“So many battles waged over the years,” the old-school, Patrick Stewart version of Professor X tells us as a camera swoops through a Bat Signal–ish hole in a Dark Knight–looking building. “And yet, none of them like this.” It’s the future, and things appear Quite Bad.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, though, looks the opposite. Starting with the shots merging Stewart’s face with James McAvoy’s and Ian McKellen’s with Michael Fassbender’s, this new trailer is nothing but pure, gigantified awesome. The X-Men — all zillion celebrity members from the present and classic iterations, except Frasier — have been nearly wiped out by the big bad Sentinels. It’s gotten so rough that Xavier and Magneto have put aside their differences, and after doing a quick theatrical two-hander in New York, tapped Wolverine to Marty McFly this bleak reality back to order. Only instead of introducing the world to rock and roll and narrowly dodging sexual encounters with his mom, Logan will motivate the 1980s mutants to wrangle Magneto and All Work Together.™
Glass will shatter. Sentinels will loom and terrify and squash. Stadiums, civilians, and national landmarks will be throttled. Jennifer Lawrence will enjoy an appropriately expanded role, and she’ll shed blue tears. Motivational, high-stakes quotes will be hollered. And — thank our superpowered stars — Peter Dinklage will be there.