Sentinels ‘Big Feature’ of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’; Kitty Pryde Fans Won’t Be Disappointed

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Now that X-Men: Days of Future Past is in active pre-production, we’ve enjoyed some intriguing announcements. It certainly helps that director Bryan Singer is pretty active on Twitter – offering timely casting confirmations and behind the scenes looks at the film-in-progress.

Similarly, 20th Century Fox’s Marvel Universe consultant Mark Millar has been keeping busy on the interview circuit, talking up Jeff Wadlow’s Kick Ass 2 (which is based on Millar’s comic book) as well as offering tantalizing details and reassurances about the content and direction of the shared X-Men movie universe – to be explored in The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past. This time, Millar address one of the most-anticipated X-Men movie characters set to appear in the sequel – The Sentinels.

In an interview with SFX, Millar was first asked to address the size of the ensemble cast – which is set to include characters from the 1970s First Class continuity as well as cast members from Singer’s original “modern” X-Men trilogy. Millar would not comment on a finite number of mutants in the film, but praised Singer’s ability to handle a large cast – asserting that every character set for return will be essential to the larger plot:

“It has actually been very well put together – Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn worked on it together and they are both great at what they do. Then Bryan Singer came in, and, of course, he is Mr. X-Men and he knows exactly how everything works. Just look at these first two X-Men movies: despite the huge cast of characters it all came together really well. These two movies never felt like overload and the balance was really, really good. On the other hand I thought the third film felt crowded, but then Singer is excellent at working with ensemble casts. So with this one I feel it is all fine. I have read the screenplay and it doesn’t feel rushed and it doesn’t feel like it is too many characters.

I think the best comparison I can give is to Star Trek – that is an ensemble but it never feels as if there is not enough time with any one character. Or maybe Lost – that is an ensemble but every character gets their own moment to shine. So as long as everyone is there for a reason there doesn’t need to be a problem with so many characters. This is a beautifully structured film, and it is a time travel story so the structure has to be especially strong.”

Given that the film is going to deal with different time periods, it’s easy to imagine there’d be a temptation to pull in one cameo after another – since fans will likely want to catch a glimpse of their favorite mutants (if only for a brief second). However, the Days of Future Past story is set to be an extremely complicated narrative – with multiple iterations of primary characters as well as potential to revisit (and alter) crucial moments from the first trilogy. After all, while Singer may address a few continuity errors that have built-up in the series (especially since First Class was a soft “reboot”), it’s equally important that casual moviegoers aren’t alienated if they aren’t familiar with every entry in the series. Keeping the roster of characters in check, so that less-essential players aren’t a distraction, is going to require challenging restraint.

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At this point, it’s unclear which characters will take center stage but Singer recently announced that Iceman, Kitty Pryde, and Rogue would all be returning for the sequel – in addition to prior confirmations of Wolverine and the aged versions of Professor X and Magneto. Millar didn’t comment on how much Iceman or Rogue we’ll see in the sequel but did make sure to reassure Kitty Pryde/Ellen Page fans that the character will have satisfying screen time – a detail that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with the core Days of Future Past storyline:

“As soon as I say something it will turn into a big internet story. Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed.”

Of course, just because the film will feature a lot of returning faces, that doesn’t mean that Singer doesn’t intend to deliver on long-running requests from X-Men die-hards – specifically bringing The Sentinels to the big screen (for real this time). The mutant-hunting robots were previously teased in X-Men: The Last Stand during a Danger Room simulation – as Wolverine decapitates one of the Sentinels (who was previously obscured by a smokey fog).

According to Millar, X-Men: Days of Future Past will not be as coy with The Sentinels:

“I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We’ve all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema – whereas they’re having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I’m delighted.”

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Since X-Men: The Last Stand debuted in 2006, we’ve seen some pretty impressive giant robots onscreen (Transformers and the upcoming Pacific Rim, especially), so Singer will have to find a way to up-the-ante with The Sentinels. The decapitated head in The Last Stand was pretty clunky looking, so we’re expecting a significant upgrade for The Sentinels in Days of Future Past.

