“X-Men: First Class” (2011) managed to reboot the “X-Men” franchise, while also pleasing fans and critics alike. A sequel is now in the works and producer Bryan Singer is actually willing to offer some juicy details to fans.
Singer recently spoke to IGN
about the franchise and what development had been made to the sequel, which was a given the moment “First Class” opened to excellent reviews and solid box office gross.
Fans shouldn't lose hope: it's coming. Singer says director Matthew Vaughn will return at the helm and also reveals the name of the follow-up film.
“I can say it’s being written right now and it will start shooting in a few months. It’s going to be very ambitious,” Singer promises.
“It’s called Days of Future Past and it deals with aspects of that comic but also some very new things. I just don’t want to give any of it away. Matthew Vaughn will be directing and I’m totally excited about it,” he adds.
Revealing the name of the sequel might not seem like a lot to the uninitiated, but to fans of the original comic books, it speaks volumes.
The Days of Future Past storyline first appeared in 1981 in the pages of “Uncanny X-Men” and was characterized by an alternation between present day and the future.
In the present day, the X-Men were fighting Mystique and her Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, while in the future, they were dealing with the consequences of their failure to prevent the same Evil Mutants from killing Senator Robert Kelly.
If the film ends up following this storyline, it will allow for the inclusion of mutants we've already seen in the original, as well as for the introduction of new ones.
This is precisely what Singer has in mind: expanding the X-Men universe.
“I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe. The X-Men universe on its own is every bit as big as the Marvel universe and I think it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films, as Marvel’s done so well,” he says.
“You may see some of that, I don’t know. [Laughs]” Singer adds.
“X-Men: First Class” starred Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as Magneto and Professor Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones and Kevin Bacon.