Have you seen the new X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer yet? If not, check it out: Whaddaya think? Nervous? You’re not alone. Let me explain. We live in a world where the fuel of our biggest communications device seems to be knee-jerk hatred of anything pop culture. And, as the old saying goes, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” and the wheel that is internet trolls/haters/bored teenagers is loud. So it is with hesitance that I write out the reasons I’m nervous about X-Men: Days of Future Past. I don’t want to be one of the squeaky wheels, especially not one that starts complaining about a movie he hasn’t seen. But, here we go.
Reason 1: Everyone is in it
This may be regarded as a good thing to some folks — “OMG WOLVERINE! 2X MAGNETOZ AND XAVIERS FTW!!1!!1!” And it may very well be. That said, certainly we can be forgiven for being a little gun-shy after the last X-Men movie featuring everyone ever.
Reason 2: It Features Time Travel
Time travel is a tricky plot point to pull off successfully. Booster Gold did it for a while a few years ago, then his story took a sharp nose dive into a pile of confusing crap. Right now, the All New X-Men is doing some time travelling of its own, with mixed results (though some things stay the same — Scott Summers, for instance, whether old and evil or young and not evil, is an unbearable wiener). It’s certainly not easy to make a time travel story straightforward and engaging, but Bryan Singer did make the best X-Men movies yet, so… fingers crossed.
Reason 3: Lockheed Doesn’t Appear to be in it
Notice that I said “appear.” There is still a possibility that Kitty Pryde’s alien-dragon-thing-with-a-classy-name could make a cameo. Perhaps in the post-credits scene? ARE YOU LISTENING, MARVEL?! All things considered, this movie does look wicked good. The cast is massive, sure, but also solid, featuring fan favourites and some newbies. The effects look absolutely unreal and, seriously, who doesn’t want to see Angsty Xavier?