You know, I was just thinking “X-Men: First Class 2″ was such an awkward title, and one that I would not enjoy typing over and over during the next year as we desperately grab onto bits of information about it. Luckily, I won’t have to do that after all. Vulture reports that Bryan Singer, producer of the “First Class” films and director of the first two original “X-Men” movies, has confirmed that the title of the sequel will be “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
If you’re like me and you’re not steeped in “X-Men” lore, then you might just shrug and think, “Yes, that sounds appropriately superhero-ish.” True fans, though, should recognize this as the title of an X-Men comic book series from the 1980s. Here’s how it is described in, yes, Wikipedia:
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future. (The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005 gave the numerical designation of “Days of Future Past” Earth as Earth-811).
So yeah, this is important, I would think.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” will begin shooting in early 2013 for a July 18, 2014 release. Matthew Vaughn directs returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones and Lucas Till.