Bryan Singer Reveals How Many Years After X-MEN 3 That DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Takes Place

Bryan Singer Reveals How Many Years After X-MEN 3 That DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Takes Place

Many fans assumed that the scenes set in the future wouldn't be as far ahead as those in the comic book of the same name, but director Bryan Singer has now confirmed exactly when those (and the ones set in the past) take place. He also talks more about how Kitty sends Wolverine back in time.

By JoshWilding - Jul 25, 2013 03:07 AM EST
Filed Under: X-Men
Source: Empire Magazine

We've seen photos of the X-Men: Days of Future Past cast and they don't look all that much older. Well, that's because the gap between X-Men: The Last Stand and this movie isn't actually all that big! "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," Singer tells Empire in the latest issue of the magazine. So, only a decade has passed, but that's more than enough time for us to hopefully see a dystopian future similar to that featured in the Chris Claremont/John Byrne comic book arc. During this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, it was also revealed that it is indeed Wolverine who travels back in time and the director talked more about that and where we pick up with Charles and Erik in the 70s. "It's its own story, inspired by Days of Future Past. She's the prime facilitator - it's her power that enables that to happen. But it's Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey. Charles is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik has been gathering his power. They're in a radically different place."

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EpitomeofAwesome - 7/25/2013, 3:55 AM
thewonderer - 7/25/2013, 3:57 AM
Most anticipated CBM and tied with Guardians for the most creativity and ambition.
blvdnoise - 7/25/2013, 3:57 AM
I hope this thing turns out..
tricklove187 - 7/25/2013, 3:57 AM
We need a teaser trailer!
Demongod20 - 7/25/2013, 3:59 AM
Where did Professor X get his new body from? His old body got turned into Juice in X3.
PeterDarker121 - 7/25/2013, 4:00 AM
I wanna see a damn Sentinel
NoAssemblyReqd - 7/25/2013, 4:01 AM
The after credits scene in X3 revealed that Prof X had transferred his mind into the unconscious body shown earlier in the film (supposedly his twin).
vondoom29 - 7/25/2013, 4:03 AM
hope it doesnt blow weener
NoAssemblyReqd - 7/25/2013, 4:04 AM
If the movie is able to convincingly use time travel to explain away the series' many continuity problems, I *might* get back on board with it.
Gunslinger - 7/25/2013, 4:12 AM
@Noassemblyrqd - it wasn't his twin. First, the guy had hair. Second he looked nothing like Xavier. Third, it was never even mentioned that there was relation between the two, Xavier only transferred because he was braindead. Fourth, this is the X-Men Singerverse. Singer's mutant power is creating unexplaynable plotholes.
TelaVizion - 7/25/2013, 4:12 AM
For all you Jean Grey fans, she's in The Wolverine a lot
Gunslinger - 7/25/2013, 4:13 AM
As for seeing Byrne's and Claremont's dystopian future? It's in the comics, so I expect them to [frick] it up. God forbid it's remotely close to the source material. The Wolverine did the same shit.
TheRedSkull - 7/25/2013, 4:15 AM
As long as they fix the loose ends and plot holes, and if it's anything like First Class or X2, I'll be stoked.
sameoldthing - 7/25/2013, 4:16 AM
No comic book film will be 100% as the source material.
I'm just now getting it through my thick skull that comics & film are 2 different mediums & some changes are acceptable.

Days Of Future Past is a good read so I hope the good stuff from the comics shines on into the movie.
This could be really good...if not,when time travel is possible hopefully someone can stop it from ever being made.
samster10001 - 7/25/2013, 4:30 AM
This movie will suck a fat one guaranteed. [frick] singer and fox. You just wait and see bitches.
marvel72 - 7/25/2013, 4:32 AM
if its as good as x-men 2,i'll be happy.

most anticipated comic book movies of 2014

1st guardians of the galaxy
2nd x-men days of future past
3rd the amazing spider-man 2
4th captain america the winter soldier
5th sin city a dame to kill for

list will probably change after seeing trailers.
SoundWave - 7/25/2013, 4:36 AM
Ok. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" about ten years after "X-Men 3"

But when "The Wolverine" is in this timeline? It's after "X-3", but before "Days"?

And in what years Wolverine get adamantium? Will in "Days" he have a metal claws or bone claws?

Gunslinger - 7/25/2013, 4:39 AM
Changes are acceptable, yes. Almost all ot the Marvel movies had changes from the source material. Batman begins was quite different from the comics. The problem is when it's changed too much that it bears almost no resemblance to the source material. For example, The Wolverine is supposed to be based on the Japan Saga. Apart from taking part in Japan it's a different story. There is a difference between making changes for the sake of the medium and completely bastardising characters.
Ocelot - 7/25/2013, 4:41 AM

Erm no, the patient was in fact bald and we never got a clear shot of his face as it was always obscured or blurred in scenes.

It is not said in the film, but the claim is backed up by one of the writers on the film who confirmed that was the scene's purpose and that the patient is Xavier's twin brother. They'll probably retcon the scene to make it more clearer as to why he's alive.

