X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Viral Video Celebrates 50 Years of Trask Industries; Viral Site Offers Bolivar Trask Bio, Timeline, and Sentinel Info

     July 30, 2013


The viral site for director Bryan Singer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past was launched during Comic-Con, but at the time the site was very minimal.  However, it now appears as though a major update has taken place, as the website is currently chock-full of viral goodness relating to Trask Industries.  In addition to a video ad for the company that champions 50 years of the Sentinel program, the site also includes information on genetic mutation, a history of Trask Industries founder Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), and a timeline of events that reveals that the Sentinel program began in 1973 and launched the Sentinel Mark X program in 2020.  This provides some great insight into the slightly confusing timeline of Days of Future Past, which blends characters from the post-apocalyptic future with their younger counterparts in the 1970s.

Hit the jump for more.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 16, 2014.

peter-dinklage-x-men-days-of-future-pastOver at Trask-Industries.com, there’s plenty of material to thumb through.  It reveals that Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask discovered the X-Gene while working to unlock the mysteries of human DNA, which lead to him fearing for the end of mankind:

Trask soon hypothesized the impending extinction of the human race. His early theories were ridiculed by his contemporaries and with no one to fund his research, Trask cared enough about humanity to invest in the founding of Trask Industries in 1967. Since its founding, Trask Industries has been at the forefront of human progress, partnering with domestic and international governments since the Nixon administration. Trask’s early ambition for genetic progress continues to fuel our technological innovations today.

The site posits that, if the X-Gene is allowed to propogate without limit, the mutation may result “in the eradication of the homo sapien species by 2030.”  As such, a timeline reveals that the Sentinel Mark X program was launched in 2020, which presumably leads to the desolate wasteland where we pick up with our characters in the “future” portion of Days of Future Past.  Watch the Trask Industries commercial below:

I caught the first footage from the film at Comic-Con, and it looked fantastic.  Instead of taking a dreary The Road approach to the post-apocalyptic future, Singer appears to have opted for a more tribal or mythological look, as we caught a glimpse of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellan), and Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) walking up to some sort of temple where they planned on sending Wolverine’s consciousness back to the 1970s in order to stop Trask from beginning the Sentinel program in the first place.

Head over to trask-industries.com for a lot more Days of Future Past viral goodness, including extensive specifications for the Sentinels.


  • Jack

    coooool love the concept for the movie

  • Greyson

    getting pumped… I love Marvel Studio’s movies, but I really like the tone of the first two x-men/First Class.

    • Devin Reed

      The X-Men films aren’t done by Marvel Studios, however. It’s a slightly confusing situation, but an important distinction to make.

      • Jim

        You misunderstood what he wrote. He said I love the Marvel studio movies, BUT I really ike the tone of (fox’s) first 2 x-men/first class.

      • Grayden

        But why would anyone bring up the Marvel Studio when the relevant film is being made by Fox? It’s unnecessary information and confuses the context.

      • Strong Enough

        because Marvel made X-men dumbass

      • Terence

        I think his point was that Marvel has been doing probably the best w/ this genre but Fox is putting out quality stuff w/ the recent X-Men reboot. That’s how I read it, anyway.

      • Greyson

        Sorry for the confusion. Jim and Terence are correct. Fox is doing a great job at giving us the more “serious” super hero stories, with levity. I mentioned Marvel Studios because I love that we have room for a stylistic spectrum.

      • Matthew

        Grayden – brush up on your reading, son!

  • Steve

    If the Sentinels aren’t at least 30 feet tall I’m gonna be pissed

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      Heck, at this point I am willing to live with Sentinels looking like Sentinels, as opposed to Real Steel rejects.

    • Hoodoo

      if you bothered to check the viral site, you’ll know they’re 18 ft tall

    • Chad

      They’ve always been variable heights.

      • Nerdgasm

        Yeah and you do research the most common height for them is 22 feet. The cartoons always made them much to large. The video games and most comics had them right… 18-20 feet. So I am good with 18 ft.

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  • Raytheon is Trask

    Halt, mutant!

  • FE

    So after all these years of waiting to finally see accurate live action sentinels we are forced to once again live with Bryan Singers watered down version of events.
    Just when things were starting to get back on track, ie First Class, they risk losing all the momentum by letting this guy and his team adapt perfect source material and wreck it. Such a bummer

    • FE

      and what about Genosha?

    • Christopher

      First Class was the brainchild of Bryan Singer. He envisioned the original story, pitched it to Fox, and was even originally attached to direct it, before bowing out due to scheduling issues.

      • FE

        Crazy, here I thought Vaughn pulled it all together and Singer just had producer credits having actually wanted to go that x-men high school edition route, but then I just remembered that was the Schwartz guy from the OC, not Singer. Thank you for the facts, I looked into it and see what your talking about. Still, I wonder how much different, if at all, First Class would have been had Singer been in total control of it and vice versa, how dofp would have turned out had Vaughn not quit.

      • Strong Enough

        Sheldon Turner was making the magneto project that turned into first class. all those ideas are sheldon and matthew not bryan

      • Nerdgasm

        You’re a dumb ass. It was just an idea and his original plan had more to do with Magneto and less of the XMen. First act was Xmen and the second two acts were the Brotherhood being formed and them going after Shaw. It was Singer that wanted back into the XMen world and wanted to make it about both Professor X and Megneto. You need to watch more interviews. Bryan Singer and Vaughn also said that First Class was mostly their idea aside of the Magneto aspect and was always going to be a lead too back into the original series with the original cast.

