Mark Millar Teases Sentinels in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 9th, 2012 at 8:30 am,

X Men Schism Sentinels Mark Millar Teases Sentinels in X Men: Days of Future Past

Fox’s decision to hire Mark Millar as a creative consultant on their Marvel properties is a win-win for the studio and fans. For the business side of things, he’ll get to work with talent including Bryan Singer, Matthew Vaughn, James Mangold and Josh Trank to create a cohesive universe shared by the X-Men and the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four.

For the fans however, Millar will happily and openly talk about things the studio may not want him talking about just yet. First he hinted at a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover down the line, and now, he’s teasing what moviegoers will see in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Director James Mangold is currently shooting The Wolverine with star Hugh Jackman, and as we speak, Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn are putting together the screenplay for the series’ next installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which aims to redefine, and potentially relaunch the franchise.

When Bryan Singer confirmed the rumors that X-Men: First Class 2 would be indeed be based on Days of Future Past, he guardedly admitted that it would ambitiously tap into the much larger X-Men universe and blow it up, so to speak, in order to compete with the larger-scale events and crossovers we’re seeing from Marvel Studios with The Avengers and the six confirmed followup films.

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In chatting with SFX magazine, Millar – who’s spending a lot of time on the set of Kick-Ass 2 – briefly discussed Matthew Vaughn’s plans for the next X-Men movie which begins shooting early next year.

“Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

He described Days of Future Past as “X-Men meets The Terminator,” and continued, saying that for fans of the books, it’s “no spoiler” to reveal that the First Class sequel will explore an apocalyptic future.

“You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film… Cost-wise it’s going to go up, and ambitious-wise it’s gone up. But Vaughn can handle it. Vaughn made Kick-Ass for $28 million.”

Our own Kofi Outlaw described the future depicted in the Days of Future Past storyline as something out of the Terminator universe and it’s appropriate that Millar does the same. For fans who’ve waited years for it to happen (and we’re not counting that tease in the beginning of X-Men 3), we’re finally going to see Sentinels grace the screen.

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For those unfamiliar with the mechanical beasts, Sentinels are giant anti-mutant killing machines. They range in size and there have been plenty of iterations of them through the years in the books, games and even the cartoons, but they’re typically purplish in color, humanoid in shape, and stand several stories tall.

If Fox, Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn ever wanted to up the action ante and deliver what would one of the most ambitious action set pieces seen in a comic book movie, having the X-Men (the original trilogy’s team and that of the First Class quasi-prequel) face off against an army of Sentinels would be the way to do it. Maybe Hugh Jackman can fight one solo and it’ll look like this.

And how cool would it be to see the time-travelling soldiers Cable and Bishop join the fray?

Matthew Vaughn Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jason Flemyng, who could be joined by the return of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore. Stay tuned!

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


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Source: SFX (via Digital Spy)

Sentinels art by psdguy.

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  1. I’m getting sick of the whole mutant registration crap. I was sick of it in the 80s when I read comics. They need to move on to different story arcs instead of always going back to that and the sentinals constantly.

    I hate how the movies made wolverine out to be some kind of leader when its cyclops who calls the shots. Wolverine comes and goes as he pleases and usually acts like he doesn’t care most of the time. They need to make him more like that.

    • thankyou!!!

  2. I just hope there isn’t an over saturation of characters. It does seem like they might take the Star Trek route and reset timelines with the time travel stuff. As long as X3 can be removed from our minds, I’m game.

  3. I loved seeing the Sentinels in the 90′s X-Men animated series, especially the show’s Days Of Future Past episodes. If the X-Men turn them into scrap in the film, i hope to see them again in another film with Master Mold. Then again a cameo or mention would be nice as a set up. Not to mention Nimrod being used. The Sentinels in X-Men Evolution were pretty good, sure were more lethal. Stephen Lang for Cable & Michael Jai White would be my choice as Bishop.

  4. FOX should be sued for malpractice the way they totally mishandled the Scott Summers character “Cyclops”. They made him so wimpy and unlikable.

    • What, because cyclops is a super charismatic guy in the comics yeah? The whole point of cyclops is that he’s a reluctant leader who’s completely repressed and buttoned down. I think marsden pretty much nailed him.

      • His point is, the character is a big part of the comic book universe but the movies did not do him justice at all. This has been reiterated by multiple sources both movie and comic over the years so it has a lot of validity.

    • I totally agree. Cyclops was my favorite superhero growing up. I can’t believe how bad they made him look in the movies. Wimpy, not much of a leader and no real presence in the films. And having Phoenix kill him, whats that all about, she loved him and he was the only one that could calm her down and bring back Jean Grey. Cyclops and his relationship with Jean should have been a focal point in the series. No offense to Hugh, he did an outstanding job as Wolverine, but the screen time should have been shared between the two and Cyclops should have been a much stronger character and leader.

      • Cyclops was always a favorite of mine too. I think they might of needed someone who looks more gaunt, pale, stoic.

        But how do we know Phoenix killed him in X3? Maybe she cured him of his powers and changed his memory to give him a normal life. Just saying, it wouldn’t be an unusual script rewrite to include Cyclops however they wanted.

  5. For me it’s too little too late. We have been ASKING for Sentinels for 10 years now and NOW they are considering it? They should have been in the very first movie or at latest the second so using them in some horrid sounding time travel mash-up is giving us what we wanted too long ago.

    If you want to use them, the franchise should be rebooted CORRECTLY and then introduce them is say the second film after the original (and again correct) team has been established.

    • The Sentinels were always just background props to me in the comics that were used by other antagonists as a tool. At this point in the movie series unless they are going to give them some decent explanation and purpose, they are just going to be special effect set-pieces like most of the flesh and blood bad-guys.

