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What Is Actually Up With That X-Men: Days of Future Past Sentinel?


Folks seemed very interested in Empire’s slew of X-Men: Days of Future Past magazine covers yesterday even though we’ve seen most of the characters already in the trailer. But one new thing the covers did reveal was the “future” look of the mutant-fighting Sentinels and fans are curious about the look. 

While we’ve yet to really see them in action, the “past” Sentinels certainly give off a vibe akin to the purple comic book creations (though not anywhere near as close as that danger room version we saw in X-Men 3). In the X-Men issue of Empire, production designer John Mayhre spoke about the look of this future Sentinel:

They’re biomechanical weapons. We had to come up with what would be the ultimate version that could actually, in principle, stop the X-Men. We started with this idea that they were almost made up of magnetic plates slapped over one another, imagining that the plates could contract or grow, so the Sentinel can be skinny to get through a small space or the plates can open up to become a bigger shape. So they have become virtually unstoppable.

Not sure how that relates to the powers of say, Magneto, but sure, it seems like a good idea in theory.

What do you think of either the past or future Sentinel designs? Would you have preferred they stayed closer to how they look in the comics?

(via /Film)

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  • Anonymous

    Hey if filmmakers can take a kernel of an idea from the comics, run with it, and make it work (i.e., make it a compelling story element) then I’m all for it.

  • Gordon Borland

    It’s an okay design, but if it was a choice between this and big purple robots, the big purple robots would win. To be fair to the design though big purple robots win most choices I make.

  • http://www.theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com/ The Literary Omnivore

    While I quite like the X-Men films, I don’t have a particular allegiance to any incarnation of the Sentinels. So just coming to them as futuristic mutant killing robots, I really do like their design. It’s very cinematic (just imagine those plates rippling!), regal, and threatening. I love the idea that they’ll change—or should I say mutate?—for the task at hand.

    X-Men fans: how does Magneto usually fare against Sentinels? Do his powers give him a leg up, as I assume, or do they have some way to work against him?

  • Philip Lopez

    So basically the future sentinels are T-1000s?

  • Philip Lopez

    So basically the future sentinels are T-1000s?

  • Chris Arrant

    Looks like a movie version of Nimrod to me, which would fit with the storyline.

  • http://groggybot.blogspot.com/ grog1138

    It’s modern art

  • Melynda

    They are biomechanical? Like sapient constructs? Reapers!

  • Samuel

    Same thought I had glancing at the picture, I’m like: “Well, they are going to have Sentinels, and they are going to have time travel and OH SHIT THAT LOOKS LIKE NIMROD!”

  • Anonymous

    The Reapers weren’t biomechanical, they were pure machines. They were however true AIs.

  • Anonymous

    Nimrod was not biomechanical. He was pure machine.

  • Erin Treat

    Whatever. Looks pretty awful to me. Can’t believe this made it into the move. Bland, blurry handful of metal filings in the shape of a person.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    I saw that mag cover all day yesterday and had no idea what I was looking at until you pointed out it was Sentinel. Not digging that design at all.

  • Anonymous

    The floating tiles from those “First Look” pre-trailer previews have become sentient! This is a huge evolutionary step from the past Sentinels that don’t look like they could be made in the 70s. I’d feel better about if we got to see a more classic yet intimidating intermediary form. Sentinels should look more substantial than a wiry Evangelion Angel. It’s not blocky & friendly colored enough to be Nimrod. It could pass for when Cerebro turned evil or Phalanx if they ran out of gold coating. Couldn’t they have at least kept the lovely metallic purple?

  • John W

    I would have preferred they had stayed faithful to the comic for the past Sentinels. The future Sentinels I could see them making changes.

    I remember Uncanny X-Men #194 featured Nimrod which was a future version of a Sentinel: http://marvel.wikia.com/Uncanny_X-Men_Vol_1_194

  • Revolution of Eva

    My kneejerk instant reaction was also “dear god, Nimrod is in this movie!”

  • Anonymous

    He usually wins against them, though that’s rarely stopped them from being a general threat.

  • Joe Quesadilla

    I thought it could be Warlock.

  • Anonymous

    Well the Sentinels in the comics had something similar, where they could learn and adapt to new threats and (depending on the artist) spontaneously sprout new weapons or strategies.

    So I can definitely see how their explanation here is similar.

  • SuperFubar

    When i was younger i thought the Sentinels were giant Magneto robots

  • Gordon Borland

    I like to think that all the villains colour coordinated, sure there evil but that doesn’t mean they cant be fabulous.

  • Gordon Borland

    I like to think that all the villains colour coordinated, sure there evil but that doesn’t mean they cant be fabulous.

  • Lady Viridis

    I have huuuuuge suspension of disbelief issues regarding any version of the Sentinels (Who actually agrees to fund giant robots that hunt and capture/kill children?!) but this version at least looks threatening.The giant purple robots of the comics, not so much. I’m really curious to see how they pull off the Sentinels in the movie, and whether they convince me that they are a thing that could actually happen.

  • Anonymous

    That’s why I love the purple & magenta colors for Sentinels. It’s dressing up walking hatecrimes in friendly colors so humans would think of them as comforting protectors. It’s much more startling to see something that looks goofy be an effctive genocide machine.