Early footage that’s surfaced from “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has promised an epic gathering of mutants — with characters from nearly every cranny of the 14-year-old comic book-inspired movie series uniting to stop a war though time travel.
It has come in flashes and snippets (or trailers and featurettes) — until Sunday night at the MTV Movie Awards when Ellen Page (aka Kitty Pryde) introduced the first full clip from the movie, called “Opening Battle,” which introduces the hotly anticipated film’s new mutants.
We last saw Kitty Pryde running through walls in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Now she’s back, using her phasing powers with the newbie mutants on a spaceship as they’re forced to do battle with a big ol’ Sentinel. Bishop (Omar Sy) is a mutant police officer from the future, fighting alongside Blink (Fan Bingbing), who can open time-space portals at the most convenient times; Sunspot (Adan Canto), who has the ability to absorb and blast solar energy; and Warpath (Booboo Stewart), who has superhuman strength and speed. They’re joined by familiar face Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), flying around in fully-iced mode.
With more mutants (more than double the amount of superheroes in “The Avengers”), time periods, and villains than ever before, “Days of Future Past” has potential to be grand and spectacular… or phase into “Green Lantern”-esque gobbledygook territory.
The studio has gotten ahead of it with an interactive timeline of key events from the series, mostly from the new film. For those of us at risk of getting overwhelmed by information in the movie, this “X-Men” history lesson is some highly recommended homework.
In other “X-Men” news, Entertainment Weekly reported this weekend that James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult will all reprise their roles in the next installment, “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” lands in theaters on May 23, while “Apocalypse” is set for May 27, 2016.
By Meriah Doty