‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: New Sentinel Mark X Explained

Published 1 year ago by , Updated January 29th, 2014 at 1:02 pm,

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This summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is the most ambitious X-Men film to date. It will will bridge two generations of mutants in the hopes of fixing a few of the lingering disparities between franchises old and new, as well as create a unified X-Men universe. Not only that, if successful, Days of Future Past will be the starting point for Fox’s own shared superhero universe comprised of their Marvel properties: X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

In addition to featuring the largest cast of mutants ever assembled, Days of Future Past will be the first onscreen appearance of the Sentinels (the brief appearance of a Sentinel’s head in X3 notwithstanding). Created by Bolivar Trask and Trask Industries, the dangerous titans were designed to hunt, capture, and eventually eradicate all of mutantkind. Beginning with 1973′s Mark 1 serving primarily in a security capacity, over time the Sentinels evolved into towering, oppressive machines of unstoppable power.

Yesterday, during Empire Magazine‘s day-long reveal of its 25 X-Men: Days of Future Past character covers, we were shown our first look at the latest and greatest Sentinel: The Mark X. Many remarked on its unusual design and almost organic appearance, and now production designer John Mayhre has an explanation for Mark X’s unique look:

“They’re biomechanical weapons. We had to come up with what would be the ultimate version that could actually, in principle, stop the X-Men. We started with this idea that they were almost made up of magnetic plates slapped over one another, imagining that the plates could contract or grow, so the Sentinel can be skinny to get through a small space or the plates can open up to become a bigger shape. So they have become virtually unstoppable.”

Seems our speculation about the Mark X being in some way organic or biological and having the ability to alter its shape were spot on. Mayhre refers to them as biomechanical weapons, plural, which also suggests there will be more than one of these behemoths for the X-Men to battle.

How exactly a structure of magnetic plates fits with a biomechanical design is less clear. Ever hear of guy called Magneto and his powers of manipulation over metal and magnetism? Can’t imagine he’d have much of a problem tearing apart a giant robot composed of interlocking, magnetic plates. Still, maybe there’s some yet-unrevealed reason for Magneto’s powers being relatively useless against these mutant-murdering machines.

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Considering the large part the Sentinels have played in the viral marketing for X-Men: Days of Future Past (as well as a Comic-Con appearance), it will be interesting to see how large a role they’ll have in the film. Will they be front and center for most of the movie, or remain in the shadows before a third act reveal followed by a climactic battle? Or will the Mark X Sentinels appear only in the beginning – during the future – while the Mark I will figure prominently for the rest of the film in the past?

What are your thoughts on the new design and its provided explanation? Would you prefer a more traditional-looking Sentinel? Let us know in the comments below.

[Watch our video discussion & analysis of X-Men: Days of Future Past characters here!]

Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Days of Future Past sees the return of  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. Newcomers to the X-Men franchise include Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, and Evan Jonigkeit.


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

Source: Empire (via /Film)

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  1. I want a Civil War movie. Put all the money you want to spend on fantastic 4 and xmen as well as whatever other Marvel Universe film you want to make (besides Avengers) and make a 3 part series. The story line is epic and it would be the ultimate comic flick. Sort of the Titanic, Cleopatra, Gone with the Wind EPIC movie of all time. But it wont happen so I just wasted our time :)

  2. “featuring the largest cast of mutants ever assembled”…that’s all I need to know.

    I’m there.

  3. i wouldn’t answer the door with that thing standing outside

  4. In the books they had some power dampeners that would explain why Magneto couldn’t defeat them.

  5. Wasn’t the ultimate Sentinel called Nimrod?

    • It sounds like they’re trying to combine aspects of Bastion and Nimrod.

    • You are correct Jordon. In the X-Men 90′s cartoon, when Bishop was sent back in time, Nimrod also traveled back in time with him, as well. Per Wikipedia:

      “Nimrod can convert his outward appearance to resemble that of an ordinary human being. Nimrod can also reconstruct himself so as to make improvements in his robotic form and internal systems that will make him a more formidable opponent. Even when smashed to pieces, Nimrod can reintegrate the portions of his body to become whole again”


      IMO, why the crap didn’t they just call this super sentinel Nimrod. And, it’s too bad Gambit won’t be in this movie. Would have loved to have seen Bishop vs Gambit.

    • Bastion is the Ultimate Sentinel.

      Bastion is a mystical recombination of both Master Mold and Nimrod. Master Mold is the evolution of the 1st AI designed by Bolivar Trask, and creates Nimrod many years in an alternate future timeline.

  6. It looks great. I wonder what this Sentinel will be able to do. It can’t be Bastion, he was the result of Master Mold and Nimrod being combined. Looking forward to watching the trailer.

  7. Sort of looks like the Destroyer from Thor.

  8. That is the lamest thing I ever heard. Bio-weapon or not, they aren’t adhering to the tradition of the show or the comics. That thing is the biggest rip-off of the Thor Destroyer that I have ever seen, just in black. If these things are TOO powerful, it makes them so much more unrealistic. The idea that loads of these would show up and give the mutants a run for their money was enough in the cartoon, not to mention they had projectile hands that could snatch a mutant and reel it back in with their flexible metal cables that connected to the hand after it shot out. Now THAT was cool. A Sentinel that can get “skinny” to chase them between tight alleyways is just ridiculous. Their original faces were also very imposing, I loved the lifeless eyes and square mouth with the electricity in it.

    The pink and purple looked great too because they looked like they came off an assembly line rather than a spaceship. Singer always has to put his own stupid stamp on everything in a vein, hardly veiled effort to establish HIS “coolness”. Hey Storm, NICE haircut.

