Exciting news for X-Men fans in Fresno today as, after months of waiting, 20th Century Fox has finally released to first official trailer for their 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Directed by Bryan Singer, who previously directed the first two films in the franchise, X-Men and X2: X-Men United, the film serves a complex purpose as it is simultaneously as sequel to both X-Men: The Last Stand and to X-Men: First Class, as well as, thanks to the mid-credits scene featured in this year’s The Wolverine, a sequel to that film as well.
Loosely based on the classic “Days of Future Past” comic book arc published in 1980 in Uncanny X-Men issues #141 and #142, the film is a time travel story that focuses on many of the characters featured previously in the franchise as they struggle to survive an apocalyptic future where all the world’s mutants are hunted down by giant robots called Sentinels. In a final, desperate attempt to prevent this future from ever happening, Charles Xavier (played by Sir Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (played by Sir Ian McKellen) send Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman) back in time to the 1970s to make contact with their younger selves (played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively). Only together, with allies separated by time itself, can the course of the future be change and the final destruction of the mutant rave be prevented.
The trailer itself, which can be viewed here, is essentially a character piece with only minimal emphasis of action spectacle. The reason for this, as Bryan Singer stated on his Twitter account yesterday, is because at this point in production most of the visual effects have not yet been completed. Because of this, many fan online are already reporting being less than impressed with the trailer, especially in the wake of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer released last week. Personally, this examiner is intrigued that they chose to go this route with the trailer because it allowed for a more ominous tone.
The trailer begins with the older Xavier asking someone what was the last thing they remember, and then he himself replies “I had a glimpse into the past.” Xavier and Magneto put it upon Wolverine to help them put an end to “the war” before it ever begins. We see a contrast between the older and younger Xavier and Magneto of the two time periods, with McAvoy’s Xavier now sporting a groovy 70s hipster look and a full beard, while Fassbender’s Magneto is clearly in the beginnings of his supervillain career, along with Mystique (played by Jennifer Lawrence), including an intriguingly bizarre shot of the young Magneto pointing a gun at someone. We also see the younger Xavier supposedly entering the Cerebro chamber from the first two films for the first time, and yet he is blowing dust off of it as if it has not been used for a long time. Older Xavier warns Logan to be patient with his younger self, to which Logan replies “Patience isn’t my strongest suit”
What follows are some vague but interesting action glimpses, including Logan going through the supposed process of time travel, a fiery attack engulfing a Japanese-looking set piece, a breakup of what this examiner assumes to be an anti-mutant rally, a secret bunker that opens up directly underneath the Oval Office, three men opening fire on Wolverine (which even though he doesn’t look huts, the wounds don’t seem to be healing like usual), what appears to be glass shattering in the Cerebro chamber, Mystique and another character arriving at the rally as someone apparently tries to drown the young Magneto, and more and more fighting, plus a very suspicious scene of Magneto using his powers to pull Mystique towards him, seemingly against her will (which makes this examiner question what possible metal she could have on her in her naked state that would enable him to do this, but hey, that will be surely be answered when the film comes out). It all builds up to the younger Xavier declaring “I don’t want your suffering. I don’t want your future,” and a final shot of the both Xaviers together as the older Xavier pleads to him younger self, “Please, we need you to hope again.”
Other members of the ensemble cast that can be seen in the trailer include Halle Berry as Storm, Anna Paquin as Rogue, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, and several news faces to the franchise, including Omar Sy as Bishop, Booboo Stewart as Warpath, Fan Bingbing as Blink and Adan Canto as Sunspot, and Peter Dinklage as main antagonist Bolivar Trask.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently slated for release on May 23, 2014.
UPDATE: Bryan Singer has now done a full commentary of the new trailer at EmpireOnline.Com.