Marvel movies are coming at us left, right, center and diagonally this year - and right now, they're all vying for the attention and support of fans. The major talking points change seemingly week-to-week: for example, right now the buzz is all about the newly unveiled Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. That being said, Fox doesn't want you to forget about ITS major Marvel movie of 2014, which is why seventeen new hi-res X-Men: Days of Future Past character images have been released for fans to browse.
We got our first official look at the massive lineup of mutant characters included in Days of Future Past a few weeks back, thanks to a massive (and tedious) rollout of X-Men: DoFP magazine covers. Those character reveals included looks at the vintage and futuristic Sentinel robots that will be the primary threat the X-Men are battling in two epochs - as well as looks at the mutants (and humans) that will be occupying both the near future and 1970s timelines of the film. Today's image gallery doesn't give us much more to go on in regards to the Sentinels and their various forms and/or capabilities; instead the focus is squarely on the mutant characters, and their human antagonist.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of the biggest and most ambitious superhero movie productions ever, and it certainly boasts the biggest lineup of Marvel characters ever collected in one film (sorry Avengers). Of course, Fox has also cultivated a bad rep for its (mis-)treatment of the X-Men universe and characters (a tall Wolverine? Blasphemy!) so we are certain that fans will be combing over these images with fine-toothed combs, looking to make sure that everything is being handled as close to properly as possible.
Finally, to help keep you informed, we've re-posted excerpts of the character breakdowns our own Rob Keyes previously provided for the magazine cover rollout. CLICK ANY IMAGE IN THE GALLERY FOR A HI-RES VERSION.
Young Prof. X
James McAvoy played a young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class and by the end of the story took a bullet in the back which restricted him to a wheelchair. Thing is, we've seen McAvoy both in and out of that very chair in several images for Days of Future Past. Does he make a miraculous recovery? Or are there two different timelines, one where he never took that shot?
Michael Fassbender stole the show as young Magneto in X-Men: First Class, and proved just how awesome a Magneto spinoff would have been. Luckily he returns for Days of Future Past as the prime suspect in the murder of President John F. Kennedy.
In X-Men: First Class, Nicholas Hoult played a younger, continuity-breaking version of the character known as Hank McCoy/Beast. Like young Prof. X, images from Days of Future Past have curiously shown Beast in both his animal and human forms. The mystery of how that's possible still lingers...
The blue-skinned shapeshifter began her journey as an adopted sibling of Charles Xavier but switched sides and joined Michael Fassbender's young Magneto by the end of X-Men: First Class. In Days of Future Past the '70s-era Mystique (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is on a mission of her own which may threaten the future of the planet.
In the comics he's the fastest of all mutants and a child of Magneto, but Quicksilver will get a slightly different origin in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Played by Evan Peters (American Horror Story), we know that Bryan Singer chose to intro the character for a specific, unique action sequence; however, from the sound of things he'll only be a minor character - one far removed from his comic book roots.
Bolivar Trask creates anti-mutant technology like the X-Gene Inhibitor Collar, which stops mutants from being able to use their abilities, or the mutant detection devices. Most notably, Trask started the Sentinel program in 1973 for President Nixon, aimed at creating robot guards to police the mutant threat. Only problem is: it seems that the Sentinels begin to run amok some time in the near future. Bolivar Trask is played by Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage and his mustache.
Future Prof. X
Patrick Stewart returns once again for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Older Charles Xavier, still alive and still confined to a
wheel hoverchair (in whatever timeline the future portion of the film takes place in), must work with the surviving mutants of the future on a last-ditch effort to save the world and mutantkind by altering history.
At the conclusion of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Ian McKellen's Magneto had (nearly) lost his powers. In the future, Magneto either regains his powers or in this other potential timeline, he never lost them in the first place. Either way, Magneto must team-up with Professor X and the remaining mutant heroes on a mission to alter the past and right some wrongs to salvage the future of the world and mutantkind.
Thanks to the time-travel plot device, this future version of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine still wields his deadly adamantium claws (unlike the version seen at the end of The Wolverine). In Days of Future Past, Future Wolverine - with the help of Kitty Pryde - must have his mind sent back to his '70s, pre-admantium self to prevent a political catastrophe from occurring before the planet is doomed. Meanwhile, the rest of the future mutants must seemingly protect Future Wolverine's unconscious body from the Sentinels.
Although Halle Berry was pregnant during the shooting of X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer still managed to give Storm a place on the team and at least one sequence using her powers. No action sequences and flight scenes, though. Future Storm is just there as a head nod to the original trilogy and fanbase.
In Days of Future Past, Shawn Ashmore's Iceman is a battle-proven veteran X-Men soldier who's mastered his powerful abilities. We can only hope that we see an action sequence with him finally creating an ice slide as he battles the Sentinels.
Future Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat)
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Future Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) plays a key role in sending the mind of Wolverine through time into his younger self. Kitty possesses the ability to phase through objects, and with it she can fry electrical circuits, which may come in handy when battling Sentinels.
Seen briefly in X-Men 2 & 3, Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) has always been a loyal X-Men member and in the comics was a love interest of Kitty Pryde. We don't know if that translates to the Days of Future Past with Iceman involved, but we do know Colossus will be going head-to-head with the Mark X Sentinels of the future.
French actor Omar Sy plays Bishop, a mutant whose abilities in the comics allow him to absorb energy in all forms and redirect it, making him a formidable opponent against mutants with offensive powers, and/or energy weapons from Sentinels. In Marvel Comics, he's from the future where most mutants are refugees and held in camps, branded with an "M" on their face (as in this image). Bishop has been involved in major X-Men time-travel stories, so it's likely that he's a key player in the main plot of Days of Future Past.
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blink (Bingbing Fan) is a future mutant with the ability to create teleportation portals. She fights alongside Warpath and Sunspot. In Marvel Comics, Blink is a relative newcomer, first introduced in the mid-'90s but quickly killed off before returning in the Age of Apocalypse comics. That fact makes her a likely candidate to return for the X-Men: Apocalypse movie in May 2016.
Warpath (Booboo Stewart) is known for being strong, durable and practically unstoppable in hand-to-hand combat. X-Men: Days of Future Past represents the first time Warpath appears onscreen; he's included in the post-apocalyptic future portion of the film with his pals Blink and Sunspot. The character is popular in the comics right now, and could potentially be included in future X-Men flicks, like Fox's X-Force movie.
Similar to his ally in arms Warpath, Sunspot (Adan Canto) is a powerful mutant who can harnesses the power of the sun. In the comics, he can fly and when using his mutant abilities he turns black as he absorbs and re-channels light. Days of Future Past marks the first appearance of the character in the films, and it looks (from the burn marks on his body) as though his powers come at a cost.
X-Men Days of Future Past will be in theaters on May 23, 2014.