      That could work for them since like I said before, the villains mostly have been voiceless drones in these movies. But unless they do a quality job with the special effects for the giant robots, it’s going to look terrible on the screen. Considering all they have shown of these things is one severed head in X-3, I would be weary of asking them to do multiple robots for a movie. I could see them just going the Nimrod route to save money and hassles.

      • Actually if I remember correctly, the sentinels are how Wolverine meets Jubilee. He saves her from them when they attack her neighborhood.

  6. Man, this is gonna suck.

  7. Interesting we never really got to see the sentinels in an x-men movie before, I wouldn’t count the last stand. I think sentinels would really piss magneto off and it’d be hard for Xavier to still want to help the humans when they’re after him and the other mutants. This could be interesting

  8. If there is no Katheryn Pryde then there is no Days of Future Past. Am I the only comic reader from the late 80′s who thinks she is cool?

  9. Marvel films all have the same problem I think (yes all of them) in that most of the storylines we’ve come to know and love from the comics need way too much exposition and backstory to work. I’ve become a massive fan of Marvel and as much as I like the comics, the films need to take their own direction.

    Why do we want a panel for panel print of what happened in the comics? Surely it’d be better if it’s something new, somebody else putting forward their own interpretation of what they think would happen. I’m excited Fox has someone actually pitching the idea of adding Sentinels to the movie (Weird since I’d swear those things always caused more damage)

  10. theyre screwing up the new X-Men Days of Future Past already it seems… they bring in Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Iceman, Beast, Professor X and Magneto, Bishop, Quicksilver and Mystique… However Gambit, Cyclops, Colossus, Jean Grey/Phoenix, Archangel Jubilee, Juggernaut, Sabretooth and Nightcrawler are nowhere to be found in the lineup? Why is Bishop even in the lineup.. having him without Cable is bullcrap and doesn’t even make sense considering they didn’t come into play until LONG into the comic series. Screw these poor renditions of comic books they call movies.

    I swear if Rogue flies in this movie without us seeing her kissing Gambit and permanently absorbing his “psy” powers I am going to be pissed. But how could that be if Gambit isn’t in it.

    I am tired of them dismissing the comic book origin of these X-Men movies. They don’t seem to care about the costumes ( I want original true to the comic costumes, not black leather clad bullcrap), character base or anything. It’s about only what they want to do and what they want to see on the screen, not us the consumer and fanbase. These movies are like the Resident Evil series in which they are making another travesty set to release in 2014 in the lineup of already garbage productions.

    • what happened to the evil scott that returns from the dead after being killed by phoenix. The red suited evil Cyclops. I honestly would rather see these movies done in CGI like Final Fantasy – Advent Children. Use voice actors but actually be able to perfect the environment, characters, powers, moves and costumes…

  11. i think they will do a great job with the film. the comic book series handled the ‘days of futures past” fantastically but converting that into film straight by the book would be corny. im excited to see how they tie in the firstclass characters with the original trilogy characters. just wish they didnt kill off jean and cyclops in X3.

    but heres my concern. rogue is one of my fav characters, but they cured her in X3. if theyre going for consistency then she will be powerless in this new film. but still, i hope to God she returns with powers and white streaks. (maybe theyll go by the alternate ending where she decided to keep her powers) anyone know of shell have her powers?

    • didn’t rogue get her white streaks from storm? and her flying abilities from gambit when she absorbed his psy powers.

      • and scott aka Cyclops is supposed to return as evil Cyclops with the red suit bent on vengeance after his death at lake alkalai, and shes called the phoenix for a reason she will rise from her ashes.

    • Disregard my comments. I forgot it was from Mrs Marvel of whom she absorbed her strength flight and 7th sense permanently from when Rogue was still a bad guy hanging out with Mystique and the Brotherhood of Mutants.

      From Avengers Annual number 10, released in 1981

      and incidently I remember her having the white streak in the end of the movie after contact with magneto, and Logan telling her it suited her.

      As far as her powers being lost after the injection, she regains them. the cure isn’t permanent. Just like Logans supposed cure in the upcoming Wolverine movie. Once a mutant forever a mutant.

      I want to see Nightcrawler and Archangel make a return. They were 2 of my favorites in the comics. They did a hell of a good job with Nightcrawler in X2. Why they didn’t bring him back was beyond me.

      Tidbit of fyi on a mistake they made in the movie. Hank McCoy was human in X2. Then became the Beast in X3. However in First Class after injecting himself as a teenager he became the Beast. In the first X-Men comics he was a Grown Man in Human form, not the Blue Beast. He didn’t become the “Beast” we know until much later in the comics.

  12. In my honest opinion the X-Men comics are to complex and complicated to even begin to make an accurate movie adaptation of. There was just way to much going on and to much involved. Like Avengers VS Xmen. They would have to spend the next 150 years making xmen movies just to cover all the content storyline and mutants. The Marvel Universe Is just to damn big. So no wonder we get this watered down, calamity of a clash up of movies that we got.

  13. I just got done watching all the movies back to back again and again another screw up. I love how in the beginning of the Last Stand, Charles Xavier Steps out of a car with Magneto and it says 20 years earlier… When in the First Class, both Charles and Eric were young in their late 20s early 30s maybe when Magneto caused him to get paralyzed.. So how is it he is already running the School for mutants and when Xavier first meets Jean Grey as a child he is up and walking around, then becoming paralyzed in between meeting her as a child and her dying at lake alkalai… I hate inconsistency. I really do, this is why I don’t like these movie adapatations of X-Men.