The Sentinels, those mutant-hunting robots, are a staple of X-Men stories going all the way back to 1965. They have evolved dramatically over the years as artists and writers refine and re-evaluate their conception of the ‘bots, and how they relate to other characters. They take a pretty huge leap forward in X-Men: Days of Future Past, both visually, and in terms of their capabilities. There’s a certain visual relationship to the old X-Men character Nimrod, and also to another character, with the reasons for that latter one made explicit in the film. Below, we have a collection of Sentinel concept art develop from Days of Future Past, showing some of the page to screen evolution. Read More »
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Want to exclusively see more of this new Hulk poster by Dave Perillo? Should Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice be considered a Man of Steel sequel? How did they make that amazing Quicksilver scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Does Clark Gregg think he’ll appear on the Marvel Netflix shows? What is Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham? Does The Wolverine post credit scene fit with X-Men: Days of Future Past? Who was the actor at the end of the credits in that film? Why is Patton Oswalt defending General Zod? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
It is standard procedure for a comic book movie to end with a post-credits scene that points toward the next film to come. Once the full credits roll has gone by at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, there’s a big one. But the scene doesn’t feature anyone that casual audiences are likely to recognize, and it isn’t set in a location that is familiar to the X-Men films. So what’s it all about? We’ve got the Days of Future Past post-credits scene explained below. (Consequently, full spoilers for Days of Future Past are after the break.)
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X-Men: Days of Future Past hasn’t even been in theaters a week but the Blu-ray is already available for pre-order. Amazon has posted some looks at the release, which will be available in multiple versions. One will be a special collectors’ set including Magneto’s helmet. Check out images of the X-Men Days of Future Past Blu rays below. Read More »
Want to read about the consequences of the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past? How much money did the film make in its opening weekend? Where can you get a bunch of hi-res screencaps from the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer? Did Simon Kinberg change his tune about a Fantastic Four/X-Men crossover? Has Spider-Man joined the X-Men? Want to see some new images from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For? Which actor do fans want as Doctor Strange? Read about all this and more in an special, holiday extended version of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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The X-Men franchise is back in this weekend’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer‘s return to the franchise combines the original cast from Singer’s first two films and Brett Ratner’s third, and new cast of Matthew Vaughn’s First Class. The result is a tight, exciting, time-travelling sequel. The time travel story allows Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to share the screen with Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and so many more.
Make no mistake, though. While the original X-Men actors are all in the film, Days of Future Past is first and foremost a sequel to First Class. The character issues and relationships developed in that film continue here. That helps give the film many options to explore character dynamics, action, and history-making (and -breaking) narrative events.
What exactly are those narrative events and what do they mean going into X-Men: Apocalypse? Now that X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theaters, you can discuss all of the answers below. Tell us if you liked the film as much as we all did, or if you were disappointed. Does Singer’s work with the new cast compare to Vaughn’s? What story points did you love, and which did you hate? Did you like the Sentinels? Any and everything you can think about X-Men: Days of Future Past can be said below. Give us your X-Men Days of Future Past reactions! Read More »
X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the latest chapter in the cinematic life of the X-Men. It is an attempt to rectify some mistakes made in previous films, particularly X-Men: The Last Stand. It is a Charles Xavier origin story of sorts, and also a Wolverine movie; no matter how many mutants Fox splashes on the posters, this is the continuation of Wolverine’s evolution from animal to man. And for a film that ranges from 1973 to future decades hence, it is also a rather contained, character-oriented story.
As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels into the past to help Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) realize his potential, Wolverine also truly comes into his own. As a character piece, there’s a bit of a cheat, as Wolverine has the benefit of tremendous foresight. But while he knows where he has to go, he doesn’t know how to get there. Despite the myriad ways in which Days of Future Past is unlike the X-Men comics, it plays out as a solid special issue, a rip-roaring tale of power and old-fashioned good versus evil. It is an unusual summer “blockbuster,” and stands among the better X-Men movies. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
When an Aussie unknown named Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine back in the late ’90s, it was doubtful that anyone would’ve predicted he’d still be playing the nearly ageless mutant a decade and a half later. For that matter, some would not likely have guessed that the X-Men franchise itself would last this long. But seven films later, both the series and its star are still going strong.
Which isn’t to say there haven’t been some changes. Fox’s X-Men universe has expanded over the years to include more heroes, more villains, and more versions of already established characters. One of the most exciting additions in the new X-Men: Days of Future Past is Peter Dinklage‘s Bolivar Trask, a scientist obsessed with mutants — and the threat they pose to humanity.
At a recent X-Men: Days of Future Past junket in New York City, I took the opportunity to sit down with Jackman, the series’ longest-running hero, and Dinklage, its newest villain — as well as Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, the producers who’ve made it all happen. Watch the video interviews after the jump.
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