Bryan Singer confirms rumored timeline for X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Feb 14, 2013, 11:47 AM EST

We’d been hearing rumors that Bryan Singer was working a big time jump into Days of Future Past, and now the director has confirmed exactly when the X-Men sequel will be set.

Singer chatted with Collider about the project and confirmed rumors that parts of the film will be set in the 1970s, as well as the modern day. That puts it about a decade after the events of First Class, meaning we’ll catch up with more mature (but still pretty young) versions of Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Even cooler? President Richard Nixon will also be a character in all the drama:

“Part of it takes place in the 1970s.  And Richard Nixon’s in it, that’ll be an interesting casting choice…  There’ll also be some more science-fiction-type aspects to the story and, without giving it away, some technology that we haven’t seen yet in the X-Men universe.”

Singer said he plans to take some liberties with the classic comic book arc the film is based on, but promises the time-traveling essence will show up on screen. The comic story is one of the coolest from the run, and if Singer can pull it off, it could be a fantastic story:

“Well you have to capture the essence of those stories, and if you try to do every single detail that’s in this story, that can be too much for a movie.  But if you can grab the essence of that story and those characters, and then realize it’s a movie it’s not a comic book so there are certain parameters that are different, it’ll still be satisfying to fans and non-fans.”

So X-Men fans, do you like the idea of moving the story forward into the 1970s?

(Via Collider)