You're a Mutant, You're a Mutant, EVERYONE'S A MUTANT!1 of 12X-Men: Days of Future Past isn't here until May 2014, but Fox, riding on the coattails of Marvel Studios sharing a trailer for their next Marvel-ous film, decided to release the first look at their next epic this week.
Now that we have it in our grubby hands and can watch it on repeat, here are ten things we noticed in the first footage from the next big screen X-Men adventure.
YES, STORM GETS HER MOMENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT2 of 12Love her or hate her, Halle Berry is an award-winning actress who has an audience she can pull into a movie like this. Of course, getting her back into the role of Storm meant there had to be at least one "moment" for the character. Seeing her show up twice in this trailer, its clear she will get her moment, possibly and then some. Lets just all hope we also get an amazing one-liner to make fun of for the next ten years.
SO MANY MUTANTS3 of 12Blink, Bishop, Warpath, Iceman, Rogue, Kitty, Wolverine, Xavier(s), Magneto(s), Mystique, Storm, even a brief glimpse of Colossus - yes, this cast is going to be huge and crowded. And this isn't even all of them.
Still, there is something exciting about the first time you see some of your favorite characters come to life. We saw facebook and twitter light up the first time people saw Blink (who got the only two-shot treatment of any of the newbies) in this trailer, something we noted back during Comic-Con.
Hopefully these new additions won't be relegated to non-named, non-speaking roles (and will be faithful to their comic book origins) like many of the cameos in the much maligned X3. For now, we're excited, and anxious to see Blink's pink teleportation daggers, or watch Bishop absorb and redirect a blast.
NO SENTINELS YET4 of 12We are all excited to see Sentinels, the giant mutant-hunting robots built by Bolivar Trask, finally come to life on the big screen. For fans that grew up reading in the 70s and 80s, fans that grew up watching the X-Men: The Animated Series in the 90s, all the way up to several storylines in the last decade, the Sentinel represent the biggest (ahem, literally) threat to Marvel's Merry Mutants.
Unfortunately, they will also require a lot of special effects, which means they weren't ready in July, when the movie was still filming, and aren't ready now.
But you know what? That's okay. In fact, if at all possible, it would be great if Fox just saved them altogether, and let them debut on the big screen, not on computer monitors. It won't likely happen, but some things - and a larger-than-life robot is a perfect example - should be left as a "big" surprise (sorry).
MUTANT VS MUTANT5 of 12Sure, we're all excited to see Sentinels, but we also want to see bombastic mutant versus mutant battles. It's good to see, then, that in the short splash of action in this trailer, we see at least a couple of superpowered fights in the midst. You'll see all over this countdown that we're thrilled to see more emphasis on relationships and emotional moments - but dang if we don't like seeing Magneto drag someone across the ground by the very iron in their blood.
MORE REAL-WORLD POLITICS6 of 12Real-world politics were a major part of X-Men: First Class, the film that introduced much of this cast and acts in many ways as a direct prequel to this one. With the Cuban missile crisis front-and-center there, it's no surprise to see the tale of mutants and government oversight take a major role in Days of Future Past.
Of course, alongside President Nixon and the White House, we'll also see Bolivar Trask (played by Peter Dinklage, pictured) lobbying Congress and playing his own political game. Still, real political stakes interwoven with the fantasy make it all a bit more relatable - a necessary step for a film featuring 20-30 superpowered people.
YOUNG XAVIER HAS GIVEN UP7 of 12Why is this one of the ten most important things in this trailer? Because Xavier is supposed to be the glue of the X-Men. It's pretty clear that when we first see him in the past, he is despondent. Cerebro is literally dusted over, he is disheveled, and as his elder version says, he is "a different man."
It's one of several moments that shows the tone of this movie is going to be much more than "superpowered fights strung together by quick monologues," and it bodes well for the film. What do you do when your glue no longer holds anything together?
MAGNETO & XAVIER TEAM-UP8 of 12One of the things critics and fans liked the most about First Class was the bromance between Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr. Of course, it saw a heart (and spine) breaking conclusion, but that doesn't mean it can't ever come back.
Seeing the elder versions of Xavier and Magneto working side-by-side shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who saw The Wolverine this summer, but is still exciting for long term fans. The two have a history of a reluctant enmity, with their friendship always just under the surface. It doesn't hurt that Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan are real-life best friends, either. It all adds another layer to the film, especially for Wolverine, having to convince the very raw, very recently turned against eachother young pair to team-up again in the past.
LOTS OF ANGST9 of 12Speaking of tone, it's clear there will be a lot of angst in this movie - and guess what, there should be. Of all major comic book properties out there, the X-Men has always been the most like a soap opera. Yes, there are massive, world-ending battles, but the heart of the X-Men is in their relationships, their feelings, their personal interactions.
We see the aforementioned despondent Xavier, a crying Mystique, a doubtful Wolverine, a dejected Magneto, a painfully angry Beast - these are people and they are experiencing life. And life, especially for these mutants, is cruel.
LOTS OF WOLVERINE10 of 12Look, folks, Wolverine, and specifically Hugh Jackman's portrayal of him, is the star of the X-Men film franchise. It should be little surprise, then, that he is all over this trailer.
For comic book fans, they'll recognize that Wolverine is taking on Kitty Pryde's role from the comic book story of the same name, with Logan being the one mentally transported into the past instead of Kitty.
But that's not all, as a lynchpin in both timelines, we're sure to see Wolverine in action, both against crazy giant robots and a group of your average mobsters.
If you love Wolverine, you're very happy about this trailer. If you don't, you're probably going to have some issues with this film.
LESS ABOUT THE ACTION, MORE ABOUT THE TONE11 of 12Typically, a superhero movie trailer shows a quick moment of the hero in peril, either emotional or physical, a few quick shots of the supporting cast, and then a whole bunch of explosions, punches, and buildings/vehicles falling down/out of the sky.
There was a quick ten-second flash of action in this two-minute trailer, but otherwise, it was all about establishing the tone and the emotional resonance of the movie, and that was perfect.
Bryan Singer is at his best when he makes you care about everyone, even characters you know you should think are deplorable, then turns it all on its head. This is only two minutes, yes, but if this two minutes is in fact indicative of the two-hour film, we may be in for a whole new kind of superhero movie, and it may be time for that to be born.
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