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

Published 1 year 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

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

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.

X Men Days of Future Past Empire Cover 25 Future Sentinel 570x738 First Look At The Giant Sized Sentinel Mark X in X Men: Days of Future Past

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?


More: Why Does Wolverine Time-Travel?


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. Yup. Looks evil as f#ck.

    hello nightmares.

    • Looks like Nimrod…with Bishop involved it would make sense to include Nimrod…a hunter of men…or in this case X-Men.

  2. Looks like these are going to be hard to beat. And bravo for not making it look like every other big robot out there in film, nowadays. Stoked.

  3. If the “first Sentinel units put into the field, beginning in 1973″ why did they not appear in X-men 1,2,3, of The Wolverine?

    • A wizard did it. Shut up and enjoy the movie.

        • There exploring alternate time lines, stop being arrogant and quick to judge.

        • I understand your concerns, but speaking from the point of view of the casual fan that only grew to enjoy the X-Men from the movies, and seeing the amazing growth in the fandom and attention to detail in superhero movies in general, I feel they didn’t really realize what was coming when they made the first X-men movies, and were gearing more toward general entertainment for the masses, rather than being faithful to the substantial backstory involved. I think it’s cool that they seem to be paying more attention to these details now, but I think we have to give them some slack as far as the previous movies go. They are now learning things about the history of X-Men that big fans already knew, but commoners like myself were unaware of. I feel like it is a rich world for them to work from, and I am very much looking forward to this story.

    • Alternate timeline.

      • I hope that’s not the official explanation. Events in The Wolverine make it seem that it exists in a world were the upcoming events of Future’s past and the events we saw in the X-Men Trilogy happen in the same continuity. Seems like a cop out to throw in alternate timelines. I understand that an alternate timeline has to come into play in a way to have a happy ending for the movie, but starting off with one just seems stupid.

        • +1. Multiple time lines adds more confusion.

      • What’s the alternate timeline?

        I’m sorry but I hope that isn’t official because it simply doesn’t fit.

      • I wonder if/how they chop up the existing movies into timelines. I would imagine First Class is a different timeline and maybe X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the same one? Maybe a 3rd timeline?

        The Wolverine was tied to X-Men 3 and had the button scene with boneclaws Wolverine at the airport with the Trask industries advertisements, so at this point it’s pretty convoluted if that’s the route they go.

      • You are right and I will tell you why. Fox screwed up with X3 so they had a soft reboot with XM:FC. FC was a hit in every way and Fox got some momentum back. What better way to keep that momentum than to bring that cast back. If Fox wanted the stories to be consistent they would have not done this movie AT ALL. Lol I just tried to come up with a theory on how this would work but because Fox decided to introduce the sentinels in the past instead of after the Wolverine. But Fox has to rebuild its brand in this “Age of Avengers” and go bigger and BIGGER (not better) yet also give the First Class cast as much screen time as possible because at this point they are its best bet. This is a major cluster&^#%^**$*&

    • Days of Futures Past takes place in an alternate timeline, different from the original trilogy and The Wolverine. The Wolverine movies actually take place in a completely different timeline as well, and this is gonna become evident starting with the next (3rd) Wolverine movie. It’s pretty confusing at first but it should be made clear soon.

      • The answer is simpler than that. Nothing shows The Wolverine was a different time line. If anything having Jean in the movie shows the events take place after X3. And this new movie DOFP may change the time line but that’s about it. Fox will lose their butts if it’s any more convaluted than that.

      • How does The Wolverine take place in a different timeline? Events of The Last Stand are discussed in The Wolverine and alternate timelines aren’t mentioned once during the whole extended edition. There is no evidence to what you are claiming.

      • So then where is Cyclops? he could be alive in a alternate timeline

      • How do the Wolverine movies take place in an alternate timeline if everything that happens in them connect up with events in the trilogy? I have yet to hear any of these scenarios explained by anyone connected with the films, and if it is theory they trying to push does anyone who does not follow this stuff online think casual viewers are going to put something this convoluted together or even go along with it ?

    • A L T E R N A T E
      T I M E L I N E

      • NOPE.

      • BAD

    • X3, Danger Room scene has a Sentinel.

      Original timeline, Trask builds Sentinels in 70s. Something happens which prevents them from becoming mainstream. Perhaps an accident or something which kills school children or something. Sentinels lose funding. Trask keeps working on them, popping up here and there, until time of The Wolverine when they start getting funding again. Become massive threat, start war with mutants. Forces X-Men to send Wolverine back in time to prevent Trask from getting beyond Mark I Sentinel. Also explains most of the differences between original trilogy and First Class. Differnet timelines.

