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The X-Men: Days of Future Past future sentinel design has been explained

Jan. 28, 2014by: Alex Maidy

With the release of 25 Empire covers for the upcoming X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, several questions have arisen. The biggest, based on the images, surrounds the two different designs for the Sentinel robots. The old, Dyson vacuum design we have seen so far is now complimented by a sleek, black, future version that looks like it is made up of numerous little plates of some kind. The design looks cool and very different from the Sentinels we have seen in the comics or animated series, so what exactly is the thought behind the new design?

Within the Empire cover story, production designer John Myhre gave some insight into the new Sentinel.

"They're biomechanical weapons. We had to come up with what would be the ultimate version that could actually, in principle, stop the X-Men. We started with this idea that they were almost made up of magnetic plates slapped over one another, imagining that the plates could contract or grow, so the Sentinel can be skinny to get through a small space or the plates can open up to become a bigger shape. So they have become virtually unstoppable."

I was lukewarm to the purple Sentinel design, but this black one is a scary motherf*cker on the static page. I can only imagine how it will look on the big screen. These covers definitely get me excited for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, even if the Quicksilver design is a little goofy. But, he is from the past, right?

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST hits theaters on May 23, 2014.

Check out the full 25 cover panorama below. Pretty damn cool.

Extra Tidbit: The other big question: if Anna Paquin's Rogue was cut from the film, why did she get her own cover?
Source: Empire

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3:04PM on 01/29/2014
As a huge X-Men fan I can honestly say that both Sentinel designs are badass!! Seriously the "past" Sentinel is about as close to the comics as you can get without looking goofy. Any X-men fan, no matter how small, can look at that design and instantly tell that it's a Sentinel. And that future one is TOTALLY Nimrod, just saying. I bet at one point in the future Wolverine calls that thing "nimrod" I'll place money on that. But seriously I can't wait to see some Sentinels in action. I've waited
As a huge X-Men fan I can honestly say that both Sentinel designs are badass!! Seriously the "past" Sentinel is about as close to the comics as you can get without looking goofy. Any X-men fan, no matter how small, can look at that design and instantly tell that it's a Sentinel. And that future one is TOTALLY Nimrod, just saying. I bet at one point in the future Wolverine calls that thing "nimrod" I'll place money on that. But seriously I can't wait to see some Sentinels in action. I've waited forever to see those tin cans up on the big screen and so far Singer is doing a fantastic job!
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1:35PM on 01/29/2014
I think going into the non-Marvel produced Marvel films, expecting to see everything look the exact same as the comics is a ridiculous move. The X-Men movies have never designed their characters to look exactly like the comic book version, why would everyone expect it to happen now? I think the future sentinel looks badass, can't wait to see it in action.

Extra Tidbit: Even if Rogue was cut from the movie, why did Toad get his own cover? That's a bigger question.
I think going into the non-Marvel produced Marvel films, expecting to see everything look the exact same as the comics is a ridiculous move. The X-Men movies have never designed their characters to look exactly like the comic book version, why would everyone expect it to happen now? I think the future sentinel looks badass, can't wait to see it in action.

Extra Tidbit: Even if Rogue was cut from the movie, why did Toad get his own cover? That's a bigger question.
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1:22PM on 01/29/2014
Looks cool to me. Holy Anna Paquin butt. So nice. Jennifer Lawrence too.
Looks cool to me. Holy Anna Paquin butt. So nice. Jennifer Lawrence too.
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12:19PM on 01/29/2014

A lot of complaining for people that arent fanboys

Its not a "FUTURE SENTINEL", it's god damn NIMROD. An existing character who fits the description perfectly. And he looks AWESOME.
For people complaining like Singer is destroying their precious X-Men, you sure don't know shit about X-Men.
Its not a "FUTURE SENTINEL", it's god damn NIMROD. An existing character who fits the description perfectly. And he looks AWESOME.
For people complaining like Singer is destroying their precious X-Men, you sure don't know shit about X-Men.
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7:35AM on 01/29/2014

"I was lukewarm to the purple Sentinel design"

There's a good way to try & warm me up to this mess, Alex
There's a good way to try & warm me up to this mess, Alex
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5:43AM on 01/29/2014

omg quicksilver...

the shame.
the shame.
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4:48AM on 01/29/2014

