While it might not mean a lot to non X-Men fans, the announcement this week that the follow-up to Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class (2011) will be based on the Uncanny X-Men comic storyline "Days of Future Past" is very tantalising news.
Wolverine gets toasty with a Sentinel.
Published in 1981 the two part story ran across Uncanny X-Men issues 141 and 142, and despite being over thirty years old the story is still considered one of the X-Men's very best. In a time-travelling plot X-Man Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat (the girl that can walk through walls, to those not in the know) transfers her older mind back into her younger self to warn the present day X-Men that the upcoming assassination of Senator Kelly will have grave consequences for mutant kind.
With Kelly dead at the hands of Magento's Brotherhood of Mutants the anti-mutant movement goes into overdrive. The paranoia grows and eventually the government decide to hunt down all mutants (with their new toys, the infamous robot Sentinels, lending a hand) to be killed or kept in concentration camps. Kitty and the rest of the X-Men race to prevent this possible future coming about.
Producer Bryan Singer has said that Vaughn's First Class sequel will be the first bridge between the two X-Men movie series. Looking at the Days of Future Past comics Singer also added "It deals with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things".
Fans will have to wait at least another year to find out what those new things are. And whether they take to time-travelling as a brand new part of the X-Men universe will also be question mark until then. Vaughn might make this future more of a premonition for one of the X-Men's cast. But if the English director can make the story work it might open the door for other top X-Men storylines The Age of Apocalypse and The House of M which deal also with alternative futures and timelines.