No one could have known what the first X-Men movie would do for the comic book movie genre, when it was released nearly 15 years ago. The original film has spawned a slew of comic book films, spin-offs, sequels, prequels and reboots. X-Men: Days of Future Past is technically a sequel to X-Men: First Class, but it appears to be much more than that. Check out the trailer below and my thoughts after.
The tone has director Bryan Singer all over it! And I'm more than ok with it. When it was announced he would return to the franchise he made famous, I was very excited. It felt like this brand, this franchise, was back in good hands. The story loosely follows the graphic novel by the same name, and bridges the X-Men and X-Men: First Class franchises. Stars from the original trilogy, like Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Halle Berry are back. So too are the actors from the 'First Class' film. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence all return as the younger versions of the older characters.
There appears to be A LOT of characters in this film. I don't know how Singer and his writers are going to give everyone a fair share of screen time. And to be honest, it feels more like a sequel to the original franchise than it does to 'First Class'. That may be a move by Fox to better market the film, but I don't want to think about that too much without seeing more of the film. The action is subdued in this trailer, it's more about the setup, and I can't blame Singer for that. It's a complex film with a lot of moving parts; setting up the 'world' in the first trailer was probably a good idea. I think it goes with out saying, but I'm in. I can't wait to see what Singer and company pull off in this movie.