- What is this movie about?
Professor X: The future: a bleak desolate, place. Mutants and the humans who helped them, united in defeat by an enemy we could not stop. Is this the fate we have set for ourselves? Could we have done nothing to stop it?
In the future, mutants are being killed by the Centinels. As a last resort, the few alive send Wolverine back in the past to prevent an event that is causing their extinction in the future…
Old X-Men cast meets new x-Men cast. This movie connects both (same) characters from the original trilogy with the new one from X-Men. First Class. It is a overwelhming satisfaction seeing so many great actors and actresses under the same tittle, and even more, seeing them in a super heroes movie. All of them get into character and there is a continuity in the past and in the future.
Moreover, the story is strong, going to the past to create e new future. True, it is not a new concept: please see The Terminator or the Cell Saga from Dragon Ball, but still, it always catches your attention, the time travelling. Of course, there are differences between the comic and the movie, but who cares?? What is important, is that the movie connects both trilogies (yes there will be a third installment; X-Men: Apocalypse) pretty smoothly. Yes, it might not have so much action as the others, but still when it has, it is intense, so we have our kick-ass dose, but it has something more, something that most action filled movies do not have: it has background messages, something to think after and we are not just being like a goldfish at the cinema.
Above all it has a quality that since X2 we didn’t enjoy. Now, I am going to wait for my gene to mutate.. meanwhile I am going to re-watch all the X-Men movies and appreciate all the easter eggs, cameos and tiny details (one more time). Although.. thinking about it… I am still wondering how future professor Xavier is in his body after what happened in The Last Stand!!!
– The original ‘Days of Future past’ comic mentioned time travel from the year 2013, the same year in which filming began. In the film, the “future” action is implied to take place in 2023.
– The filmmakers selected the “Days of Future Past” storyline because it would allow the filmmakers to reconcile any continuity dissonances within the “X-Men” film series. The time-travel element also allowed actors from the original film series and the intended reboot that was “X-Men: First Class” (2011) to appear in the same film together.
– Shooting went on under the working title “Hello Kitty.” This refers to X-Men member Kitty Pryde.
– Including his cameo in X-Men: First Class (2011), this will be Hugh Jackman’s seventh portrayal of Logan/Wolverine, raising his own record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in theatrical films. He will also be the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series.
– Two of Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver)’s relations are implied but never outright stated in the film due to copyright issues. He first remarks to Magneto that his mom used to know someone who could manipulate metal – in the comics, Magneto is in fact Quicksilver’s father. This is further implied when Peter’s Mother sees Magneto on television and reacts with horror and recognition. A deleted line of dialogue also addressed that Peter has a twin sister–Wanda, also known as Scarlet Witch.
– The addition of Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver to the cast sparked wide discussion over the direction of the character who is also slated to appear in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015). Quicksilver had been discussed previously as a potential character in both “X-Men. The Final Stand” (2006) and “Marvel The Avengers” (2012), but legal complexities over the license to the character resulted in his omission from both films. However, in May 2013 both Marvel and Fox Studios announced a resolution to the previous legal issues, and that Quicksilver would appear in this film as well as an Avengers sequel, though under certain parameters: no reference to Quicksilver’s membership in the Avengers can be made in an “X-Men” film, and no allusion to his relations to the X-Men or Magneto (the character’s father) can be made in an “Avengers” film; the rights agreement between Fox and Marvel even goes so far as to stipulate the character cannot be referred to as a “mutant” in any Marvel film. Additionally, the day after the announcement of Peters’s casting, Marvel and Fox entered into a legal standoff over provisions of the rights agreement for the character, including the issue of whether Peters would be allowed to portray Quicksilver in any other film outside the “X-Men” franchise, possibly necessitating a second actor to play Quicksilver in any Marvel film, resulting in two different versions of the same character appearing in two competing film series. Ultimately, Fox and Marvel decided to cast different actors in the part for the “X-Men” and “Avengers” films, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson taking on the role in the latter sequel, thus preventing any connection between the two franchises and keeping the X-Men confined to a separate universe from those of the Marvel cinematic universe.
– This is the fourth X-Men film to be based on a Chris Claremont “X-Men” comic:
- X-Men 2 (2003) was adapted from ‘God Loves, Man Kills’
- X-Men. The Final Stand (2006) was based on ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’
- The Wolverine (2013) was based on the 1982 Limited Series ‘Wolverine’.
– Halle Berry’s role as Storm had to be substantially reduced due to her pregnancy.
– When Magneto is retrieving his helmet you can see Havok’s damaged x-men uniform, one of Pixie’s wings and the coin Magneto used to kill Sebastian Shaw all from “X-Men First Class”
– Trask is an anagram of Stark (aka Iron Man). Both make weapons in the Marvel universe.
– When Wolverine/Logan first wakes up in the past, the woman in bed with him calls him “Jimmy.” In the comics, it’s been revealed that his name at birth was actually James Howlett.
– When Mystique stages a rescue of the mutants at the Vietnam War base, she does so in the guise of a colonel named Sanders. Colonel Sanders is the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
– For her role as Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence wore a special bodysuit. She had previously worn full-body prosthetics in X-Men. First Class (2011) but found that too uncomfortable.
– In her cameo, Rogue is seen wearing her trademark green jacket & pants from the comic books.
– Although Anna Paquin’s on-screen time is only 3 seconds and no lines, she still was one of the top billed cast members during the ending credits.
– In the scene where Trask & Nixon discuss the implementation of the Sentinel program, an aide is seen switching off a tape recorder. This is a sly reference to the infamous 18 1/2 minute gap on Nixon’s Oval Office tapes, long thought to have been deliberately erased by Nixon or his aides to cover-up politically damaging information. Former Nixon adviser H.R. Haldeman has said the erased conversation contained references to Nixon’s involvement in the Kennedy Assassination–another subtle joke in the film, as Kennedy is revealed to have been a mutant.
– The four main female X-Men in the principal cast (Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin) are all Academy Award nominees. The six principal male cast members (Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Peter Dinklage) are all Golden Globe nominees (Jackman, Fassbender and McKellen are also Academy Award nominees).