Ka-Pow 101: X-Men Days of Future Past
Today we learned that Bryan Singer’s sequel to highly popular X-Men: First Class would be called X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Wait a minute, is that not the same title for the legendary story that Chris Claremont and John Byrne worked on in Uncanny X-Men?
Yes, it is. Singer says that the new movie will take some elements of that story arc but will have new story as well. For those of us who are unfamiliar with the arc, let’s recap one of the most iconic story arcs in X-Men history.
The Future is a dark and scary place.
The X-Men have never had it easy. Being born as mutants, or the next step in human evolution, causes a lot of fear and backlash. Mutants are always being persecuted, even to this day (see Avengers vs. X-Men).
In the story, the X-Men are fighting against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The Brotherhood wants to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly. Kelly is admittedly anti-mutant. He wants to have mutants registered and monitored, not to mention he spearheads the improvements of the mutant-killing Sentinels.
All is normal in the X-Men universe now. They fight to uphold a dream of coexistence, an act that will probably not garner them any thanks.
What is not normal is that a future Kitty Pryde posses the present day version of herself to warn her teammates.
Yes, I know it doesn’t make sense. It’s comics, deal with it.
Future Pryde comes from a dystopian future where mutants are tracked down to be sent to concentration camps, and most of the mutant population is killed doing so. In the future, most of the X-Men are dead which includes the memorable disintegration of Wolverine down to his indestructible bones from a Sentinel blast.
Future Pryde must warn the X-Men that if Senator Kelly dies then this world will come into fruition. So the X-Men stop the Brotherhood and the world is saved. Except when Kitty goes back to the future she finds it the same. Her future becomes an alternate universe while the Marvel Universe has a new future to look forward to.
That is pretty much the summation of the story. It was only two issues long, but it is one of the most memorable arcs in all of comics. Its ramifications reach out to this day, especially with characters from the alternate universe being active in today’s storylines.
How is Singer going to introduce this story into the movie franchise?
X-Men First Class dealt a lot with mutants coming up into the world, trying to find their place in it. Natural progression would be to show the backlash of that, by reintroducing Senator Kelly (who was part of the first X-Men movie). And hell, if it gets Sentinels on the screen then I am all the more happy for it.
I guess we will have to wait and see.