Though we could have a sea change in how we look at the summer schedule with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Friday, if we go by the normal metric the biggest comic book movies of the summer is Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past. In fact it’s so big you can only get quick glimpses of the cast in the first TV spot.
The TV spot plays like a cut down version of the film’s most recent trailer, and it almost has the rhythm of a strobe light as it tries to cram in many of the film’s biggest cast members. Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine gets the most attention, followed by Michael Fassbender‘s Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence‘s Mystique, while Halle Berry‘s Storm gets a single moment, and others (like Ellen Page‘s Kitty Pryde or Peter Dinklage‘s Bolivar Trask) get no representation at all. Here’s