Yesterday, 20th Century Fox released the new trailer for their highly-anticipated superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, arriving in theaters May 23, 2014. Today, MTV has that very same trailer with director Bryan Singer providing his own commentary over the video. Empire also got together with director Bryan Singer to break down this first teaser frame-by-frame, with the filmmaker offering plenty of insight into his creative choices on this latest Marvel mutant adventure. Check out the trailer with commentary, then take a look at the breakdown with the trailer images and quotes from the filmmaker
It would seem that Xavier is also asking Hugh Jackman's Wolverine what he remembers. Given Logan's well-documented struggles with his memory, that might be an exercise in futility.
Part of the hook of Days of Future Past is that it takes place in two different time periods - here, we see Future Wolverine in what seems to be a temple or monastery of some sort. Check out the snazzy grey streaks in Jackman's temples.
"The grey in the hair is something I took from X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's a look in the comic. I liked it, even though he hasn't really aged physically it's something that shows how tough things have gotten in the future, and brought that out in him and given him a little more world-weariness."
What with his two solo outings and that brilliant cameo in X-Men: First Class, we've seen plenty of Jackman-as-Wolverine since X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. Not so for Halle Berry as Storm - this is our first look at Halle Berry as Storm in the future, doing what Storm does best: delivering awful lines about toads unleashing lightning. And why not?
"She's one of the last surviving X-Men in this post-apocalyptic world. She's part of that with Wolverine and Charles and Magneto, they're some of the last folk standing from the original X-Men. They're at the spearhead of this mission, this last chance at saving the world. This is their only hope, their mission into time. Can you actually go back and affect time? Can you go back and change things or will time correct itself? Will history fight you back and is your destiny pre-determined or can you change it?"
"You'll need me as well..." Ian McKellen's Erik Lehnsherr, AKA Magneto, is also a fixture in the future war, facing an enemy so monstrous that it forces former foes to band together. When we meet the X-Men in the future, the X-Men effectively no longer exist.
"They're on the run. There's no organization. It's all been shattered. Most of them have been hunted down. Most of them are dead."
The New Mutants
Days of Future Past isn't all about the old guard. Singer and writer Simon Kinberg have introduced some new mutants too, and here's our first look at Omar Sy as long-term fan favourite Bishop, Adan Canto as fiery Brazilian mutant Sunspot (who almost appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand), BooBoo Stewart as the Native American strongman Warpath and Bingbing Fan as Blink, whose ability to conjure portals may come in handy during battles. Just don't think of them as X-Men.
"They're not really fresh recruits. They're more refugees that are living day to day in this hideously ruined world. They don't have much hope in the future. They're on the run and they join forces with the remaining X-Men to try to do this one last attempt at fixing the world."
Gun For Ire
And here we see the Fassbender Magneto for the first time, holding a gun in front of a painting of Liberty Leading The People (it's flipped, but the image may have been mirrored for some reason), which seems wildly appropriate for him. That painting is part of the Louvre's collection, by the way, probably placing him in Paris. And, for all his mastery of magnetism, Fassbender's Erik is not above using a more savage tool. You homo superiors and your guns...
"There's a line in the movie, 'he's always had a way with guns.' That's how he crippled Xavier, and he's such a powerful mutant but in this particular moment he's holding a gun and I like that. He's a product of the Second World War and he knows how to use a gun as much as he does his powers."
Xavier Mind Meld
"He's trying to access something deep in his mind. That's what the line's about, 'you're going to need to do for me what I once did for you'. In X-Men 1, Logan was a lost, lonely person and Charles helped him find himself. Now the tables are turned and Logan is coming into the world from the future to find a man who's at the end of his rope in the past."
Colossus Off Roads
The monastery or temple or whatever the heck it is comes under attack as a bulky figure runs through the destruction. Is this our first look at the return of Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin, aka the metal-skinned Colossus? It sure is. Minus the metal skin.
"He may be his human form in that shot, I'm not sure. By that time in the sequence he may actually be metal but I have no visual effects done!. So for that shot you just get what's on the set - a big, live, real explosion. No CGI yet. We're in process on very elaborate effects but there's really none of them done except for a couple of backdrops and a couple of shots I could slide in."
Fassbender's Magneto floats down to the ground. Is this also in Paris? That building and the monument in the next shot look pretty French. Note also the hints of purple in Erik's clothing as he heads further down the dark path to becoming the McKellen Magneto we all know and love/hate/love-to-hate.
"Fassbender knew that he would be, well, not sharing the frame with Ian McKellen, but sharing the movie with Ian McKellen, so where on X-Men: First Class he tried to be as different as possible from McKellen, because that was a very different character, well now he knew as an actor he'd have to bring his performance slightly closer to Ian's because he's heading in that direction."
Bad to the Bone
Now this is a big one. Logan, in the 1970s, takes out some dude. You can just about see them in this grab, but Wolverine's claws aren't adamantium. Instead, they're all bone, baby. All bone.
"He doesn't have his metal yet in 1973," confirms Singer, which places this movie before the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Wolverine's first meeting with a man by the name of William Stryker, head of the Weapon X program. Here, Stryker (previously played by Brian Cox in X2: X-Men United and Danny Huston in Origins) is played by Josh Helman. And we're intrigued to see how Magneto and Wolverine get on now that the former can't make the latter behave like a puppet on a string...
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