X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Poster


When Matthew Vaughn was going to direct, he was going to make the film a direct sequel to X-Men: First Class (2011) and have it set in the 1970s. Early ideas included an opening with the Kennedy assassination being caused by Magneto, and mutant encounters set in the Civil rights movement/the Vietnam War. When Singer took over, he integrated these concepts into a viral marketing campaign to set up the action of the film. In this alternate history, Magneto is arrested and imprisoned for the assassination of Kennedy, but maintains his innocence. The "Bent Bullet" Theory (a reference to the real life "Magic Bullet" Theory criticized by conspiracy theorists) holds that the Warren Commission determined that Magneto manipulated Lee Harvey Oswald's bullets to kill the President in retribution for the murder of the mutants Azazel and Tempest (from X-Men: First Class (2011), though in the film Tempest was codenamed Angel) by the CIA. Conspiracy theorists, based on Magneto's testimony, insist however that Magneto had tried to prevent the murder of Kennedy, and that the true shooter was not Oswald, but Mystique in disguise who, with the help of Emma Frost (also from "First Class") framed Magneto, and manipulated Jack Ruby into later murdering Oswald. The theory also posits that Mystique offered to double as Kennedy in an attempt to grab power, all of which backfired horribly, leading to anti-mutant hostilities.
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Two of Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver)'s relations are implied but never outright stated in the film. He first remarks to Magneto that his mom used to know someone that could manipulate metal - in the comics, Magneto is in fact Quicksilver's father. This is further implied when Peter's Mother sees Magneto on television and reacts with horror and recognition. A deleted scene also addressed that Peter has a sister - Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch.
When Wolverine wakes up in the past, the woman in bed with him calls him Jimmy. According to the comics, Wolverine's name at birth was James Howlett (as his birth father was Thomas Logan, he inherited that surname).
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were performing in a touring production of "Waiting for Godot" when Bryan Singer approached the actors about reprising their respective roles as Professor X and Magneto. According to McKellen, both men were utterly shocked as they thought they'd passed their roles on to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, and would never play the characters again. Both Stewart and McKellen were delighted to return to two of their most popular roles, and to work with the younger actors playing the same characters as well.
According to Peter Dinklage, Bryan Singer picked him to play Bolivar Trask because of his height: "With my dwarfism, I'm a bit of a mutant. I can't move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing. Deep down, Trask is quite sensitive about that aspect of himself."
Including his cameo in X-Men: First Class (2011), this is Hugh Jackman's seventh portrayal of Logan/Wolverine, which raised his own record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in theatrical films. He is also the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series.
In the scene where Trask and Nixon discuss the implementation of the Sentinel program, an aide is seen switching off a tape recorder. This is a sly reference to the infamous 18 1/2 minute gap on Nixon's Oval Office tapes, long thought to have been deliberately erased by Nixon or his aides to cover-up politically damaging information. Former Nixon adviser H.R. Haldeman has said the erased conversation contained references to Nixon's involvement in the Kennedy Assassination--another subtle joke in the film, as Kennedy is revealed to have been a mutant.
In the original comic storyline, other Marvel heroes other than the X-men are wiped out by the Sentinals such as Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Iron Man, Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and the Silver Surfer.
The filmmakers selected the "Days of Future Past" storyline because it would allow the filmmakers to reconcile any continuity dissonances within the "X-Men" film series. The time-travel element also allowed actors from the original film series and the intended reboot that was X-Men: First Class (2011) to appear in the same film together.
