6 ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Featurettes Reveal New Footage and Details

Published 4 months ago by , Updated April 3rd, 2014 at 2:50 pm,

If you’ve been listening to the Screen Rant Underground Podcast of late, then you know we’re in Bryan Singer’s corner, when it comes to the director pulling off his latest, biggest, and by far most ambitious X-Men project yet, X-Men: Days of Future Past: the (potentially) most expensive superhero blockbuster ever assembled, which blends the casts of the previous X-Men movies (as well as their subtext about prejudice in society) with elements of the futuristic dystopia, time-travel, and historical thriller sub-genres.

Problem is, while other Marvel superhero films of 2014 have pulled us in by teasing splashy new visions of established properties (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Amazing Spider-Man 2) or gonzo worlds and characters that are new to the screen (Guardians of the Galaxy), the next X-Men installment has us most intrigued to learn more about the story – not so much its expanded cinematic scope or world, per se. (The improvements in mutant power special effects have impressed, though.)

For better or worse, that outlook towards the film doesn’t change so much after watching the half-dozen Days of Future Past featurettes and set videos that have been made available online for viewing. These clips were unlocked from the film’s official site by fans (hat tip to CBM), as part of a marketing tie-in strategy with Pringles. The first of these featurettes (see above) reaffirms that in Simon Kinberg’s Days of Future Past script, it’s Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) who sends “future” Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to the 1970s – unlike in John Byrne and Chris Claremont’s source comic book mini-series, where it was Kitty who jumped back in history.

However, in addition we also get more details on the intricacies of time-travel in the X-Men universe, revealing that certain key aspects of the series mythos – such as Logan’s healing abilities being the reason he can withstand the wear and tear of time-travel – have been smartly incorporated into the proceedings. Similarly, having strain on Kitty to keep Wolvie so far back in time, on top of the danger that Sentinels will find and/or kill the remaining future X-Men before Logan completes his task in the past, sounds like a logical move story-wise, as it adds even more tension to the situation (and raises even more questions about what could happen, should Wolvie be successful in his quest).

The three videos posted above, however, aren’t so insightful; they’s pretty straight-forward set tour videos, with Singer leading the cameraman around the interior of the underground X-Men facilities and Cerebro in the film’s past setting, then to examine the finer details of the production design for Xavier’s mansion in the second clip, and finally to glimpse at the abandoned monastery where, in the future, the surviving X-Men make their last stand (pun intended).

Nonetheless, these featurettes aren’t too long and are worth a look – if only for the sight of Jackman dressed up in his full Wolverine getup, chatting on his cellphone.

Lastly, the two videos above offer the customary interviews with Singer talking up how Days of Future Past offers a fresh X-Men movie experience, through its time period-hopping storyline and the visual tweaks (redesigned costumes, grander sets, etc.) made by his trusted production team and behind the scenes collaborators. In addition, here we also get cast members praising Singer for being the filmmaker to kickoff the modern renaissance in the superhero movie genre, with X-Men back in 2000.

On the whole, though, these video (arguably) leave the same impression as previously-released Days of Future Past footage; the film looks to offer a healthy amount of bang for your buck, yet it’s really the latest story detail revelations and hints at developments to come that truly get you excited to learn about (and see) more of the film. Fingers crossed, we hope the most innovative spectacle in this X-Men installment is simply being held back for the actual movie, where it can be unveiled in all its full, 3D glory.

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Bryan Singer is directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, with a cast that include franchise newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, and Evan Jonigkeit, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.

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

Source: CBM

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  1. Funny. In the original story it was Kitty who was sent back not the one sending people back in time. My hopes are still high that this turns out to be a good one.

    • Well, you can’t really send Kitty back in time because she wouldn’t have even been born during that time period, so they couldn’t possibly send her mind back. At least they’re still connecting her to the time travel aspect.

      • I was just stating how it was done in the original story that’s all. At the time she was the youngest on the team and her mind hadn’t been trained to fight off psychic attacks. It was Rachel (I believe. The daughter of Scott & Jean) who sent her back in time.

    • It makes more sense that Wolverine goes back for the movie version. This movie looks like its gonna kick major butt.

    • lol, are you just realizing this now??

  2. I’m hoping the time travel method is due to smart time travel rules. For example, you avoid much of the time travel paradox by sending Wolverine back into his own body. This is also a good rule to keep the time travel very restricted to specific circumstances.

    • There´s actually rules for all that time travelling. The future is only changed when (or if) the mind of the time traveller gets back into it´s original body. That´s why I think, there´s more than just one guy (Wolverine) travelling back.

  3. Singer has stated that he talked with James Cameron on how to handle time travel and that he used Terminator and Back to the Future as influences for time travel.

  4. …..When did Kitty develop the ability to send people back in time a year…I mean…how do you even discover you have this ability?

    The walking through thing is obvious….was she sitting around one day playing monopoly with Storm and said…you know…I can phase through walls…I wonder if I can also send you back in time to Africa?

    And Storm responds…lets totally do this…I could make the Shadow King so confused!

    I am scared to even listen to the rest of the featurettes. :(

    • I am sure they will explain this. She obviously sent someone back before, possibly Bishop.

    • My guess on how she got the ability to do that is the same way (Perhaps a less invasive version) Wade Wilson got all the powers in XMO:W, Weapon X took that power from a mutant, like they did Wolverine and stored it, Xmen get in the top secret facility before it can be destroyed take it and they have been on the run since. The sentinels view them as a real threat because of it, and since that day Kitty has been trying to perfect it and bring Logan far enough into the past.

