While Marvel Studios has understandably cornered the market on the cinematic Marvel Universe, Fox is doing their best to upstage them with "X-Men: Days of Future Past," a project that's shaping up to be more ambitious with each bit of news. The latest update from studio consultant Mark Millar should please fans, as he has confirmed that the mutant-hunting Sentinels will finally make an appearance in the film.
In an interview with SFX, Millar insisted that he didn't "really want to give too much away," but claimed that the "Sentinels are a big feature of this story." Not only that, but they'll "be cool" and the film "will deliver on all of the teasers," as he went on to note that audiences caught a brief glimpse of a Sentinel head during the Danger Room sequence in "X-Men: The Last Stand."
For the uninitiated, Millar is referring to a class of giant robots engineered by humanity to wipe out the mutant race. In "Days of Future Past," mankind has succeeded by either exterminating most of the mutants or by rounding them up in internment camps. Given Millar's comments, it seems likely that the film adaptation will follow suit in this respect, which should truly delight fans who have waited to see the Sentinels appear on the big screen in proper fashion.
Millar also went on to coyly discuss Kitty Pryde's role in the film. He was again hesitant to reveal too much, but he did hint that fans of the character "will not be disappointed." In the original storyline, Pryde was essentially the main character, as she manages to travel across time to warn the X-Men of the dystopian wasteland that awaits them in the future.
If Millar's comments are to be taken at face value, then it seems possible that Ellen Page may feature prominently since she recently signed on to reprise the Kitty Pryde role. Of course, Millar has also been a bit unreliable in the past, so it's probably best to wait until the film goes into production before etching anything into stone.
One thing that can be counted on, however, is the film's setting. According to a casting call sheet that circulated earlier this week, most of the film will take place in 1973, which places it about a decade after "X-Men: First Class." The call sheet also confirmed that the film will shoot from April to August, so don't be surprised if this summer is dominated by "Days of Future Past" chatter.