Bryan Singer's latest in the X-franchise - X-Men: Days of Future Past - promises to be one of the biggest comic book movies EVER!
Some may say it was Singer’s original X-Men film that brought the superhero ensemble cast to the forefront of cinema. Singer is showing just how large the scope of this new film is by partnering with British entertainment mag Empire to reveal 25 variant covers, each featuring a stand alone mutant or character, including Mr. Singer himself.
Each cover was released every hour on the 27th starting with mutants from the First Class timeline and ending with the dystopian characters set in the future Days of Future Past time. Several characters received two variants such as Magneto and Professor X (considering different actors play the anchor characters in each timeline).
The covers gives fans a first look at some of the new X-franchises characters such as comic book favorites Blink and Bishop, as well as a closer look at the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. Check out the covers after the jump, and if you’ve got one you’re in love with, you can purchase it here in print or digital.
Sentinel Mark I - Created by Bolivar Trask in 1973, Sentinels have plagued the mutant world since practically the beginning of the franchise. Fans got a nod to the Sentinels in X-Men: The Last Stand in the opening Danger Room training session. Judging from the viral campaign attached to the X-Men: Days of Future Past film, you can expect to see more of the mutant-hunting robots to come.
Havok - The reformed mutant bad boy played by Lucas Till in X-Men: First Class is back, but in a barrack uniform of sorts? It’s been confirmed that Alex Summers will be enlisted in the military for the Vietnam War. Perhaps fans will get the Cyclops rumored cameo we’ve been pining for? Only time will tell.
Toad – This slimy member of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants hasn’t made an on-screen appearance since the first X-Men, where he was played by Ray Parks. Young Toad, played by Evan Jonigkeit, will more than likely be a founding member of Magneto’s newly formed Brotherhood.
William Stryker – X2: X-Men United‘s resident big bad has been a thorn in the mutant race’s side in several films including X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And like in prior films, I’m sure the mutant-hating Stryker, played by Josh Helman, will no doubt aid in the development of the “war against mutants”, which will more than likely include the creation of the Sentinels.
Bolivar Trask – Played by Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage, Bolivar Trask is yet another villain added to mix for Days of Future Past. Known for being a mutant bigot and the creator of the Sentinel program, Trask appeared briefly in X-Men: The Last Stand as part of the President’s war council.
Mystique – Jennifer Lawrence has fully taken the nude, blue mantle of Mystique, and from the look of this cover I doubt fan boys and gals will complain. DoFP will be a perfect medium to watch Mystique transform (pun intended) completely into the femme fatale we see in the first three X-films.
Beast - The Beast is back! One of the original five X-Men, Beast was a well played character addition to the X-universe, bringing in a somewhat classic backstory to the newly formed team. The younger Beast is played by Nicholas Hoult, but it could’ve been really interesting to see the older Beast (played by Kelsey Grammer in X3) in the dystopian DoFP.
Quicksilver - Son of Magneto and brother to fan favorite Scarlet Witch, this will be Pietro’s (played by Evan Peters) first time on the big screen, but certainly not his last. He’ll also be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Magneto - Michael Fassbender is back as The Master of Magnetism from the original X-Men: First Class roster, in a more defined purple costume and not so shiny new helmet. Like Mystique, we’ll get to witness Magneto’s evolution (to the dark-side), but in two ways by means of Ian McKellen and Fassbender.
Professor X – James McAvoy returns as the ’70s playboy version of Professor X. I’m curious as to why Xavier is standing in the cover when he was crippled in X-Men: First Class by fellow mutant and frienemy Magneto.
Wolverine- Note the bone claws (lacking their adamantium exterior), which is either due to his scuffle with the Silver Samurai in The Wolverine, or due to the fact that he hasn’t gotten the adamantium upgrade yet. Kudos on Fox’s part for keeping the continuity going either way.
Bryan Singer – The prodigal son has finally returned to the X-franchise. While Singer did produce X-Men:First Class, he hasn’t been at the director’s helm since X2: X-Men United, and admittedly I’ll say X-Men isn’t a perfect franchise, but it was great before Brett Ratner’s dismal attempt at a third entry..
Future Wolverine - Looks great! The costuming here is very Black Ops inspired, and its good to see Wolverine has aged a bit. He’s been in X-movies for 14 years now, it was bound to start showing at some point in time.
