We bring you the facts about Marvel’s latest X-Men movie…
1. Comic Book Origins The movie is based on The Uncanny X-Men comic book, issues #141-142 published in 1980. It is the fourth X-Men film to be based on a comic by Chris Claremont. X-MEN 2 was adapted from God Loves, Man Kills, while X-MEN 3 – THE LAST STAND was based on The Dark Phoenix Saga and 2013’s THE WOLVERINE was based on Claremont’s story of the same name.
2. Greatest Of Them All In 2001, fans voted Days of Future Past as the 25th greatest Marvel comic book of all time.
3. Days Of Future Past The DAYS OF FUTURE PAST story has been retold in animated form four times in The X-Men, Super Hero Squad, Wolverine and The X-Men and Ultimate Spider-Man TV shows and the story was also featured in the 2011 video game Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
4. X-Men X-Perience On the week leading up to the new movie release the X-MEN cast will tour the globe as part of the X-Men X-Perience and attend major premieres in New York, London, Moscow, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Melbourne & Beijing.
5. Waiting For Godot Director Bryan Singer approached Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen while they were performing together in a stage production of Waiting for Godot. Both were utterly shocked as they thought they would never play the characters again after passing on the roles to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender but were delighted to return to two of their most popular roles.
6. Record Breaker Hugh Jackman is the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series. This is his seventh time portraying Logan/Wolverine, setting a record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in a movie. Patrick Stewart follows close behind by playing Professor X in six X-Men movies, including an uncredited appearance in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and a surprise appearance in the end credits scene of THE WOLVERINE.
7. Faster Than A Speeding Bullet The scenes of Quicksilver’s were filmed in a special format of 3600 frames per second to showcase his speed ability. This is 150 times slower than normal film (which is at 24 fps), so Quicksilver will be seen moving 150 times faster than normal.
8. Game Of Thrones Peter Dinklage was cast because director Bryan Singer is a big fan of his character Tyrion Lannister in GAME OF THRONES. Speaking about his mutant role Dinklage said “With my dwarfism, I’m a bit of a mutant. I can’t move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing. Deep down, Trask is quite sensitive about that aspect of himself.”
9. Apocalypse Director Bryan Singer has already announced that a sequel titled X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will open in cinemas on May 27th 2016. It will focus on the origin of the mutants and features Apocalypse, who was voted the third greatest villain of all time by fans on Marvel.com
10. When Can I See It? X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Past opens in Irish cinemas on May 22nd