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Mark Millar Hints at Sentinels in Vaughn's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

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October 19, 2012
Source: SFX

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X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn and comics guru Mark Millar are very close. The two collaborated on Kick-Ass back in 2010, and now that Vaughn is coming back to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past, the two will be working side by side again because Millar was recently hired to consult on all of Marvel's film content with 20th Century Fox. Millar recently spoke with SFX Magazine (via Total Film) and basically confirmed what every X-Men fan has wanted to hear since this franchise first hit the big screen with Bryan Singer's 2000 film: we're finally going to get to see the giant robotic Sentinels get their due.

Here's what Millar told SFX Magazine:

"Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's X-Men meets The Terminator. You've got robots, you've got time travel, you've got superheroes - it's got everything in one film."

Sounds pretty awesome to us. A Sentinel briefly appeared in a holographic Danger Room sequence in X-Men: The Last Stand, but since we're all probably better off if we forget that movie ever existed, we're looking forward to seeing the scope of what Vaughn has in store for us when X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014. The time travel element could provide a nice opportunity to cross over with the "present day" X-Men timeline, giving Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and the rest of the gang a chance to play a part in this story, but as with most time travel films that play with alternate realities, things could get confusing pretty quickly if writer Simon Kinberg isn't careful.

Production is scheduled to get underway in January of 2013, so Vaughn will have about six more months to work on this sequel than he did on First Class, which turned out to be pretty damn amazing considering his rushed post-production schedule. I'm also wondering if they'll take this opportunity to introduce the time-travelling soldier Cable, who shares an interesting connection with Cyclops. Sound good?

