Sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class’ will jump ahead ten years, feature the Sentinels “heavily”


New details are surfacing regarding the highly anticipated sequel to X-Men: First Class and they’re promising! We’re slowly learning about the film’s setting, confirmed to be during 1973 — the year in which the Vietnam War came to an end and man launched its first space station, Skylab. That era will give the writers plenty to work with story-wise, especially if the rumors about time travel playing a central role in the film are true.

sentinels-x-men-days-of-future-pastWe’re also learning more about the film’s “bad guys”: the Sentinels. Mark Millar, head of Marvel films for Fox, had this to say about the villains:

“I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We’ve all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they’re having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I’m delighted [laughs].”

For those of you not in the know, the Sentinels are programmed robots whose sole purpose is to locate, hunt, and capture or kill those deemed to be mutants.  The stereotypical Sentinel is a three story tall monstrosity, capable of flight, energy blasts, and mutant detection. Quite the formidable foe for our mutant friends at the beginning of their struggle for acceptance and equality!

Millar had more to say about the film’s ambitious subjects and budget, praising Matthew Vaughn’s ability to great things with the films he takes on:

“You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film… Cost-wise it’s going to go up, and ambitious-wise it’s gone up. But Vaughn can handle it. Vaughn made Kick-Ass for $28 million.”

Kitty-Pryde-x-men-days-of-future-pastIt’s also been confirmed that Kitty Pryde, a fan-favorite member of the X-Men who possesses phasing abilities, will have some great moments in X-Men: Days of Future Past:

“As soon as I say something it will turn into a big internet story. Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed.”

Are you happy with the latest developments? X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for a summer 2014 release!


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