It began in 2000. A movie about mutants living in a world still debating on whether to accept them. A movie about two different ideologies clashing with each other with dangerous consequences. A movie about a stranger seeking his past but getting caught in the present. X-Men. A brilliantly scripted film which intertwined so many smaller stories into a grander tale with such finesse that its eventual critical and commercial success was hardly unexpected. What followed next were two sequels, two spin-off movies on the fan-favourite character Wolverine and a prequel. Six movies in thirteen years. And the franchise does not get old. Movie number seven is on its way for a Summer 2014 release, and if the trailer is anything to go by, this one has the ingredients to be a classic!
Where do the timelines of the film fit in the franchise: The post-credit scene in 2013’s Wolverine set the mood for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now if you already do not know, the premise of this film is that the X-Men of the present send Wolverine to the X-Men of the past to “change a major historical event that could globally impact man and mutant kind.” So the film is likely to first continue after the events of the movie Wolverine and then emerge as a sequel to X-Men: First Class. It is a wonderful concept to build a film on, with the obvious benefit of playing around with timelines the way only a sci-fi film could allow you to. It is based on one of the popular storylines in The Uncanny X-Men comic series published in 1980 with the same title.
So why such excitement about this film: Apart from being a film from the X-Men franchise? Well, that is simple. It has such a hugggge star cast! You have the young and the old mutants getting together under one banner. So just to give you a glimpse of the ensemble cast put together here: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult… to name a few! Phew!
Any other reason to be so excited: If you are still not thrilled yet, then the return of Bryan Singer for the movie should get you a bit more interested. While Bryan Singer comes with his flaws, he is unlikely to do much wrong with the X-Men franchise, having previously helmed what are considered the best two films in this series, the original X-Men and its sequel X2. With so many characters involved in a film, Bryan Singer would have has hands full to provide each mutant and his/her powers with enough screen time to delight the audience, without compromising on the crispness of the flow of the story. It is something that Singer did brilliantly in X2, and that is why we could trust him again to piece things together coherently in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Any new mutants to look forward to: Aren’t these enough? But you could expect a few more emerging in this movie too. The most talked about mutant is of course Quicksilver to be played by Evan Peters, a very very fast running mutant who in the comics is of course the son of Magneto. Quicksilver has also been much in the spotlight for he is a part of Avengers at some stage in the comics and is soon to be a part of the movie The Avengers: The Age of Ultron (though as these movies are from different studios, one Quicksilver will have nothing to do with the other).
So where is the trailer: Right here! It is an exquisitely pieced together trailer, which limits the action sequences for now, and dwells into the nostalgia of seeing Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart after seven years as part of the X-Men movies (Patrick Stewart did have a cameo in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Wolverine is in the centre of things, as would be expected. The trailer, with its deeply absorbing music, is trying to convey the impending doom on the mutants of the present world and the gravity of the situation that Wolverine has to handle. There is an emotional chord that the movie is trying to connect with the audience, making it feel again like a Bryan Singer X-Men movie. It has a prime slot of May 23, 2014 booked for it, a time in the year when the audiences do flock to the theatres more often than not. If Bryan Singer can deliver the emotionally binding movie which he has done in the past in this franchise, then this audience would not be going back home disappointed. Enjoy the trailer for now!