I have always been a fan of X-Men, but it kind of felt like there was never unanimous support thrown behind any of the film adaptations. The second flick, X2, was my favorite, and I really enjoyed 2011's X-Men: First Class. This past Saturday, director Bryan Singer surprised fans in San Diego at Comic-Con by introducing the cast of the latest superhero entry, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and two new posters dropped.
The poster mash-up the faces of the original Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier (Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart) with the First Class Magneto and Professor Xavier (Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy). I barely noticed a difference with the poster on the right. The faces of Fassbender and McKellen blend startingly well. McAvoy and Stewart, not so much.
Days is based on a two-part installment that was originally published in 1981. The comic jumps back and forth between the present day where the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the future in a time when the X-Men failed to kill Senator Robert Kelly. In the future, Sentinels (giant, mutant-hunting robot baddies) hunt down mutants and put them in camps. Kitty Pryde (you know, Ellen Page in the movies) warns the present-day X-Men, and they must prevent this future from happening. I think I got that right. I think.
I had no idea that the new X-Men was going to be so ambitious. It's a bit surprising that they didn't split this into two movies (one film per comic) like all the franchises want to do lately. Either way, the posters are cool.