The marketing for X-Men: Days of Future Past has primarily focused on highlighting its massive ensemble cast of new and returning characters from the long-running franchise. We’ve seen photos and promotional art for the characters over and over again (not to mention 25 different character magazine covers), but relatively little on the actual footage front, which is odd considering its fast-approaching May release date. When compared to overabundance of trailers and clips from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, also releasing in May, it’s especially noticeable.
The one Days of Future Past trailer we did get four months ago however, happened to be the same teaser we saw at Comic-Con last summer, and while we expected Fox to show at least something during the Super Bowl, the studio did not. This is finally about to change for the next X-Men film, the most expensive superhero movie ever made.
Two weeks ago director Bryan Singer released 6-second teaser and last week, Hugh Jackman teased the following, seemingly revealing that there would be something new and cool coming for fans looking forward to X-Men: Days of Future Past. The most obvious guess is that it’s going to be a new trailer.
And just days later, we discovered that the British Board of Film Classification has rated a second full-length trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past with a runtime of 2 minutes and 28 seconds. Finally! With the first trailer focusing on re-introducing the characters from the original X-Men trilogy and returning stars from X-Men: First Class, alongside the idea of there being two time periods explored in the film, this second trailer will ideally tease the greater threat the mutants are battling against, and better yet, finally show some of the Sentinels in action – giant mutant-hunting robots.
With trailer classifications occurring shortly before their release, we can assume the trailer and Jackman’s tweet to Good Morning America above are definitely related. The timing also coincides with the international release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier which debuts on March 28th in the UK but two days earlier in other regions, a full week before it opens in North America. It’s a safe bet the new X-Men trailer will be attached.
In related news, Total Film debuted a new still from X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring stars Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult and Michael Fassbender doing their thing in the ’70s time period of the film. They’re standing together and not against each other, indicating that at this point in the film they’ve been at least partly successful in attempting to recruit young Magneto’s help.
What one thing are you most looking forward to see in the second Days of Future Past trailer?
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, Evan Jonigkeit 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 hits theaters May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015. X-Men: Apocalypse releases May 27, 2016 release.
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