'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Writer Talks Time-Traveling Choices

The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 141 Cover - P 2012
<p>The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 141 Cover - P 2012</p>
Simon Kinberg explains why Wolverine is time traveling in the movie version of "Days of Future Past," instead of the original story's Kitty Pryde.

As hardcore X-Men comic book fans already know, there's a substantial difference between the original "Days of Future Past" storyline and next year's X-Men: Days of Future Past movie. Namely, it was Kitty Pryde who time traveled in the first version of the story, and not Wolverine. So why is it different in the new movie? Here's a hint: Everyone loves Wolvie.

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg addressed the change in the latest issue of Total Film Magazine -- quoted online here -- saying that Kitty was just too young to get up to jumping back in time 40 years.

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"Probably the bigger reason [for the change] is that when we started thinking about the logistical realities of Kitty’s consciousness being sent back in time, to her younger self, as opposed to her physical body being sent back … It was impossible," Kinberg said. "You’re talking about an actress (Ellen Page) who, in the [First Class era], would have been negative 20 years old. So we started thinking again, and the first reflex response to that was a character who doesn’t age. Wolverine is the only character who would looks the same in 1973 as he does in the future."

Kinberg also pointed out that Wolverine was "the protagonist of the franchise," a line that might be true of the movie incarnation (especially considering the success of Hugh Jackman in the role), but is likely to enrage fans of the comic book X-Men, which has trended towards a wider -- and more diverse -- cast. There have even been X-Men comic books without even a hint of Wolverine. Maybe one day, the same could be said about the movies.