The full trailer for X-Men DAYS OF FUTURE PAST which opens May 24th, 2014 is finally out! Directed by Bryan Singer, it features a story roughly based on the comics classic which sees Wolverine going back to the past to prevent
Ted Cruz a dystopian present, and thus we’ll see both the Mckellen/Stewart and Fassbender/McAvoy (swoon) versions of Magneto and Professor X….as well as just about EVERY OTHER ACTOR WHO EVER PLAYED AN X-MAN IN THE MOVIES, except the Toad and Deadpool. Just like the comics, the characters are spililng all over the place, with Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath, Ink, Quicksilver, and more included and sometimes spotted in the film, along with Oscar winners Halle Berry and Jennifer Lawrence suiting up yet again (and the 10 years older Barry looking AMAZING.)
Forbes has a smart piece on the whole X-men franchise and how it is, relatively speaking, an underperformer, with even its highest crossing film making only what Thor did for Marvel proper. (And you can bet Marvel’s thrifty production and casting—as opposed to Fox’s superstar roster—makes it even more lucrative.) The idea, they say, is do what Fox did perviously for The Fast and The Furious — throw everyone and the kitchen sink into the mix:
What Universal did with Fast Five is basically “franchise all-stars to the rescue”, bringing back not just the original cast members from The Fast & the Furious but nearly every major character from every previous Fast/Furious installment for a glorious team-up adventure. It was The Avengers a year prior to The Avengers. That Fast Five was a shockingly terrific caper was of course a nice bonus, but the marketing was able to sell “everyone you loved in the previous four films, back for more!”, with added-value element Dwayne Johnson tossed in for good measure. The result was a $626 million worldwide haul, nearly double the $363m gross of Fast & Furious.
That’s the trick that Fox is trying for this, the seventh (!) X-Men picture released since 2000. This is technically a sequel to 2011′s prequel X-Men: First Class, but Fox is bringing the whole band back together. As most of you know, the time-travel story isn’t just bringing back James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence from the last prequel entry, but also Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart from X-Men alongside Ellen Page (from X-Men: The Last Stand), and Daniel Cudmore (from X2) among others. To top it off, Bryan Singer, helmer of X-Men and X2, is returning to direct.
If the X-men plan works, expect to see more cast reunions, and fewer reboots, says Forbes.
Director Singer also answered questions via Twitter.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.