In reading the many other threads and the speculation of what each of the post X3 characters will be doing it got me thinking about Days of Future Past and what the storyline might be. So here is the question... We know that the past storyline will be in 1973. I don't know where the specific date came from, but I've seen it written so many times I've come to accept it. But as far as the post X3 year everyone thus far, including myself, has been assuming it will be present time (give or take). So let's start with that possibility... If it is present day, say 2013, we are 7 years after X3. - Beast is probably still acting as a mutant liason to the government (and with no Kelsey Grammer announced to be in the flick, we have to assume Beast (old) will not be there). - Rouge had taken the cure, but did her powers come back? If so, how will that be explained to the audience? Is she still "with" Bobby? Since that is the only story arc that makes her real (IMO) then I think it has to still be the case. - Bobby (and all of the others) should have graduated by now. Are they helping to keep the school going? Has Bobby developed his powers even further? I think the whole "my family doesn't accept me" storyline would be old. - Colossus and Kitty. In the comics they had a relationship. I would love to see that developed. Their only other purpose could be to create envy or jealosy for Rogue/Bobby... - Professor X. He was dead, remember? So will they go the route of him now being in the body of his twin comatose brother? How would that be explained? Would he be at the X-mansion running the school, or has he stayed away? And if so, why? - What other X-characters are there? Any new ones? Is there enough screentime to focus on others/students? So, as you can see, if they go the route of present day, 7 years after X3, the storyline becomes difficult. How do the current X-men apply to a DOFP storyline and how do you explain all of the things that were screwed up in X3 (Prof. X dead, his mind being in his brother's body, Rogue's powers, who have the students been since, etc.). Of course, who is to say that it will be 2013? In the comics DOFP took place in the future. Most of the X-men were dead, which provided the tombstone scene, which I think is very powerful and needs to be in this movie. It also had the scene where Wolverine got blasted by a sentinal. Another powerful scene that would look really good in the movie. But to go that route most of the post X3 mutants need to be dead. Kind of hard to start off with them dead when we know the actors are coming back? It is possible that they will only be in the revised present (AOA?) once the past has been altered. Or better yet, how about start in present day, have he school attacked by Sentinals. Most of the X-men (and students) would be killed. This could include Rogue, Bobby, Colossus and Kitty. They would have fought very hard, but in the end lost. Maybe some are captured. Wolverine could be the only one to get away, so someone is there to bury those who died. Then have the words (10 years in the future) come up on the screen with Wolverine saving some young, female mutant from hounds or Sentinals... Are we going to be sometime in the future and not in specifically 2013 at the start of the movie? If so the remaining mutants could be in a sentinal controlled internment camp while most of the others are dead. This would be more per the comic... This storyline would not have a changed future because something was changed in the past. Instead it would be a dystopian future because of something that DID happen in the past and a desire to alter the present by changing the past. Again, this is more per the comic and does not require a physical timetravel, just someone contacting the past mentally or technologically so the 1973 X-men can "fix" the past... Now my assumption is that Singer will do an Age of Apocolypse movie next or sometime in the next couple of years. The AOA storyline has someone (Legion) going back in time and changing the past (killing Prof. X by accident) which turns the present into the AOA. So if this will be the next or one of the next stories, and it almost requires the past being changed (Xavier being killed), why use almost the same storyline (traveling back in time to change the past) twice? Wouldn't Singer want the DOFP to be different from the next movie (AOA)? So that really creates 3 main questions... #1: Will there be a physical timetravel? #2: Will the post X3 year be 2013, 2007 or sometime in the future? #3: Will it be a Sentinal controlled dystopian present at the beginning of the movie, or will it be a normal present that becomes dystopian because someone changes the past which requires someone to go back (or contact the past) and fix it?