DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Beast And Professor X Anomalies Are Finally Explained

While X-Men: Days of Future Past is shaping up to be the biggest X-Men film of all time (until Apocalypse is released, of course), there have been several weird things we’ve seen in the promotional content. No, I’m not talking about how Wolverine has adamantium claws again (seriously, what happened there?) or those odd-looking future Sentinels.

I’m talking about in many of the videos and pictures released, Professor X is sometimes walking and Beast sometimes looks human. In case anyone forgot the events of X-Men: First Class, Charles Xavier’s spine was damaged after he was hit by Magneto’s bullet, and Hank McCoy took a serum that accelerated his mutation rather than eliminated it. Well, we finally have an explanation for how they’ve cured their issues: science!


When asked by Collider whether we really saw Charles walking, Days of Future Past producer Simon Kinber confirmed it. Hinting that Hank is responsible for this, Kinberg also teased that Charles’ newfound mobility may also have a mental cost.

You’re not mistaken. I don’t think it’ll be a spoiler, I think it’ll be something that’ll be in trailers that he is walking around. And that’s a huge part of the arc for him, accepting, in some ways embracing the chair, as opposed to being condemned to it. It’s something that by the end of the movie he’s really taken his place in. I’m not to talk much about this, but it’s in the Hank/Charles relationship that they’ve discovered a way to help him walk, but at the cost of other things. And over the span of the film, he embraces those other things and lets go of his legs.

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Similarly, Beast actor Nicolas Hoult revealed to why we’ve seen a human-looking Hank several times, and much like why he became blue and furry, his human look is due to a serum as well.

What’s happened up to this point is between the time of the last movie and this movie my character has created a serum which basically controls his mutation so his appearance is normal as long as he doesn’t get worked up.  Any animal instinct or urges, that kind of brings him out.  So yeah, he changes into Beast a few times throughout the story and they’ve done some great action sequences with him this time, particularly in the mansion flying around on these chandeliers and stuff.

I have mixed feelings about these scientific developments, and by that I mean I like one and hate the other. On the one hand, it would be interesting if Xavier’s ability to walk came at the cost of his telepathic abilities. It would force him to confront what’s important to him: his mobility or using his mental powers to help others. We know Charles is in a bad place when the movie starts, so as the story progresses, we’ll watch him deal with those issues and, as Kinberg said, eventually see him accept the chair and become the Professor X we know and love.

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As for Beast, this sounds way too much like a Hulk ripoff. A guy looks human until he gets worked up about something and then turns into something monstrous? It’s Bruce Banner and The Hulk! Although Hank lives in the ’70s and technologically it might not be feasible, I would have preferred his holographic disguise machine. I understand Hank wanting to look human in public, but at least the the hologram disguise wouldn’t be tied to his emotional state. Although he may have moments in the comics where his animal side takes over, his mutation is not based around anger or excitement. Sure, there may be times when he wished he looked human, but he’s accepted who he is and what he looks like.


So yeah, I’m digging one and not digging the other. That’s sometimes how it goes with these movies. I have to say, though, for living in the 1970s, Hank’s intellect and inventions are ahead of his time. That boy’s a bonafide genius!

SOURCE: Collider & Joblo