X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014 Movies)
In the near future, robotic Sentinels are programmed to identify and exterminate mutants and their human allies. During a Sentinel raid which kills nearly all the mutants in Russia, Kitty Pryde sends Bishop‘s consciousness back in time a few months before the attack, however this power can’t be used on the recipient indefinitely.
Professor Charles Xavier makes contact with Kitty, meeting her at a remote Chinese temple with other mutant survivors. Xavier explains that the Sentinels were designed by Bolivar Trask, who was assassinated by Mystique in 1973. Her DNA being modified by scientists to create and advance the Sentinel program. Kitty, possessing an ability to send a mutant’s consciousness back in time, suggests altering history to prevent Trask’s assassination. While Xavier initially plans to be the candidate, Wolverine volunteers instead since his regenerative powers would allow him to survive the process.
Wolverine awakens in his younger body in 1973. After traveling to the X-Mansion, he discovers the school has been shut down, and the younger Xavier (known as Professor X) can walk, lacking his powers under a specialized serum suppressing his mutant powers. Hoping to reunite with Mystique, Professor X agrees to help Wolverine to bust Erik Lensherr out of his prison cell under the Pentagon, aided by Hank McCoy/Beast and Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver.
Mystique discovers Trask has been experimenting on mutants and plots to assassinate him at the Paris Peace Accords. She is prevented by Professor, Erik, Hank, and Wolverine, but Erik decides to kill her as the surest way to prevent the apocalyptic future. Hank intervenes and exposes himself, Erik, and Mystique as mutants to the world. Trask takes advantage of this event and successfully convinces President Richard Nixon to initialize the Sentinel program.
Erik (now Magneto) obtains his signature helmet to block out Xavier’s psychic powers, and secretly takes control of the constructed Sentinels. Professor X abandons the serum, regaining his mutant power, and communicates with his future self, who inspires him to protect the relationship between mutants and mankind. After using Cerebro to track Mystique, he, Hank and Wolverine take flight to Washington, DC and put an end to her assassination plot on Bolivar Trask.
At a ceremony where Nixon unveils the Sentinels, Professor X, Hank, and Wolverine search for Mystique, disguised as a Secret Service agent. Magneto appears, controlling the Sentinels, and uses the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium to surround the White House. Hank transforms into Beast and fights a sentinel. Wolverine confronts Magneto, but is thrown way into the Potomac River. Nixon, Trask, and Mystique hide in a safe room beneath the White House, but Magneto rips it out of the building with the intention of killing Nixon.
Back in the future, the Sentinels launch an attack on the X-Men, slaying most of them, including Storm, while Magneto is wounded. Mystique stops Magneto from killing Nixon, but goes to murder Trask. Xavier persuades her to spare Trask, altering history and erasing the Sentinels from existence. Magneto and Mystique both leave, one a criminal, the other a hero. Trask is put behind bars for attempting to sell U.S military secrets to Vietnamese officials.
Wolverine wakes up at the mansion in the present day to find Iceman, Rogue, Colossus, Kitty, Beast, Storm, Jean Grey, Scott Summers, and Xavier all alive. Wolverine speaks to Xavier, aware of the changes in history. Back in 1973, the younger Wolverine is rescued by Mystique, disguised as William Stryker.
- A mutant with accelerated healing, heightened animal-like senses, and—in 1973—retractable bone claws; in the future, his skeleton and claws are laced with adamantium in his body, making him virtually immortal. Jackman noted how Wolverine driving the plot in spite of his gruff personality made for interesting story choices, as “if you want someone to go back to take someone’s head off, fantastic, but he’s really got to go back and almost act in parts as inspiration, as mentor, as guide, because he can’t do it all on his own, which is always his preferred method”.
- A mutant pacifist and the world’s most powerful telepath. He is also a founder of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, and leader of the X-Men. Singer described the younger Xavier as “a very different beast from First Class‘s feckless playboy. He’s a wounded animal, bearded, long-haired, filled with rage at the way the world has treated him”. Kinberg said the film was intended to be the story of the younger Xavier beginning to “become the Professor Xavier we know” as Wolverine mentored him.
