X-MEN: DOFP 'Future Sentinel' Design Explained; Plus All 25 Cover Gallery

X-MEN: DOFP 'Future Sentinel' Design Explained; Plus All 25 Cover Gallery

Out of all 25 of those Empire covers we saw last night, I think the future version of the Sentinel garnered the most backlash. Well now production designer John Mayhre offers an explanation as to the robot's vastly altered appearance. Find out what he has to say after the jump.

The final Empire cover reveal was that of the "Future Sentinel", and I think it's safe to say the design of this mutant hunting machine didn't go over too well with most CBMers. Personally I don't really mind the look, though it obviously differs a great deal from the Sentinels we're used to seeing in the comics. There seems to be a bit of a Nimrod (the advanced sentinel from the Days Of Future Past comic) influence in there so I'm cool with that. Anyway, production designer John Mayhre chats to Empire about the new look, giving us an idea of what these things will be capable of while he's at it.

"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."

Satisfied by that? Just in case you missed any yesterday, you can see all 25 covers below.

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BruceLeroy - 1/28/2014, 8:48 AM
Fox gonna Fox.
MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 8:50 AM
^I agree. Sounds good. I loved the design! It was sleek and creepy.
McNyagano - 1/28/2014, 8:54 AM

They look awful imo. Dissapointed in the design. bleh
MexicanSuperman - 1/28/2014, 8:54 AM
The mark 10 Sentinel looks badass. He looks like he can take down anyone.
JJJameson - 1/28/2014, 8:56 AM
There's some in depth review of the script and what the covers mean based on an early draft that Drew Moriarty McWeeny read here:

Empire premieres 25 character covers from 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' to mixed reaction

Some quotes from the article:

Film after film, it feels like this series just barely works. They've never hit that stride where the studio just finally relaxes and stands back and gives the filmmakers the support to try something really grand. This should be that movie, and while I think there's a lot of it that works on the page, I'm also well aware that I read an early draft and that I've had some big problems with the last few films Singer has made. I'm not sure I would have chased him down and had him back for this movie, but Fox seems to be gambling that Singer will be able to bridge the new films and the old films with one of the most complicated stories anyone's ever tried to tell in one of these superhero movies.

Regarding the Future Sentinel:

This is actually what we're going to see onscreen first, and I was curious to see how different the future Sentinels were from the more traditional design that started this entire parade of character covers. I suspect this will one of the more controversial designs, at least until people learn what these Sentinels were made to do and how that was accomplished. It changes the entire nature of how they fight, and I think it's really intriguing as an idea. We'll see if it pays off.

Lucas Till is Havok

As the cover says, he "absorbs cosmic energy and releases it in plasma blasts," and we learn in this one that Alex Summers has joined the army. He's one of several mutant soldiers who have agreed to be tested by Trask Industries as part of the program that eventually leads to the development of the Sentinels, hence the uniform we see here. I'm not sure about Empire's spelling, though. He's "Havoc" in the script.

MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 8:56 AM
The design wasn't bad at all. Again, a lot of you set high expectations for these films that most of you count as below average, then act surprise when they don't meet those expectations.
themidnightking - 1/28/2014, 8:57 AM
If its so unstoppable, then how come there is another X-Men movie already planned?
Nomis - 1/28/2014, 8:57 AM
"We took my homeade fusilli Jerry statue and painted him black"- John Mayhre

MrSuperheromoviefan - 1/28/2014, 8:58 AM
It doesn't look that bad, but it could be better
McNyagano - 1/28/2014, 8:58 AM

I'm sorry I didn't expect it to look like it's made of dominos either.
JJJameson - 1/28/2014, 8:58 AM
Nicholas Hoult is the Beast

So far, I like these designs. I think the Beast design is a continually evolving thing, and they've gotten better at making him look scary while still giving the actor plenty of freedom to play through the make-up. Nicolas Hoult returns as Hank again, and when we meet him in the film, he's the one person who hasn't given up on Charles Xavier, watching over him even when Charles doesn't feel like watching over himself anymore.

Brainiac13 - 1/28/2014, 8:59 AM

MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 9:00 AM
If its so unstoppable, then how come there is another X-Men movie already planned?

