‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Promo Images

Here is a bunch of hero and villain images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens tomorrow:

Director Teases Next X-Men Movie: ‘Apocalypse’

wolvieDirector Bryan Singer is already looking past this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which will once again “somewhat” adapt a popular storyline from the comic books.

“[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe [as in the comics], but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” Singer told Entertainment Weekly.

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg added: “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster-movie imagery, like the title would imply.”
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Are You Ready for Mystique: the Movie?

MystiqueAccording to Lauren Shuler Donner, who has been producing X-Men movies since the beginning, the time could soon be right for Jennifer Lawrence’s shapeshifting Mystique to get a spin-off solo movie.

Donner told Entertainment Weekly:

“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with [Mystique], and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”

In fact, Donner envisions a number of solo X-Men titles:

“There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it. I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”

A solo Mystique movie would be great, but only if they let her be bad — and I don’t really see that happening. Blue-skinned mutants must be proper role models, doncha know…

Personally, I’ve never really liked Gambit in the comics — not his power, not his costume, not his staff, not his patois and not his personality. And on film — in X-Men: Origins — Wolverine — he came across as even shallower. And don’t get me started about Deadpool, a joke character that ended up taking on a life of its own.

Another ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer!

This second official trailer for this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past really ramps up the action by showing a lot of the heroes using their powers and the Sentinels looking menacing.

I think the fire guy is supposed to be the (silly) new version of Sunspot (Adan Canto). Looked like a snippet of Rogue in there, too, so maybe Anna Paquin isn’t being entirely exorcised from the theatrical version?

My favorite bit is seeing Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) armoring up, while the most disappointing had to be Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) doing his ice slide.

But the most eye-opening sequence had to be Evan Peters as Quicksilver in the scene with Magneto reclaiming his helmet! Quicksilver — also part of a rival film studio’s competing Avengers franchise — has been allowed to cross over. (In the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the mutant speedster.) Pietro Maximoff has ties to both teams, so it makes perfect sense for him to be in both movies, but… 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios playing nice for the good of the film properties and the fans? It appears the unique crossover was made possible because the siblings were covered by the rights packages sold for both the Avengers and the X-Men.

Now that’s uncanny!

X-Men: Days of Future Past Sneak-Peeks

Let’s ease into this first day of the new year with some photos teasing one of the most anticipated films of 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most of these images are new, but I peppered in a few from past weeks that I hadn’t run yet.

Assuming you can tear your eyes from that image of a stunningly gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence smiling at the camera and move on with your life — I know I had trouble doing that — you might spot director Bryan Singer in the mix; he’s wearing a plaid shirt and sitting on the hood of the car and standing next to Prof. X. This movie adapts a popular time-traveling storyline that sees Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travel into the past to try to prevent a dystopian, mutant-hating future from coming to pass.

The movie stars the cast from X-Men: First Class — including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Lawrence — and the cast from the earlier movie trilogy — Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Jackman and possibly Anna Paquin (but probably not) — playing versions of their characters at different ages.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23.

What’s Next for the Movie X-Men? Apocalypse!

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Apocalypse

Perhaps it won’t be so easy for the collective might of the X-Men to repair the twisted, wibbly-wobbly timelines in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past — word is, the next movie in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, will spin directly out of next summer’s anticipated blockbuster.

Mutant mastermind Bryan Singer first used his Twitter feed to announce X:A as a summer 2016 release, and now he has confirmed that he will direct the film, which will adapt another popular storyline from the comic book franchise. “The Age of Apocalypse” story saw the evil mutant Apocalypse take advantage of someone else altering the past to take over the world and install mutants as the ruling class.

X:A will focus on the versions of the characters that first appeared in X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence et al.) — but can Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) be far behind? Singer also Tweeted that Apocalypse will not be an alien in the movie continuity.