As for their “big” role in the story, anyone familiar with the Days of Future Past comic book story arc knows that the Sentinels are an essential staple in the Terminator-like “future” dystopia – tracking and executing surviving mutants. In addition to their enormous three-story-tall size and numerous means of killing, the robots often travel (read: fly) in large groups – meaning that Singer is likely to give fans a truly epic X-Men versus Sentinel army fight.


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X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. “…we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema.”

    So it’ll be released in 3D then.

    • Yes, both will.

      • What’s so difficult to understand? The film will open in a concentration (just like X-Men 1) in the not too distant future where we find all the old X-Men with shaven heads and barcodes watched over by monstrous Sentinels (hopefully based on Grant Morrison’s Wild Sentinels). Xavier (Muir Island clone) and Jean Grey (Resurrected) send Ellen Page’s mind back in time to the point in time where the crap hit the fan, we then find ourselves at James McAvoy’s school where she takes over the body of (unknown) and warns them of Michael Fassbender’s planned terrorist attack on the White House. Mutant hijinx ensue.

      • Not of that has been confirmed. Sounds more like the Brits getting it wrong as useual.

    • [Rob Keyes destroyed this spam]

      • Who the frack is Earl and where do you see a post from this person? Go frell yourself troll.

    • what the heck is ten quid?? that means absolutely nothing to me!! it sounds like a strange sea monster

      • Slang term for money in the UK. Similar to American term “bucks”.

  2. Please all we ask of you is not to screw this up! PLEASE!!!

  3. So I keep hearing about continuity errors. What big continuity errors are there between the X Man Trilogy and X-Men First Class? I haven’t seen the trilogy movies recently, but nothing obvious is coming to mind.

    • I posted the following link in a prior article. A lot of people will consider these nitpicks but, since they are trying to incorporate the older films into a shared universe, it’s possible that Singer will try and iron a few of these out.

      Here are a few major highlights from an article over at critiques4geeks –

      “At the end of First Class, we see the incident that paralyzes Professor X from the waist down. Mind you, this movie takes place in the 60s. In the movie, The Last Stand, the opening scene shows Professor X walking, which is set to be 80s.

      In the same opening scene in The Last Stand, Xavier and Magneto are still friends. In First Class, they have already went their separate ways.

      In the first X-Men movie, Xavier states that his first meeting with Magneto was when they were teenagers. In First Class, they are grown men the first time they meet.

      In X2, we see Beast in human form. In First Class, we see him transform from human to blue mutant. Unless he was able to transform himself back to human, and decided to turn himself blue again in The Last Stand, that just wouldn’t make any sense.

      First Class establishes that Hank McCoy (Beast) was the one who built Cerebro. In the first movie, Professor X explains that he built it with the help of Magneto.

      Because it was stated that Magneto helped Professor X construct Cerebro, Magneto was able to build a helmet that was impervious to telepathy. Well in First Class, Magneto merely takes the helmet from Sebastian Shaw.”

      • Not to mention Emma Frost was a young girl in Wolverine which took place after First Class, which in that movie she was a grown woman.

        • I’ve asked myself that before man and I just come to the conclusion that they pretend like last standor at least origins didn’t happen (in my opinion origins was way worse than last stand)

        • As stated many, many times before (and not only by me), the first Wolverine film is (now) out of canon, so it can be ignored. And most of the continuity errors/nitpicks can be explained by using comic references. Not all of them, but most.

      • Ok, thanks for pointing a few of these things out. So yeah, no HUGE continuity issues, but a few contradictions to be sure.

        • Xavier walking and still being friends with Magneto in the beginning of Last Stand as opposed to what happens at the end of First Class isn’t nit-picky at all and therefor, quite HUGE. Hopefully DoFP erases Last Stand and Origins from existence.

          • No offence, but Prof X (walking) and Magneto being friends still and visiting Jean Grey together, in my opinion aren’t continuity errors. In the comics, despite being enemies Magneto ran the school with Xavier for while (and he wore the same clothing as in last stand). Also, prof X has been healed to be able to walk more than once in the comics only to be crippled again. Just because we don’t see these events happen in the films doesn’t mean they haven’t happened in the films continuity.

            Also he can astral project. Who’s to say it wasn’t his minds image walking and not his actual body?

