Sentinel Unveiled in Full-Scale Glory in New ‘X-Men’ Set Pic
Looks like the movie Sentinels, right, are set to look a lot like their comic counterparts (Marvel/@BryanSinger)
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.
First look at Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask (Photo: 20th Century Fox)
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.