by Brett White
When “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer held a question and answer session at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, he brought the X-Film footage that was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International with him. Now, with the internet being the internet, a low-quality version of that footage has leaked. You can check it out—and if not the video, then at least the description—after the jump.
Of course, I will throw up a spoiler warning for those of you not wanting to know what happens… in the upcoming trailer. Hey, I know everyone’s definition of a spoiler is different, so, jump at your own risk!
The video only contains the first forty seconds of the footage shown, but that covers plenty of mutant-related ground.
The footage starts on a close up of Professor X’s eye, with the voice over asking, “What’s the last thing you remember?” The footage then shows its first of many cutaways to various X-Men; first up is Storm, who we see from behind, looking over her shoulder in mid-air. The weather is ominious. “I remember a glimpse into the past,” says Xavier in voice over. Then we get a shot of a bearded Iceman, Kitty Pryde looking up off screen, and Rogue—in profile—looking down. All three look pretty much how you would remember them looking, just with an additional Iceman beard (but sadly not an ice beard). Professor Xavier then asks who he’s talking to do “do for me what I once did for you,” which leads me to believe that he’s talking to Wolverine, asking Logan to help piece his mind back together.
Then there’s a shot of the Xavier school from above, mixed in with shots of the mansion’s basements and possibly the Cerebro room, with Xavier entering and approaching the signature round, ’X’ doors. There’s a shot of the mansion’s hallway, with silhouettes of people in them, followed by Magneto in a dark corridor, Iceman backing him up.
“You’ll need me as well,” says Magneto. Then Omar Sy as Bishop walks into the light, in front of an industrial looking background, holding a giant gun. Bishop has dreadlocks and a giant dark red scarf, similar to what he wore in his late ’90s solo comic book series. Then what looks like Adan Canto appears as Sunspot, in front of a similar background. He’s in costume, which is black, with yellow stripes across chest, midsection and abs, with a “V” of yellow piping up top. The costume is sleeveless and doesn’t have a domino mask. Then, finally, we see Booboo Stewart as Warpath. He has long hair, with a black sleveless top with a yellow, angled stripe in the middle. He even has upper arm/shoulder pad looking gear on, and face paint over his eyes that gives a nod to his signature domino mask.
Both Warpath and Sunspot look a little too Silk Spectre from Watchmen for my taste, in the “this looks like a store bought costume from Ricky’s” kinda way. But then again, that could definitely be the bad film quality and the nature of the footage; they aren’t moving and they aren’t in action. Bishop looks great, especially with him holding a giant gun. That’s pretty Bishop-y! Overall, the tone seems dramatic and dire—which is what you want from this particular storyline—and it’s really just great to see all these actors again.
Comic Book Therapy has screengrabs of the characters too, just in case the footage gets taken down—which, come on, it will eventually.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” hits theaters on May 23rd, 2014.