Updated with New Pic: First Images of Sentinels in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Raise Some Questions

Updated with New Pic: First Images of Sentinels in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Raise Some Questions

Aug 02, 2013

Update: Bryan Singer has just tweeted a picture from the set showing off the very large and very real size of these things. Check it out below.


Comic-Con gave us our first official look at the mutant-hunting sentinels from X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that was just a head in a box that offered us no sense of scale for the robotic overseers. Fox has launched a viral website for Trask Industries, the tech conglomerate owned by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) that's responsible for creating the sentinels, and with it they've provided a few really cool looks at the them. These aren't stills from the movie, but they are an official representation of its world and show their proper size in relation to us normals.

They also raise an interesting timeline question. Look at the two photos above. The one on the left is obviously the Days of Future Past version of President Reagan's inauguration. The one on the right is the real event. So now the movie has established that the U.S. had these antimutant robots in 1981. If that's the case, then why is there no mention of them in Bryan Singer's first X-Men? In that world, mutants are still in hiding, but there isn't the kind of antimutant sentiment you'd expect from a nation that 20 years early built giant robots to trap mutants. So where'd they go?

It's those kind of continuity issues that Days of Future Past will have to solve. In the comics the X-Men universe is huge on different threads of time, and Days of Future Past is just the most famous storyline involving time travel. Because the events of the X-Men trilogy are so radically different than X-Men: First Class, it's now up to Singer and screenwriters Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn to sort out precisely how the dots connect between all the films and all the characters, which will be colliding here.

The rumored storyline is that Bishop (Omar Sy) exists in the First Class future, where antimutant sentiments are at their absolute worst, and travels into the present of the original, nonsentinel X-Men timeline to recruit old age Professor X and Magneto and the other Singer characters to then travel back into the First Class world to stop their abysmal, oppressive future from happening. That sounds complicated, but we're sure it'll all come together squeaky clean in the end. Well, we're kind of sure.

In the meantime, we'll just gladly explore the website of Trask Industries, which shows off the history of the sentinels and mutants as a global menace. It's got more than a few clever winks for fans to enjoy, so do give it a few clicks to find them for yourself.


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