New 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Photos Highlight Familiar Faces & Relationships

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While Captain America: The Winter Soldier stole the Marvel spotlight yesterday with its first trailer grabbing attention away from Thor: The Dark World's imminent theatrical release momentarily, it wasn't to be outdone by Twentieth Century Fox's big budget Marvel tentpole, X-Men: Days of Future Past. A brief teaser in the form a Instagram clip was released by Fox to announce the release of the first Days of Future Past trailer coming next Tuesday, October 29th. With Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy teaser trailers also expected before the year's out - it's high time for Marvel fans.

The 6-second X-Men: DOFP teaser features key shots from the past and future, highlighting some of the new superhero costumes the fan-favorite mutants wear, and today, new photos reveal even more. Empire and EW have each released an exclusive set of official stills from X-Men: Days of Future Past from next week's issues of each respective magazine.

Highlighting the familiar characters we know from the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men: First Class along with new antagonist Bolivar Trask played by Peter Dinklage (Games of Thrones), there are two behind-the-scenes photos, one featuring Bryan Singer directing Patrick Stewart on set, another with Jennifer Lawrence in a cowgirl getup, the rest revealing interesting plot points of the film's multiple-timeline story.

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Based on the 1981 Chris Claremont and John Byrne Days of Future Past storyline in X-Men comics, the film draws from the main story elements, putting an interesting (read: more marketable) twist on how the film plays out. Franchise star Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine in the past and present, representing the character from a post-apocalyptic future who is sent by Professor X and Magneto back in time to prevent some unknown event from happening that led to a mutant vs. human war and the creation of massive, mutant-hunting Sentinel robots.

From the photos, we see that Ian McKellan's older Magneto has no need for his iconic helmet that protects him from mutant telepaths since he's once again allied with old friend Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who finally gets a hover chair from the comics and animated cartoon. '70s Magneto (Fassbender) however, still wants his. We also see Bolivar Trask (Dinklage) meeting with President Richard Nixon in the '70s to discuss what we expect is the "mutant menace." Also in the past, Jackman's Wolverine sits, riddled with bullet holes, enjoying some alcohol and we wonder if his healing factor isn't up to snuff after the events of The Wolverine. Why his '70s self would not have the same healing factor we don't quite know - if that's the case. He does have graying hair in the future.

Other highlights include Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat (Ellen Page) sharing a tender moment in the future, raising the question of whether or not Iceman and Rogue (Anna Paquin) are no long an item. And of course, younger Magneto and Xavier again discuss life and strategy over a fitting game of chess.

Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars 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.


X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.

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Sources: Empire, EW

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