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If you thought that bringing together several different franchises into one combined comic book world for 'The Avengers' was risky, wait until you hear what Fox is trying to do with Marvel's X-Men franchise! Reports are surfacing all over the internet concerning the upcoming sequel to 'X-Men: First Class' (dubbed 'X-Men: Days of Future Past') and how the audience may actually witness a franchise reboot played out over the course of the film. Similar to the successful 'Star Trek' franchise reboot, the storyline of 'Days of Future Past' will apparently feature time travel in some fashion, most likely with characters from 'First Class' finding themselves in a bleak future where mutants have been systematically hunted down and killed (similar to the classic X-Men comic). Considering how sketchy Fox has been in the past with X-Men continuity, there's a question as to how faithful to the original comics they'll stay but one thing is for sure - Patrick Stewart has seemingly confirmed that he will once again reprise his role as Professor X.
At the Montreal Comic Convention, the actor responded to a question about whether he'll return:
"I think there is every possibility. Halle Berry! Famke Janssen! Rebecca Stamos! Anna Paquin! Yes, I'll be reprising..."
At which point, the actor was cut off by his son, who rattled off several male cast members as well, and the conversation steered it's way back towards other topics. Stewart is well known for his jovial nature so there's a slight chance this was just a good-natured nod to the fans, but it falls in line with other reported details about the film that involve Fox attempting to reconcile their previous X-Men films with a new, reinvented franchise by way of alternate timelines. Nothing has been definitively confirmed by the studio, but industry rumors point towards the possibility of several of the key actors from the first three X-Men films reprising their roles as much older, grizzled versions of their previous selves including both James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, past and future.
Even more interesting, there seems to be some buzz surrounding the possibility that throughout the course of the film, as the characters race to stop the bleak future timeline from ever happening, that the changes they make to their timeline might drastically alter the film history itself, allowing for the previous three 'X-Men' films to be classified as an alternate timeline so that a new series of X-Men films can be launched (set in the present day) with a different team and cast. Maybe we might even finally get to see the giant mutant-hunting Sentinels grace the silver screen! At this point, most of this is still speculation but the off-hand confirmation by Stewart does say one thing: this is a project that we should all be keeping an eye on.