— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) February 14, 2013
Singer pointedly did not mention whom Duinklage will be playing, but most comics fans, including myself, are pegging the actor to play the Canadian superhero Puck. For the unintiated, Puck is a member Alpha Flight, a group of superheroes sponsored by the government of Canada. In the comics, his origin is tied into a story about an evil ancient sorcerer called Black Raazer, though I suspect that that part will undergo revision to fit into the straight science-fiction tone that Singer has established for the X-Men franchise.
Although it has been several years since I have read it, I don’t recall Puck playing a role in the original Chris Claremont-authored comic book storyline on which writer Simon Kinberg is basing his script. Perhaps Kinberg is using Puck to replace another character, maybe a mutant hero previously seen in the franchise but whose actor is unavailable?
While it is great to see Singer taking a deeper dive into the pool of characters that studio Twentieth Century Fox owns, I am starting to get concerned over the number of heroes that we already know will be in the film. We already have a number of returning characters from X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult) and the original X-Men trilogy (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore) lined up to appear in Days Of Future Past. How many more are in store? Hopefully, this parade of characters will all have vital reasons for being included and isn’t just the insistence of a studio head who saw The Avengers and only came away with the idea that “more superheroes = more money at the box office.”
X-Men: Days Of Future Past starts filming later this spring for a July 18, 2014 release.