Behold the creation that will "preserve humanity through technology."
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" has the most impressive cast of any "X-Men" movie to date, as it merges the dramatis personae of both the original trilogy and the 2011 sorta-reboot, "X-Men: First Class." However, as nice as it will be to spend another summer blockbuster with old friends, the characters from "X-Men" lore that we're most excited to see are ones that have remained in the shadows of the big-screen X-adventures ... until now.
We're speaking, of course, of the Sentinels, the giant robots designed to save us poor humans from the "mutant threat." They're basically like the Terminators, only a heck of a lot taller.
A new pic from the set of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" tweeted by — who else? — Bryan Singer reveals the director standing next to a full-scale Sentinel. This is the first time we've seen a Sentinel from top to bottom, following Wolverine's beheading of a simulation of one (via the Fastball Special, of course) in the opening Danger Room sequence of "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006).
And it's a practical creation! It isn't CGI ... they actually built a Sentinel! What is this, 1977? Awesome.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) August 1, 2013
Indeed, the Sentinels seem to be at the forefront of the viral marketing campaign for "X-Men: Days of Future Past," as the set pic comes hot on the heels of the launch of a new website that showcases the fictitious company behind the giant mutant-stomping robots, Trask Industries. The site's "About" page gives a little background on this mega-corporation:
Founded by Bolivar Trask in 1967, Trask Industries was built on the philosophy of advancing human progress through technology and genetics. Our early research led to the revolutionary development of DNA-Generated Prosthetics. Since then, Trask Industries has taken the lead in genetics-based defense technology with our Mutant Detection Device and Sentinel program. We’ve partnered with international governments to ensure that any threat to human extinction is preemptively neutralized. With Trask Industries, you can rest assured that the future of humanity is in safe hands.
The site also introduces us to Bolivar Trask himself, played by Peter Dinklage in the film.
Even from his early years as a research assistant, Bolivar always maintained a particular interest in the origin and evolution of humanity. Following in the footsteps of Mendel, Watson and Crick, Trask made it his goal to unlock the mysteries of human DNA. What he did not anticipate was the discovery of the X-Gene, a genetic finding that would prove to be the most significant of the 20th century.
Trask soon hypothesized the impending extinction of the human race. His early theories were ridiculed by his contemporaries and with no one to fund his research, Trask cared enough about humanity to invest in the founding of Trask Industries in 1967.
Trask is a brilliant man, if a woefully misguided one, and Dinklage is an excellent choice to play him. While Trask has never been portrayed as a dwarf in the comics or animated series, he'll be given the same kind of passion and authority — for better and worse — that Dinklage brings to the role of Tyrion Lannister on "Game of Thrones." And the formidable size difference between the Sentinels and their creator gives the whole enterprise a new level of poignancy — and ominousness — that we haven't had before in previous Trask stories.
The fact that we have to wait until May 23, 2014, to see "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is becoming quite depressing. Can Kitty Pryde maybe phase our collective consciousness to next spring?
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