Ellen Page is the first actress to play the role of Kitty Pryde more than once. Though the character had appeared in three X-Men movies prior, each time, she was played by a different actress.
The script called for Logan to wake up in 1973 in boxer shorts. Hugh Jackman vetoed this in favour of waking nude: "In Australia, if you're next to a really good-looking girl, you're not getting out with boxer shorts on or briefs or anything!"
According to Bryan Singer, he could only get the film started with confidence once Hugh Jackman and Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen agreed to return.
The addition of Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver to the cast sparked wide discussion over the direction of the character who is also slated to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Quicksilver had been discussed previously as a potential character in both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and The Avengers (2012), but legal complexities over the license to the character resulted in his omission from both films. However, in May 2013 both Marvel and Fox Studios announced a resolution to the previous legal issues, and that Quicksilver would appear in this film as well as an Avengers sequel, though under certain parameters: no reference to Quicksilver's membership in the Avengers can be made in an "X-Men" film, and no allusion to his relations to the X-Men or Magneto (the character's father) can be made in an "Avengers" film; the rights agreement between Fox and Marvel even goes so far as to stipulate the character cannot be referred to as a "mutant" in any Marvel film. Additionally, the day after the announcement of Peters's casting, Marvel and Fox entered into a legal standoff over provisions of the rights agreement for the character, including the issue of whether Peters would be allowed to portray Quicksilver in any other film outside the "X-Men" franchise, possibly necessitating a second actor to play Quicksilver in any Marvel film, resulting in two different versions of the same character appearing in two competing film series. Ultimately, Fox and Marvel decided to cast different actors in the part for the "X-Men" and "Avengers" films, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson taking on the role in the latter sequel, thus preventing any connection between the two franchises and keeping the X-Men confined to a separate universe from those of the Marvel cinematic universe.
The original 'Days of Future Past' comic mentioned time travel from the year 2013, the same year in which filming began. In the film, the "future" action is implied to take place in 2023.
Bryan Singer filmed Quicksilver's scenes in a special format of 3600 frames per second. This means that Quicksilver will be moving 150 times faster than normal. The camera was used to record close-ups and movements of Evan Peters, as well as the guards he beat.
Bishop is the first mutant Kitty Pryde sends through time. This is a homage to Bishop being a frequent time-traveler in the X-Men comics.
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen had makeup applied to look twenty years older than their actual age. They had previously had digital makeup applied to look twenty years younger in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Quicksilver's slow-motion sequence was filmed with mostly practical VFX (high-speed photography and stunt rigs), with CGI used only for the objects in mid-air.
In the "Days of Future Past" comic it was Shadowcat who went back in time; in the film it's Wolverine. According to writer Simon Kinberg, Kitty was intended to be the time-traveller but it didn't work out: "Kitty in the era of young Magneto and Xavier would have been negative 20 years old. The reflex response to that was a character who doesn't age. Wolverine is the only character who would look the same in 1973 as he does in the future." Thus, Wolverine was picked for being an ageless immortal character who would bridge past and future.
Originally Josh Helman was going to be cast as a young Cain Marko/Juggernaut. But Juggernaut was written out of the film, and Helman was offered the role of a young William Stryker.
This is the sixth time that Patrick Stewart has appeared in an X-Men film; Stewart had made an uncredited appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and appeared in The Wolverine (2013)'s credits scene.