            • “Who’s to say it wasn’t his minds image walking and not his actual body?” Astral bodies usually don´t open doors.
              But I totally agree with your comment, I pointed that out before on another thread. Also, the appearence of Beast´s human form in X2 can be explained by using a holo project, like he did for many years in the comics.

            • Astral body projections, that’s really grasping at straws but…I guess. I was just really disappointed with what Ratner did with the trilogy, if not for the continuity errors (they weren’t errors afterall until First Class came along) but for killing off three of the most important members of the team, one of which (Cyclops) was never given an important role in all three films.
              I remember being very excited when first seeing the previews for The Last Stand for all the characters and just the sheer epic scale that it seemed to promise. I remember thinking that the movie was going to have to be at least three hours long to tackle all these new characters and do the Phoenix saga any justice. Then it came out and I went to order my ticket online and checked the runtime. 1 hour 44 minutes. Then I remember thinking…Uh oh.

      • I haven’t seen the trilogy recently either, but is it possible Beast was using an image inducer in the original trilogy to look human?

  4. Hopefully they’ll wipe away Last Stand and Origins Wolverine like they say they will. Reintroduce Deadpool Fox! I wanna see Deadpool in an alternate reality fighting undead presidents. Also on my wish list is Cable and Bishop. And bring back Nightcrawler.

  5. Okay, now I’m betting that Kitty Pryde is the only character to travel through time, and it’ll be a physical time travel (like Bishop in the 90s cartoon) over the mental time travel of the comics (since Pryde wouldn’t even been born yet.)

    I like this idea. Essentially give us a sequel to First Class AND to X3, while also giving us an alternate continuity that could wipe X3 off the map for one of the timelines, which could then lead to a true Dark Phoenix adaptation.

    I think this is the best possible way to do this. Some fans don’t want X3 to be retconned away, if only for continuity’s sake (I’m one of them), but do still want to see what Singer could do with the Phoenix storyline. This gives us a sequel to X3 AND removes X3 from continuity, so it’s a win-win.

    • I wasn’t very clear. I meant that since Kitty’s the only one traveling through time, half the movie would be Bad Future X-Men fighting Sentinels (sequel to Last Stand) and the other half would be That 70′s First Class trying to prevent said future. Then they’d succeed, locking Last Stand off into an alt universe, clearing the road for a new sequel to X2 that could properly cover the Dark Phoenix story.

      • Good work sir

    • I agree, that’s one of the most likely scenarios.

    • I think they will introduce physical time-travel through Reed Richards, who in the books creates a time travel machine. It will also help them create a shared universe

    • Jbrose23 you would be partly correct in saying that Kitty Pryde would be the one to travel through time based on the original story. Reason being is that (again, based on the original story) Kitty is the youngest of the group and hasn’t learned to fight off psychic attacks. Thus leaving her susceptible to a mind swap of her future self.

  6. Unlike you avenger fanatics, i have very high expectations for this movie & i think it will be great.

    • I don´t see the contradiction. I am one of those “Avengers fanatics”, but I´m also a X-Men fanatic. Can´t we like both franchises?

      • You can, but i don’t like the fact that fanboys feel that every superhero movie owes it to the avengers and the batman trilogy. There will be movies in the future that WILL surpass the avengers and the batman movies.

        • Just another person who hates the avengers and the batman movies because they are good and a lot of people like them. A lot of superhero movies owe their success to xmen since it was the first big hollywood movie of the modern hero movies but batman and the avengers helped turn a lot of people who thought the superhero genre was for kids this past year.

          • Learn how to read dude because i never said i hated the avengers or the batman movies, it’s just that people exaggerate as if they were the best comic book movies of all time & they also think that no other comic book movie will come close. I enjoyed those movies. You look like an idiot when you assume and that is not a good look.

        • Like Spiderman LOL

        • You should review the definition of “fact”.

      • I’m with you! I like them ALL.

        Bring it.

        • Well said Rob!

    • I’m not an “Avengers fanatic” since I didn’t think it was very good in hindsight and I never liked the X-Men movies thus far either so yeah, bit of a broad, generalising statement that reeks of ignorance there.

      • Your opinion, you don’t have to agree with me. I can care less lol.

        • I love all the superhero movies..

