The X-Men series is (count em) thirteen years old. That’s right, thirteen. To celebrate, Bryan Singer is creating the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ of superhero movies. Maybe ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ is a better way to describe ‘The Avengers.’ This film features every actor that ever portrayed an X-Men mutant (well, almost everybody – we miss you James Marsden). The mega star power in this film is, without a doubt, going to squash ‘The Avengers.’ Do you agree or disagree? Let’s dive in!
The trailer starts with an eyeball. A familiar voice says, “what’s the last thing you remember?”
When the camera pans out we realize that the eyeball belongs to Wolverine. This is the seventh time that Hugh Jackman has portrayed Wolverine, including that terrible, no good film ‘X-Men: Origins–Wolverine.’
As the voiceover continues saying, “I had a glimpse into the past,” we get a glimpse at some of the Old X-Men favorites. Are you ready? Roll call!
Halle Berry returns as Storm. Judging by her expression, things are not going well for the Old X-Men crew.
Patrick Stewart as Professor X. According to Stewart, there will be an explanation for Professor X’s return even though he was vaporized by Jean Grey in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand.’ Professor X tells Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me, what I once did for you.”
Shawn Ashmore is back as Iceman, and he’s still adorable.
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde. In the original comic, the adult Kate Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self. Thus, putting the X-Men into action to prevent a fatal moment in history that triggers anti-mutant hysteria. In the film, Kitty Pryde will use her phasing ability to facilitate time-travel.
Rogue played by Anna Paquin. Everyone looks so worried. And it seems this love triangle is still in full swing.
Ian McKellan as Magneto, but what’s he doing hanging out with Iceman? In ‘The Last Stand’ Magneto was cured and lost his powers (as did Mystique and Rebecca Romijn is noticeably missing). You may remember at the end of the film, Magneto was faintly able to move a chess piece without touching it, hinting the cure might not be so permanent. Can we assume that Magneto has his powers back? Powers or no powers, something is going on in the world to make Magneto forget his bad ways and re-team with Professor X for the greater good. Magneto’s voiceover says, “You’ll need me as well. Side by side to end this war, before it ever begins.”
And Magneto’s team of merry-men include Bishop portrayed by Omar Sy. In the comic books, Bishop is a part of the mutant police force and main antagonist.
…and Sunspot by Adan Canto. You might recognize him from Fox’s ‘The Following.’ Sunspot possesses the ability to absorb and channel solar power, which is kind of boring but whatever.
…and Warpath by Twilight’s Booboo Stewart. Warpath, also known as the second Thunderbird, is an Apache Native American possessing mutant superhuman strength and speed.
…and finally, Blink by Fan Bingbing. Blink is a comic book fan favorite. She has the ability to teleport and was famously pink. She’s likely a throwaway character for the film, but still it’s a nice nod.
MIA: Evan Peter is Magneto’s son Quicksilver and The Sentinels.
So back to Wolverine, he asks Professor X and Magneto, “So, I wake up in my younger body then what?” So instead of Kitty transferring to her younger self, Wolverine will be performing the honors.
Old Professor X tells him, “Find me, convince me of all this.” And that kicks-off the Young X-Men Roll Call starting with James McAvoy as a jaded Young Professor X.
Old Magneto chimes in, “It’s going to take the two of us.” Wolverine asks “And where do I find you?” Magneto responds, “A different path, a darker path.” Same sh*t, different day but at least there’s Michael Fassbender.
Young Mystique by Jennifer Lawrence appears shedding a single tear, confirming that Young Magneto really is on that darker path.
Young X is just hanging out in Cerebro, doing some spring cleaning.
Earlier in the trailer, Professor X said to Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me, what I once did for you.” What did he mean? He elaborates saying “Logan, I was a very a different man. Lead me. Guide me. Be patient with me.” Remember in the original film thirteen years ago, Wolverine was a loner on a motorcycle that Professor X made into an X-Men. Now, it’s time for Wolverine to bring X back from the dark side. Logan quips, “Patience isn’t my strong suit.” We know, we know.
So off he goes!
Side note – that looks like Colossus, who I think is in the future (see Old group).
Side side note – JLaw with bangs!
Chaos, chaos, chaos. In the Oval Office, someone important is making use of a secret escape and safe room.
These guys are firing at Wolverine and judging by those curtains we are in the 70s (see Young group).
Young Beast! Played by a very blue Nicolas Hoult.
Everyone’s favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ brother, Peter Dinklage is Boliver Trask, a military scientist and the head of Trask Industries. He creates an army of robots that destroy mutants, better known as Sentinels.
Then there’s Nixon.
Now, with this clip of Storm, we start the flash-back, flash-forward montage that is kind of confusing, kind of overwhelming, but altogether awesome.
There’s some kind of lovers-quarrel between Magneto and Mystique. He is forcefully pulling her in his direction. How? We don’t know.
Young Professor X, “I don’t want your suffering, I don’t want your future.”
…Old Professor X
The trailer ends with Old Professor X addressing Young Professor X, “Please, we need you to hope again.” I can’t wait to see how they end up in the same space at the same time.
There we have it! How excited are you for X-men: Days of Future Past?!