As Marvel Studios basks in the record-shattering success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Sony prepares the release of their own Marvel-based The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fox would evidently like to remind the world that they also have a Marvel property in the form of director Bryan Singer’s upcoming, hugely ambitious X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The past week alone has seen the release of a breakdown of the opening sequence, several new featurettes touring the set with Bryan Singer and nine dramatic posters featuring many different cast members (okay, but mostly Wolverine). Fox may not have released quite the same flood of publicity as Sony with their Spidey sequel, but as DoFP‘s release date approaches, they’ve certainly ramped up public awareness.

The PR push continues with a new featurette, once again featuring director Bryan Singer. The studio is putting the filmmaker upfront in a way it never has before with these films – perhaps to tie this entry to the first two Singer X-Men movies in the minds of fans and casual audience members alike, all while stressing the connection to X-Men: First Class (and perhaps distancing it from Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand)You can watch the whole preview above.

Singer talks about this connection, and how one of the reasons he was excited to revisit this universe was the chance to work with the younger cast, combined with a reunion of sorts with the stars of the first two X-Men films. Singer elaborates on why and how the original cast (led by the returning Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan) are joined in Days of Future Past by their First Class counterparts (Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence), saying:

I wanted to try and find a way to combine these two casts. And the subject of time travel has appeared in a number of the X-Men comic books, so it was an obvious choice.

The featurette includes a fun moment when McAvoy – the younger version of Stewart’s Professor X – geeks out on the commanding presence of Captain Picard the original Charles Xavier. According to Singer, despite having played the role in First Class, this film finds McAvoy coming into his own:

For the younger cast, it wasn’t until they walked onto the blue hallway. Standing next to Hugh Jackman in full Wolverine make-up, James McAvoy said to me: “Wow, now I feel like I’m really in an X-Men movie.”

While there’s a lot on the line with DoFP, this project also seems like a passion project for Singer, who said: “For me, it’s sort of a personal opportunity to reach into the past myself, reunite with old friends.”

While the DoFP trailers have been suitably epic, we haven’t seen too much in the way of standalone clips, which could help zero in on specific aspects of the film’s time-travel plot and members of the film’s massive cast. Well, we’re getting one this Sunday, April 13th, which will premiere during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Conan O’Brien.

Here is a teaser:

This footage stars Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, with the tag at the end featuring the metallic snikt! of Wolverine’s claws… despite the fact that he’s got his bone claws here and has apparently been stripped of his adamantium at this point.

While we haven’t really learned much we didn’t already know, there appears to be an attempt to center some of the attention on the characters of Professor X, Magneto and Mystique by providing a glimpse at the shapeshifter in action as well as hinting that the conflict between the three of them may have been affected in unexpected ways by Wolverine’s timeline-jumping consciousness. Expect even more material along these lines as the release date approaches.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will open in 2D and 3D theaters on May 23, 2014.

Source: Fox & MTV