‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Footage Offers Most Epic Tease

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X Men Days of Future Past Posters X Men: Days of Future Past Footage Offers Most Epic Tease

Twentieth Century Fox was the last film studio to announce what features they’d be showcasing at Comic-Con 2013, aiming to keep one of them a surprise until the very last minute. We knew officially as the event began that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Wolverine would be a part of their panel presentation but with a third “surprise” panel to follow.

For comic book movie fans, this could only mean one thing, and when we saw a propaganda setup outside celebrating the 50th anniversary of Trask Industries’ Sentinel Mark I, we knew for certain that X-Men: Days of Future Past was going to be unveiled for the very first time.

When it came time for the Fox panel to begin in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday, the Apes cast and director Matt Reeves quickly introduced their film, characters and a teaser, followed by The Wolverine director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman showing more footage of The Wolverine. After talking for a few minutes, Jackman said that he hoped Fox wouldn’t be upset if he talked about another “small” movie he’s working on with Bryan Singer, and then, it began.

As the hall of 6000+ screaming fans settled, Singer wasted no time in debuting the first ever look at the next X-Men team-up film, Days of Future Past and after nearly the entire cast took to the stage, we watched it again. Here’s how it played out:

Dramatic music plays as we see Patrick Stewart’s eye with a voiceover from Ian McKellen asking the older Xavier, as if in a therapy session and just discovered he’s still alive,

“What’s the last thing you remember?”

Shots of mutants from the future, including Halle Barry’s Storm and Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde. All of them have new, very comic book-like costumes, unlike anything we’ve seen before in the series. Future Wolverine, when not in uniform, has a little grey hair on his sideburns, and some sort of metal cage-esque armor on his center torso and going up one of his arms, as if they’re making him look like a live-action version of Cable.

Stewart’s Xavier voiceover:

“I had a glimpse into the past”

More quick shots of characters, including a few of them gathering in ruins, with battle-worn, armored costumes. There’s a shot of Iceman walking with McKellan’s Magneto (who doesn’t use a helmet in the future) as if he’s Magnet’s right-hand. It looks as if they’re gathering for some important mission to save the world with Xavier giving the mutant team-up orders.

Stewart’s Xavier, seemingly to Wolverine:

“You will have to do for me what I once did for you”


“You’ll need me as well…

side-by-side to end this war…

before it ever begins”

Old Wolverine is being prepped to travel back in time (into the mind of his younger ’70s self?) and persuade Xavier & Magneto in the ’70s to re-team to save the future. We see shots of some new characters, including Warpath and Blink who look just as they do in the books. We also see a very brief shot of Omar Sy as Bishop, with a large costume, red cloak on his upper body armor, long dreaded hair and red eyes.

Jackman’s older Wolverine:

“So, I wake up in my younger body and then what?”

The following dialogue is a voiceover with a sizzle reel of shots of the ’70s, including one of Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask. We see Fassbender’s Magneto alongside two thugs, all three pointing their guns at someone and shooting. Another shot sees Wolverine, shirtless getting riddled with bullets so we can assume this is where Wolverine first meets ’70s Erik Lensherr and attempt to recruit him.


“Find me. Convince me of all of this.


“It’s good to get the two of us.”


“And where do I find you?”


“A different path, a darker path.”


“Logan, I was a very different man…

Lead me.

Guide me.

Be patient with me.”


“Patience isn’t my strong suit.”

Now the flashes of clips from future and past are more action oriented). We see Warpath with two blades, Colossus, Mystique in the ’70s walk away from a military cargo plane disguised in her human form, Beast attacking Magneto, Magneto dragging Mystique along the ground, etc.

McAvoy, rocking a beard, and long hair (and probably a lot of drugs) shouting, emotional and out of control:

“I don’t want your suffering!

“I don’t want [pause] your future!”

Stewart’s Xavier to younger self, calmly:


We see Stewart and McAvoy face-to-face but it’s through Wolverine’s mind since we see McAvoy put his hands on Wolverine’s head in a previous shot to determine if he’s telling the truth about the ruined world.

…We need you to hope again.”

[Title Card]

  • There were no shots of Sentinels, but we did see Peter Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask hosting some sort of council meeting.
  • No shots of Lucas Till’s Havok or the rumored return of James Marsden’s Cyclops.
  • Nothing on Cable, but Wolverine might be used as a form of Ultimate Cable since it is he going back to the ’70s.
  • No shots of Quicksilver but Bryan Singer mentioned that he’s going to wear a ’70s style costume, possibly confirming that Quicksilver may not be alive in the future…
  • Omar Sy said he’s from the future and just trying to survive. We don’t know if that means he’s from an even more distant future or not. We also aren’t clear on the time travel mechanics.

The footage was cut as the most epic tease of all teases, and is likely very out of order and probably intentionally misleading in at least a few bits, but we get the sense that while future Xavier/Magneto are working together to save mutantkind and the world. The shooting style and aesthetic, at least from the cut we saw, make the future and ’70s time periods very distinct. The backdrops of the darker, but more colorful future looked fake – especially the sky shots – but there’s still a month of filming left to go and they’ve only begun the special effects process.

