‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Gives Every Mutant a Chance to Shine Says Mark Millar

The 20th Century Fox consultant also discusses the Sentinel's role in this superhero sequel, and reveals Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed.
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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Gives Every Mutant a Chance to Shine Says Mark Millar

X-Men: Days of Future Past will give every mutant a chance to shine says Mark MillarEarlier this month, Hugh Jackman revealed that the superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past will feature every X-Men mutant that has appeared in the previous movies. Mark Millar, who has a new role as a creative consultant on all of 20th Century Fox's superhero movies, was recently asked if this is true. While he didn't exactly confirm the report, he did say this ensemble is coming together nicely.

"It has actually been very well put together - Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn worked on it together and they are both great at what they do. Then Bryan Singer came in, and, of course, he is Mr X-Men and he knows exactly how everything works. Just look at these first two X-Men movies: despite the huge cast of characters it all came together really well. These two movies never felt like overload and the balance was really, really good. On the other hand I though the third film felt crowded, but then Singer is excellent at working with ensemble casts. So with this one I feel it is all fine. I have read the screenplay and it doesn't feel rushed and it doesn't feel like it is too many characters."

He also added that, even with such a huge cast of characters, each superhero has their big moment, comparing it to Star Trek.

"I think the best comparison I can give is to Star Trek - that is an ensemble but it never feels as if there is not enough time with any one character. Or maybe Lost - that is an ensemble but every character gets their own moment to shine. So as long as everyone is there for a reason there doesn't need to be a problem with so many characters. This is a beautifully structured film, and it is a time travel story so the structure has to be especially strong."

X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on a comic book arc where the mutants are hunted by Sentinels in an alternate future. Mark Millar spoke about these gigantic robots, and where they fit into the story.

"I don't really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We've all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they're having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I'm delighted [laughs]."

We also reported last week that Ellen Page is returning as Kitty Pryde. While he wouldn't give specifics, Mark Millar revealed that Kitty Pryde fans will be pleased with this sequel.

"As soon as I say something it will turn into a big internet story. Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed."

X-Men: Days of Future Past was released May 23rd, 2014.


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  • bane5000 • 3 years ago

    I'm more curious about at what point in time from the previous X-Men films will DOFP intertwine with?

    Its obvious it will be before a certain event in X3 if Stewart will be involved and possibly alive as Prof X


    • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 3 years ago

      @thedude-abides -- Hopefully the execution is present, this time around.


      • rudy • 3 years ago

        I hope it turns out good.


        • shuabert • 3 years ago

          If he's not just talking out his ass, everything Millar says here spells good news for this movie. He acknowledges that X3 faltered a bit because it tried to do too much at once (obviously Ratner's fault), and compares it to ensemble project that were well done, like Star Trek and LOST (The Avengers obviously comes to mind too). It will be really awesome if they make Kitty as big a part of this as she was in the comic, because the more Ellen Page we get in this movie the better.


          • aoshi • 3 years ago

            @brady1138 no, Abrams. When Millar is talking about Synger's ability to deal with large casts, he cites two examples: Star Trek and Lost, both related to Abrams. So obviously it is Abrams who knows how best to deal with large casts.


            • TheObserver • 3 years ago

              lot of characters= poor character dev....


              • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 3 years ago



                • thedude-abides • 3 years ago

                  It's obvious they're going for an Avengers-type approach to this one.


                  • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                    You got to be kidding me, Byran's first two x-men films were Wolverine stories and focused on that one character.

                    Get someone like Joss to take on a team.


                    • Alejandro-BuenRostro • 3 years ago

                      Wow that's pretty awesome. However, I can't yet clear the doubt in my head. Perhaps the movie will work it's magic solely based on cameos? Now wouldn't that be upsetting?


                      • Fry-3000 • 3 years ago

                        @ROFLitschristian agreed, especially angel, lucky if he had 5 mins of screen time in x3. Very pissed off I was. Anyway see how this one turns out


                        • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                          I keep forgetting Miller is the creative consultant


                          • raoulduke33 • 3 years ago

                            Sentinels. Nuff said.


                            • brady1138 • 3 years ago

                              @aoshi Do you perhaps mean Joss Whedon?


                              • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

                                Can we give some more than others? Like, Nightcrawler and Colossus, more screen time! Angel... well.


                                • aoshi • 3 years ago

                                  Judging by Millar's comments maybe JJ Abrams should have directed this movie. xD


                                  • ejk1 • 3 years ago

                                    Yeah, okay. I'll believe that when I see it.


                                    • skywise • 3 years ago

                                      Good good good. They are saying all the right things.


                                      • therealGoku • 3 years ago

                                        I like that they are addressing questions and concerns on twitter and obviously listening to the fans. This should be a great movie. I'm not worried


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