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Spoilers ahead though only if you’re one of those who never watch teaser trailers. Oh, and Evan Peters literally quoted his character directly from the comics… good sign.

From io9

We saw the first teaser of X-Men: Days of Future Past just now at San Diego Comic-Con, and it was the most exciting X-Men moment in a decade. Here’s our rough impressions of what we saw. UPDATE: More details added!

Spoilers ahead…

Seriously, I hope this footage shows up online soon, because my description is not going to do it justice. There was a lot going on here. We saw it twice, so I’m adding more details from the second watching.

We see a closeup of Patrick Stewart’s eye, and someone (Stewart) asks, “What’s the last thing you remember?” Professor X (Stewart) responds, “I had a glimpse into the past.”Then Professor X tells Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me what I once did for you.” We slowly zoom out from Professor X’s aged face, and then we see him with a Cerebro helmet on, and later coming out of the Cerebro chamber.

And this is a dark dystopian future, where the dark, fetishy costumes are looking more dirty and distress and messed up, and Professor X and Ian McKellen’s Magneto seem weary and filled with dread. They’re in a war chamber in front of a table that shows how badly things are going. Wolverine even has a bit of gray in his facial hair.

We see flashes of all our favorite mutants, including Storm against a stormy sky, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, and some others. And there are futuristic-looking mutants, including  Omar Sy as Bishop, and some others I couldn’t identify wearing dramatic Mad Max-y makeup.

We learn that Professor X and Magneto have come together “side by side, to end this war before it ever begins.”

Wolverine asks, “So I wake up in my younger body, and then what?” Professor X responds, “Find me, convince me of all this.” And Magneto chimes in that Wolverine will find younger Magneto a different person, “a darker person.” We catch glimpses of 1970s versions of Magneto and Professor X — with a lot more hair and a lot more fire to them. Young Professor X has a crazy beard and a 1970s groovy outfit with an X-shaped light on his face, while Young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is waving a gun.

We see Young Professor X blowing dust off a white globe.

Back then, Professor X says, “I was a very different man. Lead me, guide me, be patient with me.” We see Young Professor X putting his hands on someone’s face as he tries to understand. Maybe Wolverine’s face?

Older Wolverine responds, “Patience isn’t my strong suit.”

And then blue glowing hands are gripping Wolverine’s head, sending him back in time into the body of his younger self.

We catch glimpses of other stuff — Young Magneto using his powers to pull a distressed Mystique along the floor. Young Magneto descending from the air looking scary. There is a mysterious opening under the Oval Office, revealed by the oval opening up like a trapdoor. And protests in the street, and Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) addressing a government hearing. And Richard Nixon looking weird and terrifying — and then Mystique walking down the street changing into a man in a pimp suit.

There is a LOT of stuff blowing up, and Young Professor X using Magneto, and the Beast attacking, a woman walking away from an airplane, and a military setting. We glimpse Professor X shielding his face from an intense white light, and the Cerebro machine exploding.

Young Professor X says, “I don’t want your suffering. I don’t want your future.”

And then Old Professor X is face to face with his younger self. He says: “Please. We need you to hope again.” It’s an actual spine-tingling moment. Actual goosebumps here.

In the panel, we met Omar Sy, who told us that Bishop is visiting from the future and just trying to survive, like everyone. Also on the panel: Peter Dinklage confirmed he really is playing Bolivar Trask.

And Evan Peters was here, as the new Quicksilver. Asked to describe his character, Peters said: “He’s very fast. He’s quick. He’s a spaz. He talks quick, he moves quick, everybody is very slow compared to him. He’s always at an ATM waiting for the bastard in front of him to finish.”

“He’s got excellent genes,” added Michael Fassbender, who plays his father, Magneto.

Someone asks what sort of costume Quicksilver will have, and Singer responds: “It’ll be a seventies costume. I had grown up as a kid in the 1970s and I had forgotten how hideous some of the clothing was back then.”

Someone asked if we might get a Deadpool movie, and Bryan Singer wouldn’t confirm that one will happen — but he did say the X-Men universe is as big as the rest of the Marvel universe, and there’s enough room for a ton of X-Men films developing all the different characters and corners of the universe, building it out.

