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Last week led up to an anticipated “huge reveal” from Empire Magazine involving Marvel’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. While a lot of people guessed we’d get our first official glimpse of the giant, Mutant-killing robots called Sentinels, set to appear in the film. Well, those of you guessed right, partially.
Empire’s big reveal ended up being the release of a whopping 25 character posters, posted online throughout the day on Monday. For some characters, including Magneto, Charles Xavier and Wolverine, we got looks at both their past and future actors and costumes. Others included mutants like Blink, Warpath, Colossus and Havok. As for those Sentinels, we were shown Mark I of the robot, circa 1973, as well as a version from the future.
Let’s get down to business. All 25 posters can be seen below, starting from the characters in the Past, and moving through to the characters from the Future. Most of them look pretty damn cool:
Sentinel – Mark I
One of the first looks and full-body shots of the mutant-slaying giants, this is Mark I of the robot, circa 1973. The Sentinels have been one of the most anticipated parts of Days of Future Past, to see just how big of a role they will have in the film. And they do look pretty big.
Originally appearing in 2011’s X-Men First Class, Lucas Till starred as Alex Summers, aka Havok, a young mutant who has the ability to create energy blasts. Till will reprise his role in DoFP, and now has the ability to focus and control his power. He could end up being pretty useful in combat once again. Though the poster doesn’t look as cool as it could, I still have hope for the character.
Originally played by Ray Park in the first X-Men, this time around Evan Jonigkeit will take on the role of the leaping, agile mutant Toad. Since Toad was presumably killed in the first film, people may be questioning why such a minor character is making another appearance over a decade later. But Jonikeit announced that he will be playing a younger version of Toad, most likely part of the “past” ensemble of characters (aka siding with Michael Fassbender’s version of Magneto). This could be cool, but I don’t expect much from the character.
Like some of these characters, William Stryker will be making an appearance in DoFP as a younger version of a character we’ve already seen before. In 2003’s X2, Brian Cox plays the aged Colonel who wants to create a mutant genocide. In Origins: Wolverine, Danny Huston plays a slightly younger version. Now, Josh Helman will play a 70’s version of the military scientist. It’s unclear just how big of a role he will have in this film, but given the military/government nature of the plot, he may show up a bit more than we know.
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is set to play Bolivar Trask, military scientist and founder of Trask Industries. Trask creates the Sentinel robots, sent to hunt and kill mutants. He will play a major factor in the 70’s-era part of the film, and Dinklage has called the character “blind” and “quite arrogant”.
Jennifer Lawrence returns as 70’s-era Raven Darkholme/Mystique. Lawrence played the character in X-Men First Class, and was originally portrayed by Rebecca Romjin, who played a modern version of Mystique in the original X-Men trilogy. The new character poster for Lawrence as Mystique is sleek, sexy, and gorgeous. I can’t wait to see more from her in DoFP.
Nicholas Hoult returns as Hank McCoy/Beast in DoFP, who played the character in X-Men First Class. The mutant/scientist originated with super speed, agility and beast-like feet. After trying to cure himself, the serum he injected himself with made him grow blue fur and feline form. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Kelsey Grammer portrays a modern version of the character. Unfortunately, Grammer will not be returning for DoFP, which is upsetting.
Evan Peters is set to play Quicksilver, a mutant with incredible super-speed. Originally said to be Magneto’s son, it has been unconfirmed that this will even be the case in DoFP. Honestly, I think this brief appearance from Quicksilver is being done out of spite towards Marvel Studios for adding the character in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. The costume here looks terrible, and all it makes me do is anticipate the Avengers version even more.
Like in First Class, actor Michael Fassbender returns to play a younger version of turned-villain Magneto. Rising to power through anger, fury and seeking vengeance for his parents who suffered during the holocaust, Fassbender’s Magneto is set to cause a lot of destruction in DoFP. I really like his new costume shown on his cover, which makes him look more like a super villain already.
Charles Xavier (Past)
James McAvoy was highly acclaimed for his portrayal as a young Charles Xavier in First Class. He is set to return in DoFP, and from the trailers he appears to have a darker, confused and betrayed look. And who wouldn’t after your best friend shoots you in the spine? But I think we’re going to see a much darker version of the character in this film, faced with a huge responsibility.
