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No Sentinels. That’s probably my only complaint with the powerful first trailer that just dropped for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, a sprawling sequel that will connect the director’s first two X-Men movies with the "kids" from Matthew Vaughn’s First Class. I’ve reposted it below, if you haven’t seen it 1,000 times already this morning. And if you haven’t, what’s wrong with you?
This clip is the exact same footage they ran in Hall H at Comic-Con. Exact same. So why’d they wait so long to unveil it? No idea. But the trailer arrives with such an impact, you realize in hindsight that it was worth the wait. So, no mutant-hunting Sentinels, but what has Singer chosen to show fans?
The clip opens with a roll-call montage of Singer’s original X-Men. Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are back in character as the mutant heroes (and one villain) they played for multiple films. The trailer’s first surprise arrives around the :38 second mark, where we get out first official looks at X-Men cinematic newcomers Bishop (Omar Sy), Sunspot (Adan Canto), Warpath (Booboo Stewart) and Blink (Bingbing Fan).
We see future Wolverine (Jackman) meeting with Charles (Stewart) and Magneto (McKellen) in what’s representing the apocalyptic future the X-Men must prevent.
And we see the method in which Singer will send Wolverine (and not Kitty Pryde, which is what happened in the comics) back to the past to interact with young Charles Xavier … or the shell of the man he once was.
How do we know Xavier has all but given up on humanity? He has to blow an inch of dust off of Cerebro because it has been abandoned for so long.
But before long, Wolverine and the First Class cast are back in action, taking bullets to the chest and dragging the beautiful Mystique around like a rag doll.
There’s an indication of a major threat to our country, which worries President Nixon.
And the trailer boils down to what we assume will be the crux of the movie: Convincing a disillusioned Charles Xavier to rekindle his fight to mend relationships between mutants and humans before the groups turn on each other and destroy our planet in an unwinnable war.
What did I miss? What did you see? Did you like the trailer? Were you hoping for something different? If so, what? Share it below.