Brian Singer gave some big news to fans of the “X-Men” franchise through his Twitter account when he announced that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart both signed on to reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X. The next day, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Hugh Jackman was also in talks to return to the franchise as Wolverine. For the people who loved “X-Men: First Class,” both James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are coming back as well as Professor X and Magneto.
Bryan Singer’s Trilogy
The original “X-Men” trilogy took place in the present day and started with the team recruiting and bringing in Wolverine to join the group. Bryan Singer directed the first two movies before turning the reins over to Brett Ratner for the third effort. The entire focus of these movies erred on the idea of prejudice and acceptance.
The two leads were Patrick Stewart as Professor X, the leader of the X-Men, and Ian McKellen as Magneto, leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine was the most popular and even ended up in his own spinoff movie with a second on the way in 2013.
“X-Men: First Class”
“X-Men: First Class” was a slight rebooting, but director Matthew Vaughn chose to incorporate some of the original trilogy into it. He made his movie more of a prequel, with the film starting when Professor X and Magneto were still friends and gathered mutants together to help out during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He even threw in a nice cameo with Wolverine refusing to join the team.
That is important to remember since Wolverine ages much slower than others, so Hugh Jackman was able to star as the character in both this movie and the three previous ones without changing his appearance. James McAvoy took on the role of Professor X while Michael Fassbender starred as Magneto.
“Days of Future Past”
Now, with “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” fans get the best of both worlds. This is a sequel to “X-Men: First Class,” but it includes time travel as the X-Men from the past (which is the present day in the movie world) have to stop the assassination of a senator or face a horrible future where the government uses giant robots called Sentinels to hunt down mutants.
This allows the movie to use the older actors in the future scenes and the younger actors in the present day of the film. Jackman’s performance would also have to be in the future, as Bryan Singer has returned and might want to keep his continuity where Wolverine had not met the X-Men until his first movie. Of course, there is also the chance that the events of this movie could change the future, but that is a completely different discussion.
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