      And why Kitty? Same blood type? Power compatible? She volunteered? I have no idea. Just a guess…

      • My guess is way more simpler: secondary mutation. Or the combination of different powers.

        • Secondary mutation is not true to the source material… And the combination of powers is what he said about the Weapon X.

          Gotta stay close (moderation is key) to the source material, unless it is about mutant TURTLES and/or giant robots (sentinels/Transformers). If it is about any of those, just do whatever makes you happy, for me, it is blowing things up and getting paid to do it. I have a pretty awesome life.

          I can’t wait to see this movie on Netflix… :D

    • How does Scarlet Witch discover she can warp reality? This is a movie about super powers, it would be pretty lame if the best powers were just never discovered!

      • I am sure the Scarlet Witch discovers she can warp reality the same way Kitty discovers phasing. It just happened one day when she waved her hands…the reality warp thing is an active power.

        The sending people backward in time, appears on the clips to be a passive power. In that someone has to lay down on the table…and she has to put her hands on there temples and concetrate really hard and focus and wait for it to happen.

        I am sure her phrasing ability showed up like in the comics was where she got upset and wanted to run away she turned intangible and fell through a chair. Easily discovered mutation.

        Unless she walked up to someone one day, slapped someone across the face and they suddenly disappeared I don’t get how it happened.

        Besides it seems like she is not sending the entire body back in time. So I don’t really get how she assumes its time transference vs coma inducing. I mean the mind went back in time…what about that jumped out at her as time travel if they are just mentally….gone?

  5. Its the explanation I am scared of. LOL. More unnecessary changes for the sake of changes so that they can capitalize on some Australian dude with a six pack…I miss Claremont and Byrne.

  6. How come when we talk about comic book films opening the door Blade gets no love.. grossed over 130mil and spawned 2 sequels… but no one trys to remember Trinity…

    • ….or Dr. Strange, Condorman, Howard the Duck, Swamp Thing, Rocketeer, Meteor Man or the Shadow. :o

    • @theseRnotTheDroidsUrLookin4

      Absolutely spot on.

      It was Blade in 1998 that brought the comic book genre back from the abysmal and shameful state left by Batman and Robin.

      Stylish, bold and exciting, it gave the genre major respectability again. It also showed how these properties could be more grounded in reality and still stay faithful to the source. X-Men & Spiderman probably wouldn’t have been made were it not for Blade’s success.

      • I believe that between Blade, Spiderman and Xmen people the hero genre was getting the jumpstart it needed to get rolling, but it wasn’t until Ironman and Dark Knight came out in the same year that both critics and audiences began looking at the genre as not just popcorn movies but films with some level of class and fine art.

    • Because Blade wasn’t seen by enough people to be considered a blockbuster, therefor no studios took note of it as a possible genre to make huge movie franchises out of. Also, the Blade movies kinda sucked.

  7. All I can say is that this film has the potential to be a great one. Let’s hope it delivers. Looking forward to the premiere.

  8. All I see is “Sorry this video does not exist”

    so…great article I guess…

    • Me too. And its like that for me on every website reporting on these videos.

      • My apologies. I found different versions of those videos, to replace the others.

  9. Just kill off this sorry excuse for Storm, & I’m good. I also love how nobody has any faith in Affleck as Batman because of Daredevil, even though the crappy movie wasn’t his fault, but have so much faith in Bryan Singer, after ruining Superman Returns lol. I do admit, this movie does look good though.

    • You don’t blame Affleck for DD but you blame Halley Berry for the Storm Singer adapted for his movie. Storm was just as much not Berry’s fault as it wasn’t Affleck’s fault. Singer did not make his adaptation of Storm worthy, valuable, or interesting. You act as if it was her idea to get treated like a punching bag or deliver horrible lines.

    • she did not write her own lines,now,did she? pick someone else to hate on

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  11. For me, the X-Men Universe is the overall BEST universe. While the big kids were collecting Iron Man comic books, I had a huge art book for the X-Men along with every issue. A while back, I had all 500 deluxe issues of Uncanny X-Men and all 50 super deluxe issues of The Wolverine. I also had all the trading cards.

    I couldn’t get enough of the X-Men and today I consider these high collectors items. What’s interesting is I think I know where the script is going for Days of Future Past and Singer’s next movie, X-Men Apocalypse.

    I think he’s actually going to do most of the story arc for Age of Apocalypse, borrowing the plot elements straight out of the X-Men Legends video game. Now remember, X-Men Legends came out for the Playstation 2 and the Xbox about 9 years ago. However the voice over fornd for Rogue, the voice overick Stewart!!! And for Rogue, the voice over is Anna Paquin. Also James Marsden is Cyclops.

    And of course there is some voice work of Hugh Jackman in X-Men Legends 2, as well. So what I think Bryan Singer is going to do, is he’s going to rip the storyline straight out of X-Men Legends 2 and put his own spin on how Apocalypse kidnaps Angel and forces Sinister to reprogram Beast. Also, I think he’s going to have the Morlocks in the movie as well as Sugar Man being forced to guard Apocalypse’s prison called Holding Pens. I think a lot of the movie will take place in New York.

    How I get this premise, is Beast in the X-Men Legends video game is voiced by Kelsey Grammar and basically he is wearing his First Class outfit from X-Men first class. IF X-Men Apocalypse takes place in the 80s and then jumps ahead, that would put it in the exact timeline that X-Men Legends 2 takes place…

    Could Bryan Singer have been foreshadowing his future movie, with the cinematics that were done so brilliantly in X-Men Legends 2? I really do believe this! Play the game, then you tell me.

  12. Is that Ellen Page’s actual voice?

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