The X-Men are back! Bigger cast, bigger storyline, bigger everything. The second trailer to X-Men: Days of Future Past has been released. Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) has returned to pick up from where he left off, X2: X-Men United. This will be the 7th X-Men movie and it looks like it has brought the whole team together. The old cast of the original X-Men from the early 2000’s, and the young cast of the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class mashed into one blockbuster to freshen things up.
The trailer is very vague in revealing key plot points. Days of Future Past is based on the incredibly popular X-Men comic book series of the same name. It is not known if the movie will deviate from the comics, so the only way to explain what the film may be about is by describing the comic book. In a dystopian future, mutants will be hunted by machines called Sentinels due to their genetically-enhanced abilities. The war against mutants began when the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killed Anti-Mutant Senator Robert Kelly back in the 1980’s. Some X-Men from the future are sent back in time in order to prevent this assassination to save the future. In a nutshell, Days of Future Past is X-Men with a Terminator story.
The cast in this is enormous. Here is the rundown: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Nicholas Hoult, and many more. With the refreshing popularity of comic book adaptation and the X-Men being a household name, it made sense to combine the young and old X-Men franchises. The only concern would be if having so many characters and a time-travelling story will be too much for general audiences. If this movie is a success, how will they carry on with future films? There is no way they can possibly top this movie if it is a success.
The trailer does raise some questions: Are they pretending X-Men III: The Last Stand does not exist? If so, many fans will be happy to ignore the third instalment as it is regarded amongst fans to be a disappointment. The Last Stand has to be dismissed to make sense as Patrick Stewart’s Xavier was killed and yet shows up in here. Also, Ian McKellen’s Magneto lost his powers in The Last Stand but he is seen in the trailer using his iconic magnetic powers. Maybe there will be an explanation.
One of the main focuses of the trailer is showing the relationship between young Xavier and young Magneto and the relationship between old Xavier and old Magneto. The young pair are shown dealing with their recent fallout and how it has affected them, then cut to the old pair coming to terms with what a waste of time fighting each other all those years were. Bryan Singer will have his hands full trying to balance character development, keeping side characters relevant, action scenes, having an emotional core (most likely with young Xavier, by the looks of it) and pleasing the fans and casual movie goers. This summer X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on May 23rd.
Opinion By Ignacio Gatti