In her cameo, Rogue is seen wearing her trademark green jacket & pants from the comic books.
Magneto claims John F. Kennedy was a mutant. According to Simon Kinberg, JFK's mutant ability is hypnotic charm.
Young Xavier tells Logan to "Fuck off." This was the original scripted line for Hugh Jackman's cameo in X-Men: First Class (2011); however Jackman instead improvised the "Go fuck yourself" line.
According to Bryan Singer, he had a two-hour discussion with James Cameron, director of the time-travel films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), about how to make the time-travel concept feasible and workable within the film. The concepts the two discussed included quantum physics, alternate universes, and string theory.
Although their characters are father and son (although never explicitly stated in the film), Michael Fassbender and Evan Peters are only 10 years apart in age.
Halle Berry's role as Storm had to be substantially reduced due to her pregnancy.
Bryan Singer based the time travel in the film on string theory: "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 have parallel action, and there's underlying tension because there's always that threat Wolverine's consciousness could return to the future and leave the world in an even darker place."
For her role as Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence wore a special bodysuit. She had previously worn full-body prosthetics in X-Men: First Class (2011) but found that too uncomfortable.
When Quicksilver asks Magneto if he knows karate, Michael Fassbender replies "I don't know karate, but I know crazy". This is a James Brown lyric in his early 1970s hit song "The Payback".
The dissertation Bolivar Trask reads from during his Senate committee hearing, which outlines that the emergence of Homo Sapiens lead to the extinction of the less-evolved Neanderthal ancestors, was written by Charles Xavier and was partially read to Raven in X-Men: First Class (2011).
Shooting went on under the working title "Hello Kitty." This refers to X-Men member Kitty Pryde.
Although Anna Paquin's on screen time is only 3 seconds and she has no lines, she still was one of the top billed cast members during the ending credits.
A life-size model of a 1973 Sentinel robot was constructed for filming.
Production designer John Myhre described the future Sentinels as having evolved from machines into biomechanical weapons: "They are almost made up of magnetic plates slapped over one another, imagining that the plates could contract or grow, so the Sentinel can be skinny to get through a small space or the plates can open up to become a bigger shape. They have become virtually unstoppable - the ultimate version that can actually, in principle, stop the X-Men."
An older version of Ink is visible in the Mutant Internment Camp scene early in the film. He is accompanied by an older version of Sabretooth.
Peters described Quicksilver as someone who "talks quick, moves quick. Everything else is very slow compared to him, it's like he's always at the ATM waiting for the dude in front of him to finish."
The release of the teaser trailer for this film ignited such interest, director Bryan Singer made the unprecedented move of recording an actual commentary track to it the following day, explaining the significance of certain scenes and offering more insight into what to expect from the film.
Bryan Singer based Bolivar Trask on Adolf Hitler: "As Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he's doing the same thing with mutants. But he wasn't a six foot, perfect blond Aryan - he was a short, funny looking fellow!"
This is the fourth X-Men film to be based on a Chris Claremont "X-Men" comic:
The two teaser posters for this film are in the form of wanted posters, of Professor X and Magneto with an X over their faces. This was taken from the "Days of Future Past" comic, which prominently featured an image of wanted posters of mutant outlaws.
Bryan Singer liked the painting in Trask's office and personally bought it after filming was complete.
Jason Flemyng was originally set to reprise his role as Azazel when Matthew Vaughn was still set to direct. When Vaughn left, the storyline was dropped in favor of the time travel/crossover storyline, and Azazel's role cut from the script to accommodate characters from the original "X-Men" film series.
John Myhre hid X-symbols in the sets he designed for the film. They can be seen as follows:
  • the badge seen in the future before the title sequence

