Word Balloons: New mutants debut in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Word Balloons: As ‘Days of Future Past’ comes to theaters, how can you find out more about the storyline and characters?
Oklahoman Modified: May 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014
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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

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.

Blink

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.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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