- A powerful mutant who can manipulate magnetic fields. While he had dissents with Xavier due to a wish to prove mutantkind’s superiority, they revert to being allies as Erik helps the X-Men battle against Sentinels in the future.
- A mutant with the shapeshifting ability, and also Xavier’s childhood friend and adopted sister. Singer said Mystique “is less innocent, evolved, getting closer to where Mystique was in X-Men 2“. Lawrence had suffered skin irritations from the full body make-up used in First Class, and the process was changed so from the neck down it would be a bodysuit, whose zipper was digitally removed in post-production. As a result, the make-up process was reduced from eight hours to three. The make-up team at Legacy Effects sculpted Mystique’s scales digitally, making them shorter in size and placed in a way that they would accentuate Lawrence’s face.
- A mutant who can manipulate weather and one of the most battle-tested and powerful X-Men. Asked if her pregnancy affected her role, Berry replied, “I wasn’t in as much as I was meant to be. My ever-growing belly was posing a constant challenge! What I could do was getting more limited so the role that I play is so different from what it could have been, due to my surprise pregnancy”. According to Kinberg, Berry had another scene in the film that was cut because of Berry’s limited schedule.
- A mutant with super-strength, agility, reflexes and enhanced speed. Hoult plays the character in scenes set in 1973 while Grammer makes a cameo appearance as Beast in the future setting. The cameo was added because the writers felt Hoult’s Beast was “such a sweet, young character” that audiences would want to learn he survived. Once Grammer learned of this opportunity to return as Beast, a character he had enjoyed playing in The Last Stand, he called Singer asking to get involved, and was flown from New York in secret to avoid drawing attention.
- A mutant who can absorb the life force and mutant abilities of anyone she touches. Kinberg wrote a shorter part for Paquin than initially planned because she did not have much time to be on-set. During post-production, Paquin’s role was reduced to a cameo after most of her scenes were cut; these scenes were later restored on an alternate version of the film, which was released to home media. According to Kinberg, Rogue was to be rescued by the future Magneto and Xavier to provide the elder characters a mission, “something like Unforgiven“. Eventually the producers felt it was a subplot that did “not service the main story”, and reshot scenes to replace them. However, she was still featured in the film’s various promotional materials. Paquin later stated that she still had fun making the film and did not mind that the majority of her scenes had been cut from it.
- A mutant who can pass through solid objects. As the youngest member of the X-Men, she plays an important role in their fight for survival. Singer described Pryde as the prime facilitator and that Pryde’s phasing ability enables time-travel to happen. Kinberg, when asked why Pryde is not the time-traveler in the film adaptation of the comic-book story, said, “[If] we tried to follow the original and use Kitty, we had a problem because Ellen is 25 years old and she’d be -20 in the First Class era”.
- A military scientist and the head of Trask Industries who creates a range of robots called Sentinels, designed to find and destroy mutants. Dinklage said Trask “sees what he’s doing as a good thing—[his ambition is] definitely blind and he’s quite arrogant. He has striven all his life for a certain respect and attention”. He also said Trask is opposed by Richard Nixon. Singer said he is a fan of Dinklage and of the television series Game of Thrones in which Dinklage stars as Tyrion Lannister, which inspired him to cast Dinklage.
- A mutant who can create and manipulate ice. Ashmore said about his role, “In the first X-Men I had to make a rose for Rogue but that was the extent of the character, so it’s cool to see over these four movies going from that to X2—where you sort of see him do an ice wall—and in X3 he finally gets to battle, and in Days of Future Past we’re soldiers”.
- A mutant who can absorb energy and redirect it in kinetic blasts. Singer said Bishop, along with Warpath, Sunspot and Blink, are not fresh recruits. He said, “they’re more refugees that are living day to day in this hideously ruined world. They don’t have much hope in the future. They’re on the run and they join forces with the remaining X-Men to try to do this one last attempt at fixing the world”.
- A mutant who can move, speak and think at supersonic speeds. Peters described Quicksilver as “very fast, he talks quick, he moves quick. Everything else is very slow compared to him, it’s like he’s always at the ATM waiting for the bastard in front of him to finish”.
