Back in 2011, when the movie studio was promoting the release of the superhero prequel film X-Men: First Class, a couple of mash-up posters that feature X-Men characters Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto were released … as as you may recall, those posters were horrendously terrible. This year, to promote the release of the prequel sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, a new set of mash-up posters have been released and thankfully, they are MUCH MUCH better posters. Click below to see the new Professor X and Magneto posters that feature actors Patrick Stewart & James McAvoy (as Professor X) and Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender (as Magneto).
Duality and split personas have been part of superhero cinema for years but usually it’s one actor playing two parts (Superman and Clark Kent, Batman and Bruce Wayne, etc.) not two actors sharing the same character in one film but then again X-Men Days of Future Past is not your typical caped caper. That comes across in these intriguing new promotional posters for the 2014 film and it came across this weekend in San Diego at Comic-Con International with the mega-panel that had four actors who play two mutants; Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as a melded Professor X and Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as polarized versions of Magneto. The Bryan Singer movie is based on a classic two-issue comics tale that introduces a bleak future world where powerful machines built in man’s image have wiped out most of their flesh-and-blood targets setting the stage for a time-travel tale where one war-weary soldier is sent to the past with a desperate mission.
I love these posters … a lot. I remember being so disappointed with the Professor X and Magneto posters that were released for the last movie so I’m glad to see that, this time around, greater care was taken to ensure that the new posters for the next movie look much better. I loved X-Men: First Class and I am really looking forward to the sequel Days of Future Past. We still have some time to wait before the mutants invade movie theaters again but I’m certain it will be well worth the wait.