The first full trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has arrived, and… it’s like taking a trip back to 2000. Director Bryan Singer‘s films have always focused on the theme of persecution (comparing, rather overtly at times, the struggles of the mutants to the struggles of homophobia) through the differences between Professor X and Magneto, with Wolverine as the protagonist volleying between their two approaches. What’s frustrating is to see that not much has changed for any of these characters, because the audience is actually going back in time to before they were able to reconcile.
This new trailer doesn’t add much more to what we know about the plot than the Instagram video from last week did. Most of the other characters only make a cursory appearance, from returning heroes Storm, Iceman, and Rogue to new additions like Quicksilver. It would be nice to confirm that they won’t just be cannon fodder like many of the new mutants introduced in both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class. And we could have seen a little more of Peter Dinklage, who will be the primary villain, or even find out what the conflict in this film will be — why Logan needs to go back in time in the first place. In the comics, the entire fate of mutants is at stake, but while Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are expressive enough actors to convey that whatever is happening in the “future” is of the utmost importance, we don’t know what or why that importance is.
That’s not the best omen… especially since, while artfully cut together, most of the footage is actually longer versions of what we saw on Instagram and what seems like one specific scene between Xavier and Logan. Now, most of the effects are still incomplete, so Singer qualified the release of this trailer with the caveat that there would be very little action involved, but with all the care and consideration we know Singer put into shooting the film, hopefully he’s not so mired in technical wizardry that the character moments fall flat. The best parts about his original films was where he found chemistry between the actors and built a strong world around them.