‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ trailer: Wolverine to the mutants’ rescue

Oct. 29, 2013 | 7:26 a.m.

Filmmaker Bryan Singer last week tweeted a link to a new clip from a forthcoming trailer to his anticipated “X-Men” sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past. “

Just a few seconds of footage, the teaser featured a number of the most iconic X-Men characters, including Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier.

On Tuesday, fans got a look at the full trailer, which is heavy on Wolverine, who must travel back in time to save the present-day mutants.

“Days of Future Past,” due out May 23, 2014, 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 both “First Class” and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which launched in 2000 with Singer’s original “X-Men” and arguably ushered in the new golden age of comic book films.

“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, Anna Paquin as Rogue, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Halle Berry as Storm and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.

“This is a character piece, and it’s mostly what we showed at Comic-Con,” Singer said Monday night when Hero Complex chatted with the filmmaker at a screening of the horror film “Trick ‘R Treat.” “It’s basically a piece that introduces the characters and the vibe of the film.”

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14 Responses to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ trailer: Wolverine to the mutants’ rescue

  1. Angeros says:

    First!!!!Wow,can't wait any longer.This is going to be Epic for all X-Men fans!

  2. HughMyron says:

    i'm not sure "anticipated" and "x-men sequel" should be in the same sentence

  3. Claus Talon says:

    I've yet to be as impressed with Singer's works as I've been with others. Some of the casting choices leave much to be desired and the alteration of comic lore I find the most displeasing aspect of his projects. "Days of Future Past" should have been left alone if it wasn't to be done correctly. The constant spotlighting of Jackman is an overused marketing ploy whose time has ended. Sure-He should be featured, but leave the time travel to the actual characters that did it in the storyline. Where are Cable and Bishop? How can you do this tale properly WITHOUT these two core characters playing central roles? The ONLY thing good about "First Class" was Fassbender's portrayal. Singer just doen't get it as far as I'm concerned.

    • Actually says:

      Bishop is in the movie. Omar sy plays him. Derp

    • Dogged Intired says:

      Cable and Bishop had not even been created when the original story was published (Uncanny 141/142). Those characters appeared almost 10 years later, ffs. In the original arc, Kitty Pryde made the jump and exactly as the trailer describes. It wasn't a physical jump, but a "psionic" (remember when THAT was a superpower?) one. An older, war-worn Kitty, mind leapt into her rookie teenager self, who was virtually a new character at the time. It was all the rage in 5th grade. Everybody wanted it, but it was impossible to find a copy.

      • Claus Talon says:

        I HAVE it and just about every issue printed during that era. I didn't stop collecting until they hached the plot to separate me for all of my money by flooding the market with a deluge of X and Spider books.

  4. Eric says:

    “This is a character piece, and it’s mostly what we showed at Comic-Con,” Singer said.

    I have my doubts… I personally don't feel Singer is great with multi-ensemble casts, and ends up focusing waaaaay to much on Wolverine/Jackman in these films. This trailer seems to show it's going the same way in this one, which is such a shame considering how First Class redeemed my opinion about X-Men films.

    • JSL says:

      Eric, thank God for you and people like you. I thought I was alone. The X-Men films and Ultimate X-Men have consistently proven to be nothing more than epic X-Men tales rewritten with Wolvie in the lead. X-Men First Class proved you can make a great X-Men film without Wolvie, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine proved that he can't carry a movie alone. I am soooo sick of Wolverine I could puke blood.

      • Claus Talon says:

        I understand why they focus on Logan, but that much focus for the sake of ticket sales detracts from the entirety of the genre. Wolverine used to be my fourth favorite X-character, behind Prof. X, Cycke and Jean. Now he's probably fifth, behind Cable. My biggest gripes are casting selections and UNNECESSARY changes to the original storylines. Like-Why was the Juggernaut presented as a mutant? Why wasn't the original team at least back storied? Why was Halle Berry cast as Storm instead of someone who at least resembles and carried herself as a warrior-goddess? That's retorical(I know she was cast because of popularity). And THAT is the problem-profit over quality.

      • Charlie D says:

        I would say that has more to do with the studio and scriptwriters. Fox decides who the characters are and how much their featured and what happens to them. Much of the changes in script are do to fox's demands. The killing of Professor X and cyclopes in X3 was because of Fox. And even Storm, Holly can only do as much as the script writers write her to do. They never wrote a Storm that resembles a warrior-goddess, and didn't really give her much to due in regard to her mutant powers as depicted in the comics.

  5. idstealer000 says:

    Just looks like another bad Wolverine movie. Singer sure does know how to kill good characters, although since that seems to be the way things are at Marvel I guess they don't care (One Moment in Time). So Singer just continues his love of Wolverine fest. The Avengers proved that a good ensemble could be done, to bad Singer seems incapable or just does not care what fans want.

    • JSL says:

      Yes, Singer and company are so desperate to use Wolvie they'll go to any fan-insanity-provoking length. Look at Ratner's misstep. I sincerely believe I know the reason why people hate X3: The Last Stand so much. He did The Dark Phoenix saga–a story that essentially centers on the love and sacrifice of Cyclops and Jean Grey–and then KILLS Cyclops in the first few scenes of the film. And why? So that all those scenes could be given wholesale to Wolvie. That left Dark Phoenix with no heart and left the sacrifice of Jean tainted and adulterous. It used to be cool when Wolvie unsheathed his claws. It used to be cool when he was a sleazy tragic figure that could never win the love of Jean Grey. Wolvie was violent… but repentant, and that made him deep and dynamic (almost Shakespearean). Now Jean stays with Cyke out of pity, and Wolvie's claws are like lightsabers after the Star Wars prequels–overused and whored to the point of mind-numbing boredom. Man, I used to really love The X-Men.

      • Charlie D says:

        The decision to kill cyclops was Fox not Ratner. The focus on the Dark Phoenix saga was originally based on Bryan Singer's idea with his team of writers before he left due to conflicts with Fox's president. In that version, Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club were the villains and Phoenix was depicted as a god-like being and Gambit was to be introduced. The problems with X3 had to do with Fox rushing the film, changing story concepts and displacing directors. Matthew Vaughn stated, after Singer left, he too left that project because Fox rushed production and he knew it wouldn't be to the standards of X2.

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