If this one-minute sequence from the opening battle scene in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is any indication, this could be the comic book movie to beat this summer.
In the brief clip, we see futuristic Sentinel robots trying to kill Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Blink (Fan BingBing), Warpath (Booboo Stewart), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Sunspot (Adan Canto) and Bishop (Omar Sy), who are all hiding out in an underground bunker. It’s possibly one of the only action scene they appear in since shortly afterwards, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to stop the future destruction of mutants.
The final trailer for the sequel will debut on Conan O’Brien tonight.
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Attention X-Men fans, Empire is releasing an unprecedented 25 variant covers for its latest issue which will be bringing readers all things related to Bryan Singer’s upcoming Days of Future Past.
The covers were revealed in a flurry of tweets courtesy of Singer and film’s official Twitter account. Among the new images we’re getting a look at: Evan Jonigkeit’s Toad, the Sentinels, Havoc, Quicksilver, Warpath and a younger version of returning villain, William Stryker.
Of course, there’s a the always-beautiful Jennifer Lawrence looking perfectly nude and blue, as well has Hugh Jackman’s shredded Wolverine (on two covers) and Michael Fassbender’s young Magneto and James McAvoy’s young Charles Xavier. Even Anna Paquin, who was cut from the film, appears on one of the promotional covers.
You can check out some of the covers below. For the full 25, head over to Empire. You can also read all of our Days of Future Past coverage here.
The reaction to Quicksilver, who will also appear in a different form in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, was far from enthusiastic, with fans comparing the design to Burger King’s Kid Vid and actor Corey Feldman.
Quicksilver in the new "X-Men: Days of Future Past" movie is basically Kid Vid from the Burger King Kid's Club. pic.twitter.com/HKhEWTDN6X
If you thought Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was trying to pack too many stars into the upcoming mutant mashup, you were right.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Anna Paquin’s Rogue has been cut from the final edit of the film.
According to the website, the one scene in which Rogue appeared was a rescue sequence involving Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).
“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer tells EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”
Paquin has been told that her role was cut.
“She completely understood,” explains Singer. “It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve.”
Singer is still editing the film, but he’s also prepping work on X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016 with X2 writers Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. Just an FYI, Apocalypse is from Egypt.
Take this one with a tiny grain of salt, people. According to the National Enquirer, Hugh Jackman has been offered $100 million to reprise his signature role as Wolverine for four, count ‘em, four more films.
But according to a pal, Jackman isn’t sure he’ll take it.
“Hugh has a big decision to make. It’s not every day an actor gets offered this kind of paycheque,” his friend tells the Enquirer, “but Hugh vowed never to lock himself into any multipicture deals after ‘X-Men.’ He hasn’t given any kind of answer yet, so at least he’s considering it.”
A movie spokesperson adds, “The studio would love to have Hugh play Wolverine for the next two decades. The bosses want him, and money is obviously no object.”
Of course, given that it’s a four-picture deal, it’s not that astronomical (remember how much dough Johnny Depp bagged for Pirates 5?). But considering that Jackman is 44, one has to wonder how long he can keep playing the part of an adamantium-enhanced mutant who is essentially the face of the X-Men franchise. Although, judging from this recent Twitter pic, Jackman looks like he can handle the weight of the role.
Jackman’s latest portrayal of the character in this summer’s The Wolverine has taken in over $110 million at the box office since its release last month.
Next summer, Jackman will reprise the role in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The time-travel storyline brings together casts from the original X-Men trilogy and the 2011 prequel, First Class.
And in a separate interview with Fox News, Jackman said he’ll play the character as long as fans want him to.
“I love this part. I’ve been around long enough in this business to know great parts like this don’t come along very often and as long as the part continues to grow and the reason for doing it is there and that continues to grow, and let’s face it, that the audience still wants to see it, I don’t see any reason to give it up. I’m having more fun now than ever.”
That answer – plus $100 million – sounds to me like Wolverine will be played by Jackman for quite some time. Are you happy about this news? Sound off in the comments.
UPDATE: It looks like FOX has blocked access to the leaked Days of Future Past trailer. I will update as soon as another becomes available. In the meantime, if you missed it, you can read my summary below and watch the video ad for Trask Industries.
So, this ad isn’t actually out yet – and who knows how long it’ll last online – but thanks to an X-Men fan who attended the recent Fantasia Festival in Montreal, we’re getting an early look at the trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The audio isn’t the greatest, but the minute-and-a-half spot opens with the flashing Marvel logo and then Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier asking Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), “What’s the last thing you remember?”
If you’re just joining us, Days of Future Past is an X-Men mash-up that will find cast members from the original trilogy and First Class joining forces. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put in internment camps. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, director Bryan Singer revealed that a future version of Wolverine travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men. In the 1981 comic book on which the film is based, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) is the one who does the time travelling.
“Basically the notion is that Hugh of the future is sent… his consciousness is sent into his younger self [and] Hugh gets to play both parts because [Wolverine] is ageless,” Singer said.
“I’ve had a glimpse into the past,” Professor X says to Wolverine, before adding, “You have to do for me what I once did for you.”
“So, I wake up in my younger body and then what?” Wolverine asks.
“Find me…lead me, guide me, be patient with me,” X says as images of his younger self, played by James McAvoy flash on the screen.
“Patience isn’t my strongest suit,” comes Wolverine’s reply as we get glimpses of Michael Fassbender’s younger Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast.
The trailer ends abruptly, but from what we see here, the film looks very promising. Check it out (I’ve included two embeds) as well as a viral video ad for the villainous Trask Industries that trumpets 50 years of the Sentinel program.