At Comic-Con last month, Fox showed off an impressive first look at the Sentinels to be featured in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now, with the viral marketing campaign for the movie in full swing, we’re getting another interesting look at Bolivar Trask’s giant robotic assassins.

In the comics, the Sentinels were some of the greatest threats to ever face the X-Men and they should pose a major challenge for the team in the new film. In this latest piece of viral marketing, we get to see a little bit of what makes them so deadly.

Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration. However, the Sentinel blueprint (shared via the X-Men Movies Twitter account) is pretty cool. Check it out below:

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As Screen Rant’s Rob Keyes explained in a recent post exploring the Trask Industries website, X-Men: Days of Future Past takes place in two timelines, both of which feature Sentinels prominently.

Pretending we’re in the year 2023, it’s now 50 years after Trask Industries released the first Sentinels. It’s that era where the ‘past’ part of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ takes place (with James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, etc.) and it’s the 2023 (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Halle Berry, etc.) era where the other part of the story occurs.

It’s clear that something terrible relating to mutants occurred in the ’60s which changed the mindset of the world’s governments, so much so that they accept lethal robotic centurions as a normal element of emergency response.

There’s no doubt that Bryan Singer and his team are taking on a major challenge in creating a connected universe from all of the existing X-Men movies, but using the Sentinels as a main threat is one very smart way to do it.

How different would the world look if Sentinels were there to stop the events of the first X-Men films? It’s an interesting thought exercise and one that could lead to a compelling movie (assuming audiences are able to keep all of the characters and past movies straight in their heads).

What do you think about having the Sentinels in X-Men: Days of Future Past?

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on May 23rd, 2014.

Source: X-Men Movies Twitter