Mark Millar Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Says Sentinels Are a “Big Feature” of This Story

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In the past, we’ve been forced to take reports from comic book writer Mark Millar with a grain of salt.  He has a nasty habit of taking development matters that are in flux, and then declaring them as fact.  However, now that he’s a creative consultant on Fox’s Marvel properties, his insider info carries a little more weight.  In a recent interview with SFX magazine, Millar commented on Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the role of the Sentinels, what Kitty Pryde fans can expect, and more.

Hit the jump for Millar’s comments on the upcoming sequel.  The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Hugh Jackman.   X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014.

x-men-last-stand-sentinelFor those unfamiliar with the comic, the overall plot of the story essentially centers on the characters in the past being warned about and—trying to avoid—a very unappealing dystopian future.  In the comics arc, Kitty Pryde plays a major role as she communicates with the characters in the past to warn them of a major assassination that’s going to take place in her present.

In the future, mutants are on the verge of extinction after nearly being wiped out by giant robots known as “Sentinels”.  The Sentinels were briefly glimpsed in the Danger Room in X-Men: The Last Stand, but Millar tells SFX that the giant robots are going to play a larger role in Days of Future Past:

“I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We’ve all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they’re having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I’m delighted [laughs].”

x-men-last-stand-ellen-pageFirst, allow me to congratulation Millar on a level of discretion.  Second, he’s right that a larger burden is going to fall on Singer and his special effects team.  Also, the film will probably be in 3D, so there’s that aspect to consider as well.

Regarding the large cast, Millar compares it to Star Trek or Lost where there “is an ensemble but every character gets their own moment to shine. So as long as everyone is there for a reason there doesn’t need to be a problem with so many characters.”  It’s a bit of a dodge from Millar since most of the movie reportedly takes place in 1973, but because Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) travels back in time in the book, what does this mean for her role?

“Ach, I cannae get into that [laughs]. As soon as I say something it will turn into a big internet story. Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed.”

It would be nice to see Page get a larger part since she obviously has the acting chops to handle it.  However, July 18, 2014 is still a long ways off, so eventually we’ll get a better idea of where she’ll fit into this massive cast.

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  • nom79

    5 movies/10+ years later and they’re finally introducing the Sentinels. It’s about fuckin’ time!

  • nom79

    5 movies/10+ years later and they\’re finally introducing the Sentinels. It\’s about fuckin\’ time!

  • Franklin

    My guess is that it sounds like this movie will focus primarily on the major cast members of First Class and set mostly in 1973, and Kitty Pryde from the present will join them to help prevent the future when mutants are on the verge of being eradicated. The glimpses we’ll be shown of the future (our present) will feature Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and any others from the original movies. But these will basically be cameos. Ellen Page will be the only one who will have a prominent role to play, alongside Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

    • Franklin

      Of course there will be plot twists. I could imagine a twist where Kitty learns she was sent back in time not by Xavier but Magneto, and present-day Magneto’s plan is to reprogram the Sentinels in the past to serve the Brotherhood of Mutants and eradicate normal humans starting in 1973. The climax could take place in one location — perhaps that set that was revealed in Montreal — where the X-Men, Brotherhood, Sentinels, and military all battle it out… with characters time-jumping back and forth between 1973 and 2014 in this location in this epic battle.

      • Franklin

        Oh yeah and during the production they may change the year 1973 to 1974 in order to make it an even (and easier for the audience to remember) 40-year time jump between 1974 and 2014 — the movie’s year of release. I’m betting the original draft of the screenplay assumed the movie would be released in 2013.

  • Lee

    “Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed.” All I needed to hear. I’m worried about them pulling this off but it could be so awesome *_*.

  • Bleezy Bo

    If they pull this off…

    Is this the greatest comic book film yet?

  • Strong Enough

    nope TDKR has that slot

    • Steveiechase

      The dark knight rises was shiiit

      • Anonymous

        It’s funny because it’s true

    • phee34

      Rubbish! TDKR featured its comic book character for 33 minutes. TDK was a way better film in the trilogy and to be honest I dont look on the dark knight films as comic book films at all. They are action films featuring a character that originated in a comic book. I don’t hold out much hope for Man of Steel either. At least Marvel dont pretend to be anything other that pure fun comic book films.

    • Kostas

      Im sorry u are confusing the best comic book movie which is The Avengers (1.5 billion in box office worldwide – batman can suck it ) with the who knows which best (from 3-10 arguments can be made) comic book movie the TDKR. plz dont do that Nolan Lover. its a shame.

      try be more objective next time. its truly sad that Nolan Lovers can appreciate a good comic book movie other than Batman films.

      • Andrew

        Agreed there.
        Dark knight Returns was good,.but Avengers justifiably took the crown,…even if the 3D was a little bit dodgy at times!

  • mellisa M

    OH my gosh! I so can not wait for x-men :days of future past and The Wolverine!

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