The latest batch of photos to crop of for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ include a great shot of Nicholas Hoult’s (‘Warm Bodies’, ’Jack the Giant Slayer’) Beast as he prepares to get some science work done as well as five great character poster shots. Upon closer look of the scene with Beast, though, we’ll be seeing some speculation raised on what exactly it is we’re seeing. On top of that we’ll give you a bit of insight as to why Matthew Vaughn (‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Stardust’’) didn’t return to the director’s chair after his highly rated prequel film, ‘X-Men: First Class’.

First up it should be pointed out that Hoult’s portrayal of Beast here is lacking any kind of fur. While some of the film is clearly set to take place in the past at the closure of ‘First Class’, we’ve already seen some changes happening to Beast’s exterior. Here though? It looks as if, when all is said and done, he’s quite normal looking. Will this be a scene that portrays how he sees himself in his mind? Will he have have invented a temporary serum to make him look human again (and causes further mutations?) Could some of the time travel take place during the events of the first film?

It’s too early to tell but clearly there’s going to be a small twist of a side plot here.

Under that we have 5 new movie poster photos that include both Sir Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. There is also a poster of Daniel Cudmore as Colossus (without his armor up). Rounding it off is a shot of Sir Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy both as their own respective portrayals of Professor X.

Aside from new character shots, we have news as to why Matthew Vaughn didn’t return to director’s chair for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’:

“It didn’t excite me enough. The thing that was exciting about it was bringing all these actors together. What a cast! But I’ve worked with great actors and I just thought, ‘I’ve got to do my own thing. The script was great for X-Men, but I had ‘Secret Service’ in my head. And this has always been [director Bryan Singer’s] machine. It’s come full circle.”

It’s good to hear he wants to work further with Millar on his characters but I’m not sure if the sound of this script not exciting him enough sounds logical to me, but everyone has their own thoughts on what they want a film to be made. I also do look forward to his work on ‘Secret Service‘ as I quite enjoy what he did with the first ‘Kick-Ass’ film.

So fellow mutant lovers what do you think about seeing so much of Hoult in his regular form and not at all blue and fuzzy? Share your thoughts below!

Sources: Indiewire, Cinema Blend