Someone asked Jackman about musicals, and he said he would never sing as Wolverine. The crowd was disappointed, so he gave us a taste of what a Wolverine musical would be like: “I’m gonna slice ’em, I’m gonna dice ’em,” he sang operatically.

Someone asked the assembled cast which X-Men character, other than their own, they would want to play. Patrick Stewart responded: “I would like to play any female character in any X-Men movie, because then I would have a chance of winning an Academy Award.” (Because three of the women in the X-Men have won Oscars.)

Iain McKellen said: “If I can’t play the younger Magneto, then I would like to grow wings and play Angel.”

Oh, and in the panel for The Wolverine before we saw this footage, Hugh Jackman gave a shoutout to Wolverine co-creator Len Wein, who was in the audience, and it was really gracious and awesome.

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According to BleedingCool, “the official X-Men: Days Of Future Past tumblr prematurely published and swiftly deleted a series of character headshots showing a whole host of mutants”

Here they are below:

DOFP: Future Wolverine DOFP: Past Wolverine DOFP: Xavier DOFP: Magneto DOFP: Colossus DOFP: Bishop DOFP: Beast

What do we learn?

Wolverine: Well, as has been pointed out on Tumblr and other places, future Wolverine is sporting the iconic gray stripes in his hair and possible iconic yellow jumpsuit. It does look like stretchy yellow spandex… I doubt though that he’s wearing a full yellow jumpsuit, I would wager it’s just a top which hints greatly at his iconic uniform, like the brown leather jacket with yellow stripes. Unfortunately the image is cropped too much to know for sure what he’s wearing, or what’s going on in the background, lots of glow.

Xavier/Magneto/Colossus: They seem to be wearing the same uniform, just a bit different to mark the personalities of the different characters. It definitely looks like armor, similar to what Storm was wearing in her tweeted sneak peak. But Kitty and Bobby don’t seem to be wearing the armor/uniform in their sneaky peak (for that matter neither does Wolvie here either). I’m not sure what this means, why they aren’t  all matched up, if they were all mis-matched, okay, but only a few are? Could they have been in a different resistance squad or maybe they were separated then found by the group in order to use Kitty’s powers? The difference in outfits could mean something, could mean nothing…

Bishop: Looks like Bishop, dreadlocks, scar, red sash thingy… no complaints here. But I’m not sure about the ridges on his shoulder, or if his armor is supposed to match the other’s uniform. Could this has something to do with Bobby and Kitty’s non-matching outfits? Different squads? Or maybe the X-Men have broken up?

Beast: They’ve cleaned it up a bit, but he’s still in the yellow striped jumpsuit from the first movie. Will we see the others in their jumpsuits too?

Rogue: We’re getting a lot of peaks at the future cast, and if I miss my guess, we’ve seen everyone (except Rogue) from the original cast (that we know is going to be in the film). We’ve even had looks at the new ‘big names’ like Bishop here… so… why haven’t we had a sneak of Rogue? It’s possible Anna hasn’t done her filming yet, there is still two months-ish left to go… but with everyone else from the future timeline getting their scenes out of the way… how’s this going to work? Simple movie magic? Is her role just not that big and it’ll be filmed later? Or is there a greater plot afoot…

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Warning: Spoilers for Days of Future Past

wolverine-rogue-xmenThe Vulture got some exclusive information regarding Days of Future Past. You can read it all here but this is part that interests me the most:

In Singer’s take, Ellen Page returns as Kitty from the Brett Ratner–directed X-Men: The Last Stand, but this time she uses her powers to send Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty’s powers and bring their friend back to the future. Could that be the plot development that brings Anna Paquin’s power-copying Rogue into the fold once again?

First off: Totally called it that Wolverine was going to be the time traveler. I was thrown a bit with Bishop being included, and I suppose there could be a surprise twist there and Bishop be another time traveler… but we’ll see. Should be interesting to see how Logan reacts to the younger version of the characters, how much will he reveal of the future?

