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Mark Millar talks Sentinels and Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past

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The classic X-Men tale, Days of Future Past, moves ever closer with Bryan Singer at the helm. A number of actors from previous X-Men films are returning including Ellen Page who played Kitty Pryde in the third film.

In the comic Kitty had a major part to play in the Days of Future Past story so it will be interesting to see how much screen time she will have in the film.

Comic book writer, Mark Millar, who is also Creative Consultant for 20th Century Fox spoke about the film and it looks as if Kitty fans will not have to worry.

Ach, I cannae get into that [laughs]. As soon as I say something it will turn into a big internet story. Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pride fans will not be disappointed.

He also mentions that the Sentinels (giant mutant hunting robots) which we saw briefly at the beginning of X-Men The Last Stand, will play a bigger role in the new film. Again this ties in with the original comic book story. Along with Pacific Rim it means giant robots are big in Hollywood at the moment.

I hadn’t actually thought about that [laughs]. Yeah, that is true isn’t it? You will have a couple of big movies with giant robots in them. I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We’ve all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they’re having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I’m delighted [laughs].

All in all the new X-Men movie sounds like it has got a lot of potential.

It has actually been very well put together – Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn worked on it together and they are both great at what they do. Then Bryan Singer came in, and, of course, he is Mr X-Men and he knows exactly how everything works. Just look at these first two X-Men movies: despite the huge cast of characters it all came together really well. These two movies never felt like overload and the balance was really, really good. On the other hand I though the third film felt crowded, but then Singer is excellent at working with ensemble casts. So with this one I feel it is all fine. I have read the screenplay and it doesn’t feel rushed and it doesn’t feel like it is too many characters.

I think the best comparison I can give is to Star Trek – that is an ensemble but it never feels as if there is not enough time with any one character. Or maybe Lost – that is an ensemble but every character gets their own moment to shine. So as long as everyone is there for a reason there doesn’t need to be a problem with so many characters. This is a beautifully structured film, and it is a time travel story so the structure has to be especially strong.

Source: SFX via CBM