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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will feature members of original cast

- May 29th, 2014

Days of Future Past may be top of the box office right now, but most X fans are already salivating about the next X-Men film – Apocalypse – due out May 27, 2016.

That film was teased in DOFP’s end credits scene when we see the mutant villain Apocalypse as a young boy in Egypt building pyramids with his mind. In the comics, Apocalypse is one of the X-Men’s greatest adversaries. But the real question, or at least the one I’ve been wondering, is which cast would the upcoming sequel use? Would it be the First Class stars, namely James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast), with some new additions, or would we see Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and some of the other originals that were teased at the end thrown into the mix as well?

Turns out screenwriter Simon Kinberg has shed some light on that in a recent interview with The Daily Beast.

“(Apocalypse) will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too,” Kinberg said.

The film is rumoured to take place in the ’80s and director Bryan Singer is expected to return.

Kinberg also talked about Rogue’s deleted scene in DOFP. “When I was crafting the script, I wanted to create a subplot for old Charles and old Eric—Patrick and Ian—to have a mini-mission together, one final adventure. And that’s what the Rogue sequence was—that they went to retrieve Rogue… It was a narrative detour, and in a film with this much momentum and narrative flow, you can’t afford any detours.”

Next summer’s Fantastic Four reboot was also addressed, with Kinberg promising a film that “will feel as unique as when you saw Iron Man, X-Men, or Batman Begins for the first time.”

It won’t be goofy, he promises. Thank goodness for that.

Head over to The Daily Beast to read more from Kinberg’s interview, including what is happening with the recently-announced Gambit movie.

Watch the ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ scene in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

- May 6th, 2014

If you’re like me and you stayed until the final frame of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 over the weekend, you may or may not have seen a heavily-talked about post-credits scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past that was inserted into the movie.

The scene was not in the press screening I saw last Wednesday. My colleague Jim Slotek also didn’t see it when he caught the film in New York.

Alas, the fine people at EW (via IGN) have provided a link to the sequence, which features Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) rescuing Toad, Havoc, Ink and Spyke from a military base.

The scene, which Fox negotiated as part of its decision to let director Marc Webb do Spidey 2 (he was under contract with Fox for another film), is taken straight from Days of Future Past and doesn’t hint at any future crossover films. Although while making the press rounds for TASM2 in New York, Avi Arad – the man who created the Marvel movie blockbuster phenomenon – said a crossover was possible.

“But if we want to do that, the crossovers, it has to be a story that is absolutely centered on Spider-Man. We cannot be second banana to anything out there. Because this is the king. This is the one that influenced young people from birth.”

Anna Paquin’s Rogue to appear in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- April 17th, 2014

Last December, reports surfaced that Anna Paquin’s Rogue character had been cut from Bryan Singer’s time traveling X-Men mash-up, Days of Future Past.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the one scene in which Rogue was set to appear was a rescue sequence involving Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer told EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

That sequence may have been cut, but it turns out that Paquin’s Rogue will still appear in the new film. After a sharp-eyed editor at BuzzFeed noticed her name in the credits of the trailer, they reached out to Fox for comment. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” a rep said.

Sounds like there isn’t much to her part, but I’m glad to see that she’s back in there.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres May 23rd.

Opening scene for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ released

- April 15th, 2014

If this one-minute sequence from the opening battle scene in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is any indication, this could be the comic book movie to beat this summer.

In the brief clip, we see futuristic Sentinel robots trying to kill Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Blink (Fan BingBing), Warpath (Booboo Stewart), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Sunspot (Adan Canto) and Bishop (Omar Sy), who are all hiding out in an underground bunker. It’s possibly one of the only action scene they appear in since shortly afterwards, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to stop the future destruction of mutants.

The final trailer for the sequel will debut on Conan O’Brien tonight.

X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, hits theatres May 23rd.

‘Wolverine,’ ‘Fantastic Four’ sequels announced

- March 21st, 2014

So it turns out that it’s not just Disney and Warner Bros. that can make comic book movie noise. 20th Century Fox is staking its claim to the Marvel properties the company owns with announcements for a Fantastic Four sequel, a new Wolverine and an untitled Marvel film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Fantastic Four 2 will open July 14, 2017, while a Wolverine sequel will open March 3, 2017. Fox will also release a untitled Marvel film July 13, 2018.

Fox owns the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, so the 2018 title could be a crossover superhero film.

This follows news that the studio will release X-Men: Apocalypse May 6, 2016.

James Mangold will direct the sequel to The Wolverine. And while Hugh Jackman does not have a deal in place to reprise the character beyond this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’s expected to return. Mangold announced on Twitter this week that he would be filming Wolverine 2 after X-Men: Apocalypse was completed.

Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot hits screens June 19, 2015, and features Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch, Kate Mara (The Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell (The Thing) and Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic) taking on the roles of the superhero team. Josh Trank (Chronicle) will direct.

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