Yeah, I said it.
We’ve been covering every major panel at SDCC over the past 3 days, and we’ve witnessed our fair share of awesome unveils, but the footage from Bryan Singer’s DAYS OF FUTURE PAST takes the cake. The X-Men films were the harbinger of the current superhero trend, and after a few disappointing iterations of the classic characters (Last Stand and Origins… I’m looking at you), they’re back in proper form.
Our good friends at i09 wrote an amazing synopsis of the footage, so dive into it below:
Seriously, I hope this footage shows up online soon, because my description is not going to do it justice. There was a lot going on here. We see a closeup of an eye, and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) asks, “What’s the last thing you remember?” “I had a glimpse into the past,” someone responds. Professor X tells Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me what I once did for you.”
And this is a dark dystopian future, where the dark, fetishy costumes are looking more dirty and distress and messed up, and Professor X and Magneto seem weary and filled with dread.
We see flashes of all our favorite mutants, including Storm against a stormy sky, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Omar Sy as Bishop, and some others that I couldn’t immediately identify. Plus Ian McKellen as Magneto.
We learn that Professor X and Magneto have come together “side by side, to end this war before it ever begins.”
Wolverine asks, “So I wake up in my younger body, and then what?” Professor X responds, “Find me, convince me of all this.” And Magneto chimes in that Wolverine will find younger Magneto a different person, “a darker person.” We catch glimpses of 1970s versions of Magneto and Professor X — with a lot more hair and a lot more fire to them. Professor X has a crazy beard and a 1970s groovy outfit, while Magneto is a rabble rousing leader who levitates. And we see Young Mystique crying, while Young Beast is howling.
Back then, Professor X says, “I was a very different man. Lead me, guide me, be patient with me.”
Wolverine responds, “Patience isn’t my strong suit.”
We catch glimpses of other stuff — Young Magneto using his powers to pull a distressed Mystique along the floor. Young Magneto descending from the air looking scary. There is a mysterious opening under the Oval Office, revealed by the oval opening up like a trapdoor. And Richard Nixon looking weird and terrifying — and then a shapeshifter walking down the street changing his appearance. There is a LOT of stuff blowing up, and Young Professor X using Magneto, and the Beast attacking, a woman walking away from an airplane, and a military setting.
Young Professor X says, “I don’t want your suffering. I don’t want your future.”
And then Old Professor X is face to face with his younger self. He says: “Please. We need you to hope again.” It’s an actual spine-tingling moment. Actual goosebumps here.