Dumb

First of all the idea of mass expanding and shrinking even with a bio-mechanical explanation (which I'm sure they didn't even understand or research the principles of matter that grows from it's environment) is really far-fetched and ridiculous. OK, so the magnetic plates expand...big deal for someone like Bishop who can blast them apart...or Blink who can rip them apart with portals, etc. In actuality my major complaint with this BS is it's my fundamental issue with Singer. Instead of being
First of all the idea of mass expanding and shrinking even with a bio-mechanical explanation (which I'm sure they didn't even understand or research the principles of matter that grows from it's environment) is really far-fetched and ridiculous. OK, so the magnetic plates expand...big deal for someone like Bishop who can blast them apart...or Blink who can rip them apart with portals, etc. In actuality my major complaint with this BS is it's my fundamental issue with Singer. Instead of being true to the comics and finding designs and ideas already present that are awesome and work completely fine (like Nimrod), they act like the precedent isn't there for a MAJOR SENTINEL and have to create one on their own. This is called EGO, folks. Don't wanna use Nimrod? OK, use Bastion and his nano-sentinels. Either way, use something that's already great. Don't make it up as you go.
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5:39AM on 01/29/2014
Honestly, what's the difference between a comic book artist making up some of this bullshit vs a movie director using their own ideas? At the end of the day, its all bullshit and none of it is real. Just go with it and judge the movie once its released and lay off your EGO.
Honestly, what's the difference between a comic book artist making up some of this bullshit vs a movie director using their own ideas? At the end of the day, its all bullshit and none of it is real. Just go with it and judge the movie once its released and lay off your EGO.
8:31PM on 01/28/2014
While I'm not super keen on it, it kind of looks like Nimrod. I would be more than okay with them going that route, but it would probably be too much to shove into an already overstuffed film.
While I'm not super keen on it, it kind of looks like Nimrod. I would be more than okay with them going that route, but it would probably be too much to shove into an already overstuffed film.
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4:52AM on 01/29/2014
False. This looks NOTHING like Nimrod. Wishful thinking at best.
False. This looks NOTHING like Nimrod. Wishful thinking at best.
5:43PM on 01/29/2014
Batstud, can you really blame me for trying to find something even remotely redeeming about the horrible design?
Batstud, can you really blame me for trying to find something even remotely redeeming about the horrible design?
8:15PM on 01/28/2014
I just want to see some kick ass sentinel action. Us fans have waited long enough to finally see one in motion.

But both designs look cool as fuck.
I just want to see some kick ass sentinel action. Us fans have waited long enough to finally see one in motion.

But both designs look cool as fuck.
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8:03PM on 01/28/2014

Rogue

dat ass though
dat ass though
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10:35PM on 01/28/2014
Don't really see one - in this pic anyway.
Don't really see one - in this pic anyway.
7:51PM on 01/28/2014
As long as these magnetic plates cannot be manipulated by Magneto, I am fine with the design. Maybe the design allows the sentinel to adjust to Magneto's powers and keep on trucking.
As long as these magnetic plates cannot be manipulated by Magneto, I am fine with the design. Maybe the design allows the sentinel to adjust to Magneto's powers and keep on trucking.
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7:48PM on 01/28/2014

cool

the future sentinels look pretty cool. i just became hopeful for this movie. i was never a huge singer fan but at least there will be no "mutant and proud" corn
the future sentinels look pretty cool. i just became hopeful for this movie. i was never a huge singer fan but at least there will be no "mutant and proud" corn
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7:28PM on 01/28/2014
Besides the hyper-advanced alien-esque robots from the end of A.I., this also brings to mind GORT from the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still.
Besides the hyper-advanced alien-esque robots from the end of A.I., this also brings to mind GORT from the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still.
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7:09PM on 01/28/2014
Cool, I didn't realized they stitched together like that... Also, I think the rationale behind the Sentinel design makes a lot of sense. Looking forward to seeing both old and new in action.
Cool, I didn't realized they stitched together like that... Also, I think the rationale behind the Sentinel design makes a lot of sense. Looking forward to seeing both old and new in action.
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6:52PM on 01/28/2014

Rename this movie to....

X-Men: Days Of Leather Everything
X-Men: Days Of Leather Everything
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6:34PM on 01/28/2014
Maybe it's just me but Future Sentinel's head looks like Magneto's helmet. Extra tidbit: maybe someone didn't get the memo.
Maybe it's just me but Future Sentinel's head looks like Magneto's helmet. Extra tidbit: maybe someone didn't get the memo.
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6:14PM on 01/28/2014

Anna Paquin

I didn't think Anna Paquin was cut from this film, I thought it was just "the Wolverine"?
I didn't think Anna Paquin was cut from this film, I thought it was just "the Wolverine"?
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6:11PM on 01/28/2014
This feels like the most ambitious comic book flick since Avengers to me - so many elements, so many ways to get it wrong, such a huge payoff if they get it right. Fingers crossed!!
This feels like the most ambitious comic book flick since Avengers to me - so many elements, so many ways to get it wrong, such a huge payoff if they get it right. Fingers crossed!!
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10:35PM on 01/28/2014
Singer is directing, it will suck.
Singer is directing, it will suck.
11:25PM on 01/28/2014
Singer has proven himself as a worthy director with the first two X-Men films, The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, and Valkeyrie. I hated Jack and the Giant Slayer.

And his first X-Men film along with the first Spider Man film started the whole Superhero film craze that we have and love today.
Singer has proven himself as a worthy director with the first two X-Men films, The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, and Valkeyrie. I hated Jack and the Giant Slayer.

And his first X-Men film along with the first Spider Man film started the whole Superhero film craze that we have and love today.
1:40PM on 01/29/2014
Soloist, I'll give you X-Men and Usual Suspects. But you're dead wrong about Superman Returns and Valkyrie. Those were horrible movies.
Soloist, I'll give you X-Men and Usual Suspects. But you're dead wrong about Superman Returns and Valkyrie. Those were horrible movies.
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