‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer Teases Doom & Gloom

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 29th, 2014 at 4:31 pm,

There are four Marvel movies hitting theaters in 2014, and the first of the group, Captain America: The Winter Soldier released its first full-length trailer last week, taking advantage of the Marvel movie buzz surrounding the press junket for Thor: The Dark World and its worldwide theatrical release beginning this week in the UK.

The third of the bunch, joining The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters next May is X-Men: Days of Future Past, and its studio Twentieth Century Fox took advantage of last week’s buzz to let fans know that its first trailer was on the way as well. Fox kicked off its official marketing campaign with an Instagram teaser, a series of photos from cover stories in print magazines and a Twitter livechat with director Bryan Singer yesterday where he hinted at what was to come from the first Days of Future Past trailer.

With principal photography wrapping in August and lots of post-production special effects work still required, Singer explained during his Twitter Q&A that today’s first teaser trailer for the biggest X-Men team-up yet is focused squarely on the characters, much like the rough footage was that played at San Diego Comic-Con back in July. And of course, there are a lot of them.

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As it turns out the trailer is nearly identical to the Comic-Con footage, featuring interesting shots in the past (1973) and future, the latter of which we see returning characters from the original X-Men trilogy with new, combat-appropriate costumes. The major change from the Days of Future Past comics is that instead of sending Kitty Pryde back in time, the movie will send film franchise poster boy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) – or more specifically, his conscience – back in time to his younger, ’70s self to reunite Professor X, Magneto and other old school X-Men to prevent a certain event in the past from happening to save their future.

Singer revealed that about 70% of the film takes place in the past so it does serve more as a sequel to X-Men: First Class, and as for the new characters including Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath and Blink, who show up only in the future – They’re teased but are given no dialogue in the trailer. Some of these characters will have important roles to play since they’re the most likely to live on into sequels and spinoffs (see: X-Force).

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is the first film in the long-running series to introduce time travel, a major plot device in Marvel Comics, and has the potential to redefine the franchise, correcting continuity errors of the past and laying the groundwork for the future. Does the trailer and its vastly different style and mood hold up against the action-packed first look at Captain America 2 and can its ambitious use of two casts and two time periods help Days of Future Past see big numbers at the box office?

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.


X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.

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  1. I shed a little tear…

    • Why stop at little?

  2. Nice use of Clint Mansell’s music from Moon.. It looks promising.


    • Actually thats from the original score for Sunshine. I forget the composer’s name, but I know it isn’t Clint Mansell.

      • I thought it was from Inception…

        • exactly what I thought – it sounds very much like Inception’s track : “Time”

          • The people who did the music for X men first class came from Hans Zimmer’s studio. Probably it is the same studio for this film as well.

          • Its John Murphy’s Adagio in D Minor at first (From Sunshine).
            Followed by Hans Zimmer’s Time (From Inception).

            • The second track is actually Zimmer’s “Journey To The Line” from The Thin Red Line score.

              • You guys, it’s totally a Flock of Seagulls remix.

                • lol hi 5 lol

  3. Wish my work computer had sound.

    Hard to judge with out any sound but looks alright, not a lot bang and boom (good thing?? bad thing??)

    Halle, poor Halle, 4 films and they still can’t give her a decent hair cut.

    Just feels a little flat. Saw the Winter Soldier trailer without sound and it still got me pumped, this one, not so much.

    • What the hell?
      You watch trailers without sound, meaning no music, no voices, nothing except random images flashing on your face, and if there’s no action (like there was in winter soldier’s trailer) you say it feels “FLAT”? Of course it feels flat if you don’t actually hear the lines in a trailer with NO ACTION. Means all the focus was on the lines.

      Is this even real?

      • Have you ever heard of a “work computer”? Is this even real? :)

        I totally understand where he is coming from.

        • Yea, I’ve heard of one; mine as no sound aswell, but I don’t judge stuff based on me not being able to hear it. It just doesn’t make any sense. If im no’t getting the full experience out of something due to random issues, how can i judge the full product?

          • Have you ever heard of head phones? :) … Does your phone not have sound either… watch it on that.

    • No sound needed. It was flat. The sets look cheap & so does Halle’s hair. Don’t waste your time getting sound for this trailer. You’re not missing anything. Maybe the next one will be better.

      • That shot with Halle did indeed look absolutely horrible.

    • How about you stop nerding out at work and be productive, slacker..

    • My thoughts exactly, except for the sound….my computer has sound. lol

    • Right seen it with sound at home on me telly.

      Still flat, the dialogue isn’t that monumental. What is good is the sound track, it’s very stirring.