          From the first Dr. Strange movie I saw (and now own) with Peter Hooten to the first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve I saw in the theater on opening day, to the Hulk with Eric Bana, through all the Punisher and Spidey movies, clear up to the most recent Marvel phase 1 and beyond movies.

          I even loved the stinkers like Spiderman 3, Superman: Quest for Peace and Green Lantern (meh), among others.

          A ‘true’ fanboy is just happy to see his icons on the big screen after decades of neglect. I remember going to sleep in my first ‘Superman’ pajamas when I was 5 (years before the 1978 movie) wishing I could see a Superman movie (George Reeves reruns were all I got back then).

          Oh how the times have changed, when the fanboys have nothing better to do than argue about the timeline for Professor Xavier going bald.

          So all you haters out there, be glad for what you have, otherwise we’d be watching ‘Titanic’ remakes over and over….

          • Sorry…/End Rant/

          • @ Gary

            Id say i have to agree with you. I too enjoy cbm what most consider awful like you mentioned Superman 4,S[ider-man 3, even Batman & Robin.

            Id like to see all heroes i enjoy on the big screen. Like anyone, i have my favorites & hope my favorites would be treated respectful as they had been in the comics over the years on film. I know change is hard when it comes to a character like Superman. But that’s how much i respected the character over the years for aslong i known him & don’t wanna see somthing that was so great be ruined. It took me awhile to accept Routh’s costume so maybe i’ll accept Cavill’s aswell. I just don’t wanna be let down again like i was by Superman Returns.

            Sorry for ranting on, but i agree with ya.

  7. Really hopeful for this, but I think it’ll probably take a hell of a long runtime if they wanna do the big story and the multiple characters justice, so they better not skimp on that. They could make it 3 hours long for all I care, as long as it’s done well.

    Personally, the inconsistencies between the movies don’t quite bother me so much, but if they can tie them all up nicely here, that would be awesome.

    • I´m not sure which “big story” you´re talking about, because the original Days Of A Future Past was only two issues long.

      • Haha sorry, not so much the adaptation itself but rather how they’re (supposedly) trying to tie the discrepancies together. You’d be right in that if they stick to the Days of Future Past story itself it’s relatively straightforward (I mean, not time-wise) but if they’re really also using this to try and explain the inconsistencies between the original trilogy and First Class then it’s a bit of a handful.

        • Ah, gotcha.

  8. Nice article Rob, thanks.

    I hope Fox doesn’t screw this up, but I have my doubts. We’ll just wait and see.

    • Sorry Stark, this one wasn’t me :)

      I wanted to write something on this (and the timeline yesterday) but Game Rant duties this week kept me pretty busy all day (and night).

  9. I’m really curious to hear if he’s going to shoot it in HFR or not since Singer said he had some serious frame rate envy after watching The Hobbit.

    • I have a feeling that may happen. Fox and Singer will pull out ALL of the stops to make this a HUGE event film, 3D, 48fps, full cast reunion, time travel, giant robots, everything!

  10. This is gonna be the best reboot/twist ever!

  11. i will be dissapointed if sentinels dont turn out to be what we expect of them. you know what studios are like… they wanna just do what they think is best and that turns out to be the worst. they keep the original sentinel design then were cool.

    but now some comics (mostly the MCU) want to try and keep everything materiel based.

  12. I’m not too big on the X-Men storylines but I hope they portray the dystopian future kinda how it was in the Wolverine and the X-men cartoon.

  13. They better give have Cyclops and give him a much larger roll in the movie. Cyclops is the leader of the Xmen, not Wolverine! They made him look like a complete p__sy in the original Xmen movies. I collected Xmen from the early 70′s through the late 80′s and Cyclops was a major driving force for the team and created some great story lines. Please stick with the source material this time and give the team it’s true leader back! Damn, now I’m sounding like an obsessed teenager… I’m definetly not, I just want the Xmen I grew up to love as a child.

    • I always hated Cyclops. He’s like bizarro Capt America lol

      • y does everyone not like cyclops <.< i liked him in the x men movies =/

        • Personally, he just exhales douche-ness lol

  14. If they bring Nightcrawler back I hope he can benefit from the time line changes too– I’d dearly love to see witty swashbuckling fuzzy elf Nightcrawler and not angsty cringing scar-ified Nightcrawler.