Secondly: Rogue! Rogue? The siphon power thing does sound like a job for a powered Rogue, but the question is, if she isn’t already hanging around with them when they attempt it the first time… then where the hell is she? Did her powers come back or not (Singer hinted that maybe she didn’t)? Did she leave the X-Men over the Bobby/Kitty thing? Have they devolved her character even further to someone who is out nursing a broken heart? Or is she simply out with a different team kicking loads of butt like she should have been in the first place?  So many questions! So may possibilities! So many chances for this go to horribly wrong…

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The Wolverine title card

A new international trailer has been released, it goes a bit more in depth to the beginning of the film, how Logan knows Yashida and all that. It also seems to confirm a suspicion that Yashida might be using Logan to gain his own immortality which would fit with Yashida being an adversary to Logan. We also see that Viper has some tricks up her sleeve.

But I can’t help thinking that they have given way the ending… at least the boss battle…

Anyway, just a month and a half to go!

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From Spinoff Online

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Seven times might be the charm for longtime Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the star of The Wolverine hinted he might be done with the character following his appearance in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“I wasn’t even sure after the first film if I would do another,” Jackman said regarding X-Men Origins: Wolverine. “I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”

Jackman has played the popular character in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class, and he has The Wolverine and Days of Future Past ready to roll out this summer and next.

When asked what he thought about recasting the role of Wolverine, James Bond-style, Wolverine producer Hutch Parker said the idea “feels somewhat blasphemous.”

The Wolverine will premiere July 26, while X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014.

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BleedingCool – A Film Based On A Comic Book Just Won The Palme D’Or At Cannes

CinemaBlend – Composer Carter Burwell Leaves Thor’s Dark World

ComicBookMovie – Thor: The Dark World Debuts New Stills And An Official Website

ComicBookMovie – THE WOLVERINE Director James  Mangold Talks 3D, Easter Eggs And Possible After-Credits Scene

CinemaBlend – Joss Whedon Won’t Let The Villain Overshadow The Heroes In The Avengers 2 – “I’m very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him. But if you watch my shows, the one thing I’ve never been very good at is guest stars, because I’ve always been interested in the ensemble. With The Avengers, I’m still most fascinated by them.”

ComicBookMovie – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER  SOLDIER Shoots A Car Crash In Cleveland Set Video

ComicBookMovie – James McAvoy Reveals More X-MEN:  DOFP Details; Wolverine The One Who Travels Back In Time? – “Hugh’s got a big part,” the Scottish actor teased. “You throw Hugh  Jackman in there and he comes with so much rage. I’m really looking forward to  working with him. He’d better [frick]ing bring it.” – Even though I have thought and still think Wolvie could be the time traveller, this is not convincing to me. It could be 1973 Wolvie that is running around with the gang. Though I am a bit dismayed at him having ‘a big part’. This is X-Men, not Wolverine and some Other Guys

ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman Reveals His  Enthusiasm For An AVENGERS And X-MEN Movie Crossover –  “I actually just asked the other day, I said, ‘I don’t know what the legal  situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it  possible?’ Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr.  and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great.”

io9 – Uh, DC just randomly killed the hell out of a major character – and the annoying part, I usually get this title but for some reason didn’t get it today when I got my pull list…

io9 – 7 Television Shows That Took Potshots at Fanfic Writers – let’s face it, Supernatural did it the best…

CinemaBlend – Theater Owners Want To Limit Trailers To Two Minutes Long

Empire Magazine – The Wolverine Empire Cover Is Here!

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From IGN

by Lucy O’Brien

Director James Mangold isn’t really interested in making a comic book movie. Not in the traditional sense. He’s not really interested in explosions or bombastic action sequences or 3D. He’s not interested in quip-spouting super heroes or nudging his audience in the ribs with a sly wink.

What he is interested in, is character. Mangold, whose previous works include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma, is an actor’s director. He’s the man responsible for Angelina Jolie’s Lisa Rowe, Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash and Christian Bale’s Dan Evans. Mangold is unequivocally sincere in his approach and his actors have the Oscars to prove it.

