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.

X Men Days of Future Past Art Daniel Govar 570x398 Mark Millar Teases Sentinels in X Men: Days of Future Past

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.

X men vs Sentinels by psdguy 570x380 Mark Millar Teases Sentinels in X Men: Days of Future Past

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 hope they do a good job on the Sentinels, one of my favorite Marvel creations.

  2. This makes me happy.

  3. Excellent. Hopefully Millar’s involvement really fixes up the continuity problems and gives us a great X-Men story, which i know he can do.

    Still upset that First Class was more a coming of age Mystique story than Xavier/Magneto one. Should of saved the break up for the second film. It made their friendship more of a two-week summer romance instead of what is normally presented. I see no reason why Magneto wouldn’t just kill Xavier if he really got in his way.

    • I agree. The animated 90′s series did a better job on that front imo.

      • @11235813 (aka Sambo), +11,235,813

    • I’m surprised by your take on this. To me, Mystique wasn’t anywhere close to being the focus of the film.

      • Mystique has the biggest character arc. Xavier and Magneto were presented but the film was shot heavily from Mystique’s point of view, with her being the catalyst for each to express their views on how mutants should live. The biggest moment of the film is when Mystique chooses to side with Magneto.

    • it was the beginning, they had great respect to each other. i think that was a reason.

  4. Awesome finally sentinels and the days of future past storyline, I’m predicting epic battle sequences.

  5. This sounds great. Hopefully they include an Age of Apocalypse like future and have Cable travel back in time instead of Kitty swapping minds with her future self.
    And PLEASE recast Storm!

    • Yes please. I’d prefer her cast ‘matriarchal’ over ‘sexpot’.

    • I hope they recast all of the original X-Men.

  6. Good. We don’t have any sci-fi type comic book movies.

    Fox better not f*** it up.

  7. yes, i like the giant sentinels. and by the way don´t you screenranters also think that up next year the aera of giant-monsters,-robots,-godzilla- and other giant creatures ,that´s cool.

    • I believe this comes out in 2014, but yes, I love giant monsters and robots!! :-) Can’t wait!

  8. thank you -mark millar-, and sorry that i didn´t liked your works some years ago. his comics -superior- and -nemesis- have opened my eyes,great comic books.

  9. Sounds like it could be epic.

    • It does sound that way. We can only hope that they do it right. Don’t really want to see any of the original cast back except Jackman and maybe McKellen and Stewart.

      • yes. we want grammar back as beast.

  10. about time we got the sentinels! now if only we could work mister sinister into this franchise

    • Hell yea!!

  11. Super excited. Fastball Special style :D

  12. Don’t screw up, don’t screw up,please don’t be like Last Stand.

    • I think I’m one of the few people who think X-Men 3 wasn’t that bad…

      • I didn’t think it was that bad either, so there are at least 2 of us…lol

        • Cool, maybe we should start a club. ;)

          • I’ll join!

            • I thought it was OK, too. Just call me ‘Shameless’. :P

  13. Of course they will have Sentinels, ya’ Nimrod! :-D

    Avengers really shook up the comic book movie world. Looks like everyone wants to do a shared universe movie. I hope this really works because Days of Future Past is one of the great X-Men stories.

    • BAHAAHHAA Nimrod… I see what you did there. I say kudos my good man. :)

  14. Mastermold should of been the focus in the 2nd X-Men movie and not stupid a** Weapon X (Wolverine lead). They could of even used the same “United” title in that and it would of been more fitting.

  15. Hmm.. Sentinels in an Xmen/Fantastic Four universe… I wonder if they will ever explain why another supersized big bad shares the same color scheme as the Sentinels, though good ole Galactus does have a better hat… Lets hope they don’t try to link them together somehow.. such as Galactus being a super-advanced Sentinel from the future, who has gained vast powers by absorbing other planets and traveled back in time to end the mutant threat before it really gets going… only with help of the F4 and various versions of themselves, can the Xmen stop it…
    Lets hope they come up with something better….

