The world was rocked today with the first glimpse of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and so far, the movie appears to be bringing some heavy emotional tone. That’s not all that we can expect this Summer though, because apparently the film is taking a peculiar direction with time travel that cinema hasn’t explored before.
Talking to Empire Magazine, Singer discusses the story details of having Kitty Pryde sending Wolverine’s mind back to the ’70s and how his version of time travel will execute. Singer explains that the setting for all the future sequences take place in 2023, and Wolverine is asked to travel back to the 1970’s to stop an assassination of a public figure by the hands of Mystique. If he doesn’t, the world could face total devastation by the famous Sentinels. Woohoo! How he gets back is accomplished through Kitty Pryde’s phasing powers, thus prepare yourself for a confusing explanation of Bryan Singer time travel. Here is the quote:
“It’s about figuring your rules and sticking to them,” Singer explains. “The principle I looked at is this theory that until an object is observed, it hasn’t really happened yet. The time-traveller whose consciousness travels through time I call The Observer, and until The Observer returns to where he travelled from, the result hasn’t occurred yet. So he can muck about in the past and it isn’t until he snaps back that the new future is set. As a result, we’re able to have parallel action, and there’s an underlying tension because there’s always that threat Wolverine’s consciousness could return and leave the world in an even darker place.”
Sounds a bit complicated, but I’m interested to see how it all works on film. Singer also explains that as far as the period will be spending the most amount of time in, “The future’s about 25, 30 percent of the movie. The past is most of it.” Finally, he reveals that in the past (1973), the school has closed down for nearly decade, which we can assume this why the team has gone different paths, and why Xavier seems to be in a dark place.
One thing is for certain, if Days of Future Past delivers on its promise, this could end up as the best of the entire franchise. Here is to epic finales folks! X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23rd, 2014!
Source: Empire Magazine