20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of the biggest movies of the year, taking in $232 million at the box office, although that tally falls shy of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy ($251 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259 million). However, X-Men: Days of Future Past has earned more globally ($744.6 million) than any other superhero movie this year.

The success of X-Men: Days of Future Past has even impressed Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, even though he had nothing to do with the movie whatsoever. During a recent interview with Empire, Kevin Feige revealed he's been thinking about how that movie helped bring the X-Men franchise back into prominence.

"I've been thinking about Days of Future Past a lot, which I had nothing to do with, in terms of the resurrection of a franchise. I think they did a very good job with that."

He went on to say that, when they were making Iron Man 3, he also thought a lot about other "threequels" and the paths they should avoid.

"On Iron Man 3, I thought a lot about X-Men: The Last Stand and Spider-Man 3 and I thought a lot about Toy Story 3, and how to avoid falling into threequelitis, which is why we went down a lot of the roads we went down on that movie."

As you may know, Kevin Feige's first producing credit was on the original X-Men back in 2000, and just seven years later, he was named president of Marvel Studios. Do you think X-Men: Days of Future Past's approach will influence Marvel's Phase Three slate such as Captain America 3? Chime in with your thoughts below.