In-keeping with the new and not entirely unwelcome trend of directors rewarding Twitter followers with tidbits from their upcoming films, X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s Bryan Singer, who just last week gave us our first look at Nicholas Hoult‘s revamped Beast, has just now “tweased” us with a photo of what appears to be Charles Xavier’s Oxford University thesis on Human Genetic Mutation. At least, that’s what it says on the cover…
Also prominently featuring the words “Central Intelligence Agency” and the date 1973, other sites, such as ComicBookMovie, have interpreted this to mean that Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) will be continuing work with the CIA in the upcoming instalment. We at AP2HYC, however, have a much darker, more conspiratorial frame of mind.
What if, we posit, the CIA is not collaborating with Professor X, but rather using his research against him? X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has previously said that he’d love to show that Magneto (Michael Fassbender) was involved in the Kennedy assassination – hence the unlikely properties of the so-called “magic bullet”. It’s understandable therefore that this, if not their involvement in the Bay of Pigs fiasco, might lead to an escalation against the perceived mutant threat.
If X-Men: Days of Future Past is, in fact, based on the Marvel storyline of the same name – which features an alternate future in which mutants are held in internment camps and would play into the appearances of Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen as the older Professor X and Magneto – then this simple piece of academia could potentially prove a deadly weapon against mutant-kind. Or, you know, maybe it’s just a run-of-the-mill prop.
In any case, the Singer prequel/sequel is due out on July 18th of next year, so there’s plenty of time to keep spinning theories. The question is, what do you think..?