Bryan Singer Gets Around to Explaining the Wibbly-Wobbly-ness of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Timeframe
Time travel is a tricky plot device. More often than not you’ll create more problems than a quick jump forward or back can fix. Ignore them, and they become glaring continuity errors fans will question at every panel you sit on at conventions from now until the end of time. Just ask Steven Moffat.
For the next installment of FOX‘s X-Men franchise, Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer is bringing out the classic, “Go back to the past to ensure the future won’t suck,” scenario. In the comics, it’s Kitty Pryde who sends her future consciousness back through time into the mind of her younger self, aiding the X-Men of the past to prevent a horrible future where mutants are hunted by Sentinels and imprisoned in camps. This dystopian future comes about from increased fear of mutants brought on by the assassination of Senator Kelly at the hands of the Brotherhood of Mutants. So, you can already see where things will be altered to allow for the changes made in the X-Men movies. Like Kitty Pryde being too young to exist as an X-Man in the 70s and the fact they’ve already dealt with the Senator Kelly assassination storyline.
We’ve already guessed it’ll be Wolverine doing the consciousness time-swapping. And if you saw The Wolverine and hung around for the mid-credits teaser then you may have already witnessed that plan being put in motion. Talking with Empire, Singer reveals a little more about where the X-Men, both past and future, will be in relation to the last time we saw them on screen,
It takes place about ten years, give or take, after X-Men 3, and in the past it takes place about ten years after First Class.
I don’t recall how much time supposedly passed between X3 and The Wolverine, but I’d believe almost ten years, which allows that mid-credits teaser to make all the more sense seeing as there simply has to to be some explanation of certain developments.
What other developments do you think will have happened in those 10 years? For both timelines? How will these allow for the Days of Future Past storyline to be integrated?