So, the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is here. It’s pretty cool. We know you might have many burning questions about it, so we’ve tried to answer as many as we could.
What the hell going on in the trailer?
If you want to know nothing about the plot, avoid this section. Okay, so if you’re confused about the cast of both First Class and the first trilogy appearing in the trailer, then you have time travel to blame. The movie will feature some Terminator-esque shenanigans, involving an apocalyptic future, and a (mutant) man’s quest to rewrite history and save his kind.
The storyline is adapted from Chris Claremont’s classic Days of Future Past arc, which, by the way, was published before Cameron’s Terminator. In the comics, it’s Kitty Pryde who transfers her mind to her younger self, whereas from the trailer it seems her role has been replaced by Wolverine. I actually would’ve preferred Pryde, as I like both Ellen Page and the character, and we can all agree that Wolverine has been overexposed over the past decade. Dude got two solo movies, it’s time for other mutants to get some footage now.
Oh, and speaking of Terminator, guess who will be the baddies in this film? Big giant killer robots, that’s who!
How is Professor X back?
Well, never take a death in a comic-book movie seriously. And Professor’s resurrection was hinted in The Last Stand itself, in an after credits scenes, before those were cool. Look:
Where’s all the action?
The trailer mostly features dialogue, and only glimpses of some CGI-less fight scenes. We don’t get any comic-book crazyness because they’re currently working on the special effects. Here, let director Bryan Singer explain:
With that being said, the trailer still had a cheap vibe to it. Some of the “future” set pieces and character designs looked like something out of a 90s TV Show. I’m still reserving my judgment until I see the final trailer. They better take their time with the visual effects this time, because First Class had some abysmal CGI.
Who are all the new mutants?
You mean, these guys?
If you’ve seen the 90s X-Men cartoon, then you should know who Bishop is. He can absorb and fire energy! Which will be pretty helpful against the super-laser-powered Sentinels.
I’m guessing all these guys will have short roles, with Bishop maybe getting some kind of an arc. We have yet to see QuickSilver, the controversial mutant who will be played by a different guy in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
What about Cyclops?
What about him? Why would you want that douche back? Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see him blast through sentinels with his laser beams, but Singer doesn’t give a shit about the character, and his inclusion would have been another underwhelming affair, with more moping and less blasting through shit.
But the reason he isn’t in the movie has a long history. I will make it short. Singer and James Marsden, the guy who played Cyclops, jumped ship in 2005, from Fox to WB, ditching X-Men: The Last Stand to work on Superman Returns. And look how great that turned out!
Now, Singer has since made his peace with Fox, but unfortunately Mardsen hasn’t been able to return to his original role. They could retcon his unceremonious death and bring him back, like they did with Prof X, but it seems they didn’t bother. Cyclops maybe endearing to comic-book fans, but he never became popular worldwide among the Hollywood-watching audience like Wolverine did.
What’s the music in the trailer?
There are two songs used there:
John Murphy – Adagio In D Minor (Sunshine)
Hans Zimmer – Journey to the line (The Thin Red Line)
X-Men: Days of Future Past will release on May 23, 2014, and stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Lucas Till.