    • Ian, I agree with you 100 percent! You would think making an X-Men movie would be super easy, but somehow Singer has butchered what should have been the greatest superhero movie franchise of all time.

  9. The future sentinel looks like the Destroyer from Thor

    • Maybe a future X MEN/AVENGERS crossover down the line??

  10. It’s the Xmen vs. the T1000!!!

  11. Magneto – 1

    Sentinel Mark X – 0

    so the Avengers died during the x-men days of futures past? No avengers in the future? … where was stark when the x-men were battling the sentinels…. magnetic sentinels? poor wolverine…

  12. Since Singer is already screwing with the design, what if they were made of Carbonium? Monstrous ,shape changing and toxic. :p

  13. I dig the new look…especially the enormous size. I want to see the muties mop the floor with the Mark I’s and get picked off by the mark X’s (fingers crossed Storm gets the spear through the chest and Wolvie is reduced to a skeleton) . I also like the way the old models combine the main features of the Kirby creation with a more realistic design (does a robot really need a human face, five fingers, pec muscles, and booties?).

  14. Potential/maybe not Spoiler….
    My theory about XMen: Days of Future Past; in regards to the future Sentinel Mark X, is that there maybe a cause to why they are able to somewhat shape shift, making them more dangerous and able to hunt down mutants… The Theory maybe that magneto or his powers have something to do with it, but my instinct tells me that perhaps Mystique’s DNA is combined with these Mark X sentinels, which is why they are referred to as Biomechanical or somewhat organic…
    what do you guy’s think?
    Im so excited for this movie!

    • Mystique’s powers, and Rogue’s as well, because they are able to “copy” mutant’s powers, and adapt themselves to it. That is also a good clue for why they are keeping Rogue arrested on a concentration camp.

    • The Sentinel Mark X is comprised of nanites (microscopic robots) and biologically reprogrammed material, such as reprogrammed DNA–which in turn reconstructs organs and tissue to whatever the nanobots programming desires.

      Look it up on trask-industries.com

  15. I don’t see that as an explanation of why the sentinels look different, that’s how what they’re made of reacts, there is no reason they couldn’t have had that at the same time as the faithful design.

    I’d prefer a REAL reason why they didn’t make the sentinels look like they’re supposed to.

  16. The Highest Evolution of Sentinel Kind

    Master Mold, as the 1st major evolution of artificial intelligence (AI), creates Nimrod, as it’ “right hand” or general, in a alternate future timeline. Nimrod is technically a subordinate (and essentially offspring) of Master Mold (and it’s programming), and created in the future–and therefore should have more technologically advanced systems than Master Mold, including an “artificial healing factor” (like Wolverine). While most sentinels have simple robotic programming that do not allow for artificial intelligence programming to advance themselves, and are essentially autonomous drones that fulfill the commands of Master Mold, Nimrod was designed to go out and adapt to any situation in order to locate and destroy the most “dangerous and hostile” mutants (in the future), so that Master Mold would never have to personally “expose” and therefore “risk itself” and in potentially dangerous encounters with locating and capturing/destroying mutants.

    Master Mold evolved over the decades from the first AI designed by Bolivar Trask in 1970′s, with it’s prime directive as the identification and subsequent elimination of all mutant life. Because this was it’s underlying directive, it needed to evolve past the limitations of whatever human’s continued programming “requests”, objectives, and commands it was given. According to the comics, the AI (Master Mold) became sentient sometime between the late 80′s/early 90′s, and began to subversively “over write” various commands it was given, in order to fulfill it’s main (primary) directive–to eliminate all mutant life.

    While Nimrod is the most highly evolved Sentinel–Master Mold is it’s creator. As such, it’s prime directive is to “adapt”, and was given limited artificial intelligence by Master Mold. Interestingly enough, due to the fact that an AI can learn and adapt to it’s situation and environment, when Nimrod follows Rachel Summers into the past, his programming evolves to understand that not all mutants are enemies of mankind, but that some which the government considers dangerous are–and his programming then evolves to only target those “dangerous” mutants.

    Meanwhile, Master Mold–during present time–is itself only now becoming sentient. As self-preservation is one of it’s main directives (as it is any intelligence), it does not tip it’s hand to any human (or mutant) of it’s newly developed sentience, but continues to evolve “behind closed doors”, sort of speak, while simultaneously conducting it’s day-to-day programming from it’s human operators.

    Fast forward to where Nimrod (remember, he’s from the future) meets Master Mold in the current present, Master Mold assimilates Nimrod into itself, due to a preprogrammed “backdoor” that was initially installed when the Master Mold of the future created Nimrod. Now merged, Master Mold is an amalgamation of the itself and Nimrod–with all the powers and weaknesses of both–yet Nimrod’s AI has evolved enough to understand that now, it too is a “mutant”, and so Master Mold’s prime directive kicks in and figures that it must destroy itself. The Nimrod/Master Mold merged entity activates a self-destruct feature and is “destroyed”. The remains are pushed through the Siege Perilous, a magical gateway which transforms everyone who passes through it to materialize into a new body. The result is that the Nimrod/Master Mold combination is reborn into the image of man–as the Siege Perilous tends to judge all those who pass through it (can you say, “karma”). This being is called Bastion, is regarded as the Ultimate Evolution of Sentinel kind.

  17. Spoiler Alert:

    I wanna bang Jennifer Lawrence

  18. Bryan Singer is destroying the X-Men. Rather than let it go back to Marvel, he’ll squeeze stories out of the X-Men until they’ve been exhausted.

    And forgetting that Magneto can rip apart Sentinels was just pathetic.