  • the staircase at the X-Mansion

  • the design of the Pentagon kitchen (seen in an overhead shot)

  • the Cerebro hallway (a scene where the lights are turned on resembles a cross)

  • and the X-bar that traps Xavier in Washington DC.

Simon Kinberg said that in the unwritten back story, Bolivar Trask was part of the group responsible for attempting to assassinate the mutant American President JFK. Kinberg also said that Trask had militarian supporters in the US Government and that during the Vietnam War, any soldier with a higher than anticipated kill record would be subjected to tests by Trask Industries to determine whether they were a mutant. Those found to be a mutant were put into quarantine.
Bryan Singer and Peter Dinklage describe Bolivar Trask as a peace-lover: "He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other, unless they can find a common element to unite against; he sees the advent of the mutants as a way to unite people. He sees what he's doing as a good thing - his ambition is definitely blind. He's strove all his life for a certain respect and attention."
According to Bryan Singer, the mutants Rachel Summers, Psylocke, Deadpool, Nightcrawler, Gambit and Jubilee were meant to appear in the film, but were cut out for running time purposes.
Logan's 1973 apartment is colored in shades of yellow and brown, Wolverine's prominent uniform colors. The apartment is also decorated with samurai swords and a photo of Mt Fuji; this pays homage to his last film The Wolverine (2013) where he went on a trip to Japan.
This is the first X-Men film where Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is not seen in his trademark suit. Bryan Singer felt it wouldn't work for the Professor to have a suit in an apocalyptic future.
This film ties a record previously held by The Dark Knight Rises (2012) for the most Academy Award-nominated actors in a single comic book movie. While The Dark Knight Rises (2012) starred seven nominees with an additional nominee appearing via archive footage (eight in total), this film features eight: Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Lerner, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page and Anna Paquin.
The four main female X-Men in the principal cast - Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin - are all Academy Award nominees. The six principal male cast members Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Peter Dinklage - are all Golden Globe nominees; Jackman, Fassbender and McKellen are also Academy Award nominees.
The film takes place in 2023 and January 1973.
When fighting the Sentinels, Colossus pulls off his Super Dive attack from the "Marvel vs. Capcom" video games.
Matthew Vaughn, who directed X-Men: First Class (2011), was supposed to return to direct this movie but he decided to decline to do Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men films and a producer, was hired to direct.
When Mystique stages a rescue of the mutants at the Vietnam War base, she does so in the guise of a colonel named Sanders. Colonel Sanders is the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
During Magneto's fight with the presidential guards, there is a painting behind him. This painting is Eugene Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People", made to commemorate the 1830 French Revolution, and a symbol of rebellion.
Bryan Singer is a big fan of Peter Dinklage and his show Game of Thrones (2011). Dinklage's role of Tyrion Lannister inspired Singer to cast Dinklage as Trask.
Chris Claremont, the writer of the original 'Days of Future Past' comic, was brought on as a consultant.
When talking to Beast, Logan says he hopes he isn't a parent. Wolverine has sired a number of children throughout Marvel comic book history: He sired Daken Akihiro (Dark Wolverine) and he was cloned to create Laura Kinney (X-23) whom he treats as a daughter. In the "Ultimate Marvel" universe he is the father of Sabertooth and Jimmy Hudson (the second Wolverine), in the MC2 Universe he and Elektra give birth to Rina Logan (Wild Thing) and in the "Future X-Men" storyline he and Mystique sire Raze Darkholme.
Quicksilver's use of goggles is a homage to his nephew Speed (Tommy Shephard - he was raised by foster parents), also a speedster in the Marvel Comics.
According to Simon Kinberg, this film is influenced by the time-travel films The Time Machine (1960), The Terminator (1984), Back to the Future (1985) and Looper (2012).
According to John Myhre, the past Sentinel robots were inspired by 1970s molded plastics: "It was the idea of being inspired by 70s product design that helps out. We made them a little fun and stylish but also a little retro, and the key is they're not made of metal."
According to Simon Kinberg, this film unites ALL the future mutants: "It's this dysfunctional family and these desperate people who are outcasts in their own lives, and they come together, and that's not as emotionally satisfying as an outcast on their own."
Costume designer Louise Mingenbach deliberately gave Peter Maximoff 1981-era clothes to display his irreverence and his outsider nature.
Trask is an anagram of Stark (aka Iron Man). Both make weapons in the Marvel universe.
During the scene in which Professor X attempts to use Cerebro for the first time in several years, while he is scanning through the 'voices in his head,' one voice in particular is heard not speaking or exclaiming in general but specifically addressing him (Prof X). One may presume this is the young child Jean Grey, a fellow psychic featured prominently in the comics and previous films.
1973, the year Wolverine traveled back through time to, is 13 years prior to Wolverine gaining Adamantium claws and losing his memory, which happened in 1986 (X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)).
