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. As excited as I am to see Bishop I feel they do it a disservice by not including Gambit as a major character since Bishop’s return to the past and accusation of Gambit murdering Prof X kinda rolls into executioners song….

    Also, I would love to see an adaption of Extinction Agenda at some point, since that was one of my all time favorite crossover series.

    And finally, why include members of X-Force without so much as even an attempt at a New Mutants franchise, especially if the X-Force thing is set to happen soon, doesn’t make much sense since X-Force’s creation came about from the New Mutants disillusion and frusteration after the events of Agenda and Cable’s introduction with a more militant take on a mutant team leading them away from Xavier’s school…

    Sigh… Nerd memories… I can at least tolerate Fox’s take on the Xmen to Michael Bay’s constant raping of my childhood (i.e. Transformers and now TMNT)

    • Starting point of criticism for me….WHERE’S CYCLOPS!?

      • Brian Singer is obviously not a fan of Cyclops.

        • Cyclops got the shaft in the first 2 X-Men movies, but I’m not sure his character would have had the same fate, had Singer stayed on for X-Men 3. If you listen to the extra commentary on the X-Men 3 dvd, Ratner outright says Cyclops isn’t that interesting of a character to him.

        • or rogue for that matter.

  2. That things is freaking scary I won’t be sleeping tonight

  3. This movie has “convoluted mess” written all over it.

    • These movies have been boring and messy since X-Men 2! If it wasn’t for Hugh Jackman these wouldn’t have succeeded.

      • Thats your subjective viewpoint, objectively, xmen 1 and xmen 2 succeeded because of a great director and great writers. If your bored of great narrative/storytelling go watch a mindless michael bay action set piece. By the way wolverine origins and the wolverine sucked.

        • How you gonna start the post with “that’s your subjective viewpoint” and then force your own opinion upon this man? Take a god damn seat, sir.

          • judging a movie by saying a single actor is great is subjective so i gave my “subjective” point of view as a retort to his own statement saying ” only because of hugh jackman”.

        • You’re trying to be funny, right? Whether or not the director and writers were great, is itself a subjective viewpoint. So is “great narrative/storytelling” and “wolverine sucked” All subjective.

          • You miss my whole point, so i’ll reiterate i don’t have a problem with subjective point of views, i hated the wolverine movies…my point of view! the xmen 1 and 2 movies were successful because they did great at the box office critics and audiences loved them, saying their great because of hugh jackman is ridiculous. Last i checked it was a team effort!

    • @ JP

      Correct, just like Batman vs. Superman; a convoluted mess.

      • I didn’t know your ugly ass saw the script already. GTFO.

        • Ssssssssssssshhh…

      • I didn’t know your uggly asss saw the script already. GTFO.

        • @ IIumiinati

          First, nice name.


          That’s part of the problem, not even WB has seen the script for that mess yet!
          btw…You spelled “ugly” right the first time, too bad you’re not smart enough to know it!!


    • have you read the comics? have you seen singer’s xmen movies? or is this all just speculation? singer has put out the best character driven xmen movies to date.

      • I have read and seen the movies..totally different vibe from comics to movies. The comics are more violent, little more blood and swearing. My ex-girl made me go watch the wolverine with her. s***, we ended up making out since it was so boring.

  4. Looks real, but as a sentinel!?!?!? Naaahhhhh…are those Gambit’s purple charged cards!? :D Ya’ know, the ones flying all over the cover. If so, he sucks at throwing.

    That thing looks more like a bunch of metal put together to make a giant Magneto Man…looks nothing like a sentinel.

  5. Black uniforms…. why not a black Sentinel also.

    • ….or a black human torch…oh wait…..

      • what you did there….LMAO @taychon

  6. X2, X3 & The Wolverine are all sequels to X1.

    First Class, DoFP and possibly Origins: Wolverine are all prequels to X1 in an alternate timeline.

    Why is this so difficult for people to grasp? It’s not convoluted at all.