MrReese - 1/28/2014, 9:00 AM
Should have kept this design

Oh well.Still looking 4ward 2 it.
DefcoN - 1/28/2014, 9:01 AM
It's definitely not what I was expecting but what the hell... bring it!
MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 9:01 AM

LOL, they're made up from magnetic plates. In that picture, it looks like it was in the middle of the plates "transforming" per-say.
MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 9:02 AM
The more I look at it, the more I love it.
Ocelot - 1/28/2014, 9:03 AM
When has Nimrod(Future Sentinel) ever looked like a regular production line Sentinel?, A: it never has as it's the most advanced Sentinel type and is a complete and radical departure from older models, the pinnacle. It's like how The T-800 Terminator bears no resemblance at all to the T-1000 Terminator model despite both being made by Skynet and having the same goals. One has an exoskeleton whilst the other if formed from Liquid metal. However if you were to put the T-600 Terminator next to a T-800 you would be able to tell that the T-800 had descended from it's more bulkier and robust cousin.

The Future Sentinel looks a lot like the Nimrod design from X-MEN: Second Coming where Nimrod class Sentinels were mass produced just like in this movie.
JJJameson - 1/28/2014, 9:03 AM
As for my personal opinion on the future Sentinel design...

I feel that this is the worst looking superhero film since Batman and Robin. And I hope that after this, X-Men find its equivalent of Batman Begins.
McNyagano - 1/28/2014, 9:04 AM
It’s not a Sentinel. It looks nothing like a Sentinel. It’s a cool design for an evil futuristic robot, but not a Sentinel. This design looks like it could belong in literally any sci-fi movie. Even X-Men 3 was able to establish a modern yet accurate Sentinel design. Well, an upside down Sentinel head, anyways. This looks cool but it's an awful design for a sentinal.
Bl00dwerK - 1/28/2014, 9:06 AM
FOX sucks. The end...
Thevenominside - 1/28/2014, 9:06 AM
kinda nimrod esque........
McNyagano - 1/28/2014, 9:08 AM

Those magnetic plates remind me of when Mystique is changing her appearence. Mmmmmm
MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 9:09 AM
CherryBomb - 1/28/2014, 9:09 AM
The Sentinel from the comics is clunky, it looked "futuristic" when it was made in the 60's but c'mon, this is 2014, I think the new sentinel design looks a lot like Nimrod and looks more of a threat than an oversized Tin Man.
MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 9:09 AM

Pasto - 1/28/2014, 9:09 AM
It's an Enderman dammit! All you have to do is kill it with a diamond sword.
heisei24 - 1/28/2014, 9:10 AM
Future Sentinel is the only reason I'm interested in DOFP.
Shit looks awesome.
ManOfKrypton - 1/28/2014, 9:10 AM
"they were almost made up of magnetic plates slapped over one another"

Seriously?! Magnetic plates?! Magneto is gonna have a field days with them! haha
LastAvenger99 - 1/28/2014, 9:11 AM
it looks great this is called creativity in film making. Directors shouldnt have to listen to crying fan boys because coaches that listen to fans are destined to be sitting with them!

MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 9:11 AM
If they would've took the comic design, it would look like an oversized IronMan and Galactus in one.
Ocelot - 1/28/2014, 9:12 AM
So the T-1000 wasn't a Terminator because it didn't have a metallic endoskeleton?
erth2drew - 1/28/2014, 9:12 AM
CherryBomb - 1/28/2014, 9:12 AM
Technology gets sleeker and more adaptable as time progresses.
Just like computers, cellphones and even CD players or VHS to DVD's to think on a smaller scale.

The Sentinel has gone from being a big, cheap looking robot ( like the first image) and has ended up becoming a sleek, adaptable mutant hunting machine.
MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 9:15 AM

No, er... Yes!
Pasto - 1/28/2014, 9:15 AM
I wanted it to looked like the comics. Where it is this gigantic monstrous behemoth of metal that could easily push down the Chrysler building.

But....Singer is a fan of Minecraft.....I can't blame him though...
Jackraow21 - 1/28/2014, 9:16 AM
Looks like they borrowed some elements from the Nimrod class Sentinel. Works for me.
MrCBM56 - 1/28/2014, 9:16 AM
This is probably on of many designs for the future sentinels.
Pasto - 1/28/2014, 9:16 AM
"Sentinel from the comics is clunky...."

Next people will say the Iron Man suit is a tin can...
Pasto - 1/28/2014, 9:17 AM

LMAO! You must really hate Zauri and TASM.
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