Evan Peters plays the role of Quicksilver in X-Men and his Kick-Ass (2010) co-star, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, played the character Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
A romantic subplot between Storm and Wolverine in the future (a nod to the "Age of Apocalypse" comic storyline, which heavily influenced this film) was filmed but cut for runtime purposes.
According to John Myhre, the future environment is inspired by the architectural styles of China, India and Indonesia.
Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, who play the future/past versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto, have all played the title role in film adaptations of "Macbeth".
This is the fourth adaptation of Chris Claremont's "Days of Future Past" comic. It had previously been adapted for X-Men (1992), Wolverine and the X-Men (2008) and The Super Hero Squad Show (2009).
Hank McCoy develops a serum that suppresses mutation through dulling emotion, which he provides for Xavier and himself. This pays tribute to his debut appearance in X-Men: Evolution (2000), where he frequently takes a serum to suppress his rage and thus his bestial mutation.
Angel, Azazel, Riptide, and Emma were intended to return, until they decided to go with the Days of Future Past story and killed the former Hellfire Club offscreen.
Stan Lee was offered a cameo, but opted out so he could attend Fan Expo Canada in Toronto.
During filming Bryan Singer had injured his vocal chords, and could only speak without doing further damage with a falsetto; thus, his orders on set led all actors to crack up at some point.
When Xavier is seen sitting on his plane rubbing his leg, the reflection on the table surface resembles his older self.
This the first X-men film ever to be nominated for an Oscar (Best Visual Effects).
According to Simon Kinberg, the mutant scavenger is Nate Grey, the X-Man, thus making his first live-action appearance.
According to Simon Kinberg, the story's main theme is hope: "It confronts the notions of second chances. It's about characters that are lost trying to find themselves. In the other films, the characters had come into their own and knew who they were. In this one, they're all lost and they're trying to keep it together."
Plot similarities to X-Men 2 (2003): the previous film begins with an assassination attempt on an unnamed President. The plot in this one revolved around preventing an assassination; first of Bolivar Trask, and subsequently of Richard Nixon. In the earlier film, the would-be assassin was Nightcrawler. In this film, it is Mystique, who in the comics is Nightcrawler's mother. Both also involve Xavier and Magneto joining forces to prevent the political fallout from the attempt.
Jennifer Lawrence was supposed to be in the top billed but as Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were included in the film they didn't have enough space for her in the top billed cast.
Almost all of the promotional photographs and posters of Major Stryker had the blue enamel of his Combat Infantry Badge "corrected" to green. Blue is the color of the U.S. Army's infantry branch. It appears the right way in the film.
The TV show on Hank McCoy's TV set is Star Trek (1966), specifically the episode "The Naked Time". This episode featured a means to travel through time.
Because of a contract dispute over director Marc Webb, Sony (Columbia) agreed to place a mid-credits teaser for this 20th Century Fox film into Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). The scene, which was not included in the video release of that film, is unusual for a mid-credits teaser, in that it is actual footage from the film it is promoting (the scene in Vietnam with Stryker/Mystique).
This is the second movie James McAvoy and Peter Dinklage have been in together. The first was Penelope (2006).
When Hank hacks the surveillance monitors, one of the shows seen on the screen is Star Trek (1966). Patrick Stewart would appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as the second Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard; moreover Picard would encounter and converse with his future self in the episode "Time Squared" on averting a disaster, and later on travelled back in time to stop the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
John Ottman is the first composer to score more than one movie of the X-Men series and the first editor to edit more than one, having already done both on X-Men 2 (2003).
The documents Mystique discovers in Trask's office mention the names of crew members G Ferderber and E Kephart. Genevieve Ferderber was the film's set decorator and Elza Kephart was the Art Department clerk.
In the Paris subway, a sign can be seen for "Victor Hugo Ave." Hugh Jackman appeared in Les Misérables (2012), based on Hugo's novel of the same name.
Jamie Campbell Bower and Nico Tortorella auditioned for the role of Quicksilver.
Comic book writer-artist John Byrne, who had worked on the "Days of Future Past" comic, is on record stating he was not approached for a cameo in the film. He says he would have declined, stating he disliked the films, and he'd feel "like he was in the Carrie (1976) prom scene".
This is the only X-Men film that did not release the same year as a "Fast and Furious" film. Furious Seven (2015) was set to release in 2014 alongside this film, but was pushed to 2015 after Paul Walker's death.
Shawn Ashmore and Adan Canto previously worked together on the hit FOX series The Following (2013) along with Kevin Bacon, who had starred in X-Men: First Class (2011).
Bishop, Warpath, Sunspot and Blink are members of the Free Mutants in the comics. This group was led by Shadowcat.
