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.”
Played by Evan Peters (“American Horror Story”), Quicksilver is a mutant with super speed. In the comics, his ties to the X-family and the Avengers means he’s available to both franchises; he’ll be played in the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Recommended reading: 1993’s “X-Factor” No. 87, written by Peter David, gives insight into Quicksilver’s personality and often-hot temper.
The Brazilian mutant Roberto deCosta was an original member of the New Mutants in the comic books. Sunspot can transform into black solar energy; in this form he can absorb and channel solar power. He’s played by Adan Canto in “Days of Future Past.”
Recommended reading: Marvel Graphic Novel No. 4: “The New Mutants" (1982).
The inventor of the Sentinels, Bolivar Trask, is played by Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”).
Recommended reading: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Bolivar Trask in “X-Men” No. 14 in 1965; his story continues through issue No. 16.
The super-strong Warpath comes to film portrayed by Booboo Stewart (“Twilight”). In the comics, Warpath is the younger brother of Thunderbird, who was killed on an X-Men mission. As such, Warpath originally held a grudge against Professor X. Warpath later became a key member of X-Force and the X-Men.
Recommended reading: Warpath’s a key member of the team on a space adventure in “X-Men: The Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire.” In “X-Force: Angels and Demons” he joins with Wolverine as part of Cyclops’ secret mutant black ops team.