Some of the more knowledgeable fans are a little perturbed that the Wolverine is stealing the spotlight all over again in the newest X-Men movie Days of Future Past. You see, in the original comic release (The Uncanny X-Men issues #141 and #142, published in 1980 by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin) Kitty, not Wolverine, was the X-Man who travels back in time to try and stop the event that triggers anti-mutant hysteria.
Why is it that a male character must take charge of the storyline that made Kitty one of the most popular X-Men? Well according to writer Simon Kinberg, the reason is very logical. He told Empire Magazine:
“We made the decision for a lot of reasons, some of them obvious and some of them more nuanced, to make it Wolverine who goes back in time. One reason is that he’s the protagonist of the franchise, and probably the most beloved character to a mass audience. Probably the bigger reason is that when we started thinking about the logistical realities of Kitty’s consciousness being sent back in time, to her younger self, as opposed to her physical body being sent back..it was impossible.
Obviously in the book it’s Kitty..but you’re talking about an actress (Ellen Page) who, in the age of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, would have been negative 20 years old. So we started thinking again, and the first reflex response to that was a character who doesn’t age. Wolverine is the only character who would looks the same in 1973 as he does in the future.”
Seems like a weak excuse, I mean we’re talking time travel here already, she could have just gone back in time herself (instead of trying to implant her current psyche into her past body). Still really looking forward to the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past just wishing this was one plot point they didn’t feel the need to change.