      • Strong Enough

        Singer didn’t do shit. It was Matthew and Sheldon who created the story. fall back son

      • McA

        Vaughn and Jane Goldman radically reworked the script but due to bulls#it Guild rules didn’t get the credit – Singer’s input was the Cuban Missile Crisis as a main plot point for First Class if I’m not mistaken.

        For me, it’s all about the script and director. I would’ve preferred Vaughn directing to be honest as he’s one of the most interesting and smart directors out there but Singer is more than capable. Kinberg wrote the script however but apparently there were contributions from Vaughn and Goldman so fingers crossed, those contributions stayed in.

        Vaughn is still very much involved with Fox though as he’s a producer on this and the Fantastic Four reboot so he could end up being back in the directors chair for a sequel to DOFP if we’re lucky. Besides we all owe Vaughn and Goldman a debt of gratitude for finally having Wolverine say ‘fuck’. Long overdue. Apparently he drops it again in ‘DOFP’.

      • Nerdgasm

        He also drops it in The Wolverine as well. But you need to read more into what a Producer does and you need to look at what Singer actually did on the set. He was always on set and actually wrote a lot of the script. The reason why Vaughn is so good at what he does is because he is a producer and started off as a producer and works exactly like Singer does. Vaugh, as Singer, is around for the writing of the script and is always on set. You didn’t give Singer enough credit you are just acting like a fan boy that wants to cuddle Vaughn. I am not denying Vaughn isn’t good…BUT Singer and Vaughn made their own version of the script and Vaughn that was the one they used which is why Goldman got fucked out. That is well known.

      • McA

        Wouldn’t say I’m a fanboy of Vaughn per say but I’m definitely an admirer of his work since Kick Ass. That’s not true about Singer always being on set – not sure where you got that from – as I know several people who worked on the film. He was certainly present on some days but it’s wholly inaccurate to say he was always on set. He certainly wasn’t present during the English portion of the shoot.

        As for the script for First Class, you can look it up yourself as it’s well documented that the final version of the script was all Goldman and Vaughn including on set script rewrites from Kinberg.

        As for the script dispute, of which your version is somewhat inaccurate, you can read it here;


      • Christopher

        Umm, Jane Goldman is credited as the film’s screenwriter.

      • McJ

        Sorry, my bad, I should’ve clarified by saying that she and Vaughn didn’t receive sole credit due to b.s. Guild rules. All those other hacks who had no input just wanted a taste of that royalty and bonus money.

      • McA

        Mixed up the A and the J there but it’s me.

    • RiddleThemThis

      I much preferred X-Men 1 & 2 over First Class, I’m glad Singer is taking another crack at it.

    • dexvrusp

      Not being at all sarcastic here, but can someone please tell me why Sentinels were so huge in the first place? I would think their sheer size would be of no help in capturing mutants, maybe even get in the way? Just curious, as someone who sporadically would read my buddies comics waaaay back in the day and would always wonder that.

  • Gooniesmurf

    Not bad, didn’t really feel the threat.
    Maybe just me, but I felt the nostalgic feeling in comparison to the Crysis 2 – Nanosuit trailer, which I think is better, probably because of the score.

  • Ryan McFly Myhand

    Maybe I’m misunderstanding something, but I’m fairly certain the Sentinel that’s being described as 18 ft tall are the Mk. 1′s. So in the 2020 timeline, I’m sure we’ll see the 30ft tall Sentinel X’s, which haven’t been unveiled to the audience yet.

    • Bob

      This. The 18ft tall ones are just the first ones, the “prototypes” to see how they work and what they can improve upon.

  • MCP

    I wonder if Master Mold will make an appearance anywhere….?

  • Stan

    This is fucken awesome.

  • rhizomeman

    LOVE the video!!

  • Mlane151

    That Dinklage picture looks like it should be the one-sheet for ’40 Year Old Virgin Part 2.’

    • Joe

      I’d like to believe that.
      Then I watched Game of Thrones…and the myth was shattered.

  • mutants!

    ‘The Wolverine’ is f’ing AWESOME! Best comic book movie this year, miles better than the dreck iron man 3 and miles better than the abysmal man of steel.

    I am looking forward to ‘X-Men – Days Of Future Past’. Will see ‘The Wolverine’ again, this time in 3D.

    • haha

      lol imagine if u made that prediction before the summer movie season started haha.

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  • Carl Lacaden

    For those who don’t know, this movie was cut into episodes and it was on Cartoon Network (I can’t tell if its a cartoon cause graphics ain’t like T&J and I can’t tell if its an anime cause graphics isn’t anime-like, too) Just search it in YouTube I think its there :)

    If you want to spoil yourself feel free! Cause there’s a lot of surprises in those episodes :)

  • James Franco

    I think the director sucks which = fail movie they should have kept Matthew Vaughn as director for this one, I know he did the screen play and that’s an added bonus, but Singer lacks the vision and know how to make a good a idea great! he shouldn’t be in control of any major film franchise