It’s a good time for new hero film trailers. Straight off of that Captain America: Winter Soldier debut came X-Men: Days of Future Past, which kept the action a minimum and the characters up close and personal. Compared to previous trailers in this genre, it’s actually a massive departure from the more bombastic nature of these quick PR videos.
And luckily, Bryan Singer is on hand to explain some of the more pertinent beats of that trailer that you may have missed out on.Speaking to Empire, Singer explained some of the shots below for the upcoming film:
It’s [Patrick Stewart’s] eyeball! It’s him asking, ‘what’s the last thing you remember?’ It’s a line from the movie, but in a way he’s also asking the audience. We’re about to go back into a familiar world – what’s the last thing you remember?’
The grey in the hair is something I took from X-Men Days Of Future Past, it’s a look in the comic. I liked it, even though he hasn’t really aged physically it’s something that shows how tough things have gotten in the future, and brought that out in him and given him a little more world-weariness.
She’s one of the last surviving X-Men in this post-apocalyptic world. She’s part of that with Wolverine and Charles and Magneto; they’re some of the last folk standing from the original X-Men. They’re at the spearhead of this mission, this last chance at saving the world. This is their only hope, their mission into time. Can you actually go back and affect time? Can you go back and change things or will time correct itself? Will history fight you back and is your destiny pre-determined or can you change it?”
They’re not really fresh recruits. They’re more refugees that are living day to day in this hideously ruined world. They don’t have much hope in the future. They’re on the run and they join forces with the remaining X-Men to try to do this one last attempt at fixing the world.
There’s a reason why Logan was chosen to take a trip down memory lane into the past through the hands of Kitty Pryde. Because he’s the only X-Man tough enough to survive the journey into the past, thanks to that healing factor of his. Bub.
She’s the prime facilitator – it’s her power that enables that to happen. But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey.
Fassbender knew that he would be, well, not sharing the frame with Ian McKellen, but sharing the movie with Ian McKellen, so where on First Class he tried to be as different as possible from McKellen, because that was a very different character, he now knows as an actor he’d have to bring his performance slightly closer to Ian’s because he’s heading in that direction.
It’s an abstract scene, without giving away its origin and how it happens. It’s a trippy scene, it has a bit of ’70s style in it and the entire scene involved a lot of interesting practical photography using mirrors and other things. It was fun to shoot, and it was great to get the two actors together.
I did get goosebumps. I’ve got a picture on my iPhone of the two of them talking to each other. These moments need to be photographed.
X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Bingbing Fan,Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, and Adan Canto. It’ll be rewriting history on May 23, 2014.
Last Updated: October 31, 2013