Originally Posted by Banshee
If they do use characters from the previous franchise, why does it have to involve time travel? In fact, I can tell you right now it probably wont. Expect some mystery-adventure style plot following clues from destiny's diaries, while scenes of the future and the past are intercut. While the x-men in the past are figuring stuff out, the consequences lead to events unfolding in the future. It keeps the spirit of the comic, while also doing away with the time travel aspect, which wont carry over well to film if you ask me. Also, see Senator Kelly replaced with the Kennedy assassination, ala the Cuban Missile Crisis.
At least that's what I think.
Not only would I much prefer this, but time travel isn't even featured (heavily) in the original comic. It wasn't until the 90's cartoon where they introduced a mutant traveling back in time.
As for Ellen, I would love her return, but I don't think it's necessary or even services this
story. Plus Ellen hated her experience on X3, so unless she's woo'd by Vaughn and Singer (and a great script) I don't see her wanting to come back.