‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Viral Site: Learn About Sentinels & Trask

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

At Comic-Con International 2013, Twentieth Century Fox brought attendees their first taste at the future (and past) of their most ambitious Marvel move to date, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Along with earning big buzz from debuting the first Days of Future Past footage on stage, with the help of the film’s vast star-studded cast, the studio did a little public viral marketing by having an anniversary showcase outside the convention center.

On display across the street from the main building Fox had the head of a Sentinel robot on display, with employees of Trask Industries handing out anti-mutant propaganda posters.

Trask Industries – in the fiction of the X-Men film universe – is a massive international corporation founded by Bolivar Trask (played by Peter Dinklage in the film) and a leader in genetics and technology, specializing in “advancing human progress” and protecting humanity against the “mutant threat.” Their website www.trask-industries.com has launched in full and features a plethora of interesting lore and imagery from the timeline explored in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Just remember, if you’re reading that site, you’re in the year 2023 – the approximate time the film may take place, according to director Bryan Singer.

Pretending we’re in the year 2023, it’s now 50 years after Trask Industries released the first Sentinels. It’s that era where the ‘past’ part of X-Men: Days of Future Past takes place (with James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, etc.) and it’s the 2023 (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Halle Berry, etc.) era where the other part of the story occurs. The imagery on the site tells an interesting, albeit different history than the one we’re used to:

A little info on Trask Industries:

As the world’s leading full-spectrum genetic security and containment company, Trask Industries continues to uncover new ways to control the mounting X-gene threat. We are proud to bring decades of experience, along with 118,000 innovative minds as we continue to secure human freedoms in every nation on Earth. Our goal is to solve tomorrow’s problems, today.

On the About page, it’s clear that something terrible relating to mutants occurred in the ’60s which changed the mindset of the world’s governments, so much so that they accept lethal robotic centurions as a normal element of emergency response.

Founded by Bolivar Trask in 1967, Trask Industries was built on the philosophy of advancing human progress through technology and genetics. Our early research led to the revolutionary development of DNA-Generated Prosthetics. Since then, Trask Industries has taken the lead in genetics-based defense technology with our Mutant Detection Device and Sentinel program. We’ve partnered with international governments to ensure that any threat to human extinction is preemptively neutralized. With Trask Industries, you can rest assured that the future of humanity is in safe hands.

Informational highlights:

  • Trask Industries was founded by Bolivar Trask in 1967.
  • The first Sentinels (Mark I model) released in 1973. A year later the government allowed them to be deployed in highly populated cities and to serve as part of the President’s security attache (beginning with Nixon).
  • Between 1973 and 1996, Trask produced 8732 Sentinel Mark Is for the governments of the United States, China, Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, France, India and the United Kingdom.
  • Production on the Mark I has shifted to the new Mark X: “These highly anticipated units will combine next-generation nanotechnology and bioweapon breakthroughs, promising an even brighter future for the human race.”
  • Trask Industries is also responsible for the development of Mutant Detection Devices (featured in all Sentinels) and Inhibitor Collars (see images below).
  • If not for the 50 years of work by Trask Industries, 50% of the world’s population would have the X-Gene and by 2030 the homo sapien species would be “eradicated.”

The Mark Is stand at 18 feet tall, feature dual “Trask 873K energy blasters” and can fly with a ceiling of 45,000 feet. Just as we suspected, that design (featured in the images below) is from the ’70s and not the potentially-even-larger Mark X units we will see fighting the future X-Men. Those newer designs may be closer to the massive machines from the comics, cartoons and teased with a head in the intro of X-Men: The Last Stand.

X Men The Last Stand Sentinel X Men: Days of Future Past Viral Site: Learn About Sentinels & Trask

Remember This? Mark X?

The most glaring highlight we can draw from this fascinating history on Trask and the research and breakthroughs his company is responsible for is that none of it has played into the film series as we know it, outside of the teaser image above of the head from X-Men 3. That leads us to believe that the events in X-Men: Days of Future Past are taking place in a different timeline, one where something changed the course of industry and changed the world to fear the mutants (even more than normal). Perhaps that alternate reality may help explain the return of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X?

Check out the site yourself at www.trask-industries.com and let us know your thoughts and theories!

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, 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. James Marsden may be involved if witness reports are true.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.

