Trailer: The fate of mutantkind is in flux in majestic ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

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“Are we destined to destroy each other? Or can we change who we are and unite? Is the future truly set?”

X-Men has always been a blockbuster franchise interested in tackling themes more interesting than the garden variety “with great power comes great responsibility” superhero stuff. And as evidenced by the somber, and frankly amazing, final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past that 20th Century Fox have released today, we’re going to see a lot more of that come Memorial Day weekend. Of course, this being a superhero movie, there’s going to be a lot of great action sequences too – another element this trailer isn’t shy about showcasing. But the overall tone here is one of desperation, second chances and mending the past to change the future.

As I noted back in October, Days of Future Past is the 2014 big studio summer blockbuster I’m anticipating the most. It also ranks number 11 on the list of films I’m most excited to see in 2014. My anticipation stems from director Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, The Usual Suspects) returning to the director’s chair, the fascinating time travel story arc (based on one of the series’ most famous arcs),  and naturally, the sprawling ensemble cast – which Singer pooled together from the series’ terrific prequel X-Men: First Class and the original trilogy. While I still have some concerns about whether Singer will be able to balance the massive scope of the film without short-shafting the large cast of characters, this trailer does a tremendous job of keeping my anticipation meter high. Some other thoughts, below the trailer:

  • It looks like someone, whose name rhymes with Valley Merry is going to be kicking it early on. It’s not like anyone’s craving for that actor in the movie anyway.
  • The present day world depicted in this movie looks very Matrix-y/Terminator-esque.
  • Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) – the guy that old Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) select to time travel to the past – is going to have his hands full getting 70s-era Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Xavier (James MacAvoy) to join forces, especially since they’re at the height of their fed after the events of First Class.
  • Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique is going to play a big part in getting these foes to come to terms with each other.
  • Nice stache, Peter Dinklage!
  • Those sentinels – Thor deja-vu anyone?
  • The sentinels, the White House destruction, the apocalyptic landscapes of the future, the stadium sequence – yup, that rumored $210 million budget is clearly all on screen.
  • On a related note, HitFix has a fun breakdown of the trailer. Check that out here.

 

Here’s the official synopsis from the studio:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

 

Directed by Bryan Singer from a screenplay by Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James MacAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholous Hoult, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Bingbing Fan, Aiden Canto, BooBoo Stewart, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. It opens everywhere on May 23.

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