      • Your explanation makes sense but those would be different time periods i.e. the 70’s; 80’s; 90’s; etc. They would have to have the same timeline or there are no stakes.

      • That sounds plausible…even a mutant that works for Trask that can whipe memories is an option. And who says that the mark 1 sentinel looks like that on the outside (i mean the first pic they showed of it not this on that they revealed). The Mark 1’s could very well be more human in look and underneath look like the pic they showed us. They have very inventive ways to make it plausible that sentinels were there in the 70’s and the reason that they are not mentioned or shown in any of the movies (not counting the cameo). I suspect Proffesor X knew about them but maybe that information is hidden in de Xavier-files. And he used their likenes in the Danger Room for the x-men to practise. Also maybe the sentinel that you see here (above) is one that can time trevel and that could axplain a lot.

    • I think “Last Stand” counts to some extent even if SR discounts it. There will be some explanation in DOTP I’m sure. My personal take is that they did in fact exist (movie reality) and for whatever reason were either mothballed or on the sidelines until the attack of Alcatraz. The Sents served as guards against hostile mutants but soon could not distinguish between good or bad mutant. They even included the non-mutants after awhile, having turned cities into rubble. “The Cure” may have served as an alternative to stop mass production, but the effect was temporary. The one person who opposed them, ironically enough was Senator Kelly who was killed in the first film :) and/or thought to be mutant himself after Magneto’s wave changed him.

      I’m willing to bet it goes something like that. There’s a lot of different possibilities. I’ll even buy a mutant from the future whose ability is to travel back and change history directly or indirectly. Come to think of it…Bishop IS in the picture, isn’t he?

    • Well we did get to see s Sentinel head come flying out of the dust during a danger room sequence. Can’t remember if that was 2 or 3.

      • Always good to houseclean. Next up: a garage-sale!

      • And I loved the sentinel design for that, even though it was just the face, it stayed true to the comics & animated series. DOFP f##ked it up.

    • My theory: This is another prequel, but in a meta way. Wolverine’s adventures in the past will make the world seen in X-Men 1-3. As for why it was mentioned in The Wolverine… I’m not sure. Perhaps Logan was from the original timeline and Xavier and Magneto jumped over to get him? idk, but I kinda hope my explanation is wrong so that Apocolypse can make some lasting changes to the franchise rather than just being another prequel.

  4. I could easily see how a dozen of them could decimate the mutant population.

  5. @Auzz i think after the events of x-men 3 the government felt the need to say f it lets kill them all cause that cure didnt work. But i love the look its scary and makes you wonder how it will interact with the mutants on screen. Thats what we need in movies something different. i remember reading that this sentinel can adapt to their powers. So if Colossus goes against it then it can change like him and basically fight him with his own powers

  6. Not what I was expecting but it looks okay. Can’t wait to see it in ACTION

  7. klaatu barada nikto

  8. also is it me or does it remind you of the Robot from the DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL remake. it was a robot but yet it wasn’t

    • Definitely reminds of that – and the thing from The World’s End

      • Sorry to try to edit you Rob. Do you mean ‘Organism-like or Organic-like’ as opposed to ‘Organize-like’? Great piece, can’t wait for the film.

      • And the future robots from “A.I.”!

      • Reminds me of the iron giant

    • It seems to me that a lot of these genre films have robots in them and they are all starting to look the same and play out the same on screen.

  9. What in the world?

  10. I’m still sort of unimpressed. This and the Past Sentinel don’t do anything for me design-wise. I guess I’ll just have to wait to see them in action.

  11. this sentinel is badass in my opinion. its like some kind of an adaptive sentinel, hell maybe he’s even made of adamantium from the look of those shells. it will be interesting how anyone from the xmen take down one of them. i imagine not even magneto-storm-bishop combined can tear this robot apart. not even shadowcat can just phase through them un-damaged. the only ones i can think of who can damage them are jean grey and cyclops. OH THEY WERE KILLED—thats so effin convenient.

  12. *sees the future Sentinel cover*

    O_O “Uhmm.. oo… okay”

    *walks away*

    It looks like one of the characters from THE LEGO Movie got stolen by FOX ;_;

  13. Has to be Nimrod? Looks insane though… Can’t wait to them in action…

    • +1 That’s exactly what I thought when it said “Future Sentinel,” I figured this is their interpretation of Nimrod.

      • The guys who wrote Cyclops into first only a small part and then killed him off are a bunch of “Nimrods”!