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This is James McAvoy's third film, where curving bullets play a crucial role. The first one is Wanted (2008), where McAvoy is part of an elite group of assassins who use curving bullets as their primary technique. The second one is X-Men: First Class (2011) where a bullet deflected by Magneto causes McAvoy (Xavier) to lose his ability to walk. Finally, in this movie, a curving bullet is used as a plot element in the assassination of the U.S president and is the reason why Magneto is in jail, necessitating a rescue from McAvoy (Xavier).
Simon Kinberg's original script reportedly followed the original storyline more closely with the character of Rachel Grey sending Wolverine back, but eventually replaced her with Kitty and upgraded her phasing/intangibility to being able to phase things through time.
In the film, President John F. Kennedy is heavily implied to be a mutant. In the year previous to this film's release, James Marsden (Cyclops) portrayed Kennedy and Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth) portrayed his successor Lyndon Johnson in Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013).
Young Xavier's alcoholism is presumably a reference to his mother Sharon becoming a drunk not long after the death of her first husband in the comics.
In X2 (2003), William Stryker, played by Brian Cox, mentions that he fought in Vietnam. In this film, a Bill Stryker, played by Josh Helman, was one of the soldiers in Vietnam.
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The red haired girl (Brianna Bone) who witnesses the stadium floating in the air could possibly be a young Jean Grey.
When Wolverine wakes up in 1973 and learns that his claws are bone, not metal and that he does not remember sleeping with the young woman whom he is in bed with. In "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" which took place 13 years after "X-Men: Days of Future Past", Wolverine gained metal claws made from Adamantium, replacing his bone claws and suffered permanent amnesia when being shot in the head by William Stryker.
In the original comics Quicksilver was named Pietro Maximoff. His first name was changed to Peter in the film, not just to make him more American, but also to help make him more distinguished from the version of the character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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This is the third film in which Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) plays a time traveller, after Kate & Leopold (2001) and The Fountain (2006). This is however the first film where he travels to the past, while the other films had him travel to the future.
When Matthew Vaughn was set to direct, Juggernaut was going to be the one who broke Magneto out of prison. Josh Helman had been cast in the role. When Bryan Singer took over directing duties, he decided to use Quicksilver instead, as Juggernaut had already been used in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Helman was recast as the young William Stryker. The announcement that Quicksilver would be in this film came after he was announced for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), so his inclusion may have been Fox's way of asserting their ownership of the character.
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German Actress Renee Diamond was originally cast to play Blink, but dropped out before filming.
The version of the American flag with the Trask Industries emblem (the curtain used to conceal the Sentinels during their unveiling at the White House) is reminiscent of the flags that were used by protesters during the 2000s decade, which were adorned with the logos and emblems of corporations that people believed had influence over the United States economy and high-ranking politicians.
There appears to be a hidden Mickey a few seconds into the opening credits, when three bubbles join together to form a Mickey Mouse head. However the rights to this film are owned by Fox and it has nothing to do with Disney.
The future Sentinels were given a different look to how they appeared in the 1992 cartoon series and in the comic books.
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At the beginning of the film, as the mutants and humans march down the corridor, a quick glimpse is shown of an older quicksilver from behind. He is directly in the center of the frame, and is easy to spot with the same hairstyle and hat his younger self has later in the movie.
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Warpath carries two knives in the film. In the comics they are made of the metal vibranium, but vibranium belongs to Marvel whilst adamantium belongs to Fox. It is thus likely that Warpath is using adamantium knives.
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In the comics, Bishop is of Aborigine descent. In the films he is portrayed by French actor Omar Sy, who is of Senegalese and Mauritanian descent.
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When Mystique as an officer in the U.S. Army enters the tent, Havok calls attention but assumes the position of parade rest or at ease. The correct military procedure is to assume the position of attention and then call attention. After the officer says "At ease" or "As you were" would you assume parade rest/at ease.
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Len Wein:  creator of the Wolverine character, plays one of the Congressmen at Trask's hearing.
Newton Thomas Sigel:  a disguise Mystique takes to escape from the Paris summit. Sigel is the cinematographer for all the Bryan Singer-directed X-Men films.
Chris Claremont:  one of the Congressmen at Trask's hearing. Claremont was the writer of the original 'Days of Future Past' comic and was brought on as a consultant.

