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The ‘Days of Future Past’ Have Come To End The X-Men

Editorial by Jorge Solis

On May 23, comic book fans and moviegoers are in for a special treat as X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters. The highly anticipated summer blockbuster is based on the comic book masterwork by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne. Who better to bring about this adaptation to the big screen than director Bryan Singer, the man who started it all with the original X-Men movie. Though some wish Matthew Vaughn was returning to helm the project, my hopes are high for Mr. Singer and his all-star cast.
I’m not a particularly huge fan of all of Claremont’s story arcs. Maybe because it’s a staple of ’80s cheesiness, but I thought Claremont’s “Nightcrawler’s Inferno” was a silly tribute to Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” But when Claremont really has a spectacular idea, most notably in “God Loves, Man Kills,” that’s where his writing shines.

“Days of Future Past” follows Kitty Pryde, also known as Shadowcat, who lives in an apocalyptic future where Sentinels have taken over the world. In this future the master race thinks they are in control, mutants are either hunted down or sent straight to concentration camps. Forced to live in slums, the last remaining mutants are tagged with electronic collars around their necks. As a last ditch for hope, Kitty has to travel back in time to prevent this horrible future from ever happening.

Many physics professors believe time-travel is a believable possibility. It’s not the physical body that goes back in time; it is the person’s mind that makes it feasible. Kitty’s mind from her future self travels backwards in time and ends up in her younger body. Claremont’s time-traveling concept harkens back to author Kurt Vonnegut and his sci-fi/war novel, “Slaughterhouse-Five.” The main protagonist in Vonnegut’s book, Billy Pilgrim, sees everything because his mind is unstuck in time.

In Kitty’s future, doomsday comes about because of the death of a single person. An important figurehead, Senator Kelly, must be saved from an assassination plot. The X-Men have to rescue a racist politician, who has already incurred the wrath of those he hates. Echoing the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Professor Xavier believes Kelly’s racist tantrums can be stopped if he can understand his fears are baseless.

Throughout the narrative, Claremont speaks about the universal theme of human nature. Are we capable of learning from our mistakes? Or, are we destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Though humanity has faults of its own, the story ultimately teaches that we are capable of change.
As Claremont switches the action between the past and future, Byrne depicts two distinct timelines in his artwork. The major shocker happens in the conclusion. In the future timeline, every fan-favorite mutant dies horribly. Byrne illustrates a painful death for each member of the superhero team, as if to say there’s no coming back from this. Like a slasher movie, the Sentinels takes down the entire team one by one, leaving just a sole survivor to continue the good fight.

Based on the trailers, the writing team looks to have taken some creative liberties with the original plot given how little we actually see of Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde. I know Lonmonster is not too happy about this, but then again I think the X-Men: The Animated Series is the best adaptation, even though there are many changes. I know everyone wants Kitty Pryde to be the major star, but I’m a huge fan of Bishop. I was totally rooting for Bishop, the trigger happy time-traveler, who shot first and asked questions later. He’s actually making things worse in his recklessness. The writers even brought in the “X-Traitor” storyline into the main arc.

I’m very excited for Bryan Singer’s cinematic version because the essential themes are still in place. Even Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has white hair just like Bryne’s drawings. The focus continues to be about the bromance between Charles Xavier and Eric Lenhnserr, who are symbolic representations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. These are two people of the same race who share the same ideals, but have different attitudes towards reaching their goals. This is an acting tour-de-force with Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender at the helm.

The horrors of the future meets the tragedy of the past in Bryan Singer’s cinematic adaptation of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Say what you will about the X-Men movies, but I know this one is going to be a whole lot better than The Last Stand, even with that ridiculous Quicksilver costume. Comic book storytelling at its best, “Days of Future Past” has launched many story arcs in the X-Men universe and its influence can still be seen today.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past hits theatres on May 23, 2014.



  • Nick M.

    This is one of my most anticipated movies this year, possibly my most anticipated. Movie looks incredible, screening reactions so far have been overwhelmingly positive, and Fox’s last two X films were some of the genre’s best (First Class, The Wolverine)

    • I wish I could share the same enthusiasm. I just can’t get excited about the X movues anymore. Especially with those atrocious costume designs. I’ll see this movie but cautiously.

      Really hate that Xavier can magically walk again.

      • Nick M.

        Apparently they explain it in the movie. Also it might help address a continuity error – the fact that he is wheelchair bound in First Class but is able to walk in Last Stand flashback

        Costumes don’t really bother me. The past costumes look great imo and are more comicbook-ish, the future costumes are sorta bland but makes sense that they need armour and non-colorful/bright outfits.

  • J Jett

    keeping an eye on this movie all during it’s production, i hate to say that it didn’t look all that great to me. thankfully though in the last couple of weeks or so, i now think it looks pretty good! i’m in.

  • Guest

    Please don’t praise Brian Singer………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  • Nathan Springstead

    Don’t praise Brian Singer. Hollywood needs to stop praising pedophiles who hold gay pool orgies and molest boys while hopping them up on booze and drugs. Of course hollywood’s best and brightest will turn a blind eye. They are all on a roller coaster of fame, oozing self love, like the end scene from the movie Brian Yuzna’s “Society”.

    • Allegedly. Remember that.

      • Nathan Springstead

        I know that. But I also know this isn’t the only story of pedophilia in Hollywood that has been swept under the rug over the years. The accusations by the alleged victims were ignored and the victims themselves were shunned by the elite/media.

        • Definitely not shunned by media. The story was on every major news/tabloid site.

  • Joel Raine

    Just because Singer has done something (Or allegedly done something) does not mean that he can’t be praised on the fantastic job that he did with X-Men. I mean, Roman Polanski is praised for his films (which are exceptional) despite the kerfuffles he had with underage girls..

  • this movie is gonna kick ass 🙂

  • Kahdiak Cpr

    I think his xmen movies sucked …the only good one was xmen first class witch brought the buzz back to the franchise and surprise he didn’t direct it……singer is a loser and should stay away from boys and super hero movies alike

  • JorgeSolis

    Can’t wait to see this next week!!

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