The film “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is loosely adapted from an “X-Men” comics story from Chris Claremont and John Byrne that originally was published in “Uncanny X-Men” Nos. 141-142 in 1981. The film opens in theaters today.
Simon Kinberg’s screenplay adds a few key characters from the “X-Men” comics mythos into the movie chronology. Read on for details on these new mutants.
Bishop is an energy-channeling mutant from the 22nd century, who in the comics, time-traveled into the past to find out who betrayed the X-Men. He first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” No. 282.
In the film, he’s played by French actor Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”).
Recommended reading: While the issues will come across as dated to the uninitiated, the “Bishop’s Crossing” hardcover, which includes “Uncanny X-Men” Nos. 281 to 293, “X-Men” Nos. 12 and 13 and a two-part short story from “X-Men” Nos. 10 and 11, gives the lowdown on the time-traveling mutant’s first appearances.
Bingbing Fan, seen previously by comics fans in “Iron Man 3,” plays the dimension-warping Blink, who can teleport her teammates. The character first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” No. 317 in 1994.
Recommended reading: An alternate reality version of Blink led the Exiles in a “Quantum Leap”-style Marvel Comics series. The first four issues, by Judd Winick and Mike McKone, are collected in the graphic novel “Down the Rabbit Hole.”