      However it’s deliberately so, the emotion in the music track wasn’t backup by the imagery in the trailer and one thing that grinds my gears is being forced to feel something artificially.

      So take the excellent music track out of the equation, the imagery and the dialogue we’re both fairly non-descript so I stand by my original assessment…. looks like an alright film but the trailer’s a bit flat.

  4. I know there is a lot of post cgi work to be done, but this is a little disappointing. No Sentinels? It looks like it will be entertaining but if you can’t end on a bang to get people excited and leave a lasting impression, maybe wait till you can.

  5. zero CGI in the trailer, hmmmm….they didn’t show mindblowing scenes

  6. btw what’s the fourth marvel movie next year? x-men, spider-man and captain america

    • Guardians of the Galaxy.

      • ah yes, i forgot about that

        • It’s easy to see why you forgot about that one… you’re dead Stanley.

    • Guardians of the Galaxy?

    • What the others said :)

    • Guardians of the Galaxy!

    • That makes two Marvel movies.

      • Four Marvel movies, 2 Marvel Studios movies.

  7. Looking forward to it, and at 1.52, adamantium claws… thank f*ck for that!

    • Yup, in the past though, where he’s in his younger body. What about the future? He’d need them more to fight sentinels.

    • This is what I dont get though….he should technically STILL have his bone claws back when xavier and magneto where younger men right? I just keep thinking back to the first wolverine movie where xavier was shown older (and STANDING) as he helped scott and the rest of the mutants out of that prison camp.

      • You’re exactly right, Pat. They’ve screwed the continuity so badly that even they can’t remember what they did in previous films. According to Origins, Wolverine didn’t get the adamantium until the 80’s, yet, his 70’s self has adamantium claws. My suspicion all along has been that this movie is going to be a clusterfack of characters and convoluted plots.

        • Bryan Singer said he is going to retcon a bunch of stuff from the previous movies, the only movies that can be taken as 100% movie canon are First Class and Wolverine. So a lotof stuff won’t make sense it’ll just be explained by time travel stuff.

          • You can’t cherry pick the movies. Origins and X3 were made as cannon at the time. They can’t just not count because they sucked.

            If you say you’re going to fix stuff….. fix stuff. I’m not saying that you were cherry picking, just whoever made that quote.

            • Sure you can, especially if your Bryan Singer. Look what he did with Superman Returns. Totally disregarded parts III and IV, not that I blame him.

          • quite frankly the continuity in this series is a write off, no amount of wibly wobly timey wimey can fix it.

            Personally it doesn’t bother me too much, just hope this film lives up too it’s hype.

      • We don’t talk about that movie…

    • those look like bone claws to me.

  8. I must admit, I was rather on the fence about DoFP. After seeing that trailer though, I’m kinda looking forward to it. If it is as dark & dramatic as that trailer suggests then this could be amazing.

    • i agree but not just that, according to the XMEN Days Of Future Past imdb page, under the ‘stunts’ section there is a woman listed as a stunt double for Famke Jansen. So forget the trailer i’m pleased she will be back in the film.

  9. X-Men has always been my favorite. I hope this one is great. I like the trailer and am looking forward to it.

    • I hope it’s good too and plus I want to see you fans argue about which is better x-men movie lol

  10. Didn’t really like the music choices or the way that the music was edited in the trailer, but I am really looking forward to this movie.

  11. This looks horrible! What The Heck? Those sets look like they’re straight from “B” movie. Are you kidding me? What the heck Singer?

    • What are you talking about?

      • Matt…honestly, it’s a lame looking trailer. Nothing exciting or impressive about it. It’s bland and boring…and I know Singer said they are still in post, that’s why the set pieces look bad. Well, then wait until you actually have something to show us before you slap a trailer together.

        • Don’t worry Matt, some of these people around use razorblades in their coffee instead of cream and sugar. I thought the trailer looks pretty good and nice to Mystique back in some kung fu action..

          • I agree… anyone who has views that are different than mine have issues.

        • +1000 jp

      • Matt look at the sets that they are using in these shots. Look at the trailer @ the following time marks: 17-18sec, 39sec, 43-49sec & 1:26. Don’t look at the actors, look at the movie set that surrounds them. It looks cheap. And with Halle being one of the pretties actresses out there right now you mean to tell me that they still can’t get her hair right?! It would have been better if Singer posted more still shots of the actors. If the CGI isn’t finish then why post it as if it is; when pics. would have served the purpose better in this case.Oh and Turbolobster I hilariously :) disagree with you because you are wrong on this one! This trailer stinks.

  12. You won’t find a lot of CGI in this trailer mainly because most of the shots are still in post-production. Singer tweeted that yesterday.

