Filmmaker Bryan Singer announced via Twitter that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be reprising their roles as Magneto and Professor X, respectively, in the “X-Men: First Class” sequel, “Days of Future Past.” Check out the Tweet below and my thoughts after the jump.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) November 27, 2012
“First Class” is widely regarded to be a reboot of the “X-Men” film series, but the inclusion of McKellen and Stewart seems to shatter that idea. However, I’m not so sure the casting note means “First Class” will lose its reboot title.
Comic books deal with the fantastical, as it’s the very nature of the idea of superheroes. The Marvel universe, on the comics side, has a long history of using alternate timelines and other dimensions to build stories, and I think this is what’s happening in “Days of Future Past.”
The storyline deals with a dystopian alternate future in which mutants are in internment camps. I wouldn’t be surprised to see McKellen and Stewart play their characters in this alternate timeline, one that might be connected to the original “X-Men” films or not. That way, the primary timeline as we see it in “First Class” won’t be disrupted.
Either way, I trust in Singer’s ability to tell a story, and I’m eager to see what “Days of Future Past” shows us.