Director Cameo 

Bryan Singer:  when Mystique jumps out of the building and onto the ground below after attempting to kill Trask, Singer is a photographer, who is briefly seen holding up a camera.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The cameos of Cyclops (James Marsden) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) were so tightly guarded that the actors as well as director Bryan Singer outright lied about their appearance in the movie to keep their return a surprise.
The young mutant scavenging for metal at the film's opening is also the first person Wolverine sees in the restored timeline.
When Magneto is retrieving his helmet you can see Havok's damaged X-Men uniform, one of Angel Salvadore's wings and the coin Magneto used to kill Sebastian Shaw all from X-Men: First Class (2011).
Kelsey Grammer wanted to return as the elder Beast in a substantial role, but due to scheduling conflicts with Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) was unable. His cameo was added during reshoots to keep it secret.
In the post-credits scene, the pan around to the front of the character building the pyramids reveals the silhouette of four individuals on horseback. These are the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, four super-soldiers he converted and enslaved.
The cloaked teenage mutant in the post-credits scene is the mutant Apocalypse, a prominent X-Men antagonist.
This is the only time in the entire X-Men series where Xavier uses another mutant's powers by controlling them. He controls Magneto for a moment to remove the debris that is laying on him.
When describing Mystique's capabilities to the President in the Oval Office, Trask tells him that she could take any shape including that of a colonel, a Secret Service agent, and even the President himself. That is the order of the key shapes she takes on during the film.
Originally the prison break scene was conceived with the unstoppable mutant Juggernaut in mind; he was meant to be a football player at the X-Mansion. However he was replaced with Quicksilver, whose power seemed more stylish and smooth.
The appearance of the X-Men in the restored future segments resembles their appearance in the X-Men comics almost exactly. There are also hints at changes in relationships, as Rogue and Iceman are seen walking hand in hand, and Kitty and Colossus are seen teaching a class together (implying they're also a couple, as in the comics).
Mystique rescues Havok, Ink and Toad from Stryker in Vietnam; later in the film when Magneto makes his broadcast, Ink and Toad are seen but not Havok. Havok was to be captured and used to test a prototype Sentinel. This was left out of the film for running time purposes.
In the "Days of Future Past" comic Mystique tries to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly, which leads to the genesis of the Sentinel program. In this film Mystique remains the assassin, but as Kelly had appeared in X-Men (2000) her target is now Bolivar Trask, the actual creator of the Sentinel program.
In the original cut of the film, when Wolverine injures Kitty Pride after encountering Stryker, Kitty was to bleed to the point she could no longer hold Wolverine in the past. To insure Wolverine can complete his mission, Iceman, Magneto and Professor X return to the X-Mansion which has been taken over by Trask Industries to rescue Rogue so that she can absorb Kitty's powers. Iceman would reveal that Rogue, long thought dead by Xavier, was actually being held in the one place he could never telepathically locate her--Cerebro. Iceman was to die in the rescue, and the Sentinels would follow the X-Jet back to China, leading to the final battle in the future. Portions of this sequence appear in trailers, as well as the extended "Rogue Cut" of the film.
Originally Raven was to choose to go with Charles instead of Erik, and would appear in the altered future teaching a biology class with an older Hank; meanwhile Logan would be retrieved from the Potomac River by Stryker, thus bringing around the Weapon X story arc. The filmmakers felt this was too predictable and sad an ending, so it was changed to Raven simply escaping and making her own agenda (under Stryker's form), to make the ending more unexpected.
Sir Patrick Stewart enjoyed James McAvoy's light-hearted performance as Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class (2011), and had wanted to try a similar performance with Xavier instead of keeping him grave and sober. He got his wish with this film: in the altered future, his Xavier is just a bit jollier.
A sequence where Mystique returns to the X-Mansion following Xavier contacting her telepathically in the Paris airport was filmed but cut. In this sequence, Wolverine would explain the origin of the Sentinels and the Future War, and Mystique would have a romantic encounter with Beast, carrying over on a subplot from X-Men: First Class (2011). The scenes were cut for runtime purposes.
The British movie magazine Empire had a front cover pulled out of production by Bryan Singer as it featured a photograph of Bolivar Trask in a straitjacket; Singer felt it gave the ending of the film away.
The bullet wounds that appear on Wolverine's chest on his arrival to the 1970s is in the form of the Big Dipper. This is a homage to Hokuto no Ken (1984), whose protagonist Kenshiro has the same scar pattern on his chest.
When Mystique breaks into Trask's files, she learns that he has had several mutants tortured and killed for research. Among the mutant files she views are Azazel and Angel, who became her colleagues at the end of X-Men: First Class (2011), which explains her uncharacteristic empathy in this scene.
The baseball stadium Magneto destroys in the film is the old Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Memorial stadium. The Washington Senators played there until September 1971 and the Washington Nationals played there in 2005. Since the film takes place in 1973, it makes the stadium employee laying down chalk seem odd since baseball wasn't played there at that time.
The film's future era is a homage to "Age of Apocalypse", an X-Men comic where the mutant Apocalypse makes a takeover of Earth (and which is to lead into X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)):
  • much of the story is set in a dystopian future, and involves travelling to the past to erase this future

