Question: What are days of future past?
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[BCRL 10:46:52]: Are we referring to the new X-men movie that is to hit the movie theater this coming Friday?
[TRAVISH 10:49:11]: Yes, but what does it mean?
[TRAVISH 10:53:32]: I don’t understand what a day of future past is
[BCRL 10:53:59]: Thank you for waiting. In this case, despite much searching, no official dictionary definition was found.
[BCRL 10:54:24]: In this case, it most likely refers to the storyline itself.
[TRAVISH 10:54:31]: I know! It’s like they don’t want you to know what it is!
[TRAVISH 10:54:36]: Oooh
[TRAVISH 10:54:44]: So if I see the movie I will know?
[BCRL 10:54:53]: “Days of Future Past” is a popular storyline in the Marvel Comics comic book The Uncanny X-Men issues #141 and #142, published in 1980. It deals with a dystopian alternative future in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps.”
[TRAVISH 10:55:39]: So in the future past, mutants are in internment camps?
[BCRL 10:56:05]: Most likely, it is referring to the past of an alternate future timeline.
[BCRL 10:57:30]: In this case, I am afraid that you will have to wait until the movie comes out, watch it or read about it afterwards to find out what it means.
[TRAVISH 10:59:05]: Ok, THANK you for your help
[TRAVISH 10:59:33]: Travish out
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15:25 Travish: What are days of future past???
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15:26 Travish: My name is Travish
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15:28 Travish: I asked one libarian and they already showed me that, but I don’t understand what the phrase means
15:30 NML: it deals with time travel
15:31 Travish: I was told “Most likely, it is referring to the past of an alternate future timeline.” What does THAT mean?
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15:34 Travish: I just don’t understand what it means. Is it an idiom, I don’t understand?
15:38 Travish: I am still very confused, but I have to go to my weightlifting class now, or I will be LATE.
Question: I am writing about the X-Men. What does the phrase “days of future past” mean?
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[WCL 14:02:59]: does the explanation have to be from a scholarly source? or any reliable source on the web will do?
[WCL 14:03:50]: for example here is a wikipedia entry that explains it’s a story line
[WCL 14:03:51]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Future_Past
[WCL 14:03:56]: is that what you’re looking for?
[Travish 14:04:35]: I have looked at that, but I am still unsure what a “future past” is
[Travish 14:04:59]: are there any primary sources on this? it does not have to be scholarly
[WCL 14:05:28]: I’m still looking
[WCL 14:05:36]: but if you scroll further down on that wiki entry
[WCL 14:05:46]: it shows examples from other shows/novels etc
[WCL 14:05:58]: the concept has to do with time travel
[WCL 14:07:42]: i’m looking in dictionary sources but since it’s a phrase they don’t really have anything
[Travish 14:08:13]: this is a VERY confusing topic to me
[WCL 14:09:04]: ok, the first paragraph of this Washington Post article might help
[WCL 14:11:46]: here’s more explanation from the movie director
[WCL 14:11:53]: did you need help with anything else?
[Travish 14:13:44]: I THINK I understand this now. So if Marty McFly doesn’t know that he is going to go back to the Old West, that would be his future past? I am pretty sure that is correct.
[WCL 14:14:27]: umm, ok? I’m sorry I haven’t see the back to the future movies, or the xmen. 🙂
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I asked libarians all over the country, and NO ONE can tell me what days of future past means! Is it the past of the future? That could be in our future, but also it could be our present or our past. Or is it like Marty McFly going to the past in the future? This topic made me so confused that I got lost going to my weightlifting class!