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X-Men: Days of Future Past Might Feature Sentinels, Mark Millar Says

We can jump to a lot of conclusions about X-Men: Days of Future Past, considering Fox’s X-Men: First Class sequel is based on the “Days of Future Past” storyline, but up until now we weren’t sure how closely the upcoming Fox flick will stick to its source material. Fortunately, the studio’s newly minted Marvel creative consultant Mark Millar has helped shed some light on the plot of the film in a new interview.

“[Director Matthew] Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Millar told Total Film. “It’s X-Men meets The Terminator. You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes — it’s got everything in one film.”

That sounds like Millar is referencing the Sentinels, who made a brief big screen appearance in X-Men: The Last Stand. Those mutant-hunting robots were a major part of the “Days of Future Past” future, alternate universe storyline, so it would make sense that they would be brought into the film as well. At least that gives us a general sense of how closely X-Men: Days of Future Past will tie with the comics its based on.

Millar continued, “Cost-wise [Days of Future Past is] going to go up, and ambitious-wise it’s gone up. But Vaughn can handle it. Vaughn made Kick-Ass for $28 million.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to start shooting in January, with the film due out in theaters on July 18, 2014. Stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence are expected to return.

The 1981 Days of Future Past story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, which appeared in The Uncanny X-Men #141-142, depicts a timeline created by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from assassinating a U.S. senator. In that alternate future, the giant robotic Sentinels have become the de facto rulers of the United States, where mutants are hunted down and placed in internment camps. It seems likely the X-Men: First Class sequel would deviate significantly from the source material, as several characters who played key roles in the original story were not part of the 2011 film.


  • Royce Earnest, Jr.

    It would not be Days of Future Past if it did not have sentinels.

  • Shaun

    I’m not clear on how “X-Men:First Class” is based on the “Days of Future Past” storyline. It’s been a long time since I read the original story but, offhand, I can’t think of a single connection between the movie and the DoFP comics. Could someone explain the link to me? Thanks. 

  • S@mir

    Sooooo, we will see Wolverine too ?

  • Talebearer

    The article states that the SEQUEL is based (possibly loosely) on “Days of Future Past.”  The original “X-Men: First Class” film was not connected to the Claremont storyline.

  • Shift

    …So how is this going to pull off a sequel to a prequel film, when this movie is supposed to take place farther into the future than the original trilogy took place in…?  I mean, wouldn’t this film then be required to stay closer to the original films, which First Class did a pretty good job of ignoring in every way possible?  I mean, does this mean Cyclops & Phoenix are both dead?  Which also means Rachel Summers won’t play any part it in.  And what about Kitty Pryde?  She played a huge role in DOFP?  Will they try and get Ellen Page to repise her role, or what?

    This just sounds kinda confusing.

  • mel

    They’ll keep the plot but change the characters.

  • Demoncat4

    given how the sentinels were the main reason the x-men do some time traveling in the film they have to be part of it though wonder how fox will include them with out violating the no purple robots on film degree by their head honcho . including in any marvel film

  • xMatt

    Days of Future Past happened over 2 issues?

    How times have changed.

  • Idioso

    Seriously can’t wait for this film. Just watched the 1st First class on HBO. What really is truly amazing to me is the fact that when I was a kid watching these classic cartoons, I would’ve never have known they would be making the coolest movies out of them!!!

  • Sketchee

    With time travel and an alternate future, any of those people could be alive at any point. It could take place after, before and during any of the films we’ve seen.  Think Back to the Future

  • Sketchee

    This is a new movie, titled “X-Men: Days of Future Past” which will start filming in January

  • Alex

    It’s one of those stories I haven’t read yet, but always wanted too.

    Maybe it will be made like Mark Millar’s classic Civil War where characters do stuff, but it doesn’t seem to have plot or an ending. Do I say ‘classic’? I meant over-rated.

    Then, Clone Thor will show up in the middle of the film!:)