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  • Busted
    They have to get Kitty right this time, as she is the major player and the most important character in this story and I think they should cast Hailee Steinfeld as young Kitty Pride
    • Busted
      And Jodie Foster as old Kitty Pride
  • A Dog
    First Class was shit. There were so many holes, it was as if they hadn't even seen an X-men film before and barely touch the comics. Hopefully this will be better
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      I believe it stands to reason that X-Men: First Class was a reboot in the same vein as J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. However, rather than explaining that in the first film, Days of Future Past, which incorporates time travel in the comics, will allow for a separate timeline so the continuity of this new series will not contradict the mythology created by the first three films.
      • Richie G
        Time travel is the only way they could explain how scott summer's little brother was an adult during the cuban missle crisis
    • TheRagingCajun
      Dude, you're off your tree. First Class was a first class flick. Seriously, Fassbender in the scene with the 2 Nazis, Fassbender in any damn scene for that matter? Not a good movie? Are you high?
      • http://www.facebook.com/waylon.anderson.566 Waylon Anderson
        That movie was phukin lame, they made Beast look like a character off the Broadway show "Cats". And I'm not even going to get into the terrible token black character Darwin (or the fairy princess lol)......you're the one who is high. You probably loved Last Stand too!
        • Dominic A
          Beast USED to look like that it's all in the scripter's eyes .Maybe the one thing I'll agree to hate Is Darwin BECAUSE they kill him off . but his powers are cool . since they made the fairy princess a stripper , and then turned her " wicked " I'll give them a pass on that( made it easier to explain her heel turn didn't it ? ) . The ONLY thing wrong with Last Stand was the ending . Phoenix should FRY Wolverine like a piece of bacon , love holding her back or not . but It's Hollywood what did you expect . Ease Up
    • BloodwerK
      Agreed. I'm sure First Class was great if you know next to nothing about the X-Men. I can't figure out why so many people on the web get so bent out of shape when movies don't stick to the source material but give the X-Men films a pass...
      • Dominic A
        is not the point of making a "early " version of the X-Men ( if not EVERY CBMovie ) to make sure that the " lay " person who knows NOTHING about the story/characters can follow along and ( gasp ) even enjoy it ? BTW this is a GIVEN it's going to happen this way ; we've hashed it out here about every CBM , where were you ?, Hunger Games didn't stick to source for 1 , and there's been several others . TV shows too - Charlaine Harris's fans hate the HBO version but that's FAN'S fault ....
  • Cooper Rawlingsaff
    January 2013? They've been saying "spring" lately...
  • Whatshisname
    First class was terrible. Absolute crap. Havoc? No accent banshee? Magneto paralysing xavier? Mistque being friends with xavier since they were kids? It was so so terrible.... but this new story actually sounds awesome. The xmen always time traveled. Hopefully we will see forge or cable!!!
    • Dominic A
      ( sighs ) for loving the present XMEN you deny the First Class creators any iota of leeway to show you WHERE the antagonism comes from in the present day . See above on CBM not having to stick to source ; it's a given get used to it . So there's a valid reson for Mags and Xavier to have a rivalry : one was in a prison camp one wasn't . One got paralyzed trying to save " normals " from the other . What's so wrong with that ? A good explanation for Moira is there . And they wanted to skew young ; only Chales and Eric were supposed to be mature so that the evils ones would seem more impressively rotten hassling Kids not other mature adults . and the scripting this as part of the Cuban Missle Crisis was inspired , if just for weaving those clips of Kennedy into the story . And why is Mystique evil ? well cause she hated herself almost to pointof taking her powers away . then Eric shows her how to revel in them . And she can be her own woman not in Charles's shadow . So That's Why ! You too Ease Up
  • Beast
    Can't wait. First Class was one of the best movies of that year. Finally a really great X-Men film. Can't wait for the sequel. And smart of them to do a time travel epic as the second film. There's already enough complaints about the various movies having inconsistent continuity. Just pull a Star Trek reboot and move forward with a all-new all-different continuity where they don't have to worry about it.
  • Rpin
    If there's no Wolverine and they stick to the Bryan Singer continuity of crap which includes First Class, this will blow chunks.
    • Dominic A
      well in the alt. uni there HAS to be a Wolverine , and a Storm as his GF . So maybe there WON'T be one for the travelers( that could be dicey but then they'l know to bring him in when they go back ) . Actually more key is Kitty Pride , who has to be in both ( or some sort of " I'll be a TM8 of yours in a few years but you have to save us now " thing . Which actually would be shitty ). So Sorry dude ur stuck in Singer's uni where she's already established ... CBMs Don't Have To Stick To Source , get over it !! already .....
  • Tim
    I hope they watch the '90s X-Men cartoon series before they finish the screenplay for this. That time traveling concept was pretty cool to watch, though it might be tricky to transfer to live action. I enjoyed First Class though it was definitely not perfect. I hope for the best with this film.
  • Dominic A
    BTW sorry for my cruelty , but isn't this a NON-STORY , because if we know they've already committed to doing DoFP , then Sentinels HAVE to be there ???????? hint hint nothing , it's a given . Got 130 comments on sister site IGN tho ; don't tell me that they really think they need to gauge INTEREST ?
    • Dominic A
      plus 1st Class is on all this month . the scene where the kids all meet each other at CIA headquarters is just hilarious . Forgot that Mystique names Eric Magneto . and reminded of the waste of the token Darwin( the oldest one tho he felt HE had to do something).. However , you also get to see a lot of Azazel with his two swords , and Bacon as Shaw , ( "where's the Telepath ? Not Here . Oh well at least I can take this silly thing off " " Adapt To This ! "). And the gradual explosion of Eric's powers and control of them . If you just concentrate on plot holes ur not seeing the forests for the trees ...
  • timnimbus
    They would have to bring in Bishop and Cable if they want to satisfy the x-men fanbase. But if they were to bring in Cable, wouldn't they need to also introduce Apocolypse? All I gotta say is Kinberg better try to stay close to the source material. Bryan Singer was the worst thing that ever happened to both DC and Marvel universes. Can't wait to see how this one will turn out!
  • Clem Kadiddlehopper
    "We screwed up the last 4 xmen movies, let's see if we can get it right this time"

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