With a date officially set, we know now that we have longer than two year to wait until we see X-Men: First Class 2 back on the big screen. Still being touted as an untitled X-film, it’s completely unclear as to what we can expect from the upcoming sequel, and with some years off, it’ll be some time before we can get concrete details. Now, thanks to the good ol’ registration tip off, it seems the X-Men may be going to the future.
AICN (via The Playlist) has said they’ve been tipped off that 20th Century Fox has registered “Days of Future Past” titles with the MPAA. While the title may not phase some people, X-Men fans are certain to have red flags nearly everywhere.
Days of Future Past was a two-issue arc that dealt with alternate timelines as the X-Men from the present day were contacted by a future Kitty Pryde from an alternate future that described just what would happen if the X-Men were not to prevent the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly at the hand of the Brotherhood. The future is filled with Sentinels as well, which are essentially large robots who are tasked with hunting down and killing mutants. Pryde succeeds in her mission, but the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.
Kelly has been a part of the main trilogy of X-films before, but to see this storyline come to life in a First Class film would obviously mean quite a few things. For starters, the story would obviously be changed quite a bit. While Kelly hasn’t been introduced yet until chronologically the first film, there’s also the problem that Kitty Pryde isn’t a major factor in the X-films until The Last Stand, with only cameo appearances in the previous two. Likely, the character of Pryde may be changed into another mutant…possibly a young Jean Grey who can tap into her telekinetic powers? Then again, we already saw the birth of Jean as a mutant at the beginning of The Last Stand as well.
But with that being said, could X-Men: First Class be introduced as an alternate universe to the orignal films or even vice versa? With the first film, many fans spotted a slew of continuity errors, and an alternate timeline declaration would certainly allow the restrictions that First Class is working under in a narrative sense to be free. It would also possibly allow the veteran X-Men to return one more time on the big screen, should we explore that future. Hugh Jackman has been in every single X-Men film to date, including First Class, and with the actor always eager to reprise his role an inclusion in the upcoming sequel certainly isn’t out of the question in this capacity.
It should be noted that as of right now, these aren’t official plot elements for X-Men: First Class 2. They’re simply rumors that could in fact turn out be the next phase of the X-Men films on screen. We’ll be bringing you more information as it develops.
X-Men: First Class 2 hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.