Days of Future Past

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"Days of Future Past"

Cover of X-Men 141 (Jan, 1981).Art by John Byrne.
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateJanuary – February 1981
Genre
Title(s)X-Men #141
The Uncanny X-Men #142[1]
Main character(s)X-Men
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Sentinels
Creative team
Writer(s)Chris Claremont
Penciller(s)John Byrne
Inker(s)Terry Austin
Collected editions
Trade paperbackISBN 0-7851-1560-9
Graphic novelISBN 0871355825
Essential X-Men Vol. 2ISBN 0785102981
 
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"Days of Future Past"

Cover of X-Men 141 (Jan, 1981).Art by John Byrne.
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateJanuary – February 1981
Genre
Title(s)X-Men #141
The Uncanny X-Men #142[1]
Main character(s)X-Men
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Sentinels
Creative team
Writer(s)Chris Claremont
Penciller(s)John Byrne
Inker(s)Terry Austin
Collected editions
Trade paperbackISBN 0-7851-1560-9
Graphic novelISBN 0871355825
Essential X-Men Vol. 2ISBN 0785102981

"Days of Future Past" is a popular storyline in the Marvel Comics comic book The Uncanny X-Men issues #141 and #142, published in 1980. It deals with a dystopian future in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An adult Kate Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self, the present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history that triggers anti-mutant hysteria.

The storyline was very popular at the time and was produced during the franchise's rapid rise to popularity due to the writer/artist team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin. As a result of the storyline's popularity, the dark future seen in the story has been revisited numerous times. The first issue of this storyline was voted the 25th greatest Marvel Comic of all time by fans in 2001.[2]

The reality in which the story occurs is designated Earth-811 in the Marvel Multiverse.

Plot[edit]

The storyline alternates between the (then) present year of 1980, and the (then) future year of 2013. In the future, Sentinels rule a dystopian United States, and mutants are hunted and placed in internment camps. Having conquered North America, the Sentinels are turning their attention to mutants and other superhumans worldwide. On the eve of a feared nuclear holocaust, the few remaining X-Men send Kitty Pryde's mind backward through time, to possess the body of her younger self and to prevent a pivotal event in mutant–human history: the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by Mystique's newly reassembled Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.[3]

Working with the present-day X-Men, Kitty Pryde's future self succeeds in her mission and is pulled back to her own time, while her present-day self is returned with no memory of any interim. The world of 2013 is not shown again in this story arc; the present-day X-Men are left to ponder whether their future dystopia has been averted or simply delayed.[4]

The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005 gave the numerical designation for the original "Days of Future Past" timeline as Earth-811.

Aftermath[edit]

Rachel Summers, who was a key player in the original storyline, traveled through time from this alternative future, Earth-811, to the present day and joined the X-Men. Nimrod, the "ultimate Sentinel," followed her to the present and became a foe of the X-Men and the Hellfire Club. Another supervillain, Ahab, later followed her to the present in the Days of Future Present crossover.

Days of Future Present[edit]

Ahab kidnapped the children Franklin Richards (son of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman and, in the future timeline, Rachel's lover) and Nathan Summers (son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor) but was defeated by the X-Men, X-Factor, the New Mutants and the Fantastic Four.

Meanwhile, Rachel joined the European mutant team Excalibur, whose series twice revisited the "Days of Future Past" timeline. The first time was in a story by Alan Davis entitled "Days of Future Yet To Come," in which a time-traveling Excalibur and several Marvel UK heroes overthrow the Sentinel rulers of future America. This storyline also revealed that Excalibur's robotic "mascot" Widget had been possessed by the spirit of the future Kitty Pryde.

A similar but distinct reality[5] was seen in a vision by her teammate Captain Britain. This story, "Days of Future Tense," revealed the final fate of that timeline's Excalibur team.

A prelude to Days of Future Past was produced in a three-part mini-series entitled "Wolverine: Days of Future Past." This three-issue mini dealt with ramifications between the catalyst for the creation of the alternative future up until the main storyline in Uncanny X-Men 141-142. The prelude explains why Logan leaves for Canada and why Magneto is in a wheelchair in the main two issue story.

Another view of this reality was presented in the second issue of Hulk: Broken Worlds. A short story, "Out of Time," examines the life of Bruce Banner (the Hulk) in a Sentinel prison camp.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The arc appeared in the issues on either side of the change of the magazine title from X-Men to The Uncanny X-Men
    "X-Men #141". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
    "Uncanny X-Men, The #142". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  2. ^ 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time, Volume 1 (2001)
  3. ^ Claremont, Chris (January 1980). The Uncanny X-Men #141: Days of Future Past. Marvel Comics. 
  4. ^ Claremont, Chris (February 1980). The Uncanny X-Men #142: Mind out of Time. Marvel Comics. 
  5. ^ http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/showthread.php?t=28304 which notes the various points of difference between the two realities, and the OHOTMU entry for Days of Future Past, which identifies Days of Future Tense as Earth-9620 and Days of Future Past as Earth-811
  6. ^ Plumb, Ali (July 31, 2013). "Exclusive: Bryan Singer Talks X-Men: Days of Future Past". Empire Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2013.

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