DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Script Writer Explains Why Wolverine Makes The Trip To The ’70s
When it was revealed that Wolverine would be making the trip to the past in X-Men: Days of Future Past instead of Kitty Pryde, some fans raised an eyebrow and wondered what exactly Bryan Singer and company were planning. We’ve seen the first trailer for the X-Men inbetweequel, but we’re still not entirely sure what will happen. In a recent interview with Total Film (via Screen Rant), one of the film’s script writers revealed the reasoning behind sending Wolvie back to the ’70s.
When asked about the major departure from the comic book storyline of not sending Kitty Pryde back to halt the Sentinel apocalypse, Simon Kinberg explained it was a business and a story decision. Ellen Page wouldn’t make much sense in the past, but Wolverine does. It also doesn’t hurt that Hugh Jackman is a huge star and the centerpiece of the X-Men franchise:
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 that’s sent back, but because we cast Ellen Page in X-Men: The Last Stand, you’re talking about an actress who, in the age of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, would have been negative 20 years old. So we started thinking again. 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.
So there you go. Kitty would have been too young, or rather nonexistent, in the timeline we’re exploring and Hugh Jackman is just too much of a box office draw to not use to the fullest. It does make sense story wise considering what has happened in the previous films, specifically Days of Future Past. The film’s plot is still highly secretive, but this is one of the major plot points. What do you think about the reasoning to send Wolverine back?
Source : ScreenRant