Needless to say, the ambitious project is delivering on the mutants and spectacle. We’ll have to wait and see how it fares on the story and character front.

Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman,  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. James Marsden may be involved if witness reports are true.

The Wolverine releases July 26th, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. Am I the only one that thinks that facemash of Fassbender and Ian McKellan looks just like Grand Moff Tarkin?

    • Oh he does… I was trying to think “who does that look like?”

      • good to know. I thought it was just me haha

  2. So another wolverine centered x men movie. Meh

    • Exact same thing I was thinking.

  3. The X-men comics always had the most ruthless villains, and the bravest writers.

    Unless you were there at the comics stand in the early/mid 80′s, no one will ever truly understand how red wedding level crazy it was when people opened up x-factor… and Apocalypse was invading new york with his four horseman… and death was…


    angel had his wings amputated and comitted suicide. wtf! how could it be warren?

    it was… he was an angel of death and the first incarnation of archangel. It was truly a wtf moment in marvel comics history. Thats the kind of moment the films need.

  4. Sounds amazing. I get chills from reading about it. I’ll be seeing Wolverine tonight and am as excited for the post-credit scene previewing this as anything else.

  5. if you hate on wolverine your life sucks

    • Haha. That is the greatest comment I’ve seen for a while. Sums it up. Just bc Wolverine is in every comic and on every X movie doesn’t mean that he now sucks. It’s all supply & demand.

  6. SO what is the despription of a big tease it isnt mentioned!

  7. Another Wolverine and his X-Men minions movie. Truly wish they’d read the comics and write an actual X-Men movie…

    • They do and they have.

      • +100

  8. I read the description, and all I can say is- WOW.
    I mean of course I am feeding it with my own imagination of what I would like to see but the description sounds good.

    I am glad they are at least keeping the basis of Wolverine’s mental state back in time. I am glad to hear about battle worn armor being worn with mutants everywhere. The distinction of future and past is going to be interesting visually to see how it culminates. It is interesting not much is told from Kitty Pride which was stated to have a part in sending Logan back.

    With the film seeking to correct mistakes in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I am kind of worried that it may build some new continuity issues with The Wolverine which takes place after The Last Stand.

    I hope Cyclops makes a return in an epic way.
    With Quicksilver said to be 70s style and not present in the future, is he still going to be Magneto’s son? I hope so, otherwise your wasting an opportunity that you have that is advantageous over Marvel Studios.
    Hope they do Bishop justice here.

    I cannot wait to see any footage to better evaluate

  9. Hopefully at the end of the movie we see Cable coming back in time to tell the X-Men that they f***ed up and made the future worse. Bring the story to Apocalypse!

  10. I thought we’re going to see the footage when I check out this news.
    Oh, and this movie will either please or displease fans, considering it will try to forget yet include X3 as part of their continuity.
    And for people who whine and complaint about Agent Coulson ‘brought back to life’, I wonder why they don’t do the same about Prof X returning considering he was obliterated into DUST in X3.

    • Here’s part of why I think people are fine with bringing Patrick Stewart back as Prof X and have a bit of an issue with the idea of Coulson returning
      (although I’m waiting to see ‘how’ he is brought back before making my mind up on the matter, after all this is a comic book universe, but resurrections must be earned and justified)

      Prof X should not have died in X3 or at the very least he did not ‘need’ to die – so people don’t mind seeing that wrong righted
      And it makes people think that other wrongs from X3 can also be sorted (Cyclops? Jean?)

      Coulsons ‘death’ was sold to us by Whedon as a necessary price to get the Avengers to work together as a team (‘they needed the push’, it was also rammed home that it was significant to the individual characters ‘his name was phil’, Thor screaming, Fury showing the cards to Cap, also Stark and Cap talking in the Hulk chamber afterwards)
      So changing that makes the impact of Coulson dying less (kinda ruins the scene as well)

      With the Avengers the why behind the team coming together is now based on a lie
      before Coulsons resurrection announcement the Avengers had ‘truly’ come together as a team
      now they were played/duped/pawns/fools (its all less heroic) they were used basically

      However it is still not clear how marvel plans to justify Coulson not being dead, shall have to watch Agents of SHIELD for that, so it will hopefully be worth waiting until more information surfaces

    • Because Prof X didn’t die. Watch the after credits scene from X3.

  11. No Gambit. His character was bang on in Wolverine: Origins, but the movie was so badly received overall, they are distancing themselves from everything in that movie as much as possible, except Jackman and possibly Ryan Reynolds if they ever get off their asses and make a real Deadpool movie. Even young William Stryker has been recast as a different actor, so I don’t think we’ll see any of the mutants from origins except the major players show up here.

  12. Can anyone who actually saw the footage can tell me if future Wolverine showed his adamantium claws? (got I little worried about it after the end of The Wolverine)

  13. Unless something changes in Days of Future Past, he doesn’t have the adamantium claws anymore. Maybe someone could find a way to duplicate the molecular structure of the adamantium and get it to grow over his claws. idk.

    • Magneto?