So what’s up with that future Sentinel design in X-Men: Days of Future Past? The first image of the mutant-killer of the future debuted late last night via an Empire Magazine cover, and instantly raised some eyebrows. While the first couple generations of Sentinels seen in the film bear a certain resemblance to the fan-favorite design known from comic books, this is pretty far afield of any design we’ve seen.

There are vague hints of the “ultimate Sentinel” Nimrod in the robot’s “face,” but more pointers to the classic design of the shape-shifting cybernetic alien Warlock, from the X-Men spin-off New Mutants. The T-1000 might be in there, along with some video game inspiration, and maybe a bit of the Alien xenomorph. Until we see this thing in motion it’s difficult to get a bead on how well it will work, though there is obviously a strict design principle at work.

After the break, the film’s production designer explains that principle. Read More »