Mystique X-Men: Days of Future Past

Earlier this week we got our first look at Wolverine's new battle gear courtesy of the French magazine Hors-Serie Studio Line Live, and now the French site Les Toiles Heroiques (via Coming Soon) has shared a couple of pics from the print's interior that not only give us a look at Mystique in action, but also our first full shot of Bishop.

The picture up top has Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role from X-Men: First Class) apparently taking on a bunker of soldiers, likely caught unawares by her shapeshifting powers. The caption features a quote from director Bryan Singer that translates to: "I love ensemble film because it gives me the opportunity to tell a multitude of stories on different planes."

X-Men: Days of Future Past offers Singer a unique opportunity to tell a many-planed story. Based on the comic arc of the same name, this film will unite the casts of the original X-Men trilogy with that of the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class through a story of time travel. Many fans of the franchise are thrilled to have Singer back to the film series, the director having previously made X-Men and X2 - two superhero films that are still considered some of the best of the modern era.

With his return, Singer also brought on board new cast members to play mutants never before seen in this live-action superhero series. This includes Evan Peters as Pietro "Quicksilver" Maximoff, Booboo Stewart as James "Warpath" Proudstar, Bingbing Fan as Clarice "Blink" Ferguson, and French film star Omar Sy as Bishop, a fearsome mutant cop.

Bishop from X-Men: Days of Future Past

Personally, I wish there was a second person in the pic above, because I fear the sense of scale is lost without someone to compare Sy's size to. The actor is said to be 6'4", and on screen he typically towers over his co-stars. Beyond that, with the dreadlocks, military duds, massive futuristic gun and a friggin' cape the character still looks pretty damn intimidating. This caption translates roughly (bare with me it's been a decade or so since my last French class), "Bryan Singer loved working Professor Xavier's X into the film's design," or so says production designer John Myhre. Can you spot any x's in this frame?

The other insight this French blog gives about X-Men: Days of Future Past is the location of its epic battle, which they say will take place at a temple a stone's throw from the Great Wall of China. That makes sense. So far we've seen the X-Men mess up the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and our relations with Russia. It's about time they take their demolition derby to one of the biggest manmade structures in the world. Sentinels versus mutants at the Great Wall? I'm not sure how that'll impact its future in the growing Chinese market, but it sounds like a spectacle well worth the price of admission.

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