The Next Stage in Superhero Movie Evolution?

What’s being called the final trailer for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST made its debut online yesterday. From what we witness in just over 2 minutes, we’re in for something pretty darn spectacular.

Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is our plot anchor once again, with his consciousness sent back in time to convince young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to unite a group of mutants to prevent a particularly dark future for them all. We get Wolverine trying to convince an incredulous Professor X that he’s not off his rocker, Quicksilver (Evan Peters) being all chippy and annoyingly hyperactive, before a glimpse of his daring mission to spring his long lost father Magneto (Michael Fassbender) from his cell below the Pentagon, then assorted mutant carnage and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) kicking all kinds of ass. There’s also a hint of an amusing reluctant buddy relationship between Logan and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) echoing their standoffishness in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, complete with a killer line to end the trailer, and the small matter of Magneto lifting up an entire football stadium.

We see plenty, but Bryan Singer is by no means spoiling everything in the film, and we’ve still got some surprises in store I’m sure. We’ve still only had the briefest peeks at the big bads of the movie, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and his army of mutant-seeking killer robots the Sentinels. We still don’t know exactly what Mystique is up to in Washington, though it’ll doubtless involve her dealing out punishment to anyone who’s against her being “mutant and proud”. We still don’t know how past Professor X is walking again, or how future Professor X is not dead again. We still don’t know how past Beast shed his blue feline appearance, regained his human form, before apparently turning into the Beast we saw in Last Stand. Speaking of Last Stand, we don’t know how much, if any of it, Singer has retconned.

Days of Future Past looks to be living up to its name as the biggest movie Fox has ever made after AVATAR, and I’ve got my fingers firmly crossed that Singer manages to deliver something as well-balanced and awesome as he did the last time he directed mutants 12 years ago. There’s a hell of a lot of plot, characters, effects and dues to be paid to the series so far, so it’ll be no mean feat. It should be a celebration of what has come before, tying together as it does the two X-Men series (and completing the journeys of the older cast) but it also needs to work on its own terms. I’m excited, but I’m terrified as well. Out of the big superhero movies coming this year, this is the one I really want to work, because I adore the X-Men. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER didn’t excite me. I couldn’t care less about THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY could go either way. I just hope it was because Bryan Singer had his mind firmly fixed on this project that JACK THE GIANT SLAYER sucked so much. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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