The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may be hogging the superhero spotlight for the moment, but X-Men: Days of Future Past is looming closely behind its webbed shadow. In fact, even Spidey himself can't shake the mutants, as evidenced by recent news that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will include a peek at the latest X-Men adventure.
The film has been heavily marketed as a time-traveling mutant fest, combining the original trilogy cast with the actors from X-Men: First Class and presumably setting a new course for the franchise's future. The third and final trailer for Days of Future Past has given us our best look at the film's story, but even so, several looming questions are surrounding what is likely to be a complicated plot indeed.
However, the just-released Japanese trailer for the film (see above) instead marks a return to the marketing's focus on the ensemble cast, action sequences and visual effects. This isn't surprising, considering that action-heavy American films tend to be the ones that perform best overseas. After all, Fox is having enough difficulty trying to sell casual moviegoers stateside on the premise behind the film.
There isn't a ton of new footage for fans who have been following the film's marketing campaign from the beginning. However, we do get a few closer glimpses at the post-apocalyptic world inhabited by the original cast and new additions like Bingbing Fan and Adan Canto. It's a bit misleading for the marketing to focus so heavily on this part of the storyline since we know the bulk of the storyline (and the majority of filming) focuses on the First Class cast, but it's hard to fault Fox for wanting to show off its impressive cast.
The pressure is truly on for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Reportedly, it is already one of Fox's most expensive productions ever, and the studio is betting hard that the film breaks open their segment of the Marvel universe. At the moment, rumors has it that Fox is considering spin-off films for Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and the character of Gambit (perhaps played by Channing Tatum), in addition to X-Men: Apocalypse and the announced third Wolverine film. It'll be interesting to see how the film plays both here and overseas and how that affects Fox's plans.
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