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"It's going to be very ambitious. It's called 'Days of Future Past', and it deals with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things. I just don't want to give any of it away. Matthew Vaughn will be directing, and I'm totally excited about it." - Bryan SingerHere's a plot synopsis of The Uncanny X-Men, issues 141 and 142 via Wikipedia -
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future. (The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005 gave the numerical designation of "Days of Future Past" Earth as Earth-811).
As if Singer's announcement wasn't cool enough, he went on tell IGN that Fox is looking to bring some "connectivity" to the X-Men movies. He even mentioned Marvel Studios and their strategy involving the expanding Avengers universe as something Fox might want to "explore".
Is it possible that Fox has some sort of grand strategy, in which it creates several spin-off franchises, with characters crossing over into each other's films? It's way too early to tell at this point, but the fact that they're considering it shows how the superhero genre is still in its infancy. The stable of X-Men-related characters that Fox can draw from is massive. If the studio handles those properties wisely, we could see at least one X-Men movie released per year, for many years to come. How does this news from Singer and Fox strike you? Think they can build on the success of X-Men: First Class with this sequel?
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