If there's one thing that has made many fans of the X-Men comic books both perplexed and disappointed (including me), it's the virtual lack of Sentinels in any of the film adaptations thus far.
Well, take heart, boys and girls, because, according to Hitfix, has confirmed that there will be Sentinels, oh yes, there will be Sentinels. And, Kitty Pryde.
As both the Sentinels and Kitty Pryde were integral parts of the "Days of Future Past" comic book timeline, it's been more than a little baffling as to why they weren't utilized in X-Men: First Class, but I digress, lest I get up on my dork soapbox and nerdrage.
For those of you sitting here thinking, Sentinels? What the hell are Sentinels?, well, they were always big baddies and, you know, pretty integral to the X-Men comic book franchise since they were introduced by and all the way back in the long-ago-and-far-away of 1965. They're the size of a high-rise, can fly, blast energy beams, and oh yeah, they exist to detect and hunt down mutants. So basically, ginormous a-holes.
One of the ever-present potential problems for comic book movies - particularly ones that feature as many characters attached to the script as Days of Future Past - is overcrowding. That won't be the case here, assures Millar, who says:
is Mr. X-Men and he knows exactly how everything works...Singer is excellent at working with ensemble casts. So with this one I feel it is all fine. I have read the screenplay and it doesn't feel rushed and it doesn't feel like it has too many characters.
He also offers the surprising revelation that yes, Sentinels have been part of the fabric of the X-Men movie franchise for a while, but somehow, have never been utilized.
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."
And not to worry, the thus-far underutilized Kitty Pryde will be a major part of the upcoming film, assures Millar:
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.
Millar also discusses the vast potential of the X-Men universe and whether or not it will be expanded far beyond the scope of what we've already seen, similar to what Marvel has done with The Avengers:
I hope so. I think that the X-Men universe is as interesting as, if not more interesting than, the Marvel universe...I think a lot of these characters deserve their own movies – there are a good half dozen that I would like to see do their own thing.
The X-Men franchise has always had the potential to be the biggest movie franchise Fox has, a juggernaut of an entertainment vehicle that could have always been wildly successful - in the right hands. But, inconsistencies in the quality of script and a lack of clear vision has thus far held the movie franchise back from living up to its massive upside.
The X-Men: First Class reboot had all the makings of a movie franchise that had finally found its direction, and as X-Men: Days of Future Past will be building on the foundation of its predecessor (with some seriously talented people at the wheel), it appears the X-Men franchise has finally charted a course that will see it live up to the expectations and wishes of its most die-hard fans, with the help of some giant robots, of course.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is set for a July 17, 2014 release. Click the [[follow]] button to stay up-to-date on the latest X-Men movie news!
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