Because the 25 covers and four official stills weren't enough, Empire sat down with director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg to discuss some of the burning questions that fans have about the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. One of the topics of discussion? How does Wolverine have metal claws in the future sequences, given the ending of 2013's The Wolverine?
Without totally revealing the answer, Singer surmised that Magneto could "reconstitute the adamantium claws… [Wolverine template=’galleryview’]–> has a different relationship with Magneto, and perhaps Magneto could forge them."
Another question many fans have been asking is why Rogue was given an Empire cover even though it was announced that she would no longer be in the film, or will she be?
"It was one real sequence in the movie," Kinberg said. "We felt like it was taking tension out of the main story drive."
"It does not mean that we won't see her in the film," Singer adds. "Also, I hope to make the sequence available on the DVD as she was quite wonderful in it. She is an important part of the X-Men family. I 'm very pleased she will remain as one of Empire's anniversary covers."
And finally, in the latest issue of the magazine, the pair teased the upcoming follow-up film X-Men: Apocalypse.
"One thing that interests me is the notion of ancient mutants," Singer says. "What would people thousands of years ago, without the benefit of science, think mutants were? And more importantly, what would mutants thousands of years ago think they were? Gods? Titans? Angels? Demons? And if such mutants did exist thousands of years ago, what became of them? Did one survive?"
"Age of Apocalypse was one of my favorite stores," Kinberg added. "We like the stakes of it, and it feels like a story that could impact a lot of our favorite characters in big, dramatic ways. We feel it's a very different story from Days of Future Past. For starters, it's a very different villain, and the characters will be in very different places emotionally."
Singer noted that the film, slated for release May 27, 2016, is "more of a First Class sequel" and "It'll take place some time after this movie. What happens in this movie brings about what'll happen in that movie."
The director also spoke about those rumors that a "Days if Future Past" post-credit scene would see Magneto possessed by an alien, leading to him becoming Apocalypse. As if that didn't sound silly enough, Singer says they're not true.
"That's not the case, and nor will that particular thing be in the film. People were concerned we were making Apocalypse an alien. It's odd. I don't know where that came from.”
The latest issue of Empire also revealed some brand new images from the upcoming sequel, which we've included for you below (special thanks to Forums user StarLord for those)
Opening in theaters on May 23, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till and Evan Jonigkeit.