It might seem odd, then, for a director who cut his teeth on character-driven drama to be turning his attention to a comic book franchise, particularly one so established in the pop culture consciousness as The Wolverine. But Mangold is approaching the Marvel poster boy as he would with any of his sociopaths and his addicts; with a confidence that here is a multi-faceted, flawed human, waiting to be probed and exposed.

He just happens to be a mutant.

(Story details on The Wolverine ahead)

“One of the most interesting things about Logan is his immortality,” says Mangold on a sunny Thursday at The Wolverine set in Sydney’s Chinese gardens, near the production’s central home at Fox Studios. “The fact that there’s a kind of exhaustion that sets in when you’re here forever. And I wrote these lines on the back of my script when I first met with Fox: ‘everyone I love will die.’ I felt that the saga I wanted to tell was the story about a man who in a way felt cursed. And everyone he’d ever cared about in the world, whether it be the people he fought with – the X-Men, his wife, or others – had perished.”

It’s a point Mangold returns to many times, this idea of finding Logan not at his iconic yellow and black high but at his most defeated low, with his “tank empty,” as he puts it.  “There’s this idea of the ‘ronin’. Which in a sense is exactly what Logan is. A hero without a purpose. A hero without a mission. Does he even have interest in a mission any more? Or is he so bored with them because mankind keeps f*cking up. What’s the point?

“I think that’s a really interesting place to start a film. And a really interesting place for this character to go on a journey.”

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Logan’s New Era

The Wolverine doesn’t lend itself easily to an elevator pitch. It’s not an origin story; X-Men Origins: Wolverine already trod that ground. It’s not part of any existing narrative chronology in the Marvel film universe. It’s a reboot where the central star remains the same as the previous films. In fact, the only definitive thing you can say about The Wolverine is that it is a standalone film. While Hollywood’s ruthlessness cannot be discounted in the future, this is not a movie made to birth a ‘The Wolverine’ trilogy. And for Mangold, that’s liberating.

“The Wolverine doesn’t deny the world, but it also is its own film. And in that way, the liberating aspect of the journey to another country, has freed us from the shackles of a lot of standard sequel making. It’s just a movie. A movie on its one from the moment it fades in to the moment it fades out. The aspect that I think we’ve gained from that is we don’t have the burden of doing the origin story. We can start in media res. We can start in action. We can just start telling you a story.”

That story, of course, is based on the classic 1982 Claremont/Miller Wolverine comic book mini-series, which famously took the common portrayal of Wolverine as a bruiser and brawler and turned him into that aforementioned ronin, the Samurai without a master. These days it is widely regarded as one of the most influential Wolverine story-lines, redefining the character as someone grounded by a strong moral code who struggles with his animal nature. The movie adaptation will take the bones of the character arc but update it for a contemporary audience; not least by stripping it of its rampant ‘80s look.

Broadly – and if you don’t want to know anything about the film’s storyline please stop reading now –  The Wolverine sees Logan, isolated and in despair, travel to Japan in pursuit of an heiress named Miriko with whom he has fallen in love. There, he must contend with her murderous father Shingen and a female mercenary called Yukio, who is deeply attracted to Logan’s wild nature. The emotional through-line is grounded in Logan’s inner-conflict between his base instincts and his purer self, reflected in the honourable Miriko and the chaotic Yukio. Throw in the yakuza, the seductive villainess Viper and Shingen’s illegitimate son The Silver Samurai, and you’ve got yourself a film that still fits nicely into the ‘comic book movie’ mould but houses a character drama at its heart.

“To me, the idea of exploring the idea of gods,” explains Mangold, “which is what superheroes really are – mutants, superheroes, are all in a sense touched people, bigger-than-people, more than people, immortal people, what’s interesting is to explore that but still be rooting for who they are and what they are and give a sh*t. Because to me, any sequence in the kind of arms race between movies of spectacle; the one way you’re going to be more spectacular is if your audience gives a sh*t. If you’re not just bludgeoning them over the head with sound and fast cuts but if they’re actually emotionally invested in the outcome of the sequence they’re watching.”

Keep reading on IGN…

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