  15. UGGGGH the “Days…” comic came out three years BEFORE “Terminator.”

    • If you’re referencing my comparison to a Terminator-like dystopia, I’m not sure what the problem is. That’s a future that we’ve seen on the big screen before – that’s the only reason it was mentioned. To give people who aren’t familiar with the comics a sense of what the world is like in the future.

      Had I said that Days of Future Past was inspired by Terminator – I could understand how the comparison could potentially take away from X-Men’s originality. But that wasn’t the case here.

  16. One word sentinels… that’s all we need to hear.. its about time

  17. This is what we need..I mean we really, really need: (Pay Attention Directors/Writers!!):
    Lots and lots of Cyclops! I mean, after all, in the comics (the true superhero Bible), he is the most important X-Man. He is the original first X-Man. He is the team field leader, second only to Professor X. This might be the time to redeem the awful idea of killing him off in the 3rd. movie. So I don’t care how it is done, just fix it!

  18. I’m sorry but in my opinion they’re trying to include too much elementd and that was the problem with ‘the last stand’ don’t get me wrong I’ waiting to see it and to see the wolverine, but too many elements can ruin what can be an epic movie

  19. They really had the perfect opportunity to reboot this franchise.
    I hope the can alter the timeline so that Rogue is powered up, Colossus is a Russian bad ass and Gambit isn’t rubbish.

    • Powered Rogue please!

      • I wrote that in my previous X-article that if Anna Paquin is coming back she’s definitely going to be a legit combatant. She was vocal in interviews for X-Men: The Last Stand about never being in any action across three whole films.

  20. how come whenever i read the comments on a DoFP thread i get deja vu? everyone has problems with the xmen/wolverine continuity but surely we dont need to post the exact same things on multiple threads? other than that im stoked the Sentinels are finally going to be making a mark on the Xmen universe

  21. Sentinels…cool, if it was done in X2 or X3(a very short stint in X3)which I was so looking for in one of the two movies. XM:FC was well done so I didn’t miss the Sentinels, maybe because I got Transformers etc. over the years and Pacific Rim will be coming out this year…Sentinels..whatever at this point.

  22. I am excited for the Sentinels and Ellen page was fine but that just makes Xmen the last stand even more permanent. Well better that film rather than Xmen Origins: Wolverine. Maybe the events in this film leads to Xavier’s choice of Danger Room scenario and Kitty forgot after the events due to a mindwipe. I wonder if Jean actually transported Cyclops to another time rather than outright killing him?

    So Scott knowing what is to come can try to prevent Jeans death again in a new timeline or be wary of her return

  23. Bryan Singer is NOT Mr Xmen and the first two movies were not balanced “really,really good”. The first two movies were unbalanced in favor of Hugh Jackman/Wolverine, just like the whole franchise.

    • I don’t understand why people feel the overuse of Wolverine is the biggest issue with this series. Jackman had no input in the first movie at all (he was cast two weeks before it was shot), and the direction they went with X-2 was all the producers and directors decision.

      For as much screen time as people feel Wolverine might have gotten in the first three movies, the amount of time spent on other side characters that did not amount to much is just as much to blame for other characters getting short changed.

  24. I never read the comics, but loved the cartoon. Im assuming most of the cartoons were based on the comics anyway. In the acrtoons Cyclops was the leader and in almostt every episode, they should try and get back to that. I think Hugh Jackman was the best actor in all 3 X-men films, so giving him the biggest roll is cool with me.

    My biggest issue with the trilogy, was there was no Gambit. As a kid Gambit was my favorite X-men. He was in origins, but based on how that ended he should’ve been in a much bigger role in the trilogy!!! I hope they can get him into this film, however, based on this thread it seems unlikely.

    I do feel that last stand almost ruined this franchise, how do you kill off the 2 main X-men? And why wasn’t there more made of not bringing back Singer? I know he had other movies, but Fox should never have let him go, now they have to clean up the mess Ratner left.

    As far as other Xmen I would like to see Jubilee in this film too. And what happened to Sabertooth? He should have a bigger role as bad guy, in the cartoon I liked him as the best badguy.

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