Now that it's been confirmed that the sequel to 'X-Men: First Class' will be based (to some degree) on the classic story arc 'Days of Future Past,' it's time to start thinking about which new mutants we want to see in the movie.
But first a word, actually two words, on continuity: forget it. The 'X-Men' movies have long abandoned the idea of hewing closely to the comics in terms of who is on the team during what time period, so we're not going to sit here and twist ourselves in knots trying to make it all work out according to the published chronology. But we can at least try to be reasonable.
The 'Days of Future Past' arc, written by the great Chris Claremont and drawn by the equally superb John Byrne, was originally published in 'Uncanny X-Men' #141 and #142 (January and February 1981), It opens in the year 2013, 30 years after the attempted assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (led by Mystique) has set the U.S. against mutants once and for all.
With Sentinels deployed everywhere to track mutants, kill them or put them in camps, America has become a police state -- albeit one policed by 40-foot-tall androids. The Sentinels plan to expand their reach beyond our borders, but the other nations of the world are not happy about it and are ready to bomb the U.S. back to the Stone Age the minute the Sentinels make their move.
A ragtag group of mutant rebels comprised of Storm, Wolverine, Colossus and others hatch a plan to send Kate (Kitty) Pryde's consciousness back through time and into her younger self -- where she can warn the X-Men of 30 years ago to prevent Kelly's murder and hopefully avert the dark age that follows.
Anyone who's followed the 'X-Men' movies knows there are a lot of issues here: for one, Kitty Pryde was seen in the first three 'X-Men' films as a young girl in the modern era (she had cameos in the first two films and was played by Ellen Page in 'The Last Stand') -- so they'll have to send someone else back or disregard the Kitty established in those movies. Second, none of the characters in 2013 -- with the exception of Magneto and a cameo by Wolverine -- were introduced in the 'First Class' movie. So we're talking about a lot of introductions and re-introductions to make this thing work.
On the other hand, 'Days' does offer a way to knit the world of the first 'X-Men' movies together with the 'First Class' edition. It can still be Wolverine, Storm and Magneto in the future (assuming you can get the original actors) sending whoever -- Kitty or someone else -- back to the past, where she must warn the characters established in 'First Class' about the impending danger. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) has already turned to the dark side (so to speak) so this story can work for her. A few more characters can be introduced in the past (a recast Nightcrawler, maybe?) and others thrown under the bus (Pyro), but this might all just work.
And who, besides the ones mentioned above, would we like to see appear in the 'Days of Future Past' movie? Check out our list below and see if you agree:
Shadowcat (or Kate, as she is known as an adult) is the linchpin of the 'Days of Future Past' storyline, as it is her older self who travels back in time -- and into the body of her younger self -- to warn the X-Men of the catastrophe awaiting them in the future. It's kind of not 'Days' without her, so Matthew Vaughn and his team would have to just forget the Kitty we saw in the earlier films. We're thinking Hailee Steinfeld ('True Grit') for the young Kitty in this one.
We didn't totally hate the big slab of beef (Daniel Cudmore) who played Colossus in 'The Last Stand,' but literal man of steel Piotr Rasputin was shortchanged considerably with his meager contributions in that film and 'X2.' He's a big part of 'Days,' as is his relationship with Kitty, and he would be relatively easy to retconn into the continuity established in 'First Class.' But Piotr's emotional depth and not just his physical attributes would need to come to the fore, so we need an actor and not just a pile of muscles for the role.
The inclusion of Rachel Summers (a.k.a. Rachel Grey or Phoenix) is a problematic one since she is the daughter of Scott "Cyclops" Summers and the original Marvel Girl/Phoenix, Jean Grey (or at least she is in one possible timeline -- sometimes the Marvel Universe just makes our head hurt). In any event, we need her in the story to send Kate Pryde back into the past, so let's just keep it simple and not even reveal any of her convoluted back history -- maybe a hint or two will be enough for hardcore fans.
Hailing from the island of Crete, Avalanche is one of the members of the reconstituted Brotherhood of Evil Mutants who attempt to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly during his hearings on the danger posed to humanity by mutants. We don't know too much about him before that, but hell, he's got a cool power: he can generate seismic waves with his hands that can obliterate anything in front of him. That will at least make for a nifty special effect.
e've always liked Fred J. Dukes even though he's got a nasty attitude, and we really feel he got the short end of the stick (along with several other mutants) in the woeful 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.' Like Avalanche, he's part of the Brotherhood's attempt to kill Senator Kelly, and we would really enjoy seeing X-men bouncing off the sheer, implacable mass of him. That's what he's there for! He's the Blob, dammit!
Another Brotherhood member with an interesting background -- she wrote down a dozen journals full of prophecies, going blind in the process -- Irene Adler has the ability to psychically see future events and manipulate the present based on what she sees. She's Mystique's only real friend and possibly her lover (somehow we don't think they'll explore that in this movie, though) and she even ends up fighting the Avengers (good to know if the rights ever revert back to Marvel).
It might be a blast to see the girl with the sparkly hands in the "future" part of the story as Wolverine's sidekick, instead of mostly just sitting around in class as she did in the first few 'X-Men' films. She probably still wouldn't get much screen time, but it would be fun to have her and her "fireworks" get a little more involved in the action this time. Might we suggest Ellen Wong (Knives Chau in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World') for the role?
Like many other mutants jammed into 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' someone using the name Psylocke showed up briefly in the movie and contributed little to the proceedings. Yet Betsy Braddock has been involved with the X-Men comics since 1986 (and other UK-specific Marvel titles for 10 years prior to that) and deserves another shot, especially since she does exist in the alternate future established in 'Days.'
The Native American master of technology -- his power is an intuitive knack for building all kinds of cool crap -- doesn't really factor into the main events of the 'Days' storyline, but he's had affairs with both Storm and Mystique. We consider him a star just based on that alone. We can see him in this film, however, coming to the X-Mansion and maybe helping Professor Xavier design some new device before switching sides (some retconning there)? And maybe his presence sets up the eventual appearance of the Adversary...
Like her biological father Magneto, Lorna Dane is a master of magnetism and has been kicking around the 'X-Men' comic book universe since 1968 -- which it good timing for her to join the 'First Class' gang. Put on the side of Xavier and watch some real drama unfold as she goes toe-to-toe with her dad (Michael Fassbender), all while trying to help alter the events of the future. Plus her boyfriend Havok is already in the 'First Class' cast.
The offspring of Fantastic Four leader Reed Richards and his wife, Sue (Invisible Woman), Franklin exists on the alternate Earth of 'Days,' where his adult self is the doomed boyfriend of Rachel Summers. With so many characters already in these movies, Franklin would play one important role: the first hint of an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover. After all, Fox owns both -- they can make their own Marvel team-up movie if they want.