SECRET WARS Delves Into YEARS OF FUTURE PAST

Years of Future Past
Years of Future Past
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X-Men: Years of Future Past Teaser
X-Men: Years of Future Past Teaser
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Past, present, future -- it all looks to be colliding in a new Secret Wars series.

Marvel has announced via CBR a new series titled Years of Future Past which revisits the time period and people of the classic Uncanny X-Men story-arc "Days of Future Past." Written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Mike Norton, this series debuting in June is set in the Battleworld domain known as the Sentinel Territories. The series will reportedly feature the adult Kate Pryde, as well as other X-Men, allies and adversaries in that future-set time.

"I will keep some cards close to my pretty floral sundress, but you should see most of the characters from the original "Days of Future Past" lineup -- Wolverine, Colossus, Magneto, Storm, Rachel, Mystique and Blob," Bennett says. "There are two major new players, though."

Bennett says she's a long-time fan of Pryde, even alluding to some teenage fan fiction, and is intrigued by the difference years have made between Kitty Pryde and Kate Pryde.

" It's very intimidating, honestly," says the writer. "Folks who love Kitty, myself among them, are shocked by Kate -- how hard she is, how bitter. Kitty's charm and tenderness have been scarred over, leaving someone who yearns to connect, to do the right thing, even at a terrible cost."

The writer says she'll be hitting on a piece of dialogue from the original "Days of Future Past" storyline that had been forgotten by many -- that Pryde was a mother.

Years of Future Past
Years of Future Past
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"The two major new players are the big change. The first actually came from something that troubled me all the way back when I was a teenager -- it's almost a throwaway line Kate makes to Colossus, where she references having been a mother, and something terrible having happened," Bennett says. "In this future dystopia, Kitty is not an optimistic young girl with nothing left to lose -- she is a mother and wife with more to lose than ever before. No single battle rests on her -- her entire people is dwindled down to near extinction. All survival hinges on her choices."

Years of Future Past
Years of Future Past
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Instead of trying to repeat the original story, Bennett says she wanted to "explore that world" without trying to "mimic" and "parrot" Chris Claremont and John Byrne's original story.

"Y" is bombastic and '80s in tone, but is as much about youth as age, about the search to be a force of good as much the consequences of evil.," says Bennett. " part of me set out to write an adventure story, and instead I wrote a coming-of-age in the post-industrial military complex. And you know what? Mike [Norton] and FCO [Plascencia] killed it. We're into something wild, weird, and new."

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