    • I hope the people at fox don’t frequent screenrant because that sounds exactly like something they would do. Remember deadpool in Wolverine.

    • @rukos, You know that’s Foxes style. You know that’s what will happen. Next thing, Super Skrull is a human who was given powers by Weapon X.

      @DmaC, Took the words right out of my mouth.

    • We can work spidey into this by making the sentinels Oscorp tech, stolen from the Baxter Building… splash some accents of green on the purple, there we go… Goblactus Sentinels… The Green Goblin as the Herald, he already has a vehicle (make it an Astro-Glider, Hasbro would love it)…
      Add some conflict by making Harry a mutant and Norman has to choose between saving his son or allowing the sentinels to destroy the mutants…
      lets hope Fox/Sony isn’t reading this…

      • are you the new master of ´sarcasm ´.

      • @rukos, You know, that just might work. This might be Fox’s big “ambitious” plan. You forgot that Galactus is apart of the space pirate crew known as the Starjammers and he is Corsair’s right hand man. Also, Cable’s grandson is Corsair and Corsair is uncle to Scott and 2nd uncle to Alex. Better yet, Corsair won’t be related to any of them.

        • Then Galactus falls in love with Storm…

          • They give birth to Amahl Farouk, also known as the “Shadow King”

      • the interesting thing about your comment is, while there is no way in HELL Marvel/Disney would strike a deal on a shared universe, there is nothing to say that Sony and FOX couldn’t. So having Spidey in an X-Men movie is not out of the question (and I’m actually surprised they haven’t made the deal already)

  16. Could we some how get a Spidey in this?

    • SM is owned by Sony, x-men by fox. So unfortunately no…

  17. Starting to wonder if it’d be better for them to make this a 2 parter to cope with the epic scope that this plot seems to need to truly work.

  18. we need some more colossus and bring back angel or bring him back as archangel so we can get a apocolypse story line

    • +9000000000000000000

    • I want to see Apocalypse because he is one of my all time favorite Marvel villains BUT I don’t want to see him done by FOX because they will most likely ruin him like they have twisted and distorted most of the other characters.

  19. First class was quite possibly the worst adaption of a comic book ever, and yes Mark Miller was involved with it. I don’t see the sequel being any better, in fact, if the law of sequels holds true, it will be worse.

    • why was it so terrible jeff?

      • @jint476, I agree with Jeff in that it was a horrible adaption. 1st Class should of been with the original 5 (Scott, Jean, Hank, Warren, and Bobby) and a total reboot. Instead, the made Alex the older brother, Emma Frost had her diamond skin way to early, etc. etc. you can write an 10 page paper on how much they f***ed up.

        • It could have been a lot better. I would have replaced Sebastian Shaw with Mr Sinister sense it makes much more sense for him to want to mess with mutant DNA. And i would of had used obsucre mutants and had the entire First Class die sacrificing themselves. And really bring out grey area that Xavier often works in. Plus, i would of made the focal point Xavier/Magneto’s relationship, not the coming of age/mutant story Mystique brought.

          • For Mister Sinister, they’d also have to change out Alex for Scott. Not like Scott wasn’t apart of the original 1st class or anything.

        • When will people ever learn that the movie FC was the first class of the movie universe, not the adaption of the comic book first class?!

          • They shouldn’t have used the name if they weren’t gonna do it right. It was a cop out to use different characters just because they didn’t want to make it a “reboot” of things, which made them feel like they couldn’t use characters that were “tied-up” in the previous movies…Which made things suck!!

            Actually other than that I liked FC alot personally. By comparison.

          • You could have fooled me, well actually they did, until the official movie synopsis came out, what with the First Class comic cover page splashed all over the net prior to..

