Superhero movies have never been as popular as they are today, and a good portion of this success started with Fox's launch of their X-Men movies, spearheaded by Bryan Singer at the turn of the century. As the franchise aged, Fox took a chance on a soft reboot of the series by going back to the 1960s. After a brief stint away, Singer returned for the crossover film X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he not only brought together old and new characters, but also introduced Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask.
Trask had a prominent role to play in the movie, with his Sentinel program taking off to eliminate mutants forever. Even though the X-Men were eventually successful in changing the future, it appears Trask was close to returning earlier this summer in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Artist Bartol Rendulic has posted some work he did for Apocalypse and reveals designs for an ankle bracelet that would have been worn by Trask during the movie. Last we saw of him in the post-credit scene for Days of Future Past, he was locked away by the Pentagon, but now it looks like he could have been released. As for the designs themselves, check them out below:
Trask was a good addition to Days of Future Past, but it is hard to imagine him being included into Apocalypse as well. One of the common complaints that came out of the movie was not enough focus on any individual characters, making the majority of them feel underdeveloped or unnecessary, so Trask would have only added to that. After all, the movie already featured a returning X-Men team, a young X-Men group, Wolverine, William Styker, plus Apocalypse and his horsemen.
Unless someone involved with the movie explains how Trask would have been involved, we will likely never know the answer to how he fit into the movie. With it being set 10 years after his last appearance, it is possible the Pentagon released him for a short period of time to help combat the destruction Apocalypse was creating. With the follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse potentially heading to space, the future of Trask will continue to remain unknown.
X-Men: Apocalypse releases on Digital HD on Sept. 9, 2016 and debuts on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD & DVD Oct. 4, 2016.
Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor and Ben Hardy.
Wolverine 3 opens on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), March 2nd, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and June 29th, 2018 (possibly New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.