Although Bryan Singer did not show up to present, writer Simon Kinberg was on hand to present a full clip of mutant action from X-Men: Days of Future Past. What was shown was an extension of the opening fight sequence that debuted last week. You can watch that clip if you want to see minor spoilers, but check out after the break to get the full breakdown and some major reveals that will rock the foundation of the X-Men franchise.
When it comes to spoilers I try to stick myself as far away from them as possible. But I was at WonderCon and felt I had a civil duty to check out what 20th Century Fox would bring to the table for Days of Future Past. And what I saw I wish I could unsee, but it was so fantastic and jaw-dropping that I couldn’t believe my eyes.
So we start off with the future Sentinels getting launched out of their carriers to find our mutant friends, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Bishop (Omar Sy), Warpath (Booboo Stewart), Blink (Fan Bingbing), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).
Last week’s clip was definitely hacked to bits because there was a lot of action snipped away. After we see Bishop absorb energy from Sunspot to charge his gun, the Sentinels begin to dig their way to the mutant hideout. Colossus, Sunspot, Warpath, and Blink stick their ground as they defend themselves against two Sentinels. Blink’s display of portal powers is incredible and really fun and Sunspot looks great all flame like. However, these future Sentinels can take a licking and keep on ticking. More on that in a moment.
As Kitty and Bishop are running for safety, Blink uses her portal powers to transport Iceman to help them. Iceman begins to freeze a Sentinel to allow the other two an escape. There is a tender moment between Kitty and Bobby as they exchange glances as they pass each other. Kitty and Bishop arrive in a room and she places her hands on his temples assumably to send his consciousness back to his past self.
The fight with the Sentinels is not going well. Not even the mighty Colossus is able to withstand their power. And this is where things turn ugly. After a certain amount of time fighting the mutants, the Sentinels appear to absorb their powers or adapt. One Sentinel becomes as metallic as Colossus and beats his head in, another turns to ice and blots out Sunspot cold, and the third Sentinel turns to fire and rips Iceman’s head right off. This was f*cking shocking. This was so visually graphic and jarring that I couldn’t believe I was watching a superhero movie.
While Bishop and Kitty are trying to do whatever it is they are trying to do, Blink and Warpath are left to defend them. Blink is able to save Warpath at one moment, but she isn’t able to close one of her portals fast enough and gets stabbed right through the back. Warpath is backed into a corner as the three Sentinels approach him. He gets blasted to smithereens.
One Sentinel uses his face beam – think The Destroyer from Thor – to melt the vault door away that Kitty and Bishop are hiding behind. As the Sentinel enters, Kitty looks at them and says, “Too late assholes,” and everything disappears. What I assume happened is that Bishop was able to go back in time to warn everyone, so that this fight never takes place. If that’s the case, the scene does an excellent job at showcasing the mutant’s inability to stop the Sentinels while also showcasing how time travel works in the film.
Since this is the opening battle sequence, it’s interesting to note that none of the new mutants get introductions. We hear their names shouted, but other than that their personas are represented by their powers and their teamwork. Despite the fact, this works out very well and your attention is glued to the scene. While I wished I saw this in the context of the film, this clip fueled my anticipation to see Days of Future Past even more.
Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Days of Future Past Evan Peters, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Lucas Till, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, and Peter Dinklage.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on May 23.
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