Whenever a comic book movie opens in theaters, it's the perfect occasion for other upcoming superhero blockbusters to boost their pre-release buzz and jump-start the next phase of marketing. Marvel Studios is releasing Thor: The Dark World in theaters beginning in the UK next week, but the God of Thunder's sequel looks to bring along the first trailers for two major comic book adaptations arriving in 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (you can now watch that teaser online) and 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Days of Future Past is the first X-Men movie to have been directed by Bryan Singer since X2: X-Men United in 2003. The full trailer will drop online next Tuesday, October 29th, but in the meantime Fox has continued the ... ahem... proud tradition of premiering a trailer preview ahead of time. Here, we have a 6-second Instagram video, which recalls how the first official footage from The Wolverine was unveiled as a Vine clip.
For the uninitiated, Days of Future Past is based on the acclaimed storyline from The Uncanny X-Men comic book issues #141-142, as written by Chris Claremont (who also wrote the comic book that inspired X2). While the source material by Claremont revolves around Kitty Pryde having her consciousness transferred from the future to her past self - in the hopes that she will change history and prevent an apocalyptic tomorrow brought about by Boliver Trask's Sentiel Program - in the film adaptation, it will be everyone's favorite clawed mutant, Wolverine/Logan (Hugh Jackman) who gets his mind sent back in time to the 1970s - and into the body of his younger self (i.e. decades before his life-changing trip to Japan in The Wolverine).
Watch the 6-scond preview for Days of Future Past:
Among the sights that flash before your eyes in the Days of Future Past clip above are multiples shots of young Mystique - once again played by Jennifer Lawrence, who has gained an Oscar, in addition to a more comfortable Mystique body suit, following her appearance in X-Men: First Class.
We also get a quick look at what (presumably) is the sequence where Logan's mind gets transferred back through space and time to his groovier 1970s self, along with the scruffy and tormented young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) using Cerebro, young Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), 1970s-era Magneto (Michael Fassbender), a short-haired Storm (Halle Berry) and the older and wiser iteration of Professor X (Patrick Stewart). And hey, how about the X-Men's new oufits, as modeled by Wolvie?
There are very much hints of cooler things to come in the actual trailer (Will we get a sneak peek of the Sentinels wreaking havoc?), but for now we'll have to be satisfied with glimpses at massive action set pieces and game-changing narrative developments to come. Fans won't have to wait too long, though, as Bryan Singer is going to host a Twitter chat next Monday, October 28th, one day before the trailer drops online.
Keep your eyes peeled for more X-Men: Days of Future Past news on the Screen Rant home page over the next few days, leading up to the official first trailer being unveiled!
The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past includes X-Men franchise additions Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto and Josh Helman. Meanwhile, the list of returning stars includes 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. James Marsden may be involved, if witness reports are true.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd, 2014.