Bryan Singer has given us our first look at James McAvoy on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past and I think we can safely say his Professor Charles Xavier looks like he just stepped out of a ’70s porn by way of Grease and Taxi Driver.
The director tweeted the shot with one word: #Serpico.
Days of Future Past brings together the casts from the original trilogy and 2011′s First Class prequel. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put an internment camps. A future version of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men.
In case this pic wasn’t evidence enough, the film will reportedly be set in the 1970s.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on July 18, 2014.
It looks like there will be a few more heroes along for the ride when The Avengers 2 hits theatres in 2015.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies on the red carpet for Iron Man 3, writer/director Joss Whedon revealed that he has finished the first draft of his screenplay for the upcoming sequel. He also dropped hints that he is adding two characters he really likes.
“I’ve got these two character; two of my favorite characters from the comic books,” Whedon reveals, “a brother-sister act. They’re in the movie, that’s exciting.”
Whedon didn’t reveal which characters he was talking about, but Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are the heavy favourites.
The brother and sister act are part of Marvel’s Silver Age and debuted in the 1960s. They are the children of X-Men villain Magneto and were recruited to join the Avengers by Iron Man.
Quicksilver has super speed, while Scarlet Witch can manipulate probability and cast “hexes” on her foes. They are both associated with the X-Men, raising the possibility of an eventual crossover film.
The Avengers 2 will mark the end of Marvel’s Phase 2, which begins in earnest with Iron Man 3 and continues with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.
With the first Avengers film having grossed $1.5 billion worldwide, Whedon was asked about the pressure he feels following up the well-received superhero team-up.
“I try not to think of it as topping (The Avengers),” he said of the upcoming sequel. “I try to think of this as its own movie…But when you’re in the story and dealing with characters that everyone loves and you have new characters sliding in next to them, then it’s very exciting. I don’t feel pressure. It’s like I’m reading my favourite comic.”
Do you have any Marvel favourites you hope show up in Avengers 2? Let us know who they are in the comments.
If you’re an X-Men fan, by now you know that director Bryan Singer’s Twitter account is doing heavy duty PR for next year’s Days of Future Past.
The sequel to X-Men: First Class will combine actors from the original X-Men trilogy and 2011′s ’60s-set prequel in a time travel story arc. The new film is rumoured to take place in the 1970s, so expect some funny outfits.
Nicholas Hoult will be back as Beast, and Singer’s tweet shows the character has aged a bit.
“Many a monster wears the form of a man; it is better of the two to have the heart of a man & the form of a monster” twitter.com/BryanSinger/st…
The film is currently in pre-production in Montreal with First Class stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender joined by Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.
There’s still no word on whether Kelsey Grammer will reprise his role as Beast from 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres July 18, 2014.
In keeping with past announcements, the director tweeted a group picture last night that includes headshots of everyone from Hugh Jackman to James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Halle Berry. Also included amongst the pictures was Daniel Cudmore, who played Colossus in both X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand; The Twilight Saga’s Booboo Stewart and Fran Bingbing, who Deadline is reporting will play Blink.
At this rate, the film will have to run about 3 hours and 20 minutes to give everyone ample screen time.
Are you glad Colossus is back? Is there anyone else you’re still holding out for? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. Personally, I’m still wondering about Cyclops, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler.