It really is too bad that X-Men: Days of Future Past will not be released in theaters until next year. Since the “future” part of those days takes place in 2013 (impossibly far away from the year it was written), there would have been some satisfaction in seeing the movie be released this year. However, Marvel fans will have to wait until May of 2014 to see this visual masterpiece on the big screen. In preparation, I read the comic books on which the movie is based and I have some thoughts on what I am excited to see as well as some things that should be made clearer in the movie than they are in the books.
The first big difference between books and movies is that comic books are released much more quickly than movies. This allows for more continuity in the books and keeps them from having to explain and re-explain relationships and back stories. Because of this difference, and because certain things were not explained well in X-Men: The Last Stand, I am hoping for a little more clarification on certain storylines.
For instance, I really want more screen time for Kitty Pryde and Peter Rasputin (Sprite and Colossus). The comics in the DoFP saga do not really explain much about their history, except, of course, to mention that they are married in the future. The few sparks of romantic in me would like to see some of their love story.
I did not originally like Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, but she has grown on me and I am excited to see more from her. She is one of the most important characters in the DoFP storyline. In the X-men movies, her character really wasn’t fleshed out very much. In fact, I didn’t even realize that Ellen Page was playing Kitty Pryde until halfway through X-Men: The Last Stand. This was mostly due to the fact that Last Stand Kitty seemed much more interested in Bobby Drake (Iceman) than she was in Colossus.
I am also excited to see more of the Uncanny X-men who have grown on me, such as Storm and even Nightcrawler (although he still creeps me out a little). I am curious whether Ben Foster will be asked to reprise his role as the Angel. He was a very minor character in Last Stand and I felt no real connection to him, so it would not bother me at all if that part were recast for Days of Future Past.
The Sentinels are another highly anticipated plot feature, of course. Even more fabulous is the announcement that one of my favorite actors, Peter Dinklage, will be playing their creator, Bolivar Trask.
Although the Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver do not appear in the comics for the DoFP story, I am excited to see them on the screen for the first time. Scarlet Witch has one of the coolest super powers that Marvel has ever dreamed up, and I am eager to see how that is translated into film.
Of course, I am also looking forward to seeing my very favorite X-man, and giant crush again also. Hank McCoy will always be my not-so-secret love. However, I am sad to see the Kelsey Grammar is not playing the Beast again this time. My fingers are crossed that Nicholas Hoult will do an equally amazing job.
There are a few things I am not looking forward to seeing, however. Jennifer Lawrence does not play a convincing Mystique, and I really wish she had been recast. She was one of the most disappointing performances in X-men: First Class. Fortunately, Mystique IS a shape-shifter, so perhaps we will not have to look at Lawrence all that much.
I also am not a fan of Anna Paquin’s Rogue. Come to think of it, these actresses look and act a lot alike. Perhaps they’re just not my type.
All in all, May 2014 cannot come soon enough for me! In the meantime, I’ll just have to break out Andrew’s list of things to do while I wait. Also, I will be enjoying tomorrow evening’s 8/7 pm premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.