While we have been getting plenty of updates from Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, most of which have been casting announcements, there is still a shroud of mystery surrounding the upcoming Marvel movie. But with Comic-Con coming up later this week, it’s very possible that the public will learn some of the film’s secrets when it’s Fox’s turn to present to this year’s attendees.
In addition to ‘The Wolverine’, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, and some sort of ‘Predator’ project, Fox is apparently looking to show off some stuff from the adaptation of the classic Chris Claremont X-Men tale. It’s being said that the studio will reveal secrets about the cast and the plot in the hallowed halls of the San Diego Convention Center this weekend. But before anyone can take the stage and share said secrets, Vulture reveals three of the bombshells that are likely to go off at the con.
First, in a bit of news that surprises no one, ‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage will play the creator of the Sentinels, Bolivar Trask. There has been speculation that this was the identity of the actor’s character since he was announced as a member of the cast. Right from the get go we knew that he would be a villain and with all the talks of Trask Industries and giant mutant-hunting robots going around, most fans just put two and two together.
In a more surprising turn of events, the report also reveals the role of new addition Josh Helman. The ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ actor joined the cast earlier this month, but no character was attached with the announcement. While some guessed that Helman would play a young Scott Summers due to some likeness to original Cyclops actor James Marsden, I took a stab in the dark and guessed that he would play a futuristic Franklin Richards, who appears in the original comic book storyline, but it seems that I was pretty far off. Instead, it appears that he will be playing a young William Stryker, an antagonist that we’ve already met in ‘X2: X-Men United’ and ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ as an influential member of the military with a vendetta against mutants. However, since this version of the character is definitely from a time well before either of those movies, we shall how he differs in Singer’s film.
Finally, it looks as if some plot details have been uncovered. In the original version of ‘Days of Future Past’, Kitty Pryde sends her consciousness back in time to warn the X-Men that if they don’t stop an assassination, their future will be an absolutely horrible time for mutants everywhere. Though some things remain the same, here is the supposed plot that Singer is working with in his movie:
“Ellen Page returns as Kitty from the Brett Ratner–directed ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, but this time she uses her powers to send Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty’s powers and bring their friend back to the future.”
Okay, so to my understanding, Shadowcat’s powers mostly involve phasing through things. That’s why it was a bit confusing in the original story when she was able to transfer her mind into a younger version of herself. However, it seems even less plausible that she can use her powers to send someone else back in time. For all we know, this could end up working out really well onscreen, but as it looks right now in words, I’m a bit skeptical of what’s coming our way.
Of course, it’s very possible that this information has been skewed in the reporting process. If that is the case (and even if it isn’t), we should have some sort of confirmation of what to expect from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ after Fox’s panel at Comic-Con.
Until we get that confirmation, what do you think about these revealed secrets? Are you satisfied with the villain situation of the movie so far? What about these time travel details involving Wolverine and Kitty Pryde? Do you buy it? Let us know in the comments.
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Booboo Stewart, and Evan Peters hits theaters on July 18, 2014.