NEWS: Wolverine co-creator Len Wein to Cameo in X-Men: Days Of Future Past

two-generations-unite-in-x-men-days-of-future-past-postersIT has the best ensemble cast of any superhero movie ever and features one of the most epic comic book story arcs in the Marvel-verse.

Yet if the word of Wolverine co-creator Len Wein is anything to go by (hint: it is), X-Men: Days Of Future Past is set to get a whole lot more awesome.

Speaking to Graffiti ahead of coming to Australia for the first time as part of Graphic Festival at the Sydney Opera House in October, Wein said he has seen some of the film’s finished footage.

“The Sentinels look spectacular – it’s going to be extraordinary. I was stunned.

“I remember being at the Comic Con panel where they brought out 15 of the characters and I’m looking at this stable of actors who are in a superhero movie going ‘Almost everyone on this panel has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Golden Globe or all three. And they’re all playing guys in super suits.”

With comic Godfather Stan Lee saying that he won’t be making his usual cameo appearance in the film, Wein revealed that he and Chris Claremont will be making cameos in Days Of Future Past.

“We’re doing a Stan in this one, but I won’t tell you which part. You’ll have to keep an eye out.”

Wein said one of the other highlights of the production was getting to give “Halle Berry a hug and tell her how much I’ve enjoyed her Storm” – one of several comic book characters he has created in his long career (along with Colossus, Night Crawler and Swamp Thing).

As one of the first black superheroes and arguably the most iconic, Wein said his creation was a “wonderful, fortunate accident” that has gone on to be an important pop culture figure.

“All the other black super heroes at the time had names like Black Lightening or Black Panther. She wasn’t Black Storm, she was just Storm.

“For the most part wherever humanly possible I have never made a point of anybody’s religion, race or sexuality – I write stories about the human condition.

“What makes this character significant is not that she’s black, it’s that she controls the weather.

“She’s considered a goddess by her people which gives her a personality trait she has to work through when she’s among equals.”

Wein appears at Graphic along with Seth Green, Grant Morrison, Gerard Way and more.  

Maria Lewis - follow Maria on Twitter here: @moviemazz