X-Men DOFP Empire Covers

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Yesterday you may have noticed a few covers from Empire magazine having been posted featuring a few characters from the upcoming Fox film X-Men Days of Future Past. There was actually a whole series of them, 25 in all forming an expansive collage, and over the course of yesterday they released them one by one, per hour of the day. Well now they are all out and interestingly they give us a glimpse at a few interesting aspects of the film.

  • Two Sentinels – Though the viral campaign for the film has given us a look at what the mutant hunting sentinels would look like in their earliest version, what we hadn’t seen until now is the version that will hunt humanity to near extinction and take over our future. Several fans have pointed out some similarities in body shape and form to the more sinister Nimrod sentinel model, known for being especially difficult (if not nearly impossible) to kill. This certainly would explain why the future gets to be such a horrible wasteland, when Sentinels are typically rather easy to destroy. It’s also interesting that they look far less mechanical than their 1970s counterparts.
  • Toad & Quicksilver – Rather recent additions to the cast, these two characters had gone mostly unseen until now. Though we did get a glimpse of Quicksilver in the background of one image, we get to see a little more of his costume. A lot of fans are decrying the look of both characters, and while they may not be the most faithful or exciting designs, this is a franchise that has always had a rather questionable fashion sense, going back to the leather biker look to replace the classic yellow spandex of the comics. But what I find more interesting is their roles. Both are early members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, terrorists within Magnetos collection of Mutants fighting for mutant dominance. The trailers seem to indicate that there may be some division within the ranks and that the brotherhood may not be as cohessive a group as you might expect. There is at least one rather tense moment of a confrontation between Mystique and Magneto. It’s also interesting to note that Toad is apparently wearing military fatigues and is featured between Havok and Stryker both also in military uniforms. Does this mean that Toad is soldier that switches sides, or is he a pawn in Magneto’s scheme placed into the military to collect information.
  • Wolverine’s claws – Since this film takes place in periods before and after the two Wolverine solo films, it makes sense that he would feature bone claws in his 1970s era body, as he hadn’t yet been infused with Adamantium yet. But what’s interesting is that his post-The Wolverine future-self appears to have full Adamantium again, when the film ended with his Adamantium claws having been removed (and bones claws regrown in their place). This seems to confirm fan suspicion that he would have the procedure repeated somehow (perhaps Magneto replaced it for him).
  • New characters – Though we had a glimpse at several characters in the trailer and had their identities confirmed, here we get to see a few of them in action.
    • On cover 18 we have Warpath, who isn’t busting out his power, but does seem to be weilding his signature dual-knives.
    • On cover 20 we have former New Mutant, current Avenger Sunspot ready to ignite one of his energy bursts
    • On cover 21 we have former Exile Blink creating one of her signature portals. Interesting to note that Warpath appears to be standing on the other side of her portal, and that the other side of her portal appears in the background of his cover.
    • On cover 23 we have time-traveling warrior Bishop with his signature energy absorption ability, long dreadlocks, giant gun and though it’s hard to see his famous tatooed M over his right eye that’s glowing bright.
  • Returning characters – It’s nice to see some of the younger X-Men from previous films returning including Ice Man (22), Colossus (24), Kitty Pryde (19) and Rogue (17), who is reportedly been cut from the film. I am hoping to see them get some good action in this film as they previously had been fairly novice and have presumably been full-fledged X-Men for a while in this future scenario. At the very least I am just happy to have more screen time with Kitty Pryde.
  • Also worth noting is the mirroring of Wolverine , Xavier and Magneto in the two time periods and that the breakdown between the two happens on Bryan Singers cover.
1970s Sentinel

1970s Sentinel

1970s Havok

1970s Havok

1970s Toad

1970s Toad

1970s William Stryker

1970s William Stryker

1970s Bolivar Trask

1970s Bolivar Trask

1970s Mystique

1970s Mystique

1970s Beast

1970s Beast

1970s Quicksilver

1970s Quicksilver

1970s Magneto

1970s Magneto

1970s Xavier

1970s Xavier

1970s Wolverine

1970s Wolverine

Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer

Future Wolverine

Future Wolverine

Future Xavier

Future Xavier

Future Magneto

Future Magneto

Future Storm

Future Storm

Future Rogue

Future Rogue

Future Warpath

Future Warpath

Future Kitty Pryde

Future Kitty Pryde

Future Sunspot

Future Sunspot

Future Blink

Future Blink

Future Iceman

Future Iceman

Future Bishop

Future Bishop

Future Colossus

Future Colossus

Future Sentinel

Future Sentinel

 

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