While Marvel Studios is busy trying to get their ambitious 2014 tentpoles Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy off the ground, Fox will be trying to expand its own section of the Marvel Movie Universe by revamping its X-Men franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The new entry in the series will unite the original X-Men trilogy with the slightly-altered continuity of X-Men: First Class, in a time-travel tale split (unevenly, mind you) between the near future in the '70s-era.
When mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels overrun the future, Prof X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) unite their remaining X-Men and Brotherhood teams for a final desperate bid to change the past, by sending the consciousness of an aging Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back into the body of his '70s-era self. While the futuristic X-Men Brotherhood guards Wolverine's body against the Sentinel onslaught, Logan must traverse the past and bring a broken young Xavier (James McAvoy) out of depression, in order to work with his estranged comrade Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to prevent the Sentinel threat that is about to be created by industrialist Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).
A complicated narrative, to be sure, but one that holds potential for some of the most epic X-Men action we've seen yet, a whole new continuity to play with, and future spinoff opportunities like X-Force. Today we have new Days of Future Past photos share - both are set in the '70s and feature Wolverine's encounters with various characters from the First Class world, including Xavier, Magneto, Beast (Nicholas Hoult) - and most notably, newcomer Quicksilver (Evan Peters):
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Not much to see here, but fans are going to be especially critical of how Peters appears in the image - especially since he has no confirmed costume beyond the '70s getup we see above. Sure, there will be super slow-motion sequences that could be a fantastic showcase of Quicksilver's powers - and it's probable the one image above is one such sequence, as Peters previously went on record as saying, "It’s super, super, super, super slomo. You can see raindrops frozen in the air. Stuff like that. It’s amazing how that camera works.”
With just one image it's impossible to tell much context. Peters has described his Quicksilver as a guy characterized by annoyance with the slow pace of the world around him, and how he sees everything at a much more rapid pace: The one question this image raises for me is whether or not in this film version Quicksilver's speed effect can be extended to others. Are Charles, Erik and Logan frozen still while Quicksilver is moving into the room? Or are the three men staring in awe at the effect of a world slowed down so much the rain hangs on air? What do you think?
As for the other photo: That's classic Wolverine and Beast, and looks like a nice hat-tip to more than a few of the comics.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in theaters on May 23, 2014.