While we wait for the start of Comic-Con this year, there is no shortage of rumors and possible leaked news circulating around the web. Most of this stuff will be expanded upon further at some of the panels at SDCC, but we can take a look at some of the released info now to prepare for the actual news we are sure to see this weekend. So lets get started, and take a look at some recently leaked/revealed plot details from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
As the film is based off of an existing comic story, we have a general idea as to how the key points of the film will play out. In the storyline, written by Chris Claremont, the X-Men of the future attempt to change their horrible timeline by stopping an assassination in the past. This timeline has resulted in a world policed by Sentinels, where mutants are hoarded into internment camps and killed. It’s basically the worst possible future for mutantkind, and the X-Men aren’t having any of it. They send a warning back to the past (which is the current time period of the X-Men) by transporting the consciousness of Kitty Pryde back in time to her younger body, which she possesses. The X-Men of the past/present are able to stop the assassination due to Kitty’s warning, and the future timeline is saved… sort of. We won’t get into the after effects of the entire ordeal here, as that opens many more doors we don’t need to go through.
The recent plot details from the film version of Days of Future Past share many similarities with the original storyline, with a few major differences. The first being that instead of warning the present day X-Men (which we would consider the original trilogy team to be), the First Class team will be involved in the ’70s. which has been confirmed as the time period the film will take place in. Another big departure from the comics comes from Vulture, who released the plot details that follow:
[box_dark]In Singer’s take, 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.[/box_dark]
So obviously Wolverine would be the character that this story focused on, as he is without a doubt the most popular X-men across all mediums. No surprise there, despite the fact that there is really no way Kitty’s powers would be able to transfer her consciousness let alone Wolverine’s especially considering we have yet to hear if Rachel Summers will be involved in the film. Rachel was a key component of the original storyline and helped facilitate the transfer of Kitty’s consciousness, and became a main character in the present day X-Team from that point forward.
This plot also seems to open the door for the return of Anna Paquin’s Rogue, who would obviously be the best choice to siphon Kitty’s new-undefined time travelling powers. This plot detail doesn’t really account for the fact that Omar Sy as Bishop is a part of the film, but considering his origin as a time traveler, we would expect that to play a large part in this as well. Again, these are all rumors until we hear confirmation and maybe even some footage at Comic-Con, so we will have to wait for that.
Along with these alleged plot details came the ‘confirmed’ rumors of some mystery characters fans have been wondering about. The first is the role that Peter Dinklage will be playing, which most have assumed will be Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels. This was apparently confirmed, although most fans aren’t surprised. The other casting reveal focuses on Josh helman’s role, which ahs been raising a few questions since he was added to the cast. A lot of speculation seemed to focus on the idea that Helman would be playing a young Scott Summers AKA Cyclops, who was previously played by James Marsden and ridiculously killed in X-Men: The Last Stand. A much more reasonable role for him has been ‘revealed’ as Bill Stryker, the young version of the villainous William Stryker from X2: X-Men United.
So some interesting news bits to tide us over until we hear more at Comic-Con, where we have a few of our reporters down there ready and waiting to send us all the latest news and info as it is revealed!
What do you think of the alleged changes to the original storyline? Excited to see Wolverine interact with the First Class crew? Sound off in the comments section below!