Future Professor X - Wolverine isn’t the only one prepped for battle, even Xavier himself stands ready to defend mutant-kind. Well, not stand, but you get the idea. Fans are incredibly excited to see Xavier interact with his younger self, played by James McAvoy.
Future Magneto - Like in the case of X2, Magneto has once again partnered with his mutant brothers in arms to save the race from extinction. It’ll be good to see Ian McKellen back on the big screen with his original X-Men cast-mates, not to mention his witticisms and magnetic flair.
Storm – Fan favorite Storm is here to experience the end of days with the rest of her mutant clan. Halle Berry was pregnant during filming so there weren’t any flying or action senes filmed with her. However with Bryan Singer at the helm, I wouldn’t be too worried. All of Storm’s bad ass moments in X2 (Tornado scene anyone?) were done stunt free.
Rogue - Rogue’s grey number here may be a tell tell sign that she’s been apprehended, taking note of the classic cover of Days of Future Past which featured the iconic apprehended/slain poster. Sadly it’s been announced that Rogue’s “rescue” scene did not make the final cut of the movie. With that being Anna Paquin’s only scene, we won’ t get to see her in action as Rogue until the Blu-ray.
Warpath - The Native American X-member – whose brother Thunderbird debuted in Giant Sized X-Men #1 along with an international roster including Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus – is one of the new faces to X-film franchise. Warpath, played by Twilight‘s BooBoo Stewart has superhuman strength and wields a set of vibranium bowie knives (as seen in the cover). We’re looking forward to seeing him in action.
Shadowcat - Played by Ellen Page, Shadowcat’s still fairly new to the X-franchise, having a fairly strong role in X-Men: The Last Stand, and cameos in the films prior, albeit with different actors in the role. In the graphic novel Days of Future Past, it’s Kitty Pryde who travels back in time to tell her younger self what happens. In the film, it’ll be Wolverine. Fans are still hoping that Shadowcat’s role in DoFP will still be just as epic as it was in the books.
Sunspot – Roberto de Costa aka Sunspot in short, can harness the energy of the Sun, allowing him to fly and absorb/manipulate light/energy. Adan Canto will be playing the role of Sunspot. Sunspot, Blink, Bishop, and Warpath are four of the future DoFP roster that will be fighting alongside Prof. X and Magneto. Take note of the burn marks on Sunspot’s face.
Blink - Fan Bingbing joins the DoFP cast as teleporting mutant Blink, another fan favorite. Her costume looks as accurate as one can get to her pink-skinned, pink-haired comic book counterpart. Unlike X2‘s Nightcrawler, Blink can create portals through which anyone can walk through.
Iceman – A more adult and battle-hardened Iceman, played by Shawn Ashmore, is pictured above. Iceman has been with the franchise since the first movie, so it’ll be good seeing him interacting with the First Class roster (if that happens), as well as the dystopian crew in DoFP. And considering Rogue has been chopped from the film, who knows what this will mean for him in terms of relationships – especially since Shadowcat’s still in the picture.
Bishop – Omar Sy plays Bishop, one of my personal favorites. The energy absorbing time traveler has been a pinnacle of the X-Men since the ’90s. A natural born leader and great tactician, Bishop comes from a future where mutants are held in interment camps and branded with the letter M on their faces. Actively fighting to change the fate of the mutant race, Bishop will more than likely be a great alley to Xavier and the X-Men.
Colossus - Colossus, like Shadowcat, hasn’t had a lot of screen time in the franchise. In X2 he had a very brief fight scene, and more of a paramount role in The Last Stand, but was still disappointingly underused. Played by Daniel Cudmore (Also, can you believe they found this guy at a gym?), the organic steel-skinned titan, Colossus is sure to be the muscle in Xavier’s future clan.
Sentinel Mark X - And last but certainly not least, we finally get to feast our eyes on the future Sentinel, Sentinel Mark X. As expected the future Sentinels are faster, bigger and more dangerous. The Mark X isn’t something fans of the X-Men comics have seen before, but that may not be a bad thing. The Mark X definitely looks lethal and prepared to do what it takes to end the mutant race.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will time jump to theaters May 24, 2014 . You can watch the trailer again here.
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Images: Empire Magazine, 20th Century Fox