Will X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Feature Sentinels?

     October 19, 2012


While Kick-Ass 2 now currently in production, producer/Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is busy prepping for his highly anticipated sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.  He knocked First Class out of the park, so fans are eager to see where he’ll take the X-Men storyline with the follow-up.  A big hint lies in the film’s title, which refers to a comics arc that includes all sorts of craziness like time travel, dystopian futures, and social conflicts.

Ever since Bryan Singer first brought the popular comics characters to the screen in 2000, fans have been wondering when/if we’ll see the giant robotic Sentinels.  It appears that that wish may very well come true in Days of Future Past, as Fox’s new Marvel Property Creative Consultant Mark Millar recently spilled some hints about the film’s plot.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

x-men-days-of-future-past-sentinelsMillar was recently hired by 20th Century Fox to act as a “creative consultant” on all of their Marvel properties.  This includes The Wolverine, their Fantastic Four reboot, and of course X-Men.  As such, he’s no doubt been privy to details from all the aforementioned productions, and during an interview with SFX Magazine (via Total Film), he drew some pretty big comparisons for the X-Men follow-up:

“Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’s X-Men meets The Terminator. You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film.”

Particularly of note here are the Terminator comparisons and Millar’s mention of robots.  In the comics, the towering robotic Sentinels were programmed to locate and capture/kill mutants, so their inclusion could mean bad news for James McAvoy’s Professor Xavier and his ragtag gang of mutant students.

We should consider that these hints do come from Mark Millar after all, a man with a bad habit of spreading incorrect or exaggerated rumors concerning comic book adaptations.  Nevertheless, his new title at Fox gives these comments some weight, so who knows.  Whatever the case, I’m incredibly eager to see what Vaughn cooks up for Days of Future Past.  Production is slated to begin early next year in anticipation of a July 18th, 2014 release date.


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  • Charlie

    I hope they completely cut ties with the previous movies – I don’t think they have held up well (esp the 1st one) and there were a lot of missed opportunities. Comic book movies have come a long way since 2000, and I think if they just keep going with a fresh new cast and storyline this will all turn out much better.

  • Andrew

    “Ever since Bryan Singer brought the popular comics characters to the screen in the 1990s…”

    Um, the first X-Men movie came out in 2000. Hardly considered part of the 90s.

    • Weeks

      Close enough.


    I’d like to see a full reboot of X-Men.
    Avengers in scale and style. Give Wolverine his yellow outfit and mask, bring in better designed mutants and start from scratch. I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan would make a perfect Logan.

    Avengers and Thor/Hulk Ironman Cap etc.. have paved the way for a more comic book style Superhero films, we dont have to keep everything uber real (TDK) or grounded in reality. We can have alien invasions and space stuff now, Avengers is proof.

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    Nice to see the lengthy comment i wrote here last night didn’t actually make it onto the boards.


    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      check again now

  • rp

    No he did not knock First Class out of the park. What was good was pretty good, but what was bad was horrid.

  • Hawxors

    Can I just say, “About time?”.

  • Teddy

    But the Sentinels were in the films, kind of. And so was the danger room. Wasnt it like the 2nd or 3rd film where they open it up with a scene of some of them practicing in the danger room. And the they faced a robot, assuming it was the sentinel. I might be wrong. But it would be interesting to see them as part of the plot line in a film.

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