Although there will be both a past and present version of Wolverine, Hugh Jackman will play both versions. Whether or not they will end up doing some green-screen facing off against each other is unclear, but we do know that there will be time travel involved with Wolvie. I’m sure Wolverine will steal the show again, being tasked with huge mental obligations. I really enjoyed the tease for DoFP at the end-credits of The Wolverine last year. From the looks of this image, it’s obvious Wolverine still has his bone claws, so it’ll be interesting to see where they take him.
Wait….Bryan Singer? The director of X-Men, X2 and now DoFP, he has been at the helm of the X-Men film franchise for over a decade now, and will continue to with X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. But aside from a little goof to show the film’s director, it’s a pretty uneventful cover.
Again, both the past and future versions Wolverine will be played by Hugh Jackman, and he looks just as ferocious in both roles. I’m looking forward to seeing him on-screen again as Logan/Wolvie. But why can’t we see him in the classic yellow/blue suit teased in the alternate ending of The Wolverine? One could only hope it’ll make an appearance in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
Charles Xavier/Professor X (Future)
We all thought Charles Xavier died in X-Men: The Last Stand when he basically exploded within the power of Jean Gray’s outburst. Then, he makes a surprise cameo appearance, alongside Magneto (surprisingly) in the credits scene of The Wolverine. That scene leads right into the plot of DoFP, withCharles, now seemingly weaker but still incredibly smart. It will be great to see the return of Sir Patrick Stewart to the franchise.
It was odd seeing Magneto in the end credits scene of The Wolverine so quite and willing to ask Wolverine for help. In a way it seemed almost desperate, as if the villain finally knows he must team up with the good guys to stop a greater evil that would threaten both sides. I’m looking forward to the stellar Sir Ian McKellen returning as Magneto after so long.
It’s been eight years since we’ve seen the beautiful Halle Berry as Storm, the weather-controlling mutant. Now, she makes her return in DoFP. From the trailer, it’s hard to tell, but it looks like we can see her using her powers quite a bit, so that will be cool to see. Her character cover is one of the more exciting ones.
The character poster for Rogue was pretty surprising to see. Recall that last month we were told that Anna Paquin’s few scenes as Rogue had been cut from the film, because one of the scenes she was part of didn’t seem to fit, but this was also her most important scene. And because of that, her other one or two scenes wouldn’t have made sense, so she was cut from the film entirely. Not because of any personal reasons, just because her character didn’t fit well into the story. Since they’re advertising the previously “cut” character, could we actually see her return to the final cut of the film?
Ellen Page is set to return as Kitty Pride, who she portrayed in X-Men: The Last Stand. Her character cover isn’t too eventful, but she does have powers to move through solid objects, so I wouldn’t underestimate her role too much; her phasing abilities allows for time travel, the main plot of the film.
Sunspot is yet another mutant, and will be played by Adan Canto (The Following). He will be joining the X-Men from the Future. His is one of the more exciting covers, showing off a bit of his powers that will most likely be used in action during DoFP.
Blink is a female mutant who has the ability to teleport. She will played by Fan BingBing (what?), and set for a minor role in DoFp. Another instance of a mutant who will probably be cool to see, but nothing extensive.
Another good guy and a familiar face from the original X-Men trilogy, Shawn Ashmore returns to play Bobby Drake/Iceman in DoFP. I hope they use more of his ice form in this movie, but we will have to see. For now, we get a little tease of Iceman using his powers of freeze.
Omar Sy will play Bishop in DoFP. Bishop is a mutant from the future who, along with Blink, Sunspot and Warpath, join the remaining team of X-Men. Sy said that Bishop is a character who “fights for survival”.
Another familiar face from the 2000’s X-Men trilogy, I’m eager to see Colossus on-screen yet again, fighting as one of the X-Men. When he’s in his metallic form, he’s one of the coolest characters there is. Definitely one of my favorites, and the cover looks promising.
The Sentinel design from the future look cool, dangerous, but just a bit cliche. The black, slim form doesn’t do the comics version much justice, and almost resembles a giant version of this years RoboCop. Even so, it should be pretty cool to see these mutant-hunting bots in action.
What do you guys think of this big reveal from Empire and Marvel? Honestly, I think X-Men: Days of Future Past will be the most underrated comic book movie of 2014. Especially with Cap 2, Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy hitting theaters as well. But this doesn’t change the amount of excitement I’ve got for this film.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to hit theaters on May 23rd, directed by Bryan Singer, and starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, and Nicholas Hoult.