The full X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer, finally arrived, and it has put to rest any lingering fears I might have held that Bryan Singer wasn’t the right guy to helm a new X-Men movie. It majestically stages a hellish future that is threatening mutant-kind. And it operatically bridges the dismal future to a complicated past, where the characters from Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class are struggling with the problems they raised in their own franchise reboot. Watch the above trailer, shared on the official X-Men YouTube page. It melted my mind.
For a production that has distinguished itself on Vine video teases and spoilery pics shared on Singer’s busy Twitter feed, this is the first full, mapped out and largely finished piece of studio footage, giving us an idea of the scope of Singer’s story. And it is massive.
Anyone who read the original X-Men: Days of Future Past storyline from the 1981 comics knows that the potential for an enormous X-Men story certainly exists on paper here. But to finally see it unfold on screen, per Singer’s vision, is legitimately mind-blowing.
I love the way this trailer visually blends the terrified future versions of the X-Men with their younger counterparts. Fassbender's Magneto looks particularly terrifying, now that he is growing into his lethal powers, just now figuring out how much damage he is able to incur.
We might also have figured out why Storm was "rumored" to have been reduced in the movie. Look out behind you, Halle!
The trailer pulls no punches with the tragic nature of the pending future, Mutants are on the verge of extinction. Sending Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time looks like the mutants' last hope, and Singer seems to do an excellent job of painting that desperation. Yet, when Logan arrives in the 1970s, things aren't much better. Magneto, as we mentioned, is coming into his evil power. And Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is a shell of the confident leader we saw in First Class (and know him to become as the series progresses).
The idea of unifying the X-Men is crucial here, as Magneto stares down Xavier (with Quicksilver looking on... Nice Pink Floyd shirt, dude):
And then we run through the montage of reasons why the mutant community's strongest personalities -- Magneto and Xavier -- remain at odds. We get Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) terrifying humans into believing they need Sentinels to defend themselves from mutants. And, finally, we get Sentinels. SENTINELS!!
More on the X-Men trailer as the day progresses. But for now, what do you think of the trailer? And how about this new poster?
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