While there are still many reasons to be excited for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” we have to take one off the list: Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy won’t have a scene together.
Despite the fact that the actors playing both the young and old Professor Xaviers will be together in the same movie, McAvoy admitted in a new interview with Empire (via Coming Soon) that they likely won’t share screentime. He said he doesn’t “think we get any scenes together, sadly. I don’t think there’s any future self talking to past self.”
That’s disappointing, but it does make sense in the context of the comic that “Days of Future Past” is based on. In that, there is the present day that McAvoy would be in and a dystopian future that houses all the X-Men we came to know in the original “X-Men” trilogy. Beyond Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, there isn’t supposed to be much overlap between the characters.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage and Shawn Ashmore, and is due in theaters on July 18, 2014.
The official plot synopsis says “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.”