Over the last twenty five hours Empire Magazine have revealed twenty five covers of their magazine staring twenty five different characters from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is kinda exciting – it the first chance really to take a look at some of the new characters that weren’t featured in the teaser trailer and to have a closer look at those who were.
So what did I think? Generally all characters who we’ve already seen either in the original X-Men trilogy or X-Men: First Class look pretty good and what you’d expect from them being in the 70’s or in an apocalyptic future. I did get a bit confused as to why Young!Charles is standing up since he lost the ability to walk at the end of X-Men: First Class and also where does younger!Wolverine with his bone claws fit in the timeline with X-Men: First Class, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men. Seriously I love these films and the characters (the various X-Men TV shows was my gateway to everything superpowered and I love the movies a ridiculous amount) but trying to figure out their timeline is enough to give you a head ache.
I am a little confused as why Rogue’s got her own cover when it’s been said that all her scenes have been cut which was sad because I like Rogue – as my best friend said today “if she is cut, it’s a bit of false advertising.” She does look rather cool though.
So onto the new mutants. First things first – Quicksilver (Evan Peters). What is with his costume?! Now I’ll admit my knowledge of Quicksilver comes from the X-Men: Evolution cartoon so this one doesn’t look anything like I think of Quicksilver. He also looks really out of place compared to the rest of the 70’s X-Men. Well, I’m quite happy to withhold judgement till I see the film, but yeah; Quicksilver looks a little strange right now. If I don’t end up liking him then there’s at least the Quicksilver played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 to look forward to. (Why Bryan Singer – who I like and respect a lot – decided to put in Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past when he already had a million other mutants to play with is a rant for another time)
I didn’t even know that we were getting a younger Toad so seeing him on a cover was a bit of a surprise –he looks alright, though I’m bit unsure about the goggles. Also I’m a little sad that Caleb Landry Jones’s Banshee isn’t going to be in X-Men: Days of Future Past. It would have been nice to keep some more of the original cast so that their characters would be developed instead of shoving in new characters that the audience don’t have an attachment to. At this point, obviously, I don’t know how involved with progressing the plot Toad or Quicksilver will be but if they’re just there for the battles then I don’t see why Banshee couldn’t be there instead.
Everyone who is in the apocalyptic future look rather cool and badass – I think that just happens when you’re in an apocalyptic future. I don’t’ know much about the new mutants in the future segment but I really like the look of Warpath and Sunspot, they look awesome. But like I said I love the look of all the future mutants. I like Xavier with his floating chair, Storm with her cape and Daniel Cudmore is back as Colossus which is fantastic as he probably was my favourite thing about X-Men: The Last Stand (which isn’t hard considering the mess that movie was but it’s still true.)
So all in all, I’m fairly happy and am both excited and a bit scared about X-Men: Days of Future Past. Excited because this is going to be the biggest superhero film ever and having all those characters together and the older versions interacting with the younger versions has the potential to be great. I’m scared because having so many characters could turn this film into an incoherent mess which I really don’t want to happen.
I consider the X-Men movies and universe to be my gateways drug into Marvel and comic book movies in general; I don’t want anything bad to happen to my introduction to this wonderful world.