Bald heads and purple helmets unite! Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen join X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Firstly, yes I know that heading is not 100% accurate as James McAvoy, as the younger Prof. X actually still has a full head of hair, but a little creative licence was employed. Secondly, this is probably the only time I’ve used the term “purple helmets” outside of making fun of a Mills & Boon novel.

Thirdly, Holy Mutated Crap! Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are joining the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past! Could this possibly be the first major clue for that movie crossover I predicted?

For those of you who can’t remember the last time I spewed these geek theories, the original “Days of Future Past” comic book storyline from which this sequel takes its name, saw the X-Men be contacted by a future version of Kitty Pryde who informed them that in her time, as a result of a mistake the X-Men made in the past, those few members of the team that haven’t been killed yet have disbanded, and mutants are hunted down and kept in concentration camps by giant robot sentinels. The past X-Men then have to try and avert the calamity that set that timeline in motion, and in the process create a new future. Essentially, it’s Terminator in spandex with claws and eyebeams, so what’s not to love? Well, expect spandex.

So when the title for this sequel was announced, I postulated that this offered the perfect opportunity for Fox to address the glaring inconsistencies between Bryan Singer’s original X-trilogy and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class which was supposed to be a prequel, but had characters whose storylines didn’t match up to what we already knew. So I thought up the kooky idea that what if the timeline of the original X-trilogy was actually going to become the dystopian, concentration camp future (the X-Men had already disbanded in X3, with a couple of their members pushing up mutated daisies) and the Kitty Pryde from there would come back to warn the Kitty Pryde from First Class?

It was a fun theory, but still just a theory. Well, until last night that is, when Bryan Singer took to Twitter to officially announce the return of the principal cast of First Class, and then followed that up with the surprise announcement of the two elder statesmen joining the production.

That “more to come…” is certainly a tantalizing tease. There’s already been quite a bit of talk suggesting that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine for this (and this time have more to do than just deliver the funniest foul mouthed line of recent cinema), so I eagerly await what to see what other surprises Singer has up his sleeve. If one of those surprises happen to start with an “S” and ends in an “Entinel” then you can certainly expect the internet to be broken in two.

Last Updated: November 28, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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