I had some exposure to comic books as a kid, but one of my biggest memories is of reading my brother’s copies of Uncanny X-Men 141/142, a story set in a dark future in which the vestiges of the mutant population fight for survival from a race of hunter-killer Sentinels. In a desperate maneuver, Kitty Pryde is sent back in time via mind transference to her younger self in order to prevent events from occurring that would lead to the nightmare. While Kitty attempts to rewrite history, an older battle-worn team of X-Men consisting of Wolverine, Storm and Colossus makes a final stand against their oppressors.
The two part story remains one of the most popular of X-Men tales. Borrowing from other science fiction pulps and programs such as the Outer Limits, Chris Claremont and John Byrne presented a harrowing and dramatically charged story in these issues. This was long before alternate futures, deaths and returns and such had become old hat, so seeing an aged Wolverine who dared not pop his claws rummaging around a devastated NYC was a novelty. As was seeing a world in which almost all of the super powered individuals were dead and buried, the result of over-zealous androids let loose on the world by a paranoid population.
The next X-Men film following the success of the prequel First Class will adapt this story and bridge the gap between two generations of X-Men films, co-starring the cast members of the prequel with those who made the X-Men a household name in the first trilogy. Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and James Marsden (Cyclops) are already signed on to reprise their roles from the previous X-Men films.
Now Halle Berry joins the ranks, somewhat curiously as it has been said that her experience in the X-films was not a positive one. Still, it is nice that there will be such a feeling of reunion and reverence to the past in the next X-Men feature film.
Halle Berry Will Be Back As Storm!
The actress spoke to Black Tree TV while doing the rounds for her latest film The Call, confirmed that she will be back as Storm in X – Men: Days Of Future Past. “Yeah. I’m excited too. The fans really love Storm, and so I’m really happy that it’s worked out that way. No matter what my part will be or won’t be, to be a part of that is always a good thing. I love it.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past has a 18 July 2014 release date