With the surprise announcement from Bryan Singer last weekend that his sequel to X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past, was to feature some talent from the prior trilogy of X-Men films – specifically Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Anna Paquin (Rogue), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) – it got us thinking who else from X-Men lore should show up in the hugely anticipated blockbuster.
The Days of Future Past comic arc is vast and expansive, giving Singer a lot of room to either elide or include whichever characters he so wishes without screwing up the overall continuity or tone of the series.
Naturally, there are some characters who just won’t be a good fit, while there’s others who we’re simply dying to see on-screen once again, and some who can be woven into the narrative in an interesting, clever way if Singer is so inclined.
With its complex time-travelling storyline, there’s no doubting that Days of Future Past has the potential to be a wild, unpredictable, thrilling ride even to those who are familiar with the highly acclaimed source material.
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One of the best moments of First Class was the surprise cameo from Hugh Jackman as the beardy, cigar-chomping, adamantium-clawed badass Wolverine, who promptly tells Xavier and Magneto to “Go f**k [themselves]” when they attempt to recruit him into their team in the 1960s. It was probably the best moment of the entire film, and though Jackman has been busy filming The Wolverine, we’d love to see him play a part, no matter how small, in the soupy narrative fabric of Days of Future Past.
If Singer is up to it, he could craftily create a link between this film and The Wolverine, a way of adding legitimacy to the already tainted James Mangold reboot, which nevertheless does sound far more assured than the horrific 2009 treatment.
Granted, there are countless continuity issues to confront here, though that’s something that can be tied up with the time travel narrative relatively easy, and it’ll have the nerds rearing back with their complaints a little if it’s easily explained away. We won’t consider this one likely, but we’ll be damned if it wouldn’t be cool to see ol’ mutton chops slicing through some more baddies; it’s been far too long (even if we don’t have too long to wait for The Wolverine).
This article was first posted on February 1, 2013