It is that time of year to talk about, in this writer's estimation, the aftermath of the greatest superhero movie to come out this year, X-Men: Days of Future Past (Sorry Cap and Guardians). That is unless Birdman is better, which it very well could be. . . but I digress. The reason I am writing this article above all others is because of some things Bryan Singer, director of the film, said. Speculation needs to be had. Originally I was going to write this article earlier in the year after this came out, but I wanted to give everyone an equal chance to see this, before I go spouting out spoilers, which there will be plenty of in this article. Before I go any further though, let's talk a little bit about X-Men: Days of Future Past. To start with, something I couldn't talk about without spoiler in my review of the film (http://www.celebrategeek.com/brandons-corner-x-men-days-future-past-review-spoiler-free/) is the kitchen scene with Quicksilver. If I Could Save Time In A Bottle will be permanently cemented in my mind as being associated with that scene. Everything about that short moment screamed epic, from the light tap on the guard's face to him bending the bullets. It is a moment I want to live over and over again.
Another thing I didn't get a chance to say upon seeing the film a couple times is how incredibly violent Days of Future Past is. It is probably the most violent PG-13 film I have ever seen. Bodies are getting ripped in half, with multiples spikes going through peoples' corpses. All the while, heads are getting smashed, burnt off and impaled right in front of our eyes. Good thing they were mutants, right? Otherwise I might have been upset. . .
With that all out of the way, let's speculate. Age of Apocalypse is right around the corner, all the more made tangible by the end credit scene at the the end of Days of Future Past. Let's talk about NIGHTCRAWLER!!!!!
He is my favorite superhero character (yes, even barely above my beloved Spidey) and he has been so sadly underused. Ok, we did see him in X2 and that was phenomenal, but there was nothing more. I know there has been suggested disputes between Alan Cumming - the last actor who played Nightcrawler - and Bryan Singer leading to us no longer seeing his persona on screen. That being said, he is too cool of a character not to have. His ability and skill set is worthy of goose bumps and his character traits are so entertaining as well as being incredibly admirable. So much of my own personal beliefs is mirrored by him. Well, it appears that it is a very real possibility of him coming back! Comments by director Bryan Singer in an interview with Cine Premiere, make it clear that he wants both Nightcrawler and Gambit (now declared to be set for Channing Tatum) to star in the film.
As for the setting of the film, X-Men: Apocalypse according to reports will take place in the Eighties. It will focus primarily on the First Class prequel crew with Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hault etc. slated to return. For those of you who are new to this lore, Apocalypse is the mysterious figure at the end credits of Days of Future Past constructing the pyramids. He is most notable for his appearance in the Age of Apocalypse storyline in the comics. To put it simply, he is THE BIG BAD of the X-Men Universe. His power set, while hard to explain, is probably best summed up by saying that he can alter reality at the molecular level. This is manifested through telekinesis, self regeneration and alteration as well as whole host of other powers being a byproduct of this. Mass destruction on a global scale is in store for us.
There are many other details which I could get into including casting, tone, and direction the film which I will leave links at the end of this article that talk about this; but I still can't get over one thing. The prospect of seeing my favorite superhero Nightcrawer almost gets me to squeal with delight. I know. . . I'm having trouble controlling my nerdgasm. All of things brings us to the question of who they will cast for the role of Nightcrawler. They can't really rehire the same actor Alan Cumming because one: said to be conflict between him and the production; and two: the film will be set in the Eighties rendering him too old for the part.
After quite a bit of thought, there is quite a few actors that might be good including Asa Butterfield, Tye Sheridan, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller. That being said, there are two particular actors I could see fit this role the best. The first is a relative unknown talent named Nat Wolff. His most notable works have been Stuck in Love, Palo Alto, and recently and probably most popular of these The Fault In Our Stars. He is a top notch young actor ready to take on any persona. Nat Wolff also shares an uncanny resemblance the previous actor Alan Cumming. The only drawbacks are that he is a good two inches difference between them with Cumming at 5'10 and Wolff above 6' (though that didn't stop them when they cast James McAvoy as the young Professor X). I also don't know if he can pull off an accent, making the prospect dicey.
The prominent choice for the role in my mind, though, is Anton Yelchin. You probably will remember him as playing Pavel Chekov in the new iteration of Star Trek by J.J. Abrams. He has also recently co-starred briefly with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton in the indie vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive. Out of so many people to choose from, he is the one that distinctly stands out to me. Apparently I'm not the only one as many see the connection online. Why is he the right choice? Sufficient to say, he is an incredibly talented actor. He can pull off an accent supremely well, evidenced by his Russian accent in Star Trek, which is needed for character who speaks in a constant foreign phrasing and lingo (German). He also just has the just right amount of quirkiness, charm, and youthful appearance needed for this role. Though more than this he feels like the right fit for this universe.
In the words of the immortal Jean-Luc Picard (aka James-Luc Picard-Avoy), “Make it so.”