Last year a really cool and bold video was released to promote Bryan Singer’s ambitious X-Men: Days of Future Past. The video, presented as a documentary, asked the question of whether Magneto caused the curving bullet which killed JFK. The video had photographs of Magneto in the background on the Grassy Knoll, and it was the start of a really impressive viral campaign which would look at 25 key moments of history, and the Mutants influence over them.
A new video has just been released which contains videos from the JFK assassination again, but also other big historical moments like the Cuban Missile Crisis and Chernobyl, and it even looks into the future. The short video is expertly put together, and actually quite creepy (especially when Sentinels begin showing up!), but it is a great idea, and you can learn much more about it at 25Moments.
Some screen shots of the video has also been released, which are included in the image gallery at the bottom of this post.
It is also impressive seeing how Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and his Trask Industries are clearly having a massive influence, as you can see him meeting with President Nixon. Interesting stuff!
While we have your attention about all things X-Men, director Bryan Singer and writer/ producer Simon Kinberg have been discussing Days of Future Past, and the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse with EW this week.
Talking about 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Singer confirmed that the four central characters in the film will be Professor Xavier, Magneto, Beast and Mystique, and with the film set in the 80’s, it will be the same actors who played them in X-Men: First Class, which means James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence returning.
Singer also spoke of his excitement exploring the 80’s, and the characters that come with that era. He spoke of re-introducing mutants like Gambit and Nightcrawler, and no doubt Cyclops will make a return: “I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s,” Singer said.
With the films chief villain being the mighty Apocalypse, Kinberg confirmed that the film coming after Days of Future Past will be an even bigger film in terms of spectacle: “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than ‘Days of Future Past’ because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.” he said.
Singer then discussed how Days of Future Past will set up Apocalypse, but not in the traditional end credit sort of way. Singer has big, deep plans for setting up his new X-Men world, and here is what he had to say about it:
“You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up ‘Apocalypse.’ What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in ‘Apocalypse’ is that events in this movie made that happen. Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”
Big ideas indeed! A I must say very exciting!
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
The movie is directed by Bryan Singer and stars a stellar cast which includes (deep breath) Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage and Halle Berry.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Company nationwide on 22nd May 2014.