    • I think I said that in the post too 😉

      • I know, it’s just worth repeating :)

      • Oh you did, I’m just not sure that trolls know how to read.

    • My argument to that is, don’t release the trailer then. A lot of these comments show disappointment to an extent and I think they needed some of that CGI to get people excited.

      • +1. Don’t release the trailer then.

      • So now in order for a trailer o be good we have to have cgi? Screw the plot, screw the acting, just give us flashy effects

  13. Bryan Singer said that they are not fully completed the cgi and decided to show more character footage. So dont expect mind blowing action with uncompleted cgi.

    • I would have rather they waited until they actually had something to put in a trailer, then. This is a lame trailer.

      • Character moments are lame and are seen as nothing to you? Okay.

        • No, this trailer is just lame. It does nothing to get me excited for this film, it showed me next to nothing in terms of scale, and as pointed out, we already have continuity issues.

  14. Underwhelming and unimpressive.

  15. Wow! Great report! I’m equally excited for both this and Capt.2!! Can’t wait!!! Soo pumped!!!!

    Hopefully we’ll see Cable at the end credit scene!

  16. Yay, 2 1/2 hours of Bryan Singer crapping all over the XMen.

    • Again.

  17. Looks pretty good, I really like the tone they established with this trailer. I’m also happy 70 percent of the movie will take place in the past. While I love the cast from the original trilogy, I just like First Class’s cast a bit more. I don’t mind the absence of action, obviously I’m interested to see it in the next trailer but I think this was a good start to what can be one hefty line of teasers.

  18. At least that one mutant looked like Bishop.

    • Actually it was Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath, and Blink in the quick views.

  19. Was much more impressed with The Winter Soldier trailer which is a bit disappointing since I’m a much bigger x-men fan. Then again, great trailers don’t always make great movies.

  20. The Inception music is always good, but the trailer looked cheesy

  21. X-Men + Mutants + Time Travel = a good time. An empowered young magneto, a down and out young Xavier, meeting a time traveling Wolverine to convince them to join together? Yes, on every day of the week and twice on Sundays, yes…bring it on.

    • +1, lol

  22. so many fanboys that are unsastisfied. the movies are also for people who don’t read the comics, so accept it. whining isnt gonna do anything. I agree the last satnd and origins were bad but singer is good.

  23. We have a ton of debbie downers here, honestly the trailer didn’t look THAT bad you have to take it for what it is, the CGI wasn’t finished but it gave us a glimpse at all of the characters (except Quicksilver). I think thats all the trailer was meant to be, it wasn’t meant to necessarily introduce the sentinels, or a lot of their powers. We now know and the general public know that hey there are MORE mutants out there but it would’ve been nice to see their power Bryan. I was pleased with the trailer because I wasn’t expecting much sentinel action.

    • +1
      The action comes later in the marketing campaign to get the general audience hyped is what I think.

    • It also didn’t look THAT good either.

      Based on this being a Fox production and knowing their past track record, I am holding out little hope for this movie. I will of course wait until it actually comes out and reviews hit to decide to even see it or not. Gonna take a lot of rave reviews to get me to part with 15 bucks and see it in the theaters.

  24. This looks hokey and lame. I just can’t get myself to care about these characters.

  25. They could play this song over a trailer for Trolls 2 and I would still be excited to see it.

  26. Can it be that the X-men origins: W story will be forgotten completely? Otherwise how can they explain the metal claws in the 70s? In the present and back in the 70s they should be bone since Wolverine doesn’t undergo the Weapon X procedure until the early 80s if I’m right. Can someone explain this to me? I know this problem has been addressed before but I want this movie to be great so badly and I already have concerns about continuity based on a trailer for a film which should actually fix continuity problems.

  27. Why does this look like Wolverine 3 and not Days Of Future Past, last time I checked it was Bishop traveling to save the future (and yes I know Bishop is in the trailer), right? Or am I just basing it of the cartoon too much?

    • In the comics it is Kitty Pryde who travels back.

      • Thanks!

      • In the Cartoons I watched as a kid it was Bishop 😛

        • i too am more familiar with bishop travelling back in time. i didnt read a single comic but watched every episode from the 90s cartoon which i thought was great.

  28. “With principal photography wrapping in August and lots of post-production special effects work still required,” …what were you people complaining about it being plain and no special effects looking for? when it clearly says post – production is still required.

    • Because they should have waited if they don’t have the material to put a proper trailer together. It’s no excuse to put out a shoddy trailer, then say “well hey, we haven’t done any post production, what do you expect?” I kind of expect you to get your ducks in a row and wait until you have enough finished material to actually make a trailer. That’s just me, though.

  29. A low quality 30 second clip of GOTG blows this out of the water in my cocky opinion.

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