Killer Concept Art For X-Men: Days Of Future Past's Sentinels

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Concept art house Framestore worked on designing the Sentinels in X-Men: Days of Future Past — both the 1970s and future versions. And now they've released a bunch of concept art that shows just how weird these mutant-killing robots could have looked.

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None of these designs quite looks like the comic-book versions, but some are closer. And you can see them trying to integrate Mystique's "shape-shifting" effect, which is interesting.

Check out some of our favorites below, and more over at the Framestore blog.

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Illustration for article titled Killer Concept Art For emX-Men: Days Of Future Past/ems Sentinels
Illustration for article titled Killer Concept Art For emX-Men: Days Of Future Past/ems Sentinels
Illustration for article titled Killer Concept Art For emX-Men: Days Of Future Past/ems Sentinels

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Since we're talking about sentinels, has anyone developed their own headcannon as to why the Sentinels were only briefly featured in the movies before they become a major threat in Days of Future Past?

Let's have some fun with this. Here's my personal headcannon. Please critique me.

So Bolivar Trask creates Sentinels in 1973. They're AI controlled robots with no metal in them, which is really impressive for 1973, but this is fiction, so let's run with it.

Mystique assassinates Trask and is captured. Her DNA leads the people who create the Sentinels to create Sentinels that can adapt to mutants and nullify their powers.

But why do Sentinels not seem like a threat until Days of Future Past? There is a Sentinel in the Danger Room in The Last Stand, but if that Sentinel accurately represented a Sentinel in 2007, then they were dangerous but not unstoppable. Why did it take until after 2007 to create the unstoppable sentinels of Days of Future Past?

Here's my theory: Trask specifically states in Days of Future Past that he needs a lot more than tissue samples to figure out how Mystique's mutation works. He needs brains tissue and spinal fluid, because for reasons of magic movie sci-fi science.

Mystique is captured after killing Trask, but escapes before she can be dissected. Whoever is running the Sentinel program after Trask figures out they can build super Sentinels from Mystique, but they can't do it without her cadaver. At some time Magneto also escapes form the Pentagon, somehow.

In the period between Mystique escaping and 2007, Sentinel technology spreads around worldwide. Remember Days of Future Past said Trask was selling technology to foreign governments. Multiple Governments enact Sentinel programs, but Sentinels mostly function as a watch dog for mutants because the can detect Mutants int their presence. They are only effective a eliminating mutants to a certain extent. They are not the unstoppable force of genocide that they are in Days of Future Past.

Cut to the Last Stand. Mystique is hit with the mutant cure, which anyone knows by now that it was temporary. Mystique is abandoned by Magneto, and she in turn sells him out to the government out of spite.

Later Mystique's power return after the "cure" wears off. The powers that be take the opportunity to kill her and dissect her, knowing that she could be the key to developing the super-Sentinels. They discover the way to make the Unstoppable adaptive Sentinels we see in Day of Future Past.

Between 2007 and 2023, there is an ever escalating war between Mutants and Super Sentinels, leading to the opening of Days of Future Past.

So who likes that? Questions? Comments? Criticism?