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Mark Millar Kinda Sorta Says Sentinels Will Be In X-Men: Days Of Future Past [Please Be True]

One of my biggest disappointment with the X-Men movie franchise so far has been the lack of Sentinels, the mutant-hunting robots from the Marvel Universe. Sure, we got a quick shot of a Sentinel in X-Men: The Last Stand’s danger room sequence but it was merely a taste. Now there’s talk of the giants playing a big part in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Is it too good to be true? See for yourself. 

Newly appointed Fox Creative Consultant and comic creator, Mark Millar, did an interview with SFX Magazine in which he discussed Matthew Vaughn’s take on the next X-Men film. He said the director is going for a big sci-fi story this time around. Which makes sense considering the Days of Future Past storyline in the comics involves time travel.

“[It's] X-Men meets The Terminator. You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film,” said Millar. They wouldn’t put robots in the movies and not have them be Sentinels, right? And yes, Millar also confirmed we would be seeing an apocalyptic future.

“Cost-wise it’s going to go up, and ambitious-wise it’s gone up. But Vaughn can handle it. Vaughn made Kick-Ass for $28 million,” he said. The last we heard of this project was Sir Patrick Stewart revealing he’d be returning as Professor Xavier.

In a separate piece, Millar shared his hopes of keep all the Marvel properties, regardless of who holds the rights, in the same universe.

“Fox have said that they want to build a cohesive universe and I’d personally like this to work in complement to the Marvel one,” he said. “It would be cool if these universes didn’t contradict each other so if you went to see Spidey, The Avengers, The X-Men, etc, as a viewer you would have no idea that all three are coming from different studios. I’d love to make it look like they’re all just happening in one place.”

That actually sounds like a really good idea. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters July 18, 2014.

(via MTV)

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  • Anonymous

    I hope I am alive to see the day that Fox no longer holds the rights any marvel property.

  • Jamie Jeans

    Wait… Mark Millar? The same Mark Millar who wrote Kick-Ass and once suggested to DC a majour event being The Rape Of Wonder Woman?!

    THAT Mark MIllar?!

    Oh, to hell with this movie… forget it, I’m not watching anything done by that sorry excuse of a human being?

  • Jill Pantozzi

    He’s not doing the movie.

  • Skemono

    once suggested to DC a majour event being The Rape Of Wonder Woman?!

    …the what now?

  • Mark Brown

    As much as I loved the Avengers and. . . some of the X-Movies, I actually think they’d work better as separate universes. Give them each more room to move without stepping on each others’ toes (and needing to explain why the Avengers aren’t dealing with whatever problem the X-Men are handling and vice-versa).

  • Christopher Duffy Austin

    In the story it was Nimrod who came back, right? I like Nimrod. It makes me sad that the studio probably won’t allow him to be named Nimrod because everyone thinks it’s an insult because the last generation couldn’t tell that Bugs Bunny was being sarcastic.

    Also, how long you think this Mark Millar thing is going to last? I mean, his basic modus operandii for superhero comics is to turn superhero’s into assholes.

  • you guys

    That could be expanded to both the DC and Marvel comics universes at-large.

  • you guys

    He better not! *snap snap*

  • Matt Graham

    Thanks for the post, Jill. I’m very excited about the prospect of the film and the potential for how much it will mine from the story. I’m alone among my key comic friends in being enthused for this, but I can’t be jaded about it. Days of Future Past is a great story, and while time travel and alternate realities may be routine in today’s books and stories, it’s not done well all the time, and I’ve always enjoyed how the X-Men handled it best.

    First Class showed me that there’s creativity and excitement in the movie franchise yet, and adapting this story, however big or minimal it goes with it, makes me as hyped as the first time I read the story (or Age of Apocalypse).

    I’m curious how they’ll do it, especially since the FC series is still supposed to be tied to the other movies. I’ve had many passionate debates with my friends over any inconsistencies or plot holes, but just like the comic books, I can’t be nitpicky or jaded enough to complain. I love the characters, I love the universe, I love the ideas – I grew up with this. I never thought I’d even see an X-Men or Avengers movie, let alone what we’ve been getting the past decade. Working that magic with one of my favorite stories? I’ll take it, and be delighted to see exactly how they string it all together.

  • Matt Graham

    I don’t know if they wouldn’t name him Nimrod for that reason. He’s a mighty hunter, play it up with the Sentinel. I’d rather not see Nimrod the super adaptive Sentinel, at least in the early acts. We haven’t seen Sentinels done proper. I think the best approach for the design direction First Class set would be the old ten foot tall models, but the towering Sentinels would be pretty intimidating as well.

    Perhaps merge Mastermold with Nimrod as concepts.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t hav Days of Future Past without Sentinels.
    That wouldn’t compute.

  • Lady Viridis

    Post-apocalyptic future is pretty much the only way to include Sentinels and maintain anything close to the semi-realism the X-Men movies seem to try for. Honestly, that is one thing I never entirely bought about the Marvel universe: there are 3-story killer robots that hunt children and teenagers, and the populace at large is … okay with this? REALLY? It’s even worse when they try to say that the Sentinels were actually funded/created as a government program. Who okay’d that decision? Who signed off on paying for, again, giant killer robots? And why were those people not *immediately* kicked out of office? None of it makes any sense, and mostly I’ve been glad that the Sentinels haven’t been around, because they’re not a very good concept

  • Nick

    If the Sentinels aren’t purple, I’m going to be Ultra Pissed.

  • Anonymous

    The heck with the Sentinels — can we get characters of color who are fully-realized?

  • Scott Hill

    The X-Men being in the same universe as the rest of the Marvel Universe *never* made sense to me. I could just never understand how, in a world where the general populace fears and hates those with mutant powers, not once do you ever hear Spider-Man be called a “Mutie”.