Bryan Singer has been giving some interviews to promote H+, a niftyl-looking new web series that he's produced and he inevitably faced some X-Questions into the bargain. So, with Matthew Vaughn's sequel to First Class getting ready to roll, Singer did his producerly duty and told us why it's going to be a good one.
It's being written right now and we start shooting in a few months… It's going to be very ambitious. It's called Days of Future Past and it deals with aspects of that comic but also some very new things… I don't want to give anything away.
Days of Future Past, if you somehow read Bleeding Cool but don't know, was a story from the comics in which the X-Men are called upon, from the future, to prevent a cataclysmic, dystopian destiny for mutant kind by preventing a certain trigger point in history from occurring. It's The Terminator of X-Men stories.
It's a nifty plot premise. But also, very new things are good. Some of the very new things in First Class were quite brilliant indeed, and I'm sure Vaughn and co. can find plenty more where they came from.
The other big question about this sequel, particularly with the need for a future timeline, would be about crossovers with Singer's own X-films. Here's what he had to say about that possibility:
I think there's a strong desire to broaden out the universe. The X-Men universe on its own is as big as the Marvel universe and I think it's time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films as Marvel's done so well.
That could also refer to The Wolverine, of course, and it's my hunch that they're working something into The Wolverine which we'll later see pay off in Vaughn's film.
But I also won't be surprised when we see Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and their cohort turn up in the future scenes. Indeed, I'm already looking forward to it.
Here's the video version of IGN's chat with Singer.