It also has Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman pretty concisely summing up the time travel story in just two brief lines, first with Magneto establishing that he and Professor X are working side by side to stop the apocalyptic war between humans and mutants from ever starting in the first place. Then Wolverine asks, "I wake up in my younger body. Then what?"
Then what indeed. As far as choosing mutants for a mission to go back to 1973, inspiring younger mutants to work together constructively and avoid all-out war, a grizzled loner with a hair-trigger temper seems far from an ideal candidate.
Loosely inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne's 1981 two-issue story, X-Men: Days of Future Past allows returning director Bryan Singer to bring together members of his original X-team with the younger figures from 2011's X-Men: First Class. So this movie's huge cast has Jackman, McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, and Daniel Cudmore joining James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Lucas Till.
The time-travel mutant tale finds plenty of new characters joining the fray, too. The newcomers include Omar Sy as Bishop, Fan Bingbing, as Blink, Adan Canto as Sunspot, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, and Booboo Stewart as Warpath.
With all these flashy mutant characters from two continuities coming together, less attention has been paid to the prequel-sequel's primary antagonist. That would be Bolivar Trask, the human inventor of mutant-hunting Sentinels played by the great Peter Dinklage.
Speaking with Empire (via CBM), Game of Thrones star Dinklage isn't too keen to compare Trask to Hitler, saying,"I sympathise with the man, having played him, and I don't know how one does that with Hitler...Trask does actually believe that what he's doing is going to save the world."
"I am this guy who's four and a half feet tall, but my life doesn't constantly address it," says Dinklage. "With me playing that role, I had to think about that stuff. I'm not going to play my violin, but with my dwarfism, I'm a bit of a mutant. I can't move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing. Deep down, Trask can be quite sensitive about that aspect of himself. And sorry to go back to Hitler, but he wasn't a six foot, perfect blond Aryan. He was a short, funny looking fellow. And talk about a moustache!"
Singer, whose first X-Men opened with a young Magneto being marched into a concentration camp, says, "Trask is, ultimately, a peace lover. He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other unless they find some common element to unite against. Perhaps as Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he's doing the same thing with mutants."
X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in 2D and 3D on May 23rd.