At the very start of X-Men: Days of Future Past, we see a white-haired person with a modern-looking flashlight come across an X-Men belt buried in the dirt.

Who is he?

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    Flashlights don't yet look so cool in the modernity around me. – Praxis Feb 9 '15 at 19:15
  • @Praxis People are boring. Buy online. – Izkata Feb 10 '15 at 3:39
  • @Izkata : Nothing was the same. – Praxis Feb 10 '15 at 4:19
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    Guy looks like an Engineer from Prometheus. With hair. – Omegacron Mar 16 '15 at 14:43
  • He is also in Apocalypse. I think the actor is related to the director or something. – Dev Spencer Nov 8 '16 at 0:08

IMDB Trivia indicates that he's Nate Grey (Scott and Jean's son) however I've not been able to locate the source of this piece of trivia, nor is there any explanation how this occurred, given that she died in the prior film.

According to Simon Kinberg, the mutant scavenger is Nate Grey, the X-Man.

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At the very least, we can strongly assume that he's a mutant since he also appears (briefly) at the end of the film when Wolverine walks out of his futuristic bedroom at the X-Mansion:

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His inclusion was likely intended as more of a nod/easter-egg to hardcore comic fans. The character receives no billing in the cast list is listed in the extended credits as "Young Mutant Scavenger", evidently played by Alexander Felici.


According to an IMDb trivia item, the producer, Simon Kinberg, confirmed his identity:

According to Simon Kinberg, the mutant scavenger is Nate Grey, the X-Man.

IMDb is a bit unreliable though, and I’ve been unable to find the interview with Kinberg where he said this. (Plenty of sites have repeated it verbatim though.)

In the comics, Grey is the biological son of Scott Summers (aka Cyclops) and Jean Grey, but it’s not clear if that would be the case in the cinematic universe.

  • Yeah... I dont remember they had a child. Any logic behind this that might explain ? – Fadh Nhz Feb 9 '15 at 18:04
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    @FadhNhz In at least one storyline, Nate was created from their genetic material rather than a natural conception: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Grey#Age_of_Apocalypse – alexwlchan Feb 9 '15 at 18:05
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    but I don’t see how that could be the case in the film universe. weirder things have happened lol – user16696 Feb 9 '15 at 18:06
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    @kylekanos Nathan "Nate" Summers aka cable was Scott and Maddie kid, sent to the future after Apocalypse won. Nathaniel Nate Grey aka the X Man is Scott and Jeans test tube baby that was created in the age of apocalypse world that was created inside the dark phoenix saga. They aren't the same people. Generic Brothers at best – user16696 Feb 9 '15 at 20:14
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    @cde: Aha, that clears things up. Thank you. – Kyle Kanos Feb 9 '15 at 20:16

If this mutant is in fact Nathaniel Grey, then because of his abilities and powers he may have been able to remember - as did logan - the war the destruction and aftermath.

There is a specific reason why Logan was shown to regard this mutant with slight surprise and a reason that Nathaniel was featured at the end of future past.

Perhaps logan smelled or sensed jean or scott in the boy and thought surprisingly "did Jean and scott have a child?" Nathaniel's appearance may be a harbinger to introducing the next movie storyline or newly introduced mutants


I think it's Longshot. That would explain the extraordinary millisecond save from certain death at the end of the movie and the generally great and lucky outcome for the him and as a result, the X-men. Sending back Logan was a longshot, and it worked.

  • Interesting answer, but how is this going to prove that it's not Nate Grey? as the previous answers have shown? – Möoz Feb 26 '17 at 20:51

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