- A military officer who hates mutants. Helman was originally chosen to play a younger version of Juggernaut before that character was removed from the script. Brian Cox, who portrayed Stryker in X2, appears in archive footage.
- A mutant who can transform his body into organic steel, which grants him superhuman strength, stamina, and durability while in that form. Cudmore was asked whether he trained for his role, he replied, “I didn’t have a ton of time to get film ready for this. A trainer friend of mine from Vancouver put together a quick little workout program for me. Since the role was for Colossus, I was aiming to bulk up a bit and get stronger. I ended up eating a lot more. Because of how much I was eating, I had to eat every 2-3 hours to keep my calories up”.
- A mutant who has the ability by creating portals to teleport. Fan said the film was the first of a five X-Men movie contract she signed with 20th Century Fox.
- A mutant with an ability to project solar energy, create flames and solar-powered strength and flight. To prepare for the role, Canto researched Sunspot because when he was cast, he did not know the level of involvement his character has in the film.
- A mutant and expert tracker with super agility, reflexes, acute senses and enhanced strength. In preparation for the role, Stewart gained 50 pounds and grew his hair much longer than its usual length.
Director:- Bryan Singer
- Hugh Jackman
- James McAvoy
- Michael Fassbender
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Halle Berry
- Anna Paquin
- Ellen Page
- Peter Dinklage
- Ian McKellen
- Patrick Stewart
Music by:- John Ottman
- May 10, 2014 (Javits Center)
- May 23, 2014 (United States)
Country:- United States
Budget:- $200 Million
Box office:- $747.9 Million
X-Men: Days of Future Past had 1,311 visual effects shots produced by twelve studios. Richard Stammer served as the overall effects supervisor based on his work for Prometheus. The leading company was Moving Picture Company, who created the future Sentinels and worked on the sequences involving the X-Jet and Cerebro’s red virtual world. The Sentinels’ scaled bodies were created by adapting a tool originally developed to create hair and fur, which would later evolve into creating a proxy representation of each individual scale as a “follicle“. Another major contributor was Digital Domain, with effects from the 1973 portion that encompassed nearly a third of the work. These included the Sentinels, Mystique’s transformations and eyes, and various digital environments. Digital augmentation turned a remote airstrip into a Vietnam prisoner camp and added Paris’ famed mansard rooftops to the Montreal locations. The environment work based on Washington, D.C. required the team to study period references of the National Mall and White House, and photograph almost all of RFK Stadium to create a detailed digital replica. Rising Sun Pictures created a sequence considered by many reviewers the centerpiece of the film’s effects, where Quicksilver uses his super speed in the Pentagon kitchen. Depicting how, to a speedster, actions in real time come down to a virtual standstill, objects float around in slow motion. After doing LIDAR scan of the kitchen set, the digital recreation added many computer generated props – cooking gear, cutlery, vegetables and water released by a fire sprinkler system – rendered in near microscopic detail regarding placement and lighting, particularly because the footage had to work in 3D. To simulate Quicksilver running on the walls, Evan Peters and a stunt double were filmed in both the set being suspended by a harness and on a treadmill that stood in front of a chroma key green screen. Only Peters’ legs were digitally replaced. Despite the sequence only having 29 effects shots, it required nearly seven months of work from RSP’s team of 70 artists.
Rhythm and Hues Studios worked on Beast’s transformations, the creation of Xavier’s plane, and speed effects for Quicksilver. They also worked with Digital Domain on the sequence featuring the inside of the 1973 Sentinel. Mokko Studio worked on Mystique’s eyes and costume fixes. Cinesite worked on the future New York City in the opening prologue along with clean-ups, wire removals, and production fixes. Fuel VFX worked on holographic effects and Havok’s mutant powers. Vision Globale worked on visual effects relating to a dream and flashback sequence. Hydraulx, Lola and Method Studios handled a number of compositions and production fixes. The Third Floor worked on extensive story-boarding and visualisation.
