Director also tweets a set picture.
Bryan Singer appeared at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal where he fielded a Q&A session that mostly recovered old ground, but there were some interesting bits of information present as well.
One of the most interesting subjects was Singer speaking about X-Men: The Last Stand, the third film in the original X-Men trilogy, where he handed the directorial reins over to Brett Ratner. The film made some massive, and controversial, storyline decisions and was generally received badly by cinemagoers and comic book fans alike.
Singer spoke about how those decisions affect the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is set mostly in 1973, eleven years after X-Men: First Class, but also features a return from the cast members of the original trilogy. Singer revealed that the segments in their timeline will take place ten years after the events of Last Stand. So whilst both franchises characters will be together in the film, expect them to have changed considerably due to the amount of time passed since they were last seen.
Speaking of the big deaths in Last Stand, Singer expressed his disappointment at Cyclops being unavailable to him for Days of Future Past, but explained that Charles Xavier could return because he had transferred his consciousness just before his death. This is something anyone who has seen the post-credits scene will already know, having seen Xavier contact Dr Moira MacTaggart via the mind of a coma patient.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom with regards to Ratner’s film, with Singer expressing his pleasure at Ellen Page‘s casting as Kitty ‘Shadowcat’ Pryde.
William Stryker will be in DOFP, with Josh Helman playing a younger version of the Colonel than Brian Cox (X2) and Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) previously brought to the screen.
One final, and potential the biggest, piece of news to come from the Q&A was the news that Singer is planning another Marvel movie. The details he wouldn’t delve into further than to call it a “mash-up” of the the Marvel Universe. This would heavily suggest that he is planning on directing the rumoured crossover film between Fox‘s two big Marvel properties: X-Men and Fantastic Four. The latter of which is currently casting for a reboot that will be helmed by Chronicle’s Josh Trank. The two teams have done several crossovers in the comics in the past, and judging by Marvel’s success under the crossover franchise model, Fox had stated plans to do the same. Judging by Singer’s comment, it looks like they may have found the man to lead it.
Yesterday Singer also tweeted out a picture of the Days of Future Past set:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) August 6, 2013
The photo shows how they apparently aim to capture Evan Peters performance as the speed mutant Quicksilver. The technique will be achieved by filming in the slow-motion 3600 frames-per-second (as Singer’s hashtag alludes too), which requires the extra lighting for exposure, hence the brightly lit box they are shooting in.
During his Q&A session in Toronto, Singer also revealed that Quicksilver’s sister Scarlet Witch will not be seen in Days of Future Past. Both of the siblings, including a different version of Quicksilver that will be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, can be seen in Marvel Studios sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.
X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives on July 17, 2014.