Furthermore at the start of X-MEN: The Last Stand Xavier lectures some students on whether it's morally right to do this(transferring a mind into one that has no consciouness) we also see the brain dead patient and Moira when he's doing this, this was why those scenes were in the film in the first place, it was a clear set up for a Professor X return and and avenue to write him back in for a sequel.
Gunslinger - 7/25/2013, 4:41 AM
Cap was the weakest Marvel movie imho, but I thin part of the problem was JJ's directing and a laughable script. So far it looks like it's going it the right direction. But GOTG will rule 2014.
GeekyCheekyChic - 7/25/2013, 4:44 AM
I really was hoping Singer and Fox would just not acknowledge the events of X3 so that Jean and Cyclops could be around to face the Sentinels.
The after credits scene in The Wolverine brought up a couple of questions but Logan has a line that expresses the audience's reaction to Xavier and Magneto. It was well done and it made me now want to watch DOFP.
Most anticipated:
Captain America 2(after seeing the Comic Con footage)
DOFP(judging by the after credits scene in Wolverine)
Guardians(great little teaser at Comic Con)
Amazing Spider-Man 2(jeez they have planned six movies)
GeekyCheekyChic - 7/25/2013, 4:50 AM
The Wolverine felt like it took place maybe a year after X3 and the after credits scene apparently is 2 years later but I don't remember seeing "2 years later" on the screen- it felt like it was relatively soon after Logan gets done in Japan.
Based on the quality of the scene I'm going to give Singer the benefit of the doubt but I foresee many inconsistencies.
CarlXVIGarfield - 7/25/2013, 4:54 AM
HEY! I thought they were ignoring X3?!

With time travel they have a chance to fix all the foX-men stuff and do the classic line-up, explain away how characters are played by different actors and are suddenly young and/or old or looks totally different.

But it sure doesn't look like it.
MarvelSquadie - 7/25/2013, 5:04 AM
No Stan Lee cameo :-(
Natetrix79 - 7/25/2013, 5:08 AM
Sin City & 300 were as close to the source material as it can get & I love those movies. Studios will never get it, believe in the source material cause that's what made these characters popular in the first place!!!!
jlabatman - 7/25/2013, 5:09 AM
How does Kitty have the power to send Wolverine back in time or am I just confused about that?
Shavyer - 7/25/2013, 5:14 AM
The Wolverine takes place at least two years before DOFP, i saw the movie yesterday
CherryBomb - 7/25/2013, 5:15 AM

@TrueBeliever OHMYGOD, I'd love Judi Shekoni as Storm! You genius.

breakUbatman - 7/25/2013, 5:20 AM
@Sameold Thing

True comics and films are different mediums and should be treated as such. Which is why I hate it when they try reshape the comics to the films. I swear I was bleak for days when the Granov styled IM armor made it into the Ultimate Universe.

Harley Quinn is an exception because she's an interesting character, Coulson is a prime example of what I can't stand.

Jolt17 - 7/25/2013, 5:24 AM
You can loyally adapt graphic novels, which mostly have obvious ends - even that will still require expansions and trimmings - but you can't just precisely lift everything of long-running comic book titles without making significant changes here and there. I thought it's that simple, no?
CherryBomb - 7/25/2013, 5:25 AM

Maybe they'll have Kitty's powers enhanced by Cerebro so that she can not only phase through matter, but phase through time and space as well ... which would be STUPID
JDUKE25 - 7/25/2013, 5:26 AM
This sounds pretty awesome
AmazingFantasy - 7/25/2013, 5:31 AM
Such a good film, The Wolverine
Jolt17 - 7/25/2013, 5:35 AM
Shavyer: To be precise, (Spoiler) the mid-credit scene of The Wolverine takes place two years after the events of the movie, not before X-Men: Day of Future Past.

(More Spoilers.) So, let's see - in The Wolverine, Logan's grown quite a hair, so we can assume that it's set...roughly two years after X3: The Last Stand? Anyway, jump to the next two years from the movie, Logan's home, Charles and Erik have reunited, and Trask has gone global, but it is implied that they've only just realized that there's a bigger threat coming. (Since daily activities seem to still be going normally, at that point.) That's four years post-X3, so maybe the six year gap is for the Sentinels to go all-out, and the X-Men to prepare for the battle? They've got quite heavy armors from promo images, it seems, so it might just be plausible.
JoshBerger - 7/25/2013, 5:44 AM
The more I read a out this movie the more excited I body is getting ready :)
Tetrahedron - 7/25/2013, 5:55 AM
The real Days of Future Past takes place 40 years into the future. Kitty's 13 when s**t hits the fan and in her early 50s when we meet her in DoFP. She also doesn't magically have the ability to "phase people through time".

Also, why are they making Kitty the one who sends people back? In the comic it was Rachel Summers, they have an even more powerful telepath now why not just use Xavier?
Shadowelfz - 7/25/2013, 6:02 AM
They couldn't just have Bishop facilitate the time travel. They HAD to give Kitty time travelling powers. Singer sucks. Pick up a damn comic book!
TheDpool - 7/25/2013, 6:03 AM
@Jollem - only just realised that Warpath was in the opening credits for the animated X-Men series :)
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