X-Men Days Of Future Past: Who Are The Three Secret Mutant Cameos?

Kelsey Grammer as Beast

As reported earlier in the week, Vulture discovered not only the nature of Rogue’s cameo appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but also that three more mutants from past X-Men films would be making cameo appearances in the film. Who could these mutants be? We won’t know for sure until the film is released, but we have some ideas.

Beast

This is the one we’re most sure about. We’ve already reported that Kelsey Grammer filmed a cameo appearance as Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past. His cameo was described as portraying an “alternate” version of Beast, which could mean a few things. We know from the 25 Moments page that Hank McCoy was killed in his home by an angry mob sometime in the future. One possibility is that Grammer’s Beast appears to confirm that, once Wolverine inevitably saves the day, Beast goes on to live a long and happy life in the newly altered future. Another idea is that the time travel shenanigans of the film’s plot may give us a glimpse at alternate timelines besides the dystopian future that Wolverine is sent back from. Third, the word “alternate” may be just a way of saying “don’t try to make too much sense of the continuity” when he does appear.

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Nightcrawler

Director Bryan Singer has already said that he wants to bring Nightcrawler back into the X-Men film universe. In fact, he had originally written Nightcrawler into the plot but took him out because he felt like the film was becoming too crowded. Maybe he was cut out of the film in the same way Rogue was, meaning that a little cameo appearance was left in. If he does appear, he won’t be played by Alan Cumming, the actor who played Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United. Even if he hadn't already officially said that he wouldn't be in the film, Cumming dropped out of X-Men: The Last Stand because he felt like Nightcrawler didn’t have enough to do for how much time he’d have to spend getting all that makeup on, so I doubt he’d be willing to go blue again just to have a quick cameo. The fact that they cover the actor in so much makeup for the role makes it easy enough to switch out actors, especially if we’ll be seeing a younger version of Nightcrawler. It worked well enough for Jennifer Lawrence playing Mystique instead of Rebecca Romijn.

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Gambit

Gambit is another character that Singer said he wanted to reintroduce into the X-Men film universe, and we know the producers are keen on the idea as well. Channing Tatum has said that he’s actually met with at least one producer about potentially playing the role. Could Tatum possibly have filmed a secret cameo, just to try the role on for size?

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Cyclops

Love him or hate him, Cyclops is kind of the X-Man. While Wolverine, Storm and Beast have all played at being Avengers, and even Iceman and Angel have had turns as Champions and Defenders, Cyclops has been the eternal X-Man. That makes his absence from the X-Men film universe – since he was unceremoniously killed off in X-Men: The Last Stand, leaving actor James Marsden free to join the cast of Singer’s Superman Returns – kind of strange. X-Men: First Class took steps towards undoing the train wreck that was X-Men: The Last Stand, so maybe Singer will take the opportunity to use Days of Future Past’s time travel plot to finish the job.

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Jean Grey

Also conspicuous by her absence since X-Men: The Last Stand crashed and burned in its attempt to adapt The Dark Phoenix Saga,  Jean Grey is as important to the X-Men’s history and mythos as Cyclops and Professor X, and an important friend to so many of her team members. Besides that, if you’re just going for a cameo – particularly one the shows how the timeline has been altered – Jean Grey’s red hair is as identifiable as Beast’s blue fur, and to see her walking among the living would probably get the point across that something has changed.

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.

X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23.