Now that the dust has settled on the whole directing issue, Bryan Singer emerged as the director of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ when ‘X-Men: First Class’ director Matthew Vaughn stepped back to solely a producing role. Now back with the franchise as a director for the first time since ‘X2’, Singer is entering the pre-production phase for the next X-film by building his cast. ‘First Class’ stars James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult are all set to return, but since the story calls for older versions of the team to appear as well, Singer has been calling back a few of his old X-Men to return to the fray recently such as Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman. But there are still plenty of others left who we’d like to see show up in the new film, like the blue, fuzzy teleporting elf named Kurt Wagner AKA Nightcrawler for example.
In a recent interview with Coming Soon, Nightcrawler actor Alan Cumming spoke about possibly coming back to the franchise for ‘Days of Future Past’:
“I haven’t gotten the call. Someone told me that Nightcrawler doesn’t appear in the story but I don’t know, I think they would have called by now. It was funny that film because I really like it and everyone really responded to Nightcrawler and enough time has elapsed that I would like to go back to it. Although then when I did that film it was sort of the start of this spate of superhero and comic books made into films so it felt a little more special then it does now. ‘X2’ was a really great film, not just as a comic book film. I think it’s one of the films I’d been in that I think of as really good.”
Considering that both his parents Azazel and Mystique were in ‘First Class’ and are showing up in the new one, it’s not too much of a stretch to get a little Nightcrawler action in there. Yes, there’s already a lot of stuff going on in the main storyline and if they get too deep into Kurt’s history, it could bog things down a bit, but I don’t see the harm in including the character in some small cameo capacity. Then again, I may be biased because Nightcralwer is one of my favorite X-Men of all time, but we’ll just disregard that. I know that I’m not the only one who wants to see him onscreen again.
Would you like to see Alan Cumming reprise his role from ‘X2’ in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past? What other past X-Men would you like to see return in this time-traveling tale? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is scheduled to be released on July 18, 2014.