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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, 2015 at 19:15
  • @Praxis People are boring. Buy online.
    – Izkata
    Feb 10, 2015 at 3:39
  • @Izkata : Nothing was the same.
    – Praxis
    Feb 10, 2015 at 4:19
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    Guy looks like an Engineer from Prometheus. With hair.
    – Omegacron
    Mar 16, 2015 at 14:43
  • He is also in Apocalypse. I think the actor is related to the director or something. Nov 8, 2016 at 0:08

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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.

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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.

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  • Yeah... I dont remember they had a child. Any logic behind this that might explain ?
    – Fadh Nhz
    Feb 9, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 at 20:14
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    @cde: Aha, that clears things up. Thank you.
    – Kyle Kanos
    Feb 9, 2015 at 20:16
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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

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Sorry to dig up this old post, but I just found out something that goes against this being Nate Grey. Unless we want to really stretch it to where Nate is put into a timeline earlier then he should exist. I just got done watching Apocalypse and during the scene where Cyclops shows his powers to Professor X for the first time, destroying the tree, you see the Mutant Scavenger amongst the kids that were all freaked out by what just happened! Jean Grey and Scott Summers just met for the first time just minutes before that scene in the mansion! I made a post about it here if you want to go read more about my findings.

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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.

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    Interesting answer, but how is this going to prove that it's not Nate Grey? as the previous answers have shown?
    – Möoz
    Feb 26, 2017 at 20:51

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