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  1. I really hope the Mark X Sentinels are purple and pink like in the comics and cartoon and feature the box mouth with electricity inside it. The red eyes and the boxed mouth are the defining features for me that I want to see in any design.

    • Electricity in the mouth? What?

    • I don’t think purple and pink will translate well to the big screen.

      • Indeed! The purple works, but…. pink? Holy destructive purism, Batman!

  2. I want to see Cyclops blast some of these Sentinels away. I cannot wait to see this.

    • +10 :D

    • Jean Grey killed Scott “Cyclops” Summers when the Dark Phoenix began to emerge upon her resurrection in the infamous X-Men: The Last Stand

      • She also killed Xavier… didn’t stop them from bringing back Stewart.

        • I don’t know if the “Stewart Xavier” physically exists. That could have been him in another body, or the younger Xavier projecting an image into Wolverine’s mind.

          But, Scott could easily be brought back. I’d write it that she cured him of his powers (or at least of his inability to control them) and erased his memory in order to give him a new life.

          Honestly, do the people who keep insisting Scott has to be dead actually believe characters are dead for good every time it happens in comics? Despite the inevitable resurrection? What did P.T. Barnum say?

  3. LOL. This looks like the promo video for Terminator 2 the ride at Universal Studios.

  4. This looks awesome. Really looking forward to X-Men: DOFP now.

    • Very good theory. If the Sentinels have already been around for 50 years, where were they when the Statue of Liberty was shooting energy waves near an international photo-op/press conference?

      Unless the program was mothballed at the time…

      • the thing is after the last stand/the wolverine movie(events) someone in the future goes back to 1967(to create trask industries).

        think linear…
        first class,(origins:wolverine)xmen,xmen2,xmen3,wolverine…

        so everything we’ve seen(all of the movies) happened as is.

        THEN someone in the future goes back to 1967 and that someone causes the timeline to change(creating Trask Industries/triggers an event) giving us the DOFP timeline.

        • ******WOLVERINE SPOILERS********SPOILER********

          I totally agree with you. Plus at the end of The Wolverine in the mid-credits scene, before everything begins to magnetize, Logan looks up at the television playing at the airport and he sees a commercial for Trask Industries, the same commercial that is on the Trask web page, and he gives a very quick confused look, then enters Magneto, proceeded by Prof. X.

          • *followed by Prof. X.

            • Thanks for pointing out a grammar error, but I am quite sure “proceeded” will work as well.

              • It doesn’t really…preceded works!

                • I get what you were trying to say, “preceded” doesn’t really work but who needs to be spot-on perfect all the time? I don’t get why people jump on the corrections so much :(

                  on another note…can’t wait to see a better pic of Prof. X in that militaristic uniform.

  5. xmen origins is prequel to the first 3 xmen movies and now its being
    set to the side if it does not exist. xmen first class is suppose to happen before wolverine origins and the first xmen movies. the wolverine happens 10 years after the last stand, LOL i tip my hat off to FOX for literally destroying this franchise with its incoherent continuity and confusion.
    what fox is doing is like me asking for a steak burrito and i get one thats
    beef,chicken,pork and fat all mixed into one and iam told its steak.

    • How is it confusing? I really don’t see it being difficult to follow. X1-X3 with an origin story for wolverine. I’m not sure they are totally ignoring Origins either. Than they made First Class which was obviously set decades before, than The Wolverine which is clearly set after X3 while leading into DOFP. I have no issues following the timeline of the movies.

  6. Easiest way to explain this is that there are two different timelines/realities. Prof X is quite apparently old and thus, he has lived through and experienced the events of this film before, albeit not in the same exact manner. This would explain the head, and I’m sure there will be a simple explanation as to how the Sentinels got to the future (the timeline we know). Meanwhile, Trask is from the First Class timeline so in order to stop all of this I’m going to assume the original trilogy X-Men go back in time.

  7. I saw The Wolverine last night. Solid installment. The after the credits scene to set up DOFP is pretty lame. I believe by the end of DOFP, future X-men movies will be of the reboot variety. Setting up Fox’s X-universe for something similar to Marvel Studio’s shared universe. I think we can thank Mark Millar for that. As a huge Xmen comic book fan, I think this is a good way to go, because the studios can now possibly follow the source material more accurately. It worked for Batman Begins and the Dark Knight and many of the Marvel movies that were good (i.e. Iron Man, Cap Amer, and Incredible Hulk).

