In a tidbit that will probably come as no huge surprise to those who familiar with the X-Men canon, 20th Century Fox creative consultant, Mark Millar has confirmed that next year's time-bending bonanza of badassery, X-Men: Days of Future Past will be riddled with the team's signature antagonists in the giant robotic ravagers of all things mutant, The Sentinels.
While the comic book creative guru, Millar has been known to drop the occasional big fish story to the fans, this one certainly has a ring of truth. Yet, in an interview with SFX, Millar's revelations, seemingly confirming the obvious, consequently may have also shed light on some previously-unknown things about the film's plot. (Which was recently revealed to center in 1973; ten whole years after X-Men: First Class.)
Regarding the Sentinels, who will prospectively arrive on the big screen not too long in the wake of another "Big Robot" movie in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Millar comments:
“I hadn't actually thought about that [laughs]. Yeah, that is true isn't it? You will have a couple of big movies with giant robots in them. 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].”
It certainly wouldn't be Days of Future Past without time travel and Sentinels, so Millar may not have dropped any bombshells on that one. Yet, it is noteworthy that we're talking about the X-Men films, specifically, Fox's X-Men films, so a confirmation of an aspect as basic as this is probably worth a victory of some sort for the fan community.
However, another important aspect of Days, is the character around which the comic story was centered, Kitty Pryde. With the recent announcement that actress, Ellen Page would reprise her role from X-Men: The Last Stand, the speculation has opened about how big of a role she would potentially play.
With obvious canonical differences between the storyline of the comics and the storyline of the jumbled Fox film series, there are certainly questions about whether the film, like the comic story, would base the time travel aspect around any central character, much less Kitty Pryde. This is what makes Ellen Page's casting so head-scratching. When Page played the role in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, she was a relative unknown and the role itself was somewhat minor. The actress' stock has gone up significantly since then and here, she joins an obscenely-stacked cast with huge names from both of the film series like Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence. The question is, "why?"
In the SFX interview, Millar actually addresses this issue with a clue that may leave us with more questions:
“Ach, I cannae [sic] get into that [laughs]. 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."
What artistic incentive in this mutant mega-pic could entice Ellen to reprise a relatively minor part she played 7 years prior? Something big, perhaps, like a central role for Kitty similar to the comics? At this point, it's difficult to tell. However, what is certain, is that director, Bryan Singer and the rest of the creative team have their work cut out nicely.
X-Men: Days of Future Past plays Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots on a large scale at theaters on July 18, 2014.