X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST // Did I love “X-Men: First Class”? Yes! Do I enjoy the continuation of this “X-Men” series? Absolutely! Is it awesomely insane that they’re bringing the two franchises together in “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”? Emphatically yes! Bringing director Bryan Singer back to the X-Men stage, next year’s Marvel installment will bring two all-star casts together with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s Xavier and Magneto meeting the younger versions played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Teased at following “The Wolverine” this summer, Hugh Jackman returns as the connecting force, as he is asked to travel back in time to stop what we can only guess is Peter Dinklage’s sentinel apocalypse of mutants. Brought together by this, Magneto and Xavier must put their differences aside to send Logan back. Still in the bone claws, the fight scenes between Magneto and Wolverine should be much different than we’re accustomed to. The real question will be how they will right the wrongs of “X-Men: The Last Stand”, which saw many of the mutants losing their powers. Anna Paquin return as Rogue, but does she return to her mutant state? Magneto showed signs of his powers returning in the final moments of the third installment and from the teaser in “The Wolverine”, we know he’s gotten them back, but how? And how is Xavier back in the land of the living? We can only hope these questions are answered.

What separates my excitement from that of which I had for “X-Men: First Class”? We’ve now placed an Academy Award win for Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) between the two installments, meaning that much more acting power for the younger Raven / Mystique. Also, Michael Fassbender has slowly become a household name since his last foray as Magneto, with dramas “Shame” and “12 Years A Slave” (which could see an Oscar nomination) and the science fiction thriller “Prometheus”. The acting in next year’s film will be a sight to see, on top of the comic book brand name. Many involved in the film promise it to be the best X-Men film yet and I tend to believe them. With no visual effects done yet, this trailer looks phenomenal and besides the overused “Sunshine” score as the film’s cue, this is as strong of a teaser that one could ask for. The real magic will be holding back anticipation until May 2014.

[Released Date: 23 May 2014]

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