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

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."