X-Men: Days Of Future Past - Trailer Analysis

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In the past few months, trailers for practically every comic book movie in production have been released. And while a steady stream of more low-key promo material for X-Men: Days Of Future Past has been released such as specially filmed Trask Industries videos, the one thing that was conspicuous by its absence was a proper trailer.

Well, it's finally here. After a long time of waiting, the first trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past has been unleashed and millions of fans around the world have presumably had joy-induced asthma attacks from watching it. It's a suitably epic affair with some wonderfully solemn music that excellently underpins the action and character moments and was pretty much worth the wait. But now that we've all watched it (some of us a little too much), it's time for the obligatory shot-by-shot dissection and wild speculation.

So without further ado, let's begin...

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Things kick off with a close-up of Professor Xavier's left eye as he says "What's the last thing you remember?" It could be part of the customary Professor X voiceover we get at the start of most of the X-Men films or (more likely) it could be him trying to work out if his attempts at changing the past have worked.

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We then get some character shots of Wolverine and Storm. Wolverine's looking brooding and angry as per usual while Storm's taking her eye of the proverbial ball while directing lightning strikes. Not smart. The shot of Storm looks like it might be from a climactic battle scene and shows off her new shorter haircut (The fanboys will probably hate it but at least it's better than that Mohawk she had in the 80s), and the X-Men's revamped uniforms.

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The opening shot of Professor Xavier widens as he says "I had a glimpse into the past". This could also be part of an opening monologue given his tone of voice but it could also be him explaining why he needs to change the past to somebody. Probably Wolverine since, yet again, he's being put at the forefront of the film and has his consciousness sent back to the 1970s.


James T. Cornish is a writer and filmmaker from the south of England. He also works as an editor and VFX artist, and has a BA in Media Production from the University Of Winchester.