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Jan 28, 2014

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014) New Movie Images From Empire Special

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire variant covers

Empire X-Men Days Of Future Past special with 25 alternate covers. Empire magazine has decided to celebrate its 25th anniversary with an X-Men: Days of Future Past special, complete with 25 variant covers. Each cover depicts either a different character, or a different version of the same character. All together, they combine to form a polyptych, which transitions from a past setting (framing each character), to a starkly contrasted alternate version of the same setting. More specifically, it signifies the blending of X-Men: First Class with the original X-Men franchise; anchored by the twin faces of Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen), and the Sentinel line, as well as the singular visage of Hugh Jackman for both versions of Wolverine. At a passing glance, the transition can be marked by a color change, from blue to red, of the article content details; but the action also hinges on director Bryan Singer. Frankly, it’s the only reason I can think of to justify his inclusion. At least it wasn’t an “everyone loves the director” group shot.

Also depicted are Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Lucas Till, in their respective roles.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 01 Sentinel

Empire cover #01 Sentinel Mark I X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 02 Havok

Empire cover #02 Havok (Lucas Till) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 03 Toad

Empire cover #03 Toad (Evan Jonigkeit) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 04 William Stryker

Empire cover #04 William Stryker (Josh Helman) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 05 Bolivar Trask

Empire cover #05 Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 06 Mystique

Empire cover #06 Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 07 Beast

Empire cover #07 Beast (Nicholas Hoult) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 08 Quicksilver

Empire cover #08 Quicksilver (Evan Peters) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 09 Magneto

Empire cover #09 Magneto (Michael Fassbender) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 10 Professor X

Empire cover #10 Professor X (James McAvoy) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 11 Wolverine

Empire cover #11 Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 12 Bryan Singer

Empire cover #12 director Bryan Singer X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 13 Wolverine

Empire cover #13 Wolverine (Weapon X) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 14 Professor X

Empire cover #14 Professor X (Patrick Stewart) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 15 Magneto

Empire cover #15 Magneto (Ian McKellen) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 16 Storm

Empire cover #16 Storm (Halle Berry) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 17 Rogue

Empire cover #17 Rogue (Anna Paquin) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 18 Warpath

Empire cover #18 Warpath (Booboo Stewart) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 19 Kitty Pryde

Empire cover #19 Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 20 Sunspot

Empire cover #20 Sunspot (Edan Canto) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 21 Blink

Empire cover #21 Blink (Bingbing Fan) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 22 Iceman

Empire cover #22 Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 23 Bishop

Empire cover #23 Bishop (Omar Sy) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 24 Colossus

Empire cover #24 Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 25 Future Sentinel

Empire cover #25 Sentinel Mark X X-Men: Days of Future Past

The final cover image is likely to generate some debate among fans, in terms of how much of a departure, from the source designs, it may represent, versus how practical that change might be for the film. Well, the issue had been addressed, some.

Production designer John Myhre on the Sentinels, and the Mark X design:

“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 may be reading too much into this, but it seems the one cover character that has been reported as largely sidelined, in the actual film, Rogue (Anna Paquin), is the only one in the red not wearing black/ dark colors. So, ghostly homage… ? Yeah – reading too much into it.

If X-Men: Days of Future Past comes anywhere near what is expected of it, this 25 variant collection would become part of something great – reminiscent of Entertainment Weekly’s coverage leading up to the original film. If it disappoints, then this exercise becomes a microcosmic re-tweet of the 1990s collector’s bubble. Lots of variant/ special edition covers marking events that, even when momentous, didn’t justify the cost of the collections. The bubble burst, hard times, yadda-yadda-yadda: no way I’m buying 25 versions of the same magazine issue. I can regard them quite nicely on the screen to my computation device (“excellent”).

That said, and just because there are giant robots involved, behold: the images combine to form Apolyptych Maximus!

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire covers collected

Empire’s X-Men: Days of Future Past covers collected image

I will admit, I always did like those expansive, wrap-around images of epic poses and massive battles; and altogether, this Empire treatment is a work of art, in some respects.

Of course, what’s a public display of mural styled art without a bit of appropriately themed graffiti, here or there. Let the meme-icry begin….

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire cover 05 Bolivar Tra - (slash, stab, drag) Deadpool

Empire cover #05 Bolivar Tra – (slash, stab, drag) Deadpool X-Men: Days of Future Past

The Empire magazine 25th anniversary X-Men special hits newsstands January 30, 2014.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled for domestic release, in 2D and 3D, on May 23, 2014, and internationally May 21, 2014, through 20th Century Fox.

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Source: EmpireOnline, CBR, SuperheroMoviesNews