Earlier this week, Empire Magazine unleashed 25 variant covers of their latest issue featuring characters from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘ and the film’s director Bryan Singer. While many were shocked and extremely disappointed by Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, others questioned the look of the Future Sentinel. The mutant hunting machine looked like a cross between a Dementor from ‘Harry Potter’ and the Destroyer from ‘Thor’, but there seems to be a good reason for such a departure from the purple color scheme that we’re used to seeing on these menacing giants.
According to production designer John Mayhre in an interview with Empire, the function of the machines explains the departure in aesthetics from the versions that we’ve come to know in the comics:
“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.”
That explanation makes complete sense. It could be cool to see this version of the Sentinel expand and contract onscreen. Plus, it’s not entirely without comic book influence. There are hints of Nimrod, the highly advanced Sentinel used in the original Chris Claremont storyline, when you examine the face closely.
What do you think of the Future Sentinel design? Are you a fan of this version or do you prefer the classic design? Sound off in the comments below.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is set to hit theaters on May 23, 2014.
Source: Comic Book Movie