            It was a shameless money grab attempt on Fox’s part trying to bank on the First Class comic title. They could’ve named the movie anything; X-Men: The Hidden Year would’ve been a far more appropriate title. Now news outlets are reporting Days of Future Past will fix continuity errors!?. Well if First Class was so great why don’t they just continue on in a linear way from it instead of trying to fix errors? According to First Class movie fans there are NO errors! So who’s right?

            Look it don’t matter it’s just a comic book movie…

            • @the old man. ‘bank on the first class comic title’. Oh, you mean the regular top 10, multi-eisner award winning massive sales success story x-men first class, beloved both by comics fans and the general public. I remember vividly how they were just going to call the film x-men origins but the millions of x-men FC fans started a petition stating they’d only come out for a film based on first class.
              It’s such a shame that only massive sales of the comic can drive people into theatres. I read a comic called watchmen last week. It was really under the radar, didn’t win any awards and you can only find it in comic shops, but they made a movie of it that you might have seen?

              Now THAT’S sarcasm

              • None of that was the point Mark. The point was the content on the front of the First Class comic! A return to the basics. What we got was what Fox thought the basics were…

                • @oldman. I think I understand your point. Why do people personify 20th century fox constantly, like it’s some kind of demon existing only to make bad movie decisions. Jane Goldman wrote the script on a quick turnaround with some input from Matthew vaughn and Bryan singer, they’re the creatives responsible for what you were unhappy with. I think they did a mostly fantastic job. Unfortunately your point about ‘going back to basics’ is moot. I’m a life-long comics reader but I understand that the majority of people who saw first class would not be able to name the 5 original x-men. Most would say wolverine was one of them or begin naming the starting line up of the 90′s cartoon. First class is a completely appropriate title and doesn’t mis-represent the movie in any way shape or form. I’d love a film based on the original five but I’m old enough and ugly enough to understand the movie business doesn’t exist to satisfy people like me, the overwhelming fanboy minority. I was more than happy with FC btw

                  • They (FOX) made sure it got in theaters with their name on it. They secured and hold the franchise rights. I don’t blame the engineers that make a lousy product that gets out the door of the factory I blame the factory and its controlling management who let it out the door. I guess the basics was such an irrelevant point they hired a script doctor for this next one because more ex-Marvel employees deserve to be in the movie business? You tell me since you know, why exactly did ‘X-Men: First Class’ under perform in such a way that now the DOFP series is being called upon to fix anything?? Why don’t they just continue their Movie version of First Class in a linear fashion story wise? DOFP has no business being a sequel to a version of First Class if their isn’t a problem.

                    I understand and respect you like the First Class movie but to me it smacks of bait and switch. You ever get caught in that kind of a purchasing dilemma? It’s not pleasant. You like it that’s fine, many do, others don’t. I’m glad I didn’t spend 19 to 30 dollars seeing it at the theater.

                    • So you’re basically saying you agree with me yeah?

    • How was 1st Class a bad adaption when it wasn’t an adaption at all? And btw, Millar had nothing to do with it.

      • wasn’t an adaptation but borrowed the title? why?

    • DC fanboy trying to get something started

    • Mark Millar wasn’t involved at all nor was it based on any existing storyline. What are you talking about?

    • I feel the same way as Jeff. Now I am to believe that there is going to be some logical way to “bridge” FC and the other X movies in a way that will somehow make sense? They have cherry-picked and modified so many aspects of so many characters, it is practically impossible to make ANY future X movies and not have them be a jumbled mess like a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle in marinara sauce.

      What year will it be? The gap in movie timelines is already extreme enough to count out many FC characters as capable of being active heroes come the year 2000, unless they intend to show two separate timelines in the script itself (which is only going to make it all that much more convoluted and confusing, ESPECIALLY to non comic fans). Havok is in FC before Cyclops has been born? FC was a big “X-Men What If,” nothing more.

