‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore flee Sentinels

April 14, 2014 | 1:38 p.m.
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Sunspot (Adan Canto), left, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) prepare for an epic battle to save their kind in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

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Young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets his older self (Patrick Stewart) in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

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Ellen Page, left, as Kitty Pryde and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) are on the run in the latest clip from Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Mutant fans can check out a new sequence from the Fox film, which is set to arrive in theaters May 23.

“Days of Future Past” picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from “First Class” and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which launched in 2000 with Singer’s original “X-Men” and arguably ushered in the current golden age of comic book films.

Halle Berry as Storm in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Halle Berry as Storm in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” (Fox)

“Future Past’s” expansive cast includes James McAvoy playing the younger Xavier, with Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen playing Magneto. Also featured are Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Page as Kitty Pryde, Ashmore as Iceman, Halle Berry as Storm, Omar Sy as Bishop and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.

“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage joins the ensemble as Bolivar Trask, the mastermind who initially creates the Sentinels, robots who in the future seek to drive mutants into extinction.

In Singer’s film, the X-Men ultimately hit upon a plan to prevent the bleak future — by projecting Wolverine’s consciousness back in time into the body of his younger self, they hope to unite friends-turned-adversaries Xavier and Magneto and avoid the events that will trigger the dystopia, which is glimpsed in the newly released sequence.

In an interview with Hero Complex, Singer pointed out one unlikely inspiration for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”: Schrodinger’s cat.

“There’s a theory about things: Until they’re observed, they haven’t really quite happened yet … it’s called a superposition in quantum mechanics,” he explained. “If you put a poison that may or may not release inside a box with a cat, until you observe the result, the cat is both alive and dead at the same time. The outcome hasn’t happened yet, so you can muck about in the past, but until you return to observe the future, it doesn’t take hold. That’s called collapsing the superposition.

“I applied this notion to our story line, and it really helped me create a narrative where both the past and future can coexist at the same time.”

Are you excited to see Singer return as a director to the franchise with “X-Men: Days of Future Past”? What do you think of the new clip?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre

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