  14. @Auzz
    That’s basically the exact thought that has been hovering my head since… well, this movie got announced :(

    But I agree with Rob, this is definitely going to be an ‘alternate timeline’ stuff, so to those wishing that any inconsistencies in the first trilogy will be fixed, don’t get your hopes too high. And if this directly links to the next movie, that means either the first trilogy and Wolverine movies has been officially erased, or “Age of Apocalypse” is gonna happen in this alternate timeline as well. At least that’s how I see it now.

    NOTE: ScreenRant has the mutant ability to eat comments :(

    • Alternate timeline? So days of future past is basically a new start? Because Logan knows Xavier died by Jean which happened in xmen 3 also she even died and cyclops, if it was in an alternate timeline where’s cyclops and jean? They could’ve even put gambit in this one?! They messed up Stryker as well, bloody three versions of him now-_- and it seemed throughout he had no idea about the idea of sentinels so I hope you’re right about this alternate timeline because the timeline is broken too much to be fixed , I wish before the all the xmen films they sat down and discussed properly on the timeline and how they could plan out the next few films instead of throwing stupid plot holes in them!

  15. Oops sorry lol….. *See them in action

  16. I mean, it looks cool and all, but it’s not a Sentinel. It looks nothing like a Sentinel. It’s a cool design for an evil futuristic robot, but not a Sentinel. I…I just want them to put the original giant Sentinels in a movie. Is that too much to ask?

    • I agree. This design looks like it could belong in literally any sci-fi movie. Even X-Men 3 was able to establish a modern yet accurate Sentinel design. Well, an upside down Sentinel head, anyways. Overall, I’m not too disappointed though. After that Quicksilver picture the bar was lowered significantly in the character design department.

    • I googled it. Its definitely a Sentinel. No need to worry. A giant killer mutant hunting robot. of course if we disregarded every thing in the comics that differs from the original design, we wouldn’t have much, would we? Speaking of which, did you enjoy Man of Steel?

    • +1

  17. The biggest EVER superhero movie?

  18. wow… really different. it does look REALLY alien.

    i wonder if thats regeneration or if its just debris

  19. Alternate timelines… why even bother to get into any character appeal or history if anything can be made as an alternate timeline. If any of the characters get their head chopped off, who cares, it’s an alternate timeline. How can there be any suspense or peril knowing that is the case? A great comic movie should invest a viewer into the characters they made as well as being a good action movie. Don’t get me wrong, I do like “what if” type stories all the time. However, I don’t think this movie franchise is really marketing that, and nor should they. Anyway, I hope it will be such a good movie in itself that it suspends all the misaligned wibbley wobbley timey wimey stuff.

  20. Did they just rip this design off of Slender Man? That’s the first thing I thought when I saw it…

  21. The robot looks ok, but the movie will have alot of suprises and we’ll see soon. About the alternate timeline is just nonsense, these are just studios writing different stuff. DOFP has to correct alot of things.
    (For real Stryker now being played by another guy again, now he’s a younger guy in DOFP. While he was an older guy working for the CIA in First Class.

  22. Well final it looks like something x-men will actually be scared off it looks evil as hell, Wonder if its giant nimrod or mastermold 😮

  23. It kind od reminds me of the Cerebro room squares coming together to form a Nimrod looking Sentinel. I also thought Anna Paquin was not in this film, and if so why advertise her on the Empire Magazine Covers? I am liking the past looks and characters, but how old would toad be in X-men 1 if he is around twenty in the seventies? X-men 1 is in 2000, so Toad was fifty? This Fox time line and continuity make me want to just walk away from these films.

  24. This sentinel looks like a thousand of my worst nightmares can’t wait to see what it can do.

  25. Great Odin’s beard! Is that a new Destroyer?! Lol

    I’d rather have traditional sentinels and actually bring Nimrod into future story lines. But would an actual Nimrod be considered too “Ultron-ish” by comparison? I could see casual fans making that criticism.

  26. My guess is Trask built the earlier Sentinel models but they were decommissioned before they went into mass production. Something happens that alters the timeline (Magneto assassinating JFK is one possiblity) resulting in anti-mutant sentiment reaching an all time high. Fast forward to the events of The Wolverine and the Sentinels are brought back which would explain their appearence in DOFP. Also, it’s possible Xavier procured an old Sentinel which would explain why one appeared in the Danger Room in X3.

  27. to be honest i think they look like crap those sentinels dont even know why they still try to make an x men movie they should have rebooted it a long time ago new story new everything instead of trying to correct their mistakes with timetraveling