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“X-Men: First Class” Sequel Officially Titled “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Writer/producer/director Bryan Singer has confirmed that X-Men: First Class 2 will revolve around the ‘Days of Future Past’ two issue story arc.  The official title will be “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Singer exclusively told IGN that the script is being written now, adding “It’s going to be very ambitious. It’s called Days of Future Past and it deals with aspects of that comic but also some very new things but I don’t want to give any of it away. Matthew Vaughan will be directing and I’m totally excited about it.”

In 1981, Marvel Comics published a storyline in the pages of “The Uncanny X-Men” issues 141-142 that have been a fan favorite to this day.  It was so popular that it has crossed over into the “X-Men” animated series in the early ’90’s, was a stage for the “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3” video game, and has been referenced numerous times in various forms of pop culture . In 2001, it was ranked #25 on a list of 100 for the Greatest Marvel Stories of All Time. Written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Bryne with inks by Terry Austin, the story covers the actions of the present day X-Men and how it will affect the possible future of mutant kind.

Here is the plot in more detail:

The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.

This means that the movie could potentially tell parallel stories – Godfather: Part II style – with the Bryan Singer X-Men of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen starring in the future story and the Matthew Vaughn cast of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender appearing in the present (or past, depending on when they decide to pitch the timeline).

Obviously this is just speculation at the moment, and as with the previous X-Men movies, the filmmakers might just be using this concept as a jumping off point to tell their own story, but we nevertheless asked Singer if there would be any chance of crossover on this front:

“I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe” he explained. “The X-Men universe is every bit on its own as big as the Marvel universe, and I think that it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps bring some connectivity between the films as Marvel has done so well. So, you may see some of that, I don’t know.”

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is scheduled to begin production in January of 2013.  It will star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.  Bryan Singer will produce, while Matthew Vaughn directs.

Sources: IGN, wikipedia.org