X-Men: Days of Future Past is a sequel to X-Men: First Class, which was a prequel to the other four X-Men films. And yes, you need to see every frickin’ one to understand this.
Just kidding, you might not need to see them all.
At present details are being kept very close to the vest on Days of Future Past, though based on the name a fair bit can be guessed about the film. Days of Future Past is the name of a 1981 X-Men storyline in which an alternative future is revealed. An alternate future in which mutants are put in internment camps and treated horribly. In that comic Kitty Pryde sends her mind back to her younger body to warn the X-Men of what’s coming and try to get them to stop this future from coming to be. While it’s not known right now if this will be the same storyline for the film, the title strongly suggests it’ll be similar.
I’m betting we’ll see sentinels. I think they’ve avoided truly showing sentinels for too long (Yes, I remember the danger room sequence from X3, but that wasn’t really a sentinel) and this is their chance.
Bryan Singer has wanted to tie this new series to his original films, and they’ve sorta done that, though I’d avoid it personally and just make these films loosely connected.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films, though First Class was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who was, up until just recently, supposed to helm the sequel. For whatever he bowed out and Singer came on board. While I liked First Class, I think it suffered a bit because of the lack of skill of Vaughn, and I consider Singer a more talented director, so this is a good thing.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer
No trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past yet.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Release Date
July 18, 2014.
Who’s In It?
Jennifer Lawrence … Raven/Mystique
Michael Fassbender … Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
James McAvoy … Charles Xavier/Professor X
Jason Flemyng … Azazel
Patrick Stewart… Older Professor X
Ian McKellen… Older Magneto
What’s Good About It?
The cast for First Class was outstanding, with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence, and having Singer back in the director’s chair can only be a good thing.
What’s Bad About It?
Lawrence has really exploded as a star since First Class, so expect Mystique’s role to be more prominent that it should be. Mystique is a secondary character and shouldn’t be a lead.
Our Clever Prediction
No doubt X-Men: Days of Future Past will print money, though I don’t expect it to be the biggest film of the summer or anything like that. I just think it’ll be a big film with a lot of great action and I think people will leave the theaters happy. Happier than with First Class, but probably not as happy as with, for instance, The Avengers.