Bryan Singer Reveals Full-Sized Sentinel On X-Men: Days Of Future Past Set

By Katey Rich 2013-08-01 12:27:43discussion comments
Bryan Singer Reveals Full-Sized Sentinel On X-Men: Days Of Future Past Set image
Even when the viral site for Trask Industries gave us our best look yet at the giant robots known as Sentinels, we still had some questions. Just how big were these guys? What do they look like when actually standing next to a human, not just lurking in the distance behind Ronald Reagan? Bryan Singer apparently read our minds, as the director of X-Men: Days of Future Past tweeted the above photo, in which he's standing right alongside a Sentinel in a lovely dark shade of purple.

So there's your answer: they're huge. Not quite jaeger or Bumblebee huge, but big enough to pack some serious force, even against super-powered mutants like Magneto and Professor X. And not only that, but at least one of them is real, a full-sized, full-built giant robot that looks as real as Singer himself. We don't know enough about how the Sentinels will be used in the film to know how many of them there might be, or how many are created in CGI, but the fact that even one of them is fully built suggests they'll be integrated into the action, not just shoved into some big showdown like the robot in a certain other recent superpowered film.

And even though no one on the film is talking about them out loud, the Sentinels have been a major part of X-Men: Days of Future Past's effort to drum up excitement recently, starting with their head-only appearance at Comic-Con and leading to yesterday's reveal of the viral site. There's a human villain to contend with in the film, of course, with Peter Dinklage playing Bolivar Trask, the man who invented the mutant-hunting robots. But the giant Sentinels are what create such a threat that the present-day X-Men (with Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin and more reprising their roles) send Wolverine into the past to warn their 70s counterparts of the coming threat.

Can X-Men: Days of Future Past pull off this complicated time travel plot while also juggling this giant cast? Who knows. But they've dazzled us with these giant robots long enough to get us to stop worrying about it for just a few minutes. Giant robots, woo-hoo!
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