Original ‘X-Men’ Costume Designer Returns For ‘Days Of Future Past,’ And We’re Worried

It really is a case of “out with the old and in with the old” in the “X-Men” movie universe, as the costume designer behind the first two X-films (as well as “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), Louise Mingenbach, is coming back for Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

So… am I the only one feeling a little bit worried?

Look, I’m as excited as anyone to see the old gang getting back together — especially if that means returns from Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen and the like. But black leather is not on the list of things I miss about the old “X-Men” movies.

Take a look at the costumes of old…

…versus the costumes of “First Class,” designed by Sammy Sheldon.

The blue-and-gold uniforms of “First Class” aren’t perfect, but they’re closer to what we’re used to in the “X-Men” comic books. Beyond that, the black leather of “X-Men” movies past just looks dated. They worked just fine back in 2000 and 2003, but look at the superhero movie landscape of today: costume designers have been able to fix Batman’s immobile cowl…

…and make Captain America’s costume look cool and functional.

Is it too much to ask, then, that we get X-Men costumes that look more like this?

Or, if we’re feeling really ambitious, this?

If Fox wants to follow Marvel’s lead as they approach the future of the “X-Men” films — and I believe they do — then they need to take a hard look at everything that Marvel Studios is doing, costumes included. Bringing back leather costumes because the tiger-stripe uniform isn’t realistic enough… that argument doesn’t really hold water anymore.

As ComicBookMovie.com junior editor Josh Wilding pointed out to me on Twitter:

I’m very excited about “Days of Future Past,” and I’m happy to give Singer the benefit of the doubt. But I sincerely hope he’s more focused on the “future” of the franchise, and less on his own “past” — costumes included. Here’s hoping that I’m all worked up over nothing.

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