For months we've been speculating what, exactly, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" would be like.
This is the second most expensive movie the Fox studio has ever produced, and combines two separate casts of "X-Men" actors (those from Bryan Singer's original franchise and the younger, cuter crew from "X-Men: First Class") in a story that involves, amongst other things, time travel, alternate dimensions, and giant, bloodthirsty robots. In other words: it seemed like a lot to process. How all of that would be untangled (and laid out in an entertaining two-hour blockbuster) was something of a question mark. Now we have more answers with the brand new trailer for "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and those answers are promising indeed (the awful, Photoshopped-to-death poster is less encouraging).
The trailer (below) starts off ominously, with old Professor X (Patrick Stewart), who was unceremoniously killed in the abysmal third movie "X-Men: The Last Stand," narrating, "So many battles lost..." over footage of a post-apocalyptic cityscape. "Are we destined to destroy each other? Or can we change who we are and unite? Is the future truly set?" He asks.
What follows are some pretty striking images: giant robots (known as Sentinels) falling from huge airplanes and zooming through the ashy sky, a nifty 360 degree swoop around a cluster of mutants whose powers are igniting, and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) being violently flung through time. Old man Magneto (Ian McKellan) lays out the ground rules: go back in time, get the young versions of ourselves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) to cooperate, and stop the creation of the Sentinels, thus saving the world and mutant-kind.
While there is still some iffy stuff (Whiplash's Pink Floyd T-shirt, the questionable Vietnam imagery), most of the rest of the trailer is utterly stunning -- Fassbender as an angry young mutant, a blue tear trickling out of the side of Jennifer Lawrence's eye, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) phasing through walls. If there's one caveat is that's the newer, younger cast is so engaging that we kind of wish that the whole movie was based solely around them; a proper follow-up to "X-Men: First Class" instead of this everything-and-the-kitchen-sink pajama party. That said, while we were initially skeptical of the approach, original director Singer looks like he might have pulled off something miraculous with "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Oh, and speaking of everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, please look at the utterly awful new poster for the movie (below). It features Wolverine, in silhouette, and the rest of the poster is what happens when someone's cat falls asleep on the keyboard while they're in Photoshop: a giant Mystique (for the "Hunger Games" fans!), some new character with blue plasma balls coming out of their hands, and what is arguably the greatest flourish on this garish eyesore of a poster: Patrick Stewart levitating above an explosion (that is happening in Washington, DC?) Go ahead, insert your own flatulence joke. It's too easy not to.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens on May 23rd.