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Film: X-Men: Days of Future Past

"I don't want your suffering. I don't want your future!"
— Charles Xavier

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the 2014 sequel to X-Men: First Class, based on the Marvel Comics story of the same name. It is also the seventh installment in Fox's X-Men franchise.

In the near future, mutants have become an endangered species, hunted by the mechanical "Sentinels" of Trask Industries. With nowhere else to turn, Professor X and Magneto band together for a final desperate plan: use experimental Time Travel technology to send one of their own into the past, and stop the war between man and mutant before it ever begins.

The film is directed by Bryan Singer, of X-Men and X2: X-Men United fame, with First Class director Matthew Vaughn serving as a producer. Many actors from First Class and the original X-Men film trilogy also return, such as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman. Peter Dinklage also joins the cast as Bolivar Trask, among other newcomers.

You can view the first trailer here, the second here, and the final one here.

Tropes applying to this film:

  • Ability over Appearance: In the comics, Bolivar Trask is an older man and of average height, a far cry from Peter Dinklage, the acclaimed actor portraying him.
  • Advertised Extra: Anna Paquin as Rogue. She even got her own Empire cover despite the fact that most of her scenes were cut from the final film.
  • Age Lift: Wanda Maximoff makes an appearance, but as Quicksilver's younger sister rather than his twin.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In Wolverine's own words, the Sentinels were created to kill mutants, but quickly turned against their human masters and began hunting them as well.
  • BFG: True to the comics, Bishop has one.
  • The Bus Came Back: Toad finally returns for his first appearance since the original X-Men movie.
  • Civvie Spandex: Evan Peters has said Quicksilver does not wear a costume, but instead has a "cool jacket" and a pair of goggles.
  • Continuity Nod
    • A museum exhibit showing mutant artifacts from the 60s' has Sebastian Shaw's helmet, one of Angel Salvadore's severed wings, and Havok's X-Men uniform on display. Each of these were presumably recovered from the final battle in X-Men: First Class.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Sentinels
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Since Halle Berry is pregnant, Storm's role will be rewritten to keep her out of action scenes.
  • The Hunter: Sentinels.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Young Erik has grown increasingly amoral since his actions in First Class. Also lampshaded by his older self.
    Wolverine: And where do I find you?
    Magneto: On a different path... a darker path...
  • Killer Robot: The mutant-hunting Sentinels, manufactured by Trask Industries.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Mental Time Travel: 2023 Wolverine's mind gets beamed back in time into his younger self's body in the 1970s.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black:
    • The Bad Future X-Men wear practical black body armor.
    • Subverted with the 70s-era X-Men, who sport their colorful blue and yellow uniforms from First Class.
    • Set photos show the young Magneto clad in a costume that looks like a cross between his red comic book outfit and the black suit Ian McKellen wore in the original trilogy.
  • Mythology Gag
    • Wolverine's future outfit has yellow and blue elements as a nod to his classic comic book outfit.
  • Porn Stache: Bolivar Trask.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The ageless Wolverine gets sent back in time instead of Kitty Pryde, as film Kitty wouldn't have been born in 1973.
  • Race Lift: Blink is played by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. She's the daughter of two white Jamaicans in the comics (Or at least she's generally treated as such with the idea that her skin tone and elf-like ears are the result of her mutation and were present from the day she was born), though she lives in the US.
  • Recycled Trailer Music: The trailer uses both Adagio in D Minor from Sunshine and Journey to the Line from The Thin Red Line.
    • The original trailer shown at Comic-Con used "Time" from Inception.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong
  • The Seventies: Part of the film takes place in 1973.
  • '70s Hair: "Young" Professor X still has a full head of hair, though he now resembles a counterculture beatnik.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the original story, future Wolverine died pretty quickly to show just how deadly the future Sentinels were. In the movie, he's one of the main characters and the one who travels back in time in the first place.
  • Stealth Pun: The temp score used in the Comic Con trailer is a Hans Zimmer piece called "Time".
  • Time Shifted Actor:
    • Josh Helman plays young William Stryker, replacing Danny Huston as middle-aged Stryker and Brian Cox as old Stryker.
    • James McAvoy plays young Professor X, while Patrick Stewart portrays old Xavier.
    • Michael Fassbender plays young Magneto, while Ian McKellen portrays old Magneto.
    • Nicholas Hoult will reprise his role as the young Beast, while Kelsey Grammer will cameo as middle-aged Beast.
    • Evan Jonigkeit plays a younger version of Toad, replacing Ray Park.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In comparison to X-Men: First Class where her only physical scenes involved weight training and her shape changing abilities used only as a distraction to aid someone else, Mystique has developed into using some of the acrobatic fighting style that her older counterpart from the original trilogy excelled at.
  • Who Shot JFK?: Apparently, Magneto had been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and this is what brought mutant powers into the mainstream public eye. He insists he was actually trying to stop the assassination, and implies that it was actually Mystique, disguised as Lee Harvey Oswald, who killed him.

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