X-Men: Days of Future Past is definitely the busiest X-Men movie so far when it comes to characters, combining not only the characters from the first three films but also their younger incarnations from X-Men: First Class and a whole host of new mutants. The plot involves both time travel and alternate timelines, as well as the introduction of Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels, and has also been charged with correcting the numerous continuity errors that cropped up in X-Men: First Class.
There's a lot to get done in the space of just one movie - so much so that director Bryan Singer eventually had to scrap Anna Paquin's performance as Rogue in order to trim down the running time. Amidst the swirl of new and old characters, however, the heart of the plot seems to lie with the younger and older versions of Magneto and Professor X, and the never-aging, ever-raging Wolverine, whose 21st century self is sent back in time to deliver a warning.
All three characters seem to be key to preventing a dark outcome for mutant-kind, and so it's worth looking closely at this new set of high-res images and character cards released by Twentieth Century Fox. The image of the White House on fire in the background probably isn't a good sign, especially since the doom-laden trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past showed the President being hurried into a panic room.
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Although the images don't give away too much in the way of concrete plot details, there is a suggestion that Magneto and Mystique's alliance might not be entirely stable, and once again a young Charles Xavier is seen out of his wheelchair and on his feet. The three stills are all from scenes that have been glimpsed in the trailer and previous images, but you can never have too many insights into the 70s bachelor lifestyle of Wolverine, which includes some striking yellow decor, Japanese swords on the wall and plenty of old takeaway cartons.
X-Men: First Class had its share of darker moments but there was also a lot of fun in seeing the very earliest days of the X-Men. By contrast, X-Men: Days of Future Past seems to have a much grimmer tone and higher stakes, but we'll have to wait and see whether the extra dose of seriousness makes for a superior sequel.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D theaters on May 23, 2014.
Source: Twentieth Century Fox