel/time jumping to a certain degree, many wondered if this new series would reach back to the first trilogy of films that were capped off by "X-Men: The Last Stand." And now there is a pretty clear argument that it will likely happen.

Recently signed director and franchise veteran Bryan Singer, hit Twitter today to reveal that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart aka Magneto and Charles Xavier are joining the returning cast of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." This has some pretty big implications, as in the comics the story jumps from a present day plot where the X-Men fight against Mystique who is now a baddie, and fronts the Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants and future storyline (where we presume Stewart and McKellen fill in) where mutants live in internment camps. Of course, what "present" is for the younger X-Men remains to be seen. "X-Men: First Class" was set in the '60s and we don't presume it'll jump too far ahead of that, so maybe the "future" will follow 'The Last Stand'? Confused yet?

Either way, it's massive news and one wonders how much more weight it gives the recent rumors surrounding Jean Grey's apparent appearance in "The Wolverine." Are we going to see some Marvel-esque world building between these three pictures? Speculate away, but we'll find out on July 18, 2014. Production begins next year. [THR]

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  • Real | November 27, 2012 7:29 PMReply

    Great news. Might actually watch this now.

  • karla | November 27, 2012 6:12 PMReply

    well I can't wait... I love them both in everything they have done..

  • Chris | November 27, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    the best way forward for this movie is if they just act like The Last Stand never happened

  • Christian | November 27, 2012 4:38 PM

    And X-Men Origins: Wolverine for that matter...

  • berk | November 27, 2012 4:16 PMReply

    Logic and character development are not the reasons these movies are successful so why start now?

  • Edward Davis | November 27, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    Good luck on this not being a clusterfuck of logic.

  • Tom | November 27, 2012 5:26 PM

    Agreed. But with a cast like that surely there's reason for hope, no?

  • Tom | November 27, 2012 5:25 PM

    Agreed. But with a cast like that surely there's reason for hope, no?

  • Kate | November 27, 2012 3:14 PMReply

    This could be awesome, but I'm always wary of how over-stuffed the cast in this series usually is. There were tons of complaints about the lack of character development in X-Men:FC.

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