Bryan Singer recently took to Twitter to announce that even more of the cast from the original X-Men trilogy will have a part to play in next year’s follow up to First Class. His tweet, which read, “Very excited to welcome #annapaquin, @ellenpage & @shawnrashmore to #XMen #DaysofFuturePast - thank you @BrettRatner for letting them live!” means that we will also get to see the return of Rogue, Kitty Pryde and Iceman, respectively. Throw in the confirmed Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen (no word yet on Famke Janssen, James Marsden or Halle Berry), and we are almost set for a complete X-Men reunion! Granted, no one knows exactly how big a role the original actors will play in the sequel, but we can hope that Singer will be able to do something with them to take the bad taste of Last Stand out of our mouths.
Speaking of Last Stand, it will be interesting to see how and when the X-Men from the future will interact with their past selves due to the devastating events that took place in the third movie. As most of us remember, that film ends with Cyclops and Jean Grey dead, Xavier’s body destroyed, and a Rogue who has given up all her powers. One train of thought, while highly unlikely (and discussed on January’s Big Shiny Podcast) is that Singer will use time travel to undo the effects of Last Stand and thus free up the continuity it locked up for other, better, stories.
What do you think? Will Singer stick to the events laid out in the comics, or will he use them to free himself, and future films, from the corner that Brett Ratner so unwisely trapped everyone in?