  • Magneto is allied with the X-men

  • Blink and Bishop appear as members of the future X-Men

  • Wolverine and Storm have a relationship going (seen in a deleted scene)

  • the changing of history results in Apocalypse's existence.

Even though she is featured prominently in the credits, Halle Berry is only in 22 minutes of the movie.
The young Apocalypse's appearance is based on the appearance of the Engineers in Prometheus (2012), which featured Michael Fassbender and VFX supervisor Richard Stammers. Bryan Singer enjoyed that film and hired Stammers to work on this one.
Bryan Singer wanted Mystique's son Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) to be in the film, but he thought there were already too many characters as it was. Nightcrawler would appear in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
Magneto using Sentinels to attack the White House and attempt to assassinate the President before being stopped by Xavier's telepathy is taken from the Ultimate Marvel "X-Men" comics.
Towards the end where the final battle is between the surviving mutants at the monastery in China, two Sentinels turn into a rock diamond form and rocky form. These forms are references to Emma Frost and Darwin from X-Men: First Class (2011), who have these abilities.
After Logan reawakens at the mansion and encounters Jean Grey, Cyclops grabs his wrist as he reaches for Jean and one can clearly see Logan's middle finger half-extended from his fist.
The same song plays when Logan wakes up back in 1973 and again when he wakes up in the new 2023 where the timeline is corrected
Continuing a trend to insert the X-Men characters into real-world historical events, this movie places them into the Vietnam War and 1973 Paris Peace Accords (and Magneto is indefinitely detained on suspicion of being involved in the 1963 Kennedy Assassination, but those events are not shown).
The film contains references to Wolverine and the X-Men (2008), which adapted "Days of Future Past" as a major element of the show:
  • The future Sentinels copy and adapt to mutant power

  • The future mutants in this film are share similar powers with the future mutants from that show (Warpath and Marrow are enhanced beings with knives, teleporters Blink and Vanisher, Sunspot and Firestar can control fire, super-strong fighters Colossus and Kamal, electric mutants Storm and Berzerker, Magneto and Polaris can manipulate metal), as well as featuring the Professor X, Wolverine and Bishop all of whom appeared in the movie.

  • A future mutant gets his mind sent back into the past (Xavier in the cartoon, Logan in this film)

Magneto gains control of the Sentinels.
Warpath's death involves him leaping at a Sentinel before it kills him with a laser. This was Wolverine's death in the "Days of Future Past" comics.
The film contains references to X-Men (1992), which adapted "Days of Future Past" for the first time:
  • Bishop is the first mutant sent back in time

  • a misunderstanding allows the assassin to escape and make a second attempt

  • and Apocalypse is hinted as waiting to appear.

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In the movie, Magneto embeds metal bars into Wolverine to prevent him from moving and launches him into Potomac River. Wolverine's appearance (metal sticking out of his body) is a homage to an event in the comics where Magneto ripped the adamantium out of Wolverine's body.
The events of this film end in 1973 and 2023, respectively. That will mean that in X-Men: Apocalypse (which takes place circa 1983), Wolverine should have no recollection of his involvement in preventing Mystique from assassinating Boliver Trask, nor any knowledge of the future, since the consciousness of that Wolverine was returned to 2023.
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Sir Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy, who both play the same character, had previously starred in Gnomeo & Juliet (2011). In both films, Stewart's character is able to advise McAvoy's character at a crucial moment.

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