Bryan Singer’s next entry into the timeline-leaping and universe-bending X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, looks to be maximizing the freedom that the series started working with in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, and although the film’s latest trailer isn’t entirely thrilling on its own, what it promises to deliver is quite exciting.
The film’s plot is pretty convoluted – mixing up timelines will do that to anything – but its most basic logline is simple: the X-Men send Wolverine back in time to help stop a catastrophic event that will kill off both humans and mutants. Sounds good, right? Except Singer’s film also calls upon mixing up different versions of the same mutants – both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy are playing Professor X, just as Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender are both playing Magneto – and it’s a bit confusing when it comes to considering if all of this has happened before. Time travel is weird, but it’s certainly entertaining.
In the film’s newest trailer, we see Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) taking center stage, though it’s unclear why he’s the one sent back in time over all other mutants, and the desperation of his quest. How can he possibly join together warring mutant factions in order to stop another war? It seems hopeless enough – and the fact that Singer is next helming another entry into the franchise, titled X-Men: Apocalypse, indicates that whatever victories spring from this new film will be quite short-lived – but that also means there will be plenty of action to enjoy.
Also, let’s just be honest here – double the mutant fun, a richly imagined sixties set, a dirtily rendered future, and people talking to younger versions of themselves all sounds like kind of the best thing ever, and it’s certainly a fresh spin on the superhero genre. Bring on the future! (And the past?)
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23.
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