Things are getting pretty serious on X-Men: Days of Future Past-- and even though the mutants are probably capable of handling it, some politicians are bound to step in and get involved as well. The above photo was tweeted from the ever-trusty-tweeter Bryan Singer, who has been keeping us up to date almost constantly as he directs the sequel to X-Men: First Class. It appears that Singer was standing on the podium to take the photo, but that the President-- and maybe even Richard Nixon himself-- will be there in the movie itself, and talking about some majorly bad stuff that went down in Paris.

What happened, exactly? We can only guess, since nearly everything we know about the movie's plot comes from the original Days of Future Past comics arc and Singer's own cryptic tweets. We've seen images of Magneto hovering over a city that appeared to be Washington, D.C., but could easily be Paris. We've seen protesters holding flags of Vietnam and South Vietnam, standing in front of a monument that could also easily belong in D.C. or in Europe. And we've got very clear confirmation of a setting in the 1970s-- just look at the collars on Wolverine and Beast!

When I see even a hint of a President referring to something terrible that went down in Paris, I can't help but think of the big action scene in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra-- which I'm certain is not at all what they want us thinking about. Maybe Days of Future Past will stage a Paris action sequence so big that it erases the memory of that one entirely-- or maybe whatever happens in Paris is completely off-screen. Odds are that through the magic of the time travel that's central to the story, whatever happens in Paris will be reversed before the movie's end.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release July 18 next year, with tons and tons of cast members from the original Singer-directed X-Men films returning-- Hugh Jackman, of course, plus Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and the great Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. They'll be joining Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as the younger Professor X and Magneto, along with other familiar faces from First Class like Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence. If that's not enough to convince you, Peter Dinklage is on board to play the antagonist, and he's grown a mustache for the role. We're hoping to get a much better look at it during Comic Con next month, so keep an eye out for some mutants amid all the usual Comic Con madness.

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