X-Men: Days of Future Past has provided yet another important cast member glimpse. Director, Bryan Singer, as usual, took to tweeting set photos, this time revealing Patrick Stewart in his return as the team's tactful telepathic leader, Professor Charles Xavier.
While Singer has been dutifully tweeting images of various set pieces and recently of Nicholas Hoult as Beast, this raw image displaying the back of that famously follicle-free face sends the message loud and clear that this film will serve as the conduit between the two seemingly different movie canons of the X-Men trilogy started with Singer's 2000 film and the rebooted 2011 effort, X-Men: First Class. Of course, in adhering to that mandate, expect to see Stewart share the screen and a name with another Charles Xavier; the younger one from years past played by James McAvoy in First Class.
In this first image, we see Stewart sporting a black jacket with white straps positioned vertically on the shoulder blades. Either Patrick Stewart happened to be wearing some bizarre rejected Captain Picard couture, or this pic might have also given us our first extremely limited glimpse at the new style of uniforms that the X-Men team (the one from latter days) will sport as they go into battle in a timeline-altered dystopia where mutants are hunted by an army of giant humanoid robots called Sentinels. Of course, he won't be short of help since Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, Halle Berry's Storm, Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde, and array of other returning cast members from the X-Men trilogy join him in battle and he may even get some help from a former rival in Ian McKellen's Magneto. Meanwhile, back in the 1970's theater of the film, Michael Fassbender's younger Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and a bevy other cast members from First Class hold down the fort in past.
X-Men: Days of Future Past tries its best to bring the big shoulder look back when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014.