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Nicholas Hoult's Beast has been a popular photo subject on Bryan Singer's Twitter page over the last year, and today yet another still has been added to the collection. The X-Men: Days of Future Past director posted the image you see above this afternoon and, making fun of all the old technology, labeled it "1973 TIVO #Xmen #DOFP."
What X-Men fans will find slightly bizarre about this picture is the fact that we're actually looking at Hank McCoy, not Beast in full make-up. In X-Men: First Class the character was shown undergoing a massive genetic change that left him all blue and fuzzy, but it would seem that's not a problem any more. Did he create a serum to reverse the process? Does a major shift in the timeline occur that rewrites history and has him never dosing himself in the first place? At this time the answer is unclear.
All that said, this actually isn't the first time that we've raised this question. Singer Tweeted images of Hoult on set two times previously, and neither time had him dressed in full make-up, as you can see below:
That said, we know for a fact that Beast will be making an appearance, as he has been featured in both stills and the film's first trailer.
Hopefully this isn't a mystery that is solved before X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters. This is the exact kind of secret I like to see unfold on the big screen.
In addition to the aforementioned Hoult and the pictured Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender above, the new superhero film stars James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Adan Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing. The movie begins in a not-to-distant future where the X-Men are constantly on the run from giant mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels. In order to stop this hellish world from ever existing, Wolverine's consciousness is sent back in time to 1973 where he must reunite divided friends Professor X and Magneto and stop an assassination that will change everything. You'll be able to see the X-Men: Days of Future Past in theaters on May 23rd.