X-Men: Days of Future Past has already grossed over $300 million, making it the highest debut for any X-Men film. If you have yet to see the new film, then turn back now because there will be spoilers.
After managing to alter the future, Logan (Wolverine) wakes up in the new present, 50 years later to find that, not only has he avoided the worldwide mutant genocide, but that his actions basically negated the events of X-Men, X2, and The Last Stand.
Logan wanders downstairs to see that Storm is still alive, after having been killed earlier in the film, along with others like Colossus. As he wanders further, Logan, and fans alike, were shocked to find that both Cyclops and Jean Grey are both alive. Even Rogue who, in The Last Stand, chose to take the mutant cure to rid herself of her powers, was back, presumably, with her abilities intact. No one, except Logan and Charles Xavier have any knowledge of what happened in the past or of the future that could have been/ already had been.
In an interview with SciFiNow, Days of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg, discussed the decision to backtrack the series and bring back previously deceased characters:
It was something that Brian [Singer, director] and I talked about from the beginning. When I started actually getting inside of it and thinking about telling a time travel story, I knew that there’d be ripples – butterfly effect – from whatever we did in the past into what is established history.
Kinberg addressed the shortcomings of The Last Stand by saying:
I worked on X-Men 3, which I have some pride about and some guilt about. If I could do any movie in my life over again, that’s the one I would do.
With The Last Stand, many fans were incredibly disappointed by the way the iconic Phoenix storyline was handled – mostly because of the way that many main characters were treated, like Cyclops, Jean Grey, and yes, even dear Rogue who was shafted for so much of the film.
Regarding all of that, Kinberg said:
I feel that we didn’t do justice to the Dark Phoenix story. I know the fans felt – and I feel the same way as a fan – that Scott didn’t get what he deserved. It was a very unceremonious goodbye. Frankly, some of that was because of scheduling reasons [James Marsden was shooting Superman Returns], but nevertheless the effect is that somebody you’ve grown to love and care about is just dispatched with. So I had this moment very early on in the process of outlining Days Of Future Past where I thought we could bring him back. I wasn’t sure where it would take place – initially it was slightly different – but we had this moment in the future where we could resurrect the people who we lost in the wrong ways.
What does this mean for the next X-Men film? We know that it will focus on the Apocalypse storyline, but will characters like Rogue, Jean Grey, and Cyclops return for larger parts this time?
Read the full interview over on SciFiNow.