Entertainment Weekly’s annual Summer Movie Preview issue is out this week, and 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past - what writer-producer Simon Kinberg calls “the biggest movie Fox has made that James Cameron didn’t direct” - snagged the cover.
In a short write-up promoting the issue, EW.com confirms a key plot point from the film that mirrors the original 1980 comic book storyline, but with a twist.
According to the magazine, as fans already know Wolverine subs for Kitty Pryde as the X-Man who travels to the past (in this case 1973) to prevent Mystique from assassinating a key political figure, but instead of anti-mutant Senator Robert Kelly (who was played by Bruce Davidson in the original X-Men and who died in that film), in the big-screen version of Days of Future Past it will be Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the creator of the mutant-hunting Sentinels.
“Keeping Trask alive prevents a devastating war between mutants and humans — and keeps Mystique among the do-gooding mutants,” reports EW, who quotes Kinberg as adding, “A lot of people have an emotional investment in her not going to the dark side.”
Wolverine is also tasked with uniting Magneto, imprisoned for the JFK assassination, with Xavier, now a “drugged recluse” living with Hank McCoy/The Beast.
“The hope is that Days of Future Past will broaden the audience for X-Men such that it will motivate potential spin-offs even more,” Kinberg tells the magazine.
EW.com concludes the short feature with one somewhat noteworthy assertion, however - that the challenge of the film is that is that “legions of non-comic fans are less familiar with the powerful mutants.”
“Everyone grew up knowing Captain America or the Hulk, but not X-Men characters—I didn’t even know who Wolverine was,” director Bryan Singer tells EW. “I call X-Men the bastard stepchild of the comic universes.”
While Singer perhaps has a point if referring to Baby Boomers and older Generation X moviegoers, given the vast popularity of Fox’s 90s X-Men animated series , the now-key Millennial and later-Gen X moviegoer demographics are likely as aware of the X-Men vs. the Hulk and Captain America, if not more so.
The online magazine also premiered an exclusive new "sneak peek" video with Singer talking about the film, which shows off some new footage. That's below
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in North America on May 23, 2014.