    • That is not true. DOFP and First Class directly relate to each other in the same timeline. Hence why Wolverine goes back in time to First Class time.

      • Uh…Im an idiot…Totally didn’t read your post right. Sorry.

        However, wasn’t The Wolverine ending where Magneto and Prof X are picking him up which leads to the events of Days of future Past? And doesn’t that directly connect X1 – X3?

      • Lol! Yep I totally mis-read your post. Sorry dude.

    • @THGhost

      LOL, Joey obviously mis-read some of your stuff…BUT…IF you are saying that First Class and DOFP are different timeline than the other movies, then why did Magneto and Prof X come get Wolverine at the airport at the end of The Wolverine? Because, it leads into DOFP…

      Plus, it has been said by Singer that DOFP will attempt to correct some of the continuity issues of the X-Men series. Why would he say that if he felt it wasn’t convoluted and if he felt that there were 2 different time lines?

      • @Clay

        Yeah, he totally misread it. First Class and DoFP do relate to each other in the same timeline, but a different timeline to X1-3 & The Wolverine.
        I do wish Singer and co. would just forget about the continuity issues. To me, they aren’t issues. Why can’t the prequels be their own thing in a separate timeline? It’s too late to change things back now, it would just make the continuity between films even more confusing.

    • Then Wolverine was clearly attached to X3, but it had the button scene after the credits which leads into Days of Future Past. How’s that possible if it’s a different timeline?

    • How is that not convoluted?

  7. This Sentinel design looks great. It actually looks scary and like a force to be reckoned with. It doesn’t look like it’ll be easily taken down by Wolverines claws or something, so that’s a bonus to me. Not everything in the comics can be translated to the big screen exactly as it is in the comics, that’s just impossible. I think this design is very true to what a live action Sentinel would look like, even though it reminds me of The Day the Earth Stood Still robot. Plus I take that literally, The Sentinel-X. The X is probably because they incorporated mutant powers into their design, giving them an almost organic look to it. I really like this! Can’t wait for the next trailer, it’s probably going to show up during the Super Bowl.

  8. Looks kinda like the Symbiote attached itself to the destroyer armor from Thor.

  9. Sentinel skin in the pick reminds me of those bluish fluttery skin-pieces that Mystique had pass over her body in waves when she shape-shifted a couple times in earlier movies. Thius design looks scarier than the old design from the comics, although having been raised on them as a younger fellow growing up, I must admit a fondness for the robot-look as well (although these latest black stealth looks look scarier).

  10. That’s Nimrod, the ultimate Sentinel.

    • Good call…I was thinking the same thing!

      • The skin pattern looks a bit like the Phalanx, too.

    • I mentioned that as a question at the bottom – could be. Those purple lines – if they’re not lasers – might indicate there’s another in the background to the right.

  11. I am cautiously optimistic. I love the look of the Sentinels. This film is being billed as the most expensive comic book movie ever made. Superman Returns was also the most expensive comic book movie and it was boring. I still do not know what they spent 200 million on. They must of filmed all scenes on site.

  12. Is it me or that sentinel look is more suited for Amazo?

  13. I liked the bulkier look of the originals but the head is scarier here. All those little pieces on it makes me think they might be able to reassemble after being blown apart or something. Could be really tough if so.

  14. they look dope up close, further away looks like a artist rendering…now what can we do about rave boy

  15. It looks an awful lot like the Destroyer from Thor.

  16. Looks like it was built using thousands of broken and discarded Samsung smartphones. glued together.

  17. The mark X looks like some cross between Raimi black suited spiderman, Asgardian destroyer and that robot alien from The day the earth stood still

    • You left out the little blue flippy things that Mystique uses to change shape…..which I always thought was stupid.

  18. The correct usage you’re going for is “organic”, not “organic-like”. Otherwise, a decent article.

  19. black black black black black black black black black black black black black

  20. Looks like the destroyer from the first Thor movie. This looks horrible for a sentinel design.

  21. meh. not feeling it. Is that a new version of the Destroyer?

