We saw the first teaser of X-Men: Days of Future Past just now at San Diego Comic-Con, and it was the most exciting X-Men moment in a decade. Here's our rough impressions of what we saw. UPDATE: More details added!
Seriously, I hope this footage shows up online soon, because my description is not going to do it justice. There was a lot going on here. We saw it twice, so I'm adding more details from the second watching.
We see a closeup of Patrick Stewart's eye, and someone (Stewart) asks, "What's the last thing you remember?" Professor X (Stewart) responds, "I had a glimpse into the past."Then Professor X tells Wolverine, "You're going to have to do for me what I once did for you." We slowly zoom out from Professor X's aged face, and then we see him with a Cerebro helmet on, and later coming out of the Cerebro chamber.
And this is a dark dystopian future, where the dark, fetishy costumes are looking more dirty and distress and messed up, and Professor X and Ian McKellen's Magneto seem weary and filled with dread. They're in a war chamber in front of a table that shows how badly things are going. Wolverine even has a bit of gray in his facial hair.
We see flashes of all our favorite mutants, including Storm against a stormy sky, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, and some others. And there are futuristic-looking mutants, including Omar Sy as Bishop, and some others I couldn't identify wearing dramatic Mad Max-y makeup.
We learn that Professor X and Magneto have come together "side by side, to end this war before it ever begins."
Wolverine asks, "So I wake up in my younger body, and then what?" Professor X responds, "Find me, convince me of all this." And Magneto chimes in that Wolverine will find younger Magneto a different person, "a darker person." We catch glimpses of 1970s versions of Magneto and Professor X — with a lot more hair and a lot more fire to them. Young Professor X has a crazy beard and a 1970s groovy outfit with an X-shaped light on his face, while Young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is waving a gun.
We see Young Professor X blowing dust off a white globe.
Back then, Professor X says, "I was a very different man. Lead me, guide me, be patient with me." We see Young Professor X putting his hands on someone's face as he tries to understand. Maybe Wolverine's face?
Older Wolverine responds, "Patience isn't my strong suit."
And then blue glowing hands are gripping Wolverine's head, sending him back in time into the body of his younger self.
We catch glimpses of other stuff — Young Magneto using his powers to pull a distressed Mystique along the floor. Young Magneto descending from the air looking scary. There is a mysterious opening under the Oval Office, revealed by the oval opening up like a trapdoor. And protests in the street, and Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) addressing a government hearing. And Richard Nixon looking weird and terrifying — and then Mystique walking down the street changing into a man in a pimp suit.
There is a LOT of stuff blowing up, and Young Professor X using Magneto, and the Beast attacking, a woman walking away from an airplane, and a military setting. We glimpse Professor X shielding his face from an intense white light, and the Cerebro machine exploding.
Young Professor X says, "I don't want your suffering. I don't want your future."
And then Old Professor X is face to face with his younger self. He says: "Please. We need you to hope again." It's an actual spine-tingling moment. Actual goosebumps here.
In the panel, we met Omar Sy, who told us that Bishop is visiting from the future and just trying to survive, like everyone. Also on the panel: Peter Dinklage confirmed he really is playing Bolivar Trask.
And Evan Peters was here, as the new Quicksilver. Asked to describe his character, Peters said: "He's very fast. He's quick. He's a spaz. He talks quick, he moves quick, everybody is very slow compared to him. He's always at an ATM waiting for the bastard in front of him to finish."
"He's got excellent genes," added Michael Fassbender, who plays his father, Magneto.
Someone asks what sort of costume Quicksilver will have, and Singer responds: "It'll be a seventies costume. I had grown up as a kid in the 1970s and I had forgotten how hideous some of the clothing was back then."
Someone asked if we might get a Deadpool movie, and Bryan Singer wouldn't confirm that one will happen — but he did say the X-Men universe is as big as the rest of the Marvel universe, and there's enough room for a ton of X-Men films developing all the different characters and corners of the universe, building it out.
Someone asked Jackman about musicals, and he said he would never sing as Wolverine. The crowd was disappointed, so he gave us a taste of what a Wolverine musical would be like: "I'm gonna slice 'em, I'm gonna dice 'em," he sang operatically.
Someone asked the assembled cast which X-Men character, other than their own, they would want to play. Patrick Stewart responded: "I would like to play any female character in any X-Men movie, because then I would have a chance of winning an Academy Award." (Because three of the women in the X-Men have won Oscars.)
Iain McKellen said: "If I can't play the younger Magneto, then I would like to grow wings and play Angel."
Oh, and in the panel for The Wolverine before we saw this footage, Hugh Jackman gave a shoutout to Wolverine co-creator Len Wein, who was in the audience, and it was really gracious and awesome.