Director Bryan Singer’s regular collaborator John Ottman worked on the score of the film, in addition to being its editor. Ottman is the first composer to score more than one film in the X-Men film series, having previously scored X2 (2003).
|1.||“The Future – Main Titles”||2:44|
|3.||“Hope (Xavier’s Theme)”||4:48|
|4.||“I Found Them”||2:52|
|6.||“Pentagon Plan/Sneaky Mystique”||3:25|
|7.||“He Lost Everything”||1:51|
|9.||“How Was She”||1:47|
|10.||“All Those Voices”||3:19|
|13.||“Rules of Time”||3:07|
|15.||“Time’s Up” (Film Version)||3:34|
|16.||“The Attack Begins”||5:04|
|18.||“Do What You Were Made For”||2:56|
|19.||“I Have Faith in You/Goodbyes”||2:27|
|20.||“Welcome Back/End Titles”||3:58|
|21.||“Time in a Bottle” (Performed by Jim Croce)||2:27|
|22.||“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Performed by Roberta Flack)||5:20|
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released an alternate version of the film, titled The Rogue Cut, on July 14, 2015. It added 17 minutes of previously unused footage, including a subplot involving Anna Paquin’s character Rogue, whose role was reduced to a brief cameo in the theatrical release. The Rogue Cut was also screened at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
In the Rogue Cut version, Rogue’s role is more consequential, and the narrative is more complex: When seeing Stryker causes Wolverine’s consciousness to phase between past and future—resulting in his claws being extended, injuring Kitty Pryde—the Professor talks about the need for Wolverine to have more time back in 1973. Bobby Drake (Iceman) proposes breaking into the heavily guarded remains of Cerebro at the Professor’s school, the one place where the Professor’s mind can’t reach others from the outside, in order to rescue Rogue, who is being held captive there. With the Professor and Magneto, he does so—at the cost of his own life—and Rogue is taken to where the mutants are making their last stand, where she takes over for Kitty in regards to keeping Wolverine’s mind in 1973, for the remaining time until the moment history is changed, with a suggestion that Wolverine is aware of the switch as he appears to feel Rogue’s presence. The Sentinels were able to find the X-Men through a tracking device inside a Sentinel’s hand, which got stuck in the X-Jet after the Sentinel tried to prevent the Professor, Magneto and Rogue from escaping the incinerated remains of the X-Mansion. It also includes another scene where Mystique visits the X-Mansion at night while Charles and Logan are sleeping. She revisits her previous romance with Beast but leaves very early the next morning and breaks Cerebro in order to prevent Charles from finding her.
The Rogue Cut also includes a mid-credits scene, where the Pentagon prison is shown to be repaired with a new inmate Bolivar Trask, who was arrested for selling military secrets to foreign countries.
Worldwide, X-Men: Days of Future Past earned $262.8 million during its opening weekend, the highest worldwide opening weekend for an X-Men film. The film grossed $233.9 million in the USA & Canada and $513.9 million in other markets for a worldwide gross of $747.9 million, making it the highest-grossing entry in the X-Men film series before being surpassed by Deadpool two years later.
In the United States and Canada, the film earned $8.1 million from Thursday night showings, which is the highest late night opening for an X-Men film. It was also the highest-grossing film during its opening weekend, earning $90.8 million, which made it the second-highest opening weekend of the series, at the time, behind X-Men: The Last Stand ($102.8 million). During the four-day Memorial Day weekend, it earned $110.6 million. The audience was 56% male and 59% were older than 25.
Elsewhere, the film was the highest-grossing film during its opening weekend, taking $172 million, making it Fox International’s highest opening weekend. The film’s highest-grossing debuts were in China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Malta. It was also the highest-grossing debut for a 20th Century Fox film in 11 markets, including South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, and India. It became the highest-grossing X-Men film in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom & Ireland, and Venezuela.
In December 2013, Singer announced X-Men: Apocalypse, an X-Men film acting as a sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer directed from a script by Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris, and Michael Dougherty. Kinberg said it would take place in 1983 and would also complete a trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class. Released in 2016, Apocalypsefeatures the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur, who was introduced in the Days of Future Past post-credits scene, awakening in the 1980s and deciding to destroy modern civilization and take over the world. Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Rose Byrne, Lucas Till and Hugh Jackman reprise their roles. Filming began in April 2015 in Montreal, Quebec for a May 27, 2016, release.