Singer finally explains the twisty timeframe of X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Jul 29, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

We knew that director Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past was going to be messing with time, but now we finally know exactly when the sequel will be set.

As anyone who saw The Wolverine this weekend already knows, that post-credit stinger scene gave a glimpse at the potential time frame Singer has in mind. But now he’s finally made it clear, so we can start connecting a few of the dots.

According to an interview in the latest print edition of Empire, fans can expect a 10-year jump from both of the latest formal X-Men flicks:

"It takes place about ten years, give or take, after X-Men 3, and in the past it takes place about ten years after First Class.”

So what can we glean from this little detail? It’s not much of a surprise that they’re jumping 10 years from First Class, as the gap should give them some wiggle room to get everyone set up for the events of Days of Future Past

But jumping 10 years from the (mostly panned) Last Stand, which was released just seven years ago? We can hope that Singer wants an extra couple of years to help explain away some of the stupider developments still stuck in the canon from that third installment, which saw Brett Ratner step in for Singer after Singer departed to take on Superman Returns.

That closing scene of The Wolverine already established that at least one major development will be undone, and we’re dying to see what Singer has cooked up to (hopefully) right the ship.

How do you think Singer will fix all that WTF-ery from Last Stand?

(Via Digital Spy)