The first “X-Men: Days of Future Past” trailer was released by Marvel Studios on Tuesday (to YouTube), and while not revealing much of the plot to those unfamiliar with the classic tale, it certainly reinforces for those aware of the “Days of Future Past” storyline.
The more than two-minute long clip opens to Professor X — the original, Patrick Stewart, not James McAvoy from the rebooted “X-Men: First Class” — saying “What’s the last thing you remember?” to an ominous theme. We see Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and a frightened looking Storm (Halle Berry).
The narration continues as we see key components of the storyline, including Ellen Page, who plays the current timeframe’s Shadowcat. “I had a glimpse into the past. You’re going to have to do for me what I once did for you.”
We then hear Magneto — the original, Ian McKellen — as he says “You’ll need me as well. Side by side, through endless war. Before it ever begins.”
Then, we see Wolverine saying, “So, I wake up in my younger body and then what?”
“Find me,” says Professor X. “Convince me of all this.”
“It’s going to take the two of us,” Magneto adds.
“And where do I find you?” Wolverine replies.
Magneto says: “A different path. A darker path.”
Professor X says: “Logan, I was a very different man. Lead me. Guide me. Be patient with me.”
To that, Wolverine admits, “Patience isn’t my strongest suit.”
We then see some action footage, and the trailer concludes with the aged Professor X saying to his younger self, “Please. We need you to hope again.”
Those who recall the classic comic book storyline will remember it spanned “The Uncanny X-Men” issues 141 and 142, published in 1981. Written by Chris Claremont, it was drawn by John Byrne and inked by Terry Austin.
In the classic comic book storyline, “Days of Future Past,” readers were cast into an alternate future which was triggered by the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. That incident led to members of mutantkind being either killed or imprisoned in internment camps.
In the comics, that included those who were not X-Men, but were mutants, such as Franklin Richards, the son of Reed and Sue Richards of the Fantastic Four.
In an attempt to prevent the event, an older Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) transfers her mind into the past and a younger, present-day Kitty Pryde. As shown in the trailer, that trip to the past is taken by Wolverine, by far the most popular of the X-Men in both comics and movies, rather than Shadowcat.
As the comic book tale opens, only a few X-Men remain alive: Kitty Pride, Wolverine, Storm , and Colossus. As Kitty Pryde attempts to stop the assassination of Senator Kelly, in the alternate future, all — even Wolverine — are killed. Despite his adamantium skeleton and rapid healing factor, Wolverine is vaporized by a Sentinel, too fast even for his healing process to cope with. Only his metal skeleton is left behind — but this should not occur, as the storyline is far different.
In the comcs, Kitty Pryde’s mission succeeds, and that dystopian future is gone, never to occur.
Rachel Summers, who took the name Phoenix, also traveled back in time as part of the story. Despite being from an alternate future, she stayed, and became a member of the X-Men.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is scheduled for a release on May 23, 2014, moved up from an earlier July date.