by J.D. Cook
Well the first bit of Comic Con buzz…is well…buzzing! An image of the head of a Sentinel from the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past movie is now online along with some awesome propaganda posters from Trask Industries (The good old mutant hating robot maker). Unfortunately some plot details have also leaked and the outlook is bleak for this film. I love the X-Men and they have not had a good film done based on them since their very first outing. Every movie since has failed to capture the ‘it’ factor that makes the X-Men great. X-2, X-Men the Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine all focused so much on Wolverine that they almost can’t even be considered X-Men films they are more like Wolverine films with X-men characters in side roles. X-Men: First Class was bogged down by a lot of problems in my opinion but had the potential for a dynamite sequel since the casting was so phenomenal. That sequel has since evolved into X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The Sentinel looks pretty good except it is extremely small. I hope that it is not indicative of the actual size in the film as Sentinels are supposed to be huge building size robot hunting machines. There has also been as of yet no announcement of Cyclops in the film and that’s just disgraceful as he is probably the most important character in the X-Men’s huge history as he has been an important character since the very first issue to the current issue of Uncanny X-Men. He has been misused and not even understood by writers and the trend seems to be continuing. Another problem with X-Men: Days of Future Past is that Fox Studios seems so desperate to produce their answer to Marvel’s the Avengers that they are throwing everything and the kitchen sink into this film casting tons of actors in roles that can’t possibly be fully developed. This will more than likely result in yet another X-Men film where the characters are paper thin and their powers are done completely wrong except for Xavier, and Magneto.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
What leaked was the fact that Wolverine will be sent back in time instead of Kitty Pryde who goes back in time during the Days arc in the comic books. So essentially just like the three X-Men films after the first focused too much on Wolverine this film may do the exact same thing. It’s a sad fate for what looked like a promising adaptation of one of the most storied X-Men tales. Sadly it looks like Days of Future Past may end up turning into as big a fiasco as the film adaptation of the Dark Phoenix Saga. Luckily there is still a lot of time left before this film hits theaters and this rumor isn’t entirely confirmed. So maybe all hope is not lost…yet!