X-Men: Days of Future Past is an attempt to fuse the original X-Men movies — at least the first two good ones — with the X-Men: First Class relaunch from a couple of years ago. As much as the first X-Men movie helped kick off the modern superhero blockbuster, FOX did everything they could to kill it, including and especially rushing X-Men: The Last Stand out the door with an almost scorched-earth agenda, and making an X-Men Origins Movie so bad most of us wished we had healing factors. First class had a middling cast of mutants but a good cast of actors and The Wolverine actually managed to redeem the spin-off. So, is X-Men: Days of Future Past really the mutant movie we've been waiting for?

Based on the classic post-apocalyptic, post-Phoenix saga story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in which the X-Men of the past try to prevent the mutant holocaust of the future, Days of Future Past has a very real chance of giving us the best of both worlds, and the best of sci-fi — a cautionary tale about the dangers of fear and hate and how turning against what we consider to be less than human can make us utterly inhuman.

I haven't seen it yet but I hope to this weekend, and we'll absolutely be talking about it, and the franchise in general, on an upcoming episode of our Review podcast. In the meantime, if you haven't seen the previous X-Men and Wolverine movies, you catch up now on iTunes:

There's also an official game in the app store:

And if you want to read the source material:

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (iBook) - $10.99 - Download now
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (Kindle) - $10.99 - Download now
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (Paperback) - $11.29 - Order now

If you've seen X-Men: Days of Future Past, let me know — how did you like it? (No spoilers!)