ByScott Pierce, writer at
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Scott Pierce

If you still have goosebumps from the premiere of director 's X-Men: Days Of Future Past trailer, you're not alone. It's the most common side effect of finally getting a real glimpse at a story we've been waiting to see on the big screen since 1980. Still, "We need you to hope again," could also be Fox's battle cry to diehard Marvel movie loyalists who aren't too happy that the studio still owns the X rights. If you belong to that camp, I'm hoping that the trailer yesterday got you excited. If it didn't, maybe this will. Empire posted a trailer breakdown with Singer's commentary. There are a lot more stills over at Empire, but these are the highlights. Beware of mild spoilers!

"The grey in the hair is something I took from X-Men Days Of Future Past, it's a look in the comic," says Singer. "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," explains Singer of Storm's place in the movie. "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?"

Now we welcome back a bearded Bobby Drake, AKA Iceman, AKA Shawn Ashmore, and Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde, AKA Shadowcat. X-Men: The Last Stand established that they had at least a connection, but is there more to their relationship now? "They are an item in the picture," confirms Singer.

"You'll need me as well..." 's Erik Lehnsherr, AKA Magneto, is also a fixture in the future war, facing an enemy so monstrous that it forces former foes to band together. When we meet the X-Men in the future, the X-Men effectively no longer exist.

"They're on the run," says Singer. "There's no organisation. It's all been shattered. Most of them have been hunted down. Most of them are dead."

"They're not really fresh recruits," explains Singer. "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 line in the movie, 'He's always had a way with guns'," reveals Singer. "That's how he crippled Xavier, and he's such a powerful mutant but in this particular moment he's holding a gun and I like that. He's a product of the Second World War and he knows how to use a gun as much as he does his powers."

"Lead me. Guide me." says 's Charles. And here we see 's Charles touching Logan's temples to access... something. But what? Perhaps salvation lies within.

"He's trying to access something deep in his mind," says Singer, cryptically. "That's what the line's about, 'You're going to need to do for me what I once did for you'. In X-Men 1, Logan was a lost, lonely person and Charles helped him find himself. Now the tables are turned and Logan is coming into the world from the future to find a man who’s at the end of his rope in the past."

The monastery or temple or whatever the heck it is comes under attack as a bulky figure runs through the destruction. Is this our first look at the return of as Peter Rasputin, AKA the metal-skinned Colossus? It sure is. Minus the metal skin.

"He may be his human form in that shot, I'm not sure. By that time in the sequence he may actually be metal but I have no visual effects done!" laughs Singer. "So for that shot you just get what's on the set - a big, live, real explosion. No CGI yet. We're in process on very elaborate effects but there's really none of them done except for a couple of backdrops and a couple of shots I could slide in."

" knew that he would be, well, not sharing the frame with Ian McKellen, but sharing the movie with Ian McKellen," explains Singer, "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."

"He doesn't have his metal yet in 1973," confirms Singer, which places this movie before the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Wolverine's first meeting with a man by the name of William Stryker, head of the Weapon X programme. Here, Stryker (previously played by in X2 and Danny Huston in Origins) is played by . And we're intrigued to see how Magneto and Wolverine get on now that the former can't make the latter behave like a puppet on a string...

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