This week seems to be Trailer Week for Hollywood, as one after another trailer from major blockbusters are releasing all over the Internet. We first got Captain America: The Winter Soldier, then The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and now X-Men: Days of Future Past – coincidentally, two of these three films star Jennifer Lawrence.
The trailer for Days of Future Past is mainly character focused, since the VFX doesn’t seem to be complete yet. Most of the trailer is dramatic music, with a voice-over from Patrick Stewart‘s Professor X and Ian McKellen‘s Magneto. The basic plot of the movie, as telegraphed by the trailer, is that the mutants are near extinction in a dytopian future [thanks to mutant hunting robots called Sentinels], and so Magneto, Professor X, and some of the surviving mutants team up and send Wolverine to the past. The time travel mumbo jumbo isn’t clearly explained so it’s not easy to discern how exactly they’re able to do this, but it seems they’re just sending his mind to the past, not his whole body.
Anyway, once Wolverine gets to the 1970s, he has to find James McAvoy‘s younger Professor and Michael Fassbender‘s younger Magneto and convince them that they need to help him stop the future from happening, probably by trying to prevent some major event in ‘history’ – except, of course, it’s not history for them yet.
The trailer is definitely solid, although it’s a tad slow paced for an X-Men movie. And considering this trailer had quite a job of trying to introduce all the mutants, future, past, and new, as well as introduce the plot, I’ll give it a pass for the non-existent action sequences. That being said, it does a good job of setting up the movie, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next trailer.