New ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer Brings on the Sentinels

The premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past is inching closer, and a new trailer has been released that shows a lot more of what fans can expect from the next installment in the now topsy-turvy, multi-faceted X-Men film universe.

There are still plenty of things up for debate about the franchise. For one, it’s not easy to determine if the X-Men: First Class film was a prequel to the original trilogy, and thus part of the same timeline, or if it was intended as a reboot that didn’t have to tie perfectly into the backstory of the originals. The ending of First Class certainly seemed to suggest it was an alternate timeline, since Professor Xavier and Magneto’s friendship looked ready to end, while the original trilogy shows their close relationship lasting into their grayer, balder years.

The appearance of a young, diamond-skinned Emma Frost in X-Men Origins: Wolverine would also suggest that plots were not intended to be connected at the outset, as an older Emma Frost appears as one of the lead villains in First Class, which chronologically takes place almost twenty years earlier than the Wolverine-focused film. Nonetheless, X-Men: Days of Future Past looks to start tying the intricate web of stories all together.

With a plot involving time travel to encourage a young, bitter, and wounded Charles Xavier, we can expect some hard-to-follow, convoluted points in the story. But, with a star-studded cast bringing back our favorite mutants in droves and getting pitted against one of the X-Men’s most notorious threat — sentinels — there should be plenty of awesome mutant-y goodness to keep us thoroughly distracted from any of the many plot holes or chronology errors almost destined to occur in time-travel stories.

Like First ClassDays of Future Past looks like it will toy with major political events. First Class used the Cuban Missile Crisis as a key plot element that pitted mutant against mutant, and exposed the potential dangers of mutants to the rest of the world.

Days of Future Past appears as though it will be using John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the Vietnam War. A teaser released late last year suggested that Magneto will be blamed as a co-conspirator alongside Lee Harvey Oswald in the assassination of JFK. Magneto’s imprisonment may play into the furthering of his resentment of non-mutants. See the clip below.

Though the writing team doesn’t have a massive body of work behind the three of them, two of them do have a few big films, including StardustKick-Ass, and all three were responsible for X-Men: First Class. The screenplay writer, Simon Kinberg, was also on the writing team for the first installment of the recent Sherlock Holmes franchise, as well as 2005′s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. So, if not the most cerebral of films, we know that Days of Future Past at least has a writing team that knows how to plan a great action flick.

If you’re excited for this film, then you’ve got even more to be excited for as X-Men: Apocalypse has been announced, according to IMDB, and will likely be bringing back director Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg alongside writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns.

Though the X-Men films have been making less and less money since X-Men: The Last Stand, the third in the original trilogy, the films are still box office smashes. Both Wolverine-centered films and First Class took first place in the box office during their opening weekends, plus they pulled in over $50 million each. In the likely event that Days of Future Past doesn’t bomb in theaters, we can be assured that there will be more X-Men to come.

Let us know how you think the writing team will weave together the timelines of these films.

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