The latest trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped this morning, and it hit like a, well, like a magnetically lifted stadium dropped from a great height (I’m not sure if that still counts as a home game or not). This look at Days of Future Past is easily the best of the bunch so far, taking us from a bleak future dystopia overrun with killer robots, back to the era when Xavier was still walking, not to mention sporting a truly excellent leather-jacket-and-shades combo. More importantly, the trailer gives us further looks at Days of Future Past’s massive cast, an unholy stitched-together Frankenstein’s monster marrying the world of Bryan Singer’s two original X-Men films with the prequel setting of the surprise hit X-Men: First Class. (And anyone who mentions that other X-Men movie that came in between will get such a slap.)
Days of Future Past adapts the acclaimed and epic storyline of the same name by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin, which unfolded in issues of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men back in 1980. It introduces a grim future where mutants have been hunted nearly to extinction by the vicious Sentinel robots and absolutely everybody wears black. (Personally, I prefer my dystopias to feature a little splash of color here and there.) In the original comics storyline, Kitty Pride (played in the movies by Ellen Page) travels back in time to enlist younger, less apocalypse-weary versions of Professor X, Magneto, and the rest to help avert the darkest timeline before it’s begun. In the film, however, it’s Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) pulling the Marty McFly business and traveling back to change history.
We’ve pulled dozens of screenshots from the trailer that you can peruse at full size in the gallery below, but there are a few things worth spotlighting. For instance, these big purple bastards X-Men fans have been waiting years to see in live action onscreen…
We also get some quick looks at the even nastier future version of the Sentinels.
Days of Future Past also introduces the super-fast mutant Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and we get to see two different ways the film represents his superspeed: we get the quick blurs, as shown in the moment when he first meets Xavier (and picks his pocket), but Singer also denotes Quicksilver’s hyper-fast POV by having everything else around him slowed to a crawl while he runs along the walls and — I’m guessing — duct tapes a guard to a wall.
Also, and I don’t want to belabor this point, but I feel I can’t emphasize enough that Magneto at one point levitates an entire goddamn sports stadium. Honestly, the trailer could just be that looped for two and a half minutes and they’d still have my business.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters (with a stadium) on May 23.