Bryan Singer Uses ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ to Introduce Us to the Concept of Trailer Commentaries


Yesterday the long-awaited trailer for Bryan Singer’s upcoming, time travel heavy melding of Fox’s two X-Men franchises, X-Men: Days of Future Past, finally hit, and while it didn’t include the money shot of a full-sized Sentinel in action that many fans were hoping for (likely because they’re too early in the effects process to have much to show off), it did include such a cornucopia of new characters, old characters, and dramatic moments that it was enough to get most fans of the property salivating at the idea of finally getting to see the movie.

People who aren’t X-Men freaks, who haven’t been following all of the casting reports and who haven’t read the comic book source material that this story is being based off of, could have been a little bit confused watching what we were given yesterday though. Who are all of these new characters? How are mutants from the original trilogy interacting with characters from the First Class film, which took place in the 60s? And, perhaps most importantly, what’s up with old Magneto and old Professor X wearing those goofy outfits and hanging out in a location that looks like it’s right out of Stargate?

MTV News got Singer on the phone to explain some of what we see in the new trailer, and then they helpfully laid his comments on top of the footage, creating a sort of trailer commentary track. If you found yourself feeling like you were somewhat in the dark while watching that ad from yesterday, click through and check this new video out.

There’s a lot of good stuff in there, but perhaps the coolest bit is the confirmation that the movie will feature parallel action happening both in the 1973 setting and in the future setting that make up this time travel story. Too many times in movies like this they start off in a bleak future, which is awesome, but then the rest of the film goes back to the past and it leaves us wishing we could have seen more of what was going down during all of the post-apocalyptic insanity of the opening. It’s why geeks were begging for a robot war movie for decades after The Terminator first hit theaters, and why we eventually had to put up with the disappointing Terminator Salvation due to the demand. Better to just get all of the future action out of the way now.

It was also nice to hear Singer’s comments about Xavier, particularly that, “His arc is the central arc of the story. That’s a moment in the film — I don’t want to explain how he comes to be facing himself on screen, but it’s interesting how it happens. I did some interesting stuff visually — some visual stuff and some practical stuff. It’s an interesting scene, very trippy. “ From the very beginning, when the ambitious concept of this film got announced and its gigantic ensemble cast started getting recruited, it seemed like it could be a titanic undertaking that ultimately got crushed under its own weight on its way to becoming a messy failure. It’s reassuring to hear that they were able to find some kind of thematic thread to tie the whole thing together. The X-Men movies have bit us a couple of times before, and it would be nice to be able to start feeling confident that they’re not going to do so again. If Days of Future Past ends up being as awesome as it looks, probably that will be the thing that gets us all back to believing in the dream.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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