    • Unfortunately, I think these Sentinels look all wrong. They’re far too anthropomorphic for my taste – why would robots have sloping “shoulders” and “muscles” or a waist? While they don’t need to be exactly like the comics, Iron Man movies showed that things can look mechanical while still mimicking human appendages – and I agree with the earlier comment about “cell phone scales” – to me it’s a bit more like robot black dandruff.

      Honestly, I think of the Incredibles destruct-o-bots – there’s an destructive efficiency in those I find completely missing in these renditions. Are they trying to kill mutants, or look like them? Just my two cents…

  22. Looks an awful lot like this version of the Phalanx:

    • Good call!

    • Hmmm. Never knew about Phalanx but that does look like this sentinal. I was thinking this sentinal looks like something that could lead to the character Warlock, who I am familiar with. According to Wikipedia, there’s a connection.

      • Yep, the phalanx are basically a mutant variant of the Technarchy, in the Technarchy’s eyes they are a fluke or aberration.

  23. PLOT TWIST……..
    Venom from spiderman 3 bonds with the Asgardian Destroyer from Thor to form an organic mystic robot in the above pic

  24. This is totally Nimrod, I wonder if in the future they have a huge army of Nimrod sentinels or this is actually Nimrod and they have other basic looking sentinels. Looks very cool but I still get such a bad Fox/Singer messy X-men story telling vibe from the whole thing.

  25. From Empire site:

    As for the design of this future Sentinel, inside the magazine we have an interview with production designer John Myhre who explains their look. Here’s a little of what he had to say. “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.”

    • Okay “They’re biomechanical weapons” so I guess that answers my questions. So since they are virtually unstoppable I guess the mutants get smoked pretty bad since there are likely dozens of them that show up to fight. I am just never a big fan of how Fox changes around even the smallest parts of the cannon.

      • I don’t understand what you are talking about. The Sentinels are supposed be virtually unstoppable, that’s why they were created in the first place to hunt down mutants with all kinds of powers and abilities. That’s how they take over the world and kill most of the mutants, because they are just that powerful. and that’s what makes defeating them such a challenge. What did you think the Sentinels would be like? This design feels like a natural evolution of the 1970s version, and obviously technology and genetics have advanced, so it actually reflects that. I like this Sentinel design a lot.

        How has Fox changed canon? I get that there is a lot of continuity issues, I personally equate that to the pre-shared universe era that these movies were released in. It’s only after Avengers that any of these studios decided to go with a shared universe.

    • That is worst quote I’ve read. At least the comic/cartoon sentinels were believable. In great numbers, they were still intimidating and had those capturing hand launchers with cords attached to reel in mutants. I’d LOVE to see that exercised but like always, Singer has dove off the deep end and now it’s some magnetic manifestation of what a Sentinel SHOULD be. They should not be ALL-powerful because nothing on this world is and that’s just completely unrealistic. Not only unrealistic in the properties it apparently possesses like getting skinny, but unrealistic in it’s own power. Everything is beatable, it was the fact that they were mindless and had a single task that oriented them, capturing and destroying mutants. They look like freaking aliens! Horrible design.

  26. God I hope Keanu Reeves doesn’t show up and give that thing orders.

  27. On the cover it says “turn to page 6 for the full picture” It’s on all of the covers does that mean it includes a pull out of the covers like the Into Darkness one? I’m worried about not finding the one I want and that I’m missing out on something? Any one clear this up for me?

  28. Brian Singer is a mediocre director and his design suck ass. Look what happen to Quicksilver.

  29. I don’t really like the design of this Sentinel but whatever.

    This is kinda off topic but if I were to watch a marathon of the X-Men and the Wolverine movies, what would the order be? #1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine or X-Men: First Class then #2 X-Men 1, etc…? I know the timelines are messed up but can someone give me their opinions?

    • Just watch them in the order they were released. The timelines are so jacked up even if you did watch them in the correct timeline it wouldn’t make sense so just watch them in the order they were released.