New Images from the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Reveal Nicholas Hoult’s Redesigned Beast Makeup

     June 6, 2013

One of the earliest official set images that director Bryan Singer revealed over the course of production on X-Men: Days of Future Past was a peek at some concept art for the character of Beast, played by Nicholas Hoult.  While we saw Hoult go full beast-mode in X-Men: First Class, the concept art hinted at a bit of a redesign for the character in Days of Future Past.  Sure enough, a batch of unofficial set photos for DOFP reveal that the character does indeed look fairly different from what we saw in the first film, as we get a look at Hoult in his brand new Beast makeup.  Moreover, the images reveal a pretty intense-looking throwdown between Beast and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on July 18, 2014.

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  • nom79

    I do like the redesign. Here’s to hoping that this movie has a great final product.

  • Terence Bradshaw

    As a comic fan, I still lament how weak Magneto is. Beast should pose absolutely zero threat to him. Oh well, I still like these movies even with a painfully underpowered Mags.

    • Nathaniel Haywood

      It’s the rules of the medium, man. All comic heroes are weaker on film. Look at how massively underpowered Thor and the Hulk were in the Avengers. If they were at their real power level, even the Chitauri wouldn’t have been a threat. Besides, this is a young Magneto – his powers haven’t reached their peak yet. Fassbender is still a BA, so you can still enjoy that.

      • Terence Bradshaw

        Fassbender really nails the character. I have no complaints there. But even older Mags is impossibly underpowered. I get what you’re saying about them nerfing powers in the movies but the villains, oddly, seem more underpowered than the heroes. Especially in the X-Men franchise, where it seems everyone else either has accurate or even stronger powers but Mags is at a fraction of his ability. The only other person I think they nerfed as badly is Rogue.

    • Nerdgasm

      Fist to fist Beast is stronger than Magneto. If he can get at him fast enough magneto would hav e trouble igniting his power. Beast is also extremely agile and fast…so this can make sense.

      • Red Leader

        To be fair, the comics’ Magneto would manipulate the iron on Hank’s blood and make him explode from the inside out.

      • Lex Walker

        True, and assuming this movie will officially be canon with Singer’s other X-Men movies, this Magneto can only do that when someone has “too much iron” in their blood a la X2.

      • Terence Bradshaw

        Whis is soooooooooooooo fracking lame!

      • Lex Walker

        He is kinda neutered.

      • Lance

        I’ve never liked that idea. If magnetism could actually do that no one could board a mag-lev train, ever.

        Glad in the movies they actually had to inject a guard full of iron before Magneto could rip him to shreds like that.

      • Terence Bradshaw

        Limiting Mags’ powers to magnetism for the movies was a really bad decision. I guess they didn’t want to spend the minute and a half of exposition on electromagnetism to give him his real power set.

      • Nerdgasm

        That’s not a fair assessment at all. It takes a lot for magneto to kill an XMan. Sound like someone who hasn’t ever read the comics.

      • Nerdgasm

        Meaning mentally. Magneto would never outright kill an XMan

      • Terence Bradshaw

        Absolutely. His general reluctance to kill them–along with blinding arrogance–has been the largest contributing factor to his record of losses against the teams.

      • Terence Bradshaw

        Absolutely. Fist to fist, it would be no contest. But there would be very little chance of it coming to a fist fight between the two. Mags would, on a good day, simply freeze Beast in place. Were he to go 100% I-don’t-care-if-you-die evil, he would tear Beast apart on the subatomic level. LOL

    • Nerdgasm

      We also have to keep in mind that Magneto is more of a anti-hero in this stage. He always will respect Prof. X and the XMen. It takes a long time before he starts murdering mutants. So this could be magneto not wanting to fight and beast not being able to control his anger and taking it out on Magneto.

      • Terence Bradshaw

        Which is why he usually immobilizes the X-Men in the comics. Keeps him from having to hurt them.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I didn’t like the redesign at first, but it has grown on me. I definitely think it’s better than the First Class design.

  • Yurine

    Beast looks a lot better.

  • gar216

    I really like the new look beast. I thought he looked great in The Last Stand. But there was just something ‘off’ about the look of Beast and Mystique in First Class

  • Lex Walker

    So this helps bridge the appearance of Beast in First Class with the way he looked in X3 (assuming that’s canon at all), but how do we explain Beast picking up the Kelsey Grammer air of sophistication. Is Beast going to bum about Europe for a few years and soak in some culture?

    • mbmarquis69

      I don’t understand the downvote. I thought it was a legitimate question.

      • Lex Walker

        It was asked tongue in cheek, but I am genuinely curious how that comes about.

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  • RockNRollerER

    I wish they’d bring back Kelsey Grammar.

  • Joe

    More monster, less boy. Wait now he looks like a monster boy!

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  • Hop

    What in the hell?

  • Hop

    He looks suitably animal.

  • Littertray

    Think the make up is “ok”. Just tend to think the blue is a bit too “pastelish”, it needs to be darker.

    • tonymatthews

      This is pre-CGI.

      • Littertray

        I can’t see them using CGI to make the colour of the makeup darker. That would cost way too much plus maybe it’s the daylight that’s causing the hue, but it still looks pale.

    • Chloe

      That’s why you see ‘colorist’ in the credits. It’s their job to set the mood with slight differences in colour and to ensure consistency within the movie. Also, if First Class was any indicator, they’ll probably adjust the colouring to mirror that of the era. So the make-up might be carefully chosen to look right once everything’s gone through post-production.

      • Littertray

        Fair enough.

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  • JJ

    First photo, Beast looks stoned as hell, 7th photo looks like Beast and Magneto are getting “intimate”

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  • Still a fan

    Anyone else sing WereWolves of London when they saw the new Beast? or was is just me? Digging the new look and can’t wait for more mutant on mutant violent action

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  • Steve Crespo

    Looks good!