      To top it off, the actors that have already been in most of the X movies will have to share camera time instead of using the regular formula of Jackman and “whoever else wants to be in the background.” Afterall, it was that frame of thought that turned X3 into what it was. God forbid, Halle play Storm again, she’ll go ballistic without her face in a shot.

      The original story for this premise when Wolverine was fried to his adamantium bones by a sentinel was tremendous for me and I still have that picture embedded in my mind to this day – I have zero faith that FOX can pull anything remotely like those stories…

    • Just to bring this back around…Jeff is correct imho and it was one of THE worst adaptions of the X-Men universe because they distorted, corrupted and perverted so much of the source material to get their plot to work with the original Singer version.

      That being said, if you were a layman who knew little to nothing about the X-Men, it was a pretty good show. So it was an atrocity to anyone in “the know” but for the general movie going audience it was a pretty good movie.

  20. He uses the word ambitious for this movie, which it is. Depending on how Wolverine does at the box office the funding for this might be the deciding factor in what actually ends up on screen.

    • They start filming DOFP in the spring I believe and will likely close to being done by the time Wolverine comes out. It’ll have a $160-200mil budget; more than first class

  21. I honestly believe they will succeed in making this awesome

  22. excited for this – i hope in some way this erases the part of the 2nd and 3rd films and recreates that story line. now only if it could erase brett ratners contract to direct.

  23. Are you her pimp or what? Go spam another site, d***head.

  24. They could recast Colossus, I really want him in this movie. To see Piotr really cut loose on a sentinel would be epic. And preferably his larger version, post mutant massacre, when he got much bigger, and permanently “stuck” in metal form.

    It’d also be awesome to throw cable in the mix, but very difficult to do a proper cable, what with the screwed up continuity between Cable’s uncle alex being old enough to be his grandfather, and his daddy, Scott incinerated by Phoenix in the x-3 mess. I don’t know how they pull off cable with that mess.

  25. Fox will mess this up BIG TIME!!!!!! Remember Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Galactus was a BIG STUPID CLOUD!!!! The Sentinel in the X-men 3 movie was just a head being ripe off by Wolverine and that was it. What a waste of a time. FOX has a strong track record of mess up all of the Marvel properties they bring to screen. Sorry Fox, but I am not going to waste my money and time with any of your Marvel Movie projects. FOX GET OUT OF THE MARVEL MOVIE BUSINESS AND RETURN THESE GREAT PROPERTIES TO A COMPANY THAT KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. HELL YEAH!!!!! Sentinels. The only other tcharacters im really looking forward too seeing right now are Beak,Sinister,Apocalypse,Husk,Chamber,Glob Herman,and of course all the other characters like Collossus,Gambit,Nightcrawler,archangel,Rogue,Iceman,(etc).I love X-men Movie news.

    • Not sure what they’re going to do about Gambit. I’m only interested if he has the Cajun accent.

      • All I know is, they best not let Taylor Kitsch anywhere near this movie.

      • Ah yes, one of the MANY facepalm worthy moments from Wolverine.

    • Are you going to post that list over and over again every time a new X-Men movie is announced? You annoyed the crap out of us before FC was released, would you please just cut it?

      • Yes he is going to post this list again, as are the other people who seem to post the same list….

  27. I’m not one that cares if the story is followed straight from comics so none of the time line problems bother me one bit. They have made their own movie universe that works fine. I thought first class was the best xmen so far so I’m pumped for this.

  28. Already, I can’t stand the Terminator comparison as this was written & released before the first Terminator film!

  29. Gotta see Sentinels! And LOTS of Cyclops, who is after all the field team leader! Seeing Cable and Bishop would be OK, and maybe a little more Havok, Banshee, and Kitty Pryde. Don’t need to be drowned in this being the Wolverine and magneto Show, tho. They have been OK to a point, but they have been way over-used to the detriment of all the other characters. First Class was not very good at all, nor was X-Men #3, but #1 & #2 were OK. Perhaps this next installment will rectify a few things and help the series to redeem itself.