20th Century Fox has been having a field day with hyping the second full-length trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past (to mention nothing of the movie’s marketing bonanza). This X-Men film installment puts director Bryan Singer (X-Men 1 & 2) back in the helmer’s chair, for a time-travel adventure based on Chris Claremont’s acclaimed comic storyline – one which has been refashioned to bring the present-day X-Men trilogy and X-Men: First Class casts together in the same film.

One preview for the second Days of Future Past trailer was posted a few weeks ago through the film’s official Instagram account , but now a second teaser has also been unveiled – exactly one week ahead of the new full-length theatrical promo‘s online debut. There’s nothing in the way of previously-unseen material featured here; it’s the layout and presentation that distinguishes this X-Men teaser from its predecessors.

It’s possible that there’s some thinning of the herds throughout this X-Men installment, in part due to the sheer number of mutants that will be around in Singer’s new comic book adaptation at the onset (the head count includes a mighty 25 “main” characters at some point).

Since the film takes place in a dystopian future where super-powered individuals are dropping like flies (due to them being killed by giant robots known as Sentinels), chances are good that a few fan-favorites and/or cool-looking newcomers will perish onscreen – even if their deaths are not permanent, thanks to Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) messing around with history.

Check out the latest Days of Future Past teaser:

The X-Men are joined here by Bolivar Trask: founder of the Sentinel program, who is brought to life by Game of Thrones‘ beloved Peter Dinklage. He may sport a mustache that is worthy of being twirled, but Dinklage insists that Trask isn’t some nefarious mutant-hater; on the contrary, he understands the X-Men and their plight better than most, having long been prejudiced against by society himself. Fingers crossed, we’ll get to glimpse both Trask at work and his giant mutant-hunting machines in action in the upcoming trailer.

One additional thing worth noting – Halle Berry as Storm (also featured here) is rumored to have had her screen time in Days of Future Past chopped down, though we’re already gotten conflicting reports on that matter. Either way, it’s best to keep in mind: given the huge character count, it’s inevitable that certain mutants aren’t going to be in the film as much as their most dedicated of fans would like them to be.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in U.S. theaters on May 23rd, 2014.

Source: 20th Century Fox