‘X Men: First Class’ sequel now has official title

Producer reveals the title of the new 'X-Men' movie and calls the sequel 'very ambitious'

The official title for the sequel to 2011’s X Men: First Class has been confirmed.

The follow-up will be called Days Of Future Past in reference to a storyline that appeared across two X-Men comic books from 1981. Announcing the title, franchise producer Bryan Singer revealed that that the film “deals with aspects of that comic [storyline], but also some very new things”.

In an interview with IGN, Singer also called the sequel “very ambitious” and revealed that it is expected to begin shooting “in a few months”. He also let slip that the script is “being written right now”.

Discussing the potential scope of the sequel, Singer added: “I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe. I mean, the X-Men universe is every bit as big on its own as big as the Marvel universe. I think it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films, as Marvel’s done so well. So you may see some of that, I don’t know.”

Earlier this month (July), Singer’s fellow producer Steve Kinberg revealed that the X-Men: First Class sequel will be “a bigger movie than the last”. “I think it is as dramatic as that movie, but more epic [and] mythic in a way as well,” he said at the time.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Matthew Vaughn, who also helmed 2011’s First Class. The sequel has a scheduled release date of July 18, 2014. It is expected to focus on Michael Fassbender‘s villainous Magneto character, with Fassbender and co-stars James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence all confirmed for the follow-up.