5 December 2012 7:05 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Earlier this year Joss Whedon did something that seemed simply impossible--he made an entertaining and thoroughly satisfying superhero epic that was peopled with scene-stealing characters, yet maintained a sharp narrative focus. Critics raved, and fans were utterly awed by the film. Many saw it multiple times, resulting in stupendous grosses for Disney and Paramount that surpassed the $1.5 billion mark. Unquestionably, The Avengers raised the bar on superhero movie expectations, and buzz on the upcoming X-Men movie Days of Future Past suggests Fox is eager to meet it with their Marvel property. As the film gears up for production, we've caught word that the feature will fold in characters and actors from Bryan Singer's X-Men and X2, including Ian McKellen as older Magneto, Patrick Stewart as older Professor X, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, alongside their younger counterparts from X-Men: First Class. The time-traveling tale taken from the comic arc »

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