Bryan Singer and Empire broke the internet this week by releasing 25 covers featuring images of various characters from the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Magazines have variant covers now?) Most interesting was a view of what seems to be a Future Sentinel, seen here:
So, at first look, we seem to have a Asgardian Destroyer birthed by Melisandre. Relax, here’s some context from production designer John Myhre taken from his Empire interview:
“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.”
Before everyone freaks out about Singer making changes again, please consider that there’s actually a defendable logic to this, and a Marvel historical precedent.
The Sentinels first appeared in X-Men #14, invented by Bolivar Trask to hunt and kill mutants.
Singer’s version of this “classic” sentinel appears here, and it would seem that we’re in pretty good shape.
There’s no complaining here. Looks great. And it’s still purple.
Now consider this:
Technology changes over time. Therefore, it’s not inconceivable or problematic that Singer has two separate Sentinel models for each time period in his film.
Finally, there’s Marvel canon backing this Sentinel evolution. First, Claremont unleashed the Nimrod Sentinel in the 1980s, who was very different from his clunky ancestors.
Nimrod later evolved to the point that the only way to stop him was for Rogue to sacrifice herself by driving him into the Seige Perilous.
Decades later, Nimrod morphed into Bastion, and threw down with Rogue again, this time over the fate of Hope Summers.
Finally, even the classic Sentinel design has been played with lately. Kade Kilgore whipped up this doozy during Schism.
S.H.I.E.L.D. also puts Sentinels into the field during Battle of the Atom, spurring the wrath of Logan and Cyclops.
Singer’s choice for an evolved Sentinel might upset longtime fans at first glance, but after considering how these robots have changed since November 1965, it’s not a big deal at all. I’m excited for the next trailer to hit, showing these guys in action.