It’s a clichéd word, but that’s exactly what the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is going for. The first fifty seconds cut between new and old mutants appearing in the film, backed by a goose-bump-inducing score. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, the acting titans of the franchise, are featured prominently throughout.
The story involves Professor X asking Wolverine (with gray streaks!) to go back in time to find the younger versions of both himself and Magneto, convince them of his mission, and change the course of history to prevent all-out war. Peter Dinklage appears briefly as Bolivar Trask, the inventor of the Sentinels, and hints at having a huge presence in the movie. Hopefully the story stays true to Claremont’s original vision.
The film looks to be absolutely stuffed full of characters. It’s fun to see Evan Peters as Quicksilver, but there’s always a danger of the plot suffering under the weight of a massive cast. Luckily, Bryan Singer doesn’t seem to be sitting back, and as the trailer completes, it’s hard to argue against the fact that this is going to be the most important X-Men movie to date. An X-Men movie to end them all.
Fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, even though the stink of The Last Stand still hovers. First Class and The Wolverine were surprisingly excellent but tend to be seen as smaller, personal films. DOFP is going to bring everything the X-Men universe has, and I can’t wait to see it.
X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters on May 23, 2014.
Alex Smith is a news and reviews writer for Capeless Crusader. When not wasting away in class, he spends all his free time with comics, movies, and video games, and has been since birth. He can spend hours discussing Saga, Hawkeye, or Game of Thrones. Lying Cat’s number one fan. Random brain thoughts: @imapensfan