First Look At The Giant-Sized Sentinel Mark X in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Published 5 months ago by , Updated January 29th, 2014 at 1:03 pm,

First Look At Future Sentinel X Men Days of Future Past First Look At The Giant Sized Sentinel Mark X in X Men: Days of Future Past

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A decade ago, when moviegoers were jumping back and forth between X-Men, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four films – before Marvel Studios even existed as a self-financed production house – Marvel Comics fans were eagerly awaiting the chance to see the towering Sentinel robots from the X-Men books appear on screen. These lethal, mechanical beasts are a nightmare for mutantkind, designed with the sole purpose of tracking, capturing and/or killing mutants globally – they are the frightening symbol of anti-mutant hysteria.

Since anti-mutant sentiment has been a running theme through the entirety of the X-Men film franchise, it’s shocking that it’s taken seven movies to finally see them in action on screen – not counting the Danger Room cameo of a Sentinel’s busted head appearing in the intro of X-Men: The Last Stand. The X-Men were training to battle Sentinels in this summer we’re finally going to see that training pay off.

When X-Men: Days of Future Past made a buzzworthy appearance at Comic-Con last summer, with Twentieth Century Fox and director Bryan Singer bringing the film’s entire cast onstage together, they teased the big show with clever viral marketing with a display honoring Bolivar Trask (creator of the Sentinels) along with some fake protesters. Whether you’re pro-mutant or anti-mutant, it was hard to avoid the Sentinel head on display. It was the head of the first Sentinel units put into the field, beginning in 1973 – Mark I units that stand two to three times taller than an average person. These units even served on President Richard Nixon’s protective detail.

In the 40 years since, many advancements have been made by their creators at Trask Industries and in the near future the massive Mark Xs have scoured the planet, hunting the last surviving mutants. It’s been a long wait, but the Mark X design has finally been revealed as part of Empire Magazine’s exclusive set of 25 X-Men: Days of Future Past character covers.

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It’s very alien in nature, almost organic-like in its design – as if it can change shape and size. Could it be leading to a possible introduction of Nimrod, the more advanced futuristic Sentinel created by Sentinels? Is this one of many or one-of-a-kind?

What are your thoughts on Singer’s take on the iconic Sentinel design and how does it compare to the Sentinels frequently seen in the comics and cartoons?

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More: Why Does Wolverine Time-Travel?

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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, 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 hits theaters May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015X-Men: Apocalypse releases May 27, 2016 release.

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  1. You know singer wasnt responsible for the last stand or origins. Try pointing the finger at the donners. Who also was responsible for superman 3 and 4 which were terrible. Took a long time to forgive the nuclear man villan they had in 4. Even lethal weapon 3 & 4 were bad. Singer actually put life back into the franchise. I’m excited for this movie but will be disappointed if they do not show apocalypse in his true form. If they present him the same way they did galactus in ff4 I will be pretty upset.

    • I uploaded a picture about a X-Men comic I bought and how they show Apocalypse in human form(and there explain that Deadpool saved him when apocalypse was a child) and I wrote I hope that the form they show there (human form) I would love to see it in the movies and hope they dont use the ugly form, and the official page of X men movies put a like in my picture, I really hope they use that form

  2. Looks an awful lot like the destroyer armor and a lot like the robot from the day the earth stood still. There is very little imagination in the overall look of that sentinal, i wonder how it works and functions on film, sentinals are basically the terminators of the x-men universe, they are designed to kill or capture, the tone of those robots should mirror the 1st and 2nd terminator films.

    • The entire time I was looking at it I thought it looked like the one in Thor, that Loki sends to kill him. Not very different besides color, and texture. I’m not really to impressed with this design, but the entire script of the movie, and overall hype, I gotta say I’m pretty excited. I just think we need to seriously move away from Wolverine movies…There are more X-Men PPL!!!!

    • +1 to you. I kept looking at it wondering why it looked familiar.

      This what you would get if Thor’s Destroyer and Gort from the 2008 version had a baby.

  3. I wonder if they fly and/or have repulsor ray like powers?

    • The original Sentinels from 1973 fly, so it would stand to reason that the futuristic ones would be able to as well. It will be interesting to see.

  4. God that is so freaking lame. The 70′s ones look like pieces of art next to this thing. They at least got the color and eyes right. No square mouth on either, which is pretty freaking iconic. Bryan Singer is an idiot when it comes to design. It’s always got to be sleek and black for christ’s sake. There is no honoring of tradition or what has come before him. Always has to put HIS stamp on everything, no matter how vile it looks. PS nice haircut Storm! (sarcasm…)

  5. God that is so freaking lame. The 70′s ones look like pieces of art next to this thing. They at least got the color and eyes right. No square mouth on either, which is pretty d @ mn iconic. Bryan Singer is an i d i o t when it comes to design. It’s always got to be sleek and black for christ’s sake. There is no honoring of tradition or what has come before him. Always has to put HIS stamp on everything, no matter how vile it looks. PS nice haircut Storm! (sarcasm…)

  6. Some of the uniforms are alright, some are dorky. I really love Future Magneto’s suit though.

  7. I like it. It looks heaps better than Nimrod in the comics.

    The scales look a bit like Mystique’s scales when using her power.

  8. There is an article on another that claims to have “spoilers” on the DOFP script. According to them, toward the end of DOFP the timeline fractures. The result is that X1, X2, X3, Origins & Wolverine remain part of the original timeline and First Class is part of the alternate timeline. In fact, at one point, according to the article, Xavier comments that he can still feel the other.
    U may have to put on ur thinkin cap cuz it sounds complex but I’m beginning to think that they may have resolved all the issues. Time will tell.

    • Oh boy…(cue the complaints…as well as mine)

      So wolverine goes back into his body to times of First Class to fix problems and then at the end of DOFP the timeline fractures into the story of First Class which already exists…

      Also, all this will do is make us “pretend” that the rest of the movies don’t exist so we forget about the continuity problems between all of them. It still does fix the problems between them all.

      Alas, I will give the movie the benefit of the doubt and will hope for the best. Maybe they will find a way to explain how Cyke and Havok were separated as children across time too! That is why Havok is in the past and Cyke is in the future. AND maybe they will bring back, or at least allude to, Cyke’s return.

  9. I think that the quote on quote “Future” Sentinel really is Nimrod. Think about it, Nimrod from the comics, is indeed a descendent of the original Sentinels, and on the cover it shows that this Sentinel is of the “Future”. So it is entirely possible that the film has both the Original Sentinels and Nimrod (Although due to how films work, Nimrod most likely won’t be called ‘Nimrod’, and will just be called a Sentinel by the characters)

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