The X-Men movie franchise just released its latest chapter in the ongoing story. The Days of Future Past is based on a two issue story arc from the X-Men comics during the early 80’s. The story bridges the gap between days of the past and days of the future. The past finds a young Charles Xavier trying to find a purpose and the future finds a Professor Charles Xavier trying desperately to save the present.
Wolverine is sent into the past to help change the course of history that would shape the future. The past holds the key to reshaping the future and saving mutants from a war that would eliminate them all. The events of the past shape the rise of the Sentinels.
What are the Sentinels? One of the key plot developments in the days of Future Past story is the creation of the Sentinels. The Sentinels are robotic soldiers that were created for the purpose of capturing or killing mutants. The Sentinels are featured in the Days of Future Past trailers as the new weapon to fight the ongoing threat of mutants. The future scenes show massive numbers of Sentinels being used to hunt down mutants and other super powered beings. The creation of the Sentinels sets the world on course for a cataclysmic future.
Bolivar Trask is the head of Trask Enterprises and the creator of the Sentinels. The closing scene, following the credits, in the Wolverine sets up the coming of the Sentinels. The scene reveals a commercial for Trask Enterprises and the ways that they are helping the world. The foreshadowing of things yet to come both Professor Xaiver and Magneto approach Wolverine to help them.
The trailer for Days of Future Past shows Bolivar Trask making the statement: “We need a new weapon for a new enemy.” The goal is obviously to promote the use of Sentinels to begin fighting the battle with the new mutant threat. Trask will get the funding and the support to pursue the mutants.
The Sentinels are put on display for the crowds to see and they appear to be a robotic army to assault the mutants. The trailer then reveals the Sentinels attacking in various scenarios and becoming a genuine menace to society.
X-Men Days of Future Past reveals the potential future that might destroy the earth if the mutants do not band together. There is now a common enemy that requires the good and the evil to join forces to stop the threat of the Sentinels. The comic book story ended with history being changed and the earth-shattering future being averted. However, that was not the end of the Sentinels. It may be that we will see the Sentinels return on the future to create more havoc for the X-Men.