    I also believe a lot of the movie critics and fans, who view these movies and review them are not too pleased with the current crop of Comic book films(See Man of Steel, Dark Knight Rises, and Iron Man 3, etc, etc) because the studios really jump away from the source material. These same people are most likely readers of the comics first. When the stuidos cabalize and or severely alter these movies from the source material to gain additional demographic groups to sell more tickets the movies go from possible ground breaking movies to just new movies with a few more effects, that are accompanied by crapping 3D formats. I Hope Millar understands this point.

    • How close the comics are to their movies has nothing to do with how good that movie is. X2, at least on those web scoring rating sites, is rated highly by both fans and critics, and as The Fox Haters like to point out, isn’t like any comics, with very different interpretations of the characters. If a movie is good, it’s because of writing, direction, acting etc, not how closely it resembles the source material.

  8. Trask industries letters rearranged spell Stark

    • And Bolivar… Bro Vial. It’s Stark’s brother grown in a test tube. Knew it.

      • Rusty and Jonas Venture Jr…

  9. The only way the sentinels can wipe out Mutants is to wipe out The Humans since Mutants are born from Humans. That is one thing that always got me these mutants who hate Humans have human parents? Magneto had human parents yet he all the sudden hates Humans? I hope to see the flesh this out a bit and show why he might hate humans for a real reason maybe they are shown doing something horrific to other mutants.

    • X-Gene carriers is the differentiating factor and not all X-Gene carriers exhibit mutant powers.

    • Think about all the humans that hate other humans in real life, that will really blow your mind.

    • All the humans he loves are DEAD, other humans killed them.

  10. I’ve seen a bunch of comments on other sites about “Why does that sentinel have a stupid vent in the chest?” It was sorta baffling, with all the info out there about those being Mark 1 models from the 1970s, somehow these goons couldn’t put it together that 1973 sentinels wouldn’t look fancy or modern.

    • I guess some folks would blast the fact that steam engines came before bullet trains. or that the t1000 came after the t800.

  11. I find it funny how the President Reagan swearing into office picture is listed as the 1973 president. lol sorry I couldnt help but laugh at seeing that.

    Besides that, this movie looks like its doing great cant wait to see it when it comes out.

    • OK I thought I was the only person who noticed…But maybe they’ll classify it as an alternate timeline or something.

  12. X men continuity:

    Timeline 1
    X men Origins: Wolverine
    X men
    X 2
    X men: Last Stand
    The Wolverine

    Timeline 2
    X men: First Class
    X men: Days of Future Past (merging into X men 4, characters move over but stay in this timeline).

  13. I am curious why this series has gone the route of using actual historical events as reference points to specific time periods when the first movies were purposely vague about the time period.

  14. I just finished watching the wolverine and I have to say that it sucks that the wolverine gets his claws chopped off but the ending was awesome. But how does Magnito get his powers back and jean grey killed prof X remember and I hope you guys don’t mess things up again coz I like we’re days of the future past is heading.

  15. This is looking solid so far. DOFP can definitely save what X-Men 3 did. Did not like that one so much. I am just happy that are attempting to correct the craziness of that story by incorporating the DOFP storyline into the films. I am looking forward to this.

    Is it true, that this film will set up the X-Force film? Also, will they tie in Fantastic Four at some point in any of these upcoming films to expand the universe as well?

    It would be cool. The Wolverine gave me some hope in getting things back on track.

  16. Umm magneto never lost his powers :P in the end of x3 he moves the chest piece.. Derp

  17. Peter Dinklage is such an unexpected, but inspired choice to play Trask that I can’t wait to see him in action. I loved The Wolverine and like everything that I’ve hear so far about DOFP, its exciting.

  18. ohh, of COURSE they put a Sentinel with Ronald Reagan at his inauguration.

    So sick of the whole anti-mutant thing being typified as a conservative agenda. Sentinels are now equal to conservatives, apprently. Puke.

    • Both parties have the same ultimate agenda, which is to govern the people.

  19. ******WOLVERINE SPOILERS********

    in the credits scene how does Magneto stops Wolverine if he doesn’t have adamantiun bones?