In a contest of mastery over teasing fans on social media, both The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb and X-Men: Days of Future Past's Bryan Singer have been using Twitter to share set photos from their respective films with fans, dropping plot hints both large and small.
While Webb is posting one photo for every day on set, Singer has been keeping his set photo tweets to a weekly basis, and has so far shown X-Men fans a glimpse at the new looks for Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Storm (Halle Berry) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). These latest set photos, however, don't come from Singer's smartphone, but are instead from a less official source. There aren't really any spoilers or plot hints to be found here, but there's nothing wrong with taking a bit of time out to appreciate the costume department.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently filming in Montreal, and Lainey Gossip has snapped a couple of photos of the cast walking around the set. Principal photography began in mid-April, and while it's unclear exactly which scenes are being shot in Montreal, gossip sites have reported the cast being in the city for quite a substantial chunk of filming. So far, the role of Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters has been played variably by Casa Loma in Toronto, Englefield House in England and Hatley Castle in Colwood, British Columbia (which, incidentally, is also used for exteriors of the Queen Mansion in Arrow). Considering X-Men: Days of Future Past's time-travel plot, however, Charles may not get to spend too much time at home.
In one of the photos of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is seen wearing a sober suit offset by a colorful tie and, of course, sporting the epic moustache that Singer tweeted an image of earlier this month. The new set photo confirms all beyond reasonable doubt the speculation that was recently cemented by Singer's tweet of an actor in a Trask Industries uniform: that Dinklage will be playing Bolivar Trask, a scientist and anti-mutant propagandist, and creator of an army of robots called the Sentinels, which are designed to protect humanity from the supposed mutant threat.
The new set photos also show James McAvoy in the very loud shirt that he was sporting in another photo snapped a few weeks ago. We'll assume for the moment that he's out of Xavier's wheelchair because they're between takes, and not because of some miraculous temporary recovery in the plot. Michael Fassbender seems to be taking a break from his austere Magneto outfit, and is instead wearing a slim fashion scarf and purple trousers, along with some modest sideburns.
There really aren't enough 70s period movies around at the moment, much less 70s period movies with superheroes (the Daredevil reboot would have been another one, had it ever been made), and a lot of what helped make X-Men: First Class fun was the costume design that brought to life the 60s setting. McAvoy and Fassbender were unfortunately quite conservative dressers in that film (January Jones and Kevin Bacon got the best of the 60s fashion), so hopefully these new photos are a sign that the two old friends will be branching out a little in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
It might not be Goldmember standard, but what do you think of Xavier, Magneto and Trask's styles in these photos?
X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in theaters on July 18th, 2014