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

     October 19, 2012

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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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