Of all the marketing materials released for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' these new photos have to be our favorite. Shown as a timeline highlighting important moments in mutant history (and throughout the 'X-Men' films) that are integral to the plot of the upcoming sequel, the photos place the characters in the context of historical events, both real and fictional, and provide a haunting background for the events that follow in the new film.
The announcement of 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' a film that would undoubtedly see one of the most famous villains of the 'X-Men' universe rise to the big screen, came as a delight to fans of these Marvel characters, even with director Bryan Singer's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' waiting to be released. We still have a little over a month left to see the sequel to 'First Class,' but 'Apocalypse' is already looking to up the ante.
Bryan Singer is back to helm 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' and in this new featurette, we hear from the director himself on why he's thrilled to return to the franchise. Yeah, that's great and all, but even better is getting a glimpse at some footage from the upcoming sequel, which unites both the classic 'X-Men' cast and the new, younger cast in a time-traveling adventure to stop a common threat. While Quicksilver's busy chomping on burgers in those Carl Jr. ads, Wolverine and Professor X have some real work to do.
There are three major superhero movies arriving in theaters in the next two months and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' somehow feels like the riskiest endeavor. By bringing back director Bryan Singer and merging the original cast and the 'X-Men: First Class' cast via time travel, it's undoubtedly the biggest X-Men movie to date. It could be good or it could be bad, but as these six new featurettes show us, it was certainly an adventure to make.
There's a rich tradition among the superhero movie elite of studios offering up the all the goods (and by goods we mean footage) before their movies even hit theaters. (See 'Captain America 2' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.') People wanna try before they buy, right? The same motto seems to apply to 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' which released even more photos, along with the latest magazine covers for the latest Total Film issue.
In the final stretch of 'X-Men: First Class,' Nicholas Hoult's Hank McCoy ended up accelerating his powerful mutation, transforming him into the hairy blue monster known to comic book fans as Beast. That's why it was so odd when Hoult started popping up in set pictures and in trailers for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' in his human form with nary a single blue fur to be found. If you're big ol' nerds like us and want to know why this is the case, know that the film does offer an explanation ... and it feels awfully familiar.
The main thrust of the advertising campaign for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is that the film will contain characters from both the original 'X-Men' franchise and prequel film 'X-Men: First Class,' making this one of the biggest superhero movies ever made. Although the trailer and previous images have given us looks at this enormous ensemble of black leather-clad mutant warriors, the film's official site revealed a series of character portraits, giving us our best look at 17 of the characters.