“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is shaping up very well. Game of Thrones‘ star Peter Dinklage has signed on to play a villain. That ends speculation that he might be playing Alpha Flight member Puck. Obviously, his size limits the number of X-characters he might be cast as. The news that he’s a villain limits that further, unless they’re talking about a formerly heroic person who goes a little crazy during the story. X-Men tend to do that from time to time.
Other possibilities include Toad from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. It’s really great to have him aboard the project, whoever he ends up playing.
As in the acclaimed comic storyline, the movie will show the X-Men trying to prevent a horrific future. Mutants are placed in concentration camps and the robotic Sentinels are as plentiful as beat cops. Bryan Singer will direct, and Dinklage joins a star-studded cast including James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Sir Ian McKellen. It’s targeting a July 2014 release date.
The X-Men films are still the property of Fox, and they don’t have any intention of letting them lapse back to Disney/Marvel. They don’t get to play in Marvel’s shared film universe, but that’s not as big a deal as it might be with other characters. In the comics, the X-Men are off doing their own thing a lot. Because so many of their stories deal with mutant rights, they don’t always easily transition into other books or company events. Cyclops references this in Avengers vs X-Men, asking where the Avengers were during some traumatic times in mutant history.