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The Many Films Inside the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Trailer

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Mar 24, 2014 | 12:58pm EDT

It's natural to feel a bit uneasy about the X-Men: Days of Future Past. For one thing, the film is clearly a large undertaking, flinging back and forth between different characters, settings, and even time periods. It all looks downright ambitious, but it also looks like a big heaping plate of mixed genre stew that could topple under its own weight. The newest trailer doesn't just show one movie, but several different films rolled into one. In one shot, dark spaceships are filling the sky, while in the next Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) is rocking a vintage bowl cut and '70s 'stache. Can all of these different elements coalesce into one great comic book film? We sure hope so. In anticipation, we've decided to outline all of the different films that make up Days of Future Past.

It's an apocalyptic science fiction film...
Blackened skies, ominous aircrafts, and a city reduced to grey rubble. Yep, this is definitely an apocalyptic future. X-Men: Days of Future Past starts off in a possible future where mutantkind has been thinned out to some pretty dire numbers, while a squad of futurist sentinels hunt down the few remaining survivors indiscriminately. 

And a time-travel film...
In the vein of Looper or Back to the Future, this X-Men sequel is a true time-travel film. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is tasked with traveling back to the '70s to ensure that the war between humanity and mutants never happens. The film is looking to pick up on the classic genre tropes. Expect time paradoxes aplenty. 

And a romantic drama...
It turns out that espionage and mutant terrorism tend to make hearts grow fonder. The trailer shows Magneto (Michael Fassbender/Ian McKellen) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) growing even closer together, much to the dismay of Professor X (James McAvoy/Patrick Stewart).

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And a period piece...
Professor X is sporting a shaggy mane, while Beast (Nicholas Holt) probably has a whole closet dedicated to just bell bottoms. X-Men is nearing an almost American Hustle-level of '70s costume absurdity. Maybe we'll be treated to some ELO while Magneto is crushing humanity underfoot.

And a political thriller...
The politics are looking messy for the upcoming X-Men film. Magneto is blurring the line between freedom fighter and terrorist, while Bolivar Trask is pushing forth his Sentinel program through the channels of Washington. It looks like everyone has an agenda, and the battle over government policy is being fought in the courts and on the streets.

But finally, it's still an X-Men movie.
Beyond the apocalyptic future, political machinations, and loud '70s costumes, this is still an X-Men film at its heart, the world's longest running allegory to puberty is still marching onward. Expect a ton of plucky young mutants discovering themselves, and learning how to control their bodies and feel comfortable in their own skin. It's like regular adolescence, but with more accidental fires.

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