With Peter Dinklage official as the villainous bigot Bolivar Trask in Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, it was only a matter of time before we got a look at Trask's infamous inventions - the mutant-hunting giant robots known as Sentinels. Attendees at this weeks San Diego Comic-Con got a first look at the head of a "Mark I" model Sentinel used in the film. It's smaller than what comic fans are used to from the towering robots, but with the "Mark i" designation, fans are already speculating whether or not additional Sentinel models will show up in the movie.
The giant robots made their first appearance all the way back in 1965's X-Men #14, from the all-time classic Marvel creative team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Kirby's original design is impressive; you barely even notice that the robots are a pleasant shade of purple and pink while they're trying to murder you. The threat is in their faces. The off-putting, almost skull-like expressionless faces are scary enough to have even non-mutants shaking in their boots. Their purpose is to kill mutants, and they certainly look like killing machines. You'd never mistake them, for instance, for hugging machines.
The Sentinel head we've seen from Days of Future Past is definitely cool, merging aspects of Kirby's original ominous design with a modern Transformers aesthetic, but is it scarier than what we've seen in the comics? You be the judge.
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