Now that the “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” sequels have official titles, there are rumors that the “X-Men: First Class” sequel finally has a name.
The upcoming Marvel mutant feature film will be called “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
Details of the film are still under wraps. 20th Century Fox has yet to confirm the film title rumor, but the concept is highly intriguing.
Simon Kinberg, who is writing the screenplay, did drop a few hints about the upcoming film, although he also said “It’s like the most guarded state secret I’ve ever been around.”
He told Collider that “it’s going really well, and I can tell you that I’ve been working closely with Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman on the script of the movie and that we hope to be shooting in Spring of next year to come out in July of 2014 and that I’m really excited about it, because the only thing I can say, because I have to be extraordinarily vague about it, because the last time I talked to anybody about it, I got in trouble…big trouble…”
Kinberg went on to call the film “extraordinarily ambitious,” and said it was both “unlike the other X-Men movies and yet very much a celebration of the X-Men movies.”
“It’s one of those movies that, because it’s such a big deal for the studio, they have some sense of what it is that we’re writing and they are ambitious about the movie, too. I don’t know what the budget’s going to be, we’ve got to finish the script before we have a budget, but I would assume that it is a bigger movie than the last in physical scope, and that we have the license to do that because of the success of First Class,” he said.
Although details about “X-Men: Days of Future Past” are still shadowy, Kinberg did hint that Michael Fassbender, who plays Magneto, will be featured more heavily.
Back in February, Kinberg told MTV that “Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy.”
In addition to Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence (“Hunger Games”) is under contract to return for the sequel. “First Class” also featured James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, and Rose Byrne, several of whom play roles to be reprised.
The overall feel of “Days of Future Past” will be more epic than the original. “I’m very proud of First Class .. as dramatic as that movie, I think it is as dramatic as that movie, but more epic, mythic in a way as well,” said Kinberg.
Currently, “Days of Future Past” is slated to arrive in theaters on July 18, 2014. X-Men first originated in 1963 and was created by Stan Lee after the success of Spiderman.