X-Men sequel writer reveals why he made that HUGE change from the comic

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Dec 3, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

Though the upcoming X-Men film sequel Days of Future Past looks to borrow a lot of elements from the namesake comic, they’ve made one major change to the heart of the story. So, why?

As comic fans likely know, the mutant at the crux of the time-travel shenanigans in the original story is Kitty Pryde — but in the film, that role has been passed on to Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).

 The reason is pretty simple, according to writer Simin Kinberg. Basically? He was the only character who would fit the time-travel concept and not make it completely nonsensical, since Pryde actress Ellen Page is nowhere near old enough to have been around in the 1970s post-First Class era. But the ageless ass-kicking Wolverine could easily fit the bill.

Oh, and there’s also the fact that people freaking love Hugh Jackman. Here’s how he explained it in a recent interview with Empire:

"We made the decision for a lot of reasons, some of them obvious and some of them more nuanced, to make it Wolverine who goes back in time. One reason is that he's the protagonist of the franchise, and probably the most beloved character to a mass audience. Probably the bigger reason is that when we started thinking about the logistical realities of Kitty's consciousness being sent back in time, to her younger self, as opposed to her physical body being sent back..it was impossible. 

Obviously in the book it's Kitty..but you're talking about an actress (Ellen Page) who, in the age of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, would have been negative 20 years old. So we started thinking again, and the first reflex response to that was a character who doesn't age. Wolverine is the only character who would looks the same in 1973 as he does in the future.”

Makes sense. As awesome as Ellen Page may be, most fans would prefer to see more Wolverine whenever possible — plus, the actress’ age issues would create even more paradoxes we’d have to sort through.

What do you think? Are you glad it's Wolverine headed back to the past?

(Via Geek Tyrant)