I’ve seen a lot of online griping about the fact that in the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, its Wolverine thats going back in time and not Kitty Pryde like in the original. I’d like to put my 2 cents in on why it HAD to be Logan going back from both a storytelling (i.e. in universe reasons) and film making point of view.
First lets do some math.
In X-Men 1 (2000) it is established that the film takes place in the ‘not too distant future’…so while this is a guess lets say its 2005. (this would mean that Logan lost his memory in 1990…which doesn’t make sense as Logan lost his memories a few years after Vietnam…and 3 mile island suggests 1979„,which would make X-Men set in 1996…four years before it was released….so sue me, i’m ignoring the timing of Origins). If we then suggest that DOFP takes place 13 years after X-Men it would be 2018.
If we take Kitty’s actress (Ellen Page) real age of 26 it means Kitty would have been born in 1992….a good 20 years after the ‘past’ setting of DOFP. So it can’t be Kitty going back as she has no body to go back into. It has to be someone who was definitely alive at time.
So who are the options? Charles or Erik? from a story point of view the two characters (if they were at the least 10 in 1943 as suggested in First CLass) would in 2018 be about 85 years old and the strain of going back in time could kill them. From a film makers point of view it would mean that either James McAvoy or Michael Fassbender would have to then do full on impressions of Patrick Stewart of Ian McKellen instead of playing their own versions.
So who is in DEFINITELY alive in both time periods. Beast? Again from a film makers point of view Nick Hoult would have to play Kelsey Grammer and the same goes for Mystique (if, like Magneto she’s got her powers back) . So what we need is someone who looks the same in both time periods, is played by the same actor, and has been stated as existing in both time periods. Basically the only option is Logan. Wolverine exist in both times, Hugh Jackman plays him in both times.
Also, from a film makers point of view Jackman as Logan as been the focus of all 3 original X-Men films plus 2 of his own Wolverine Movies and even his very brief cameo in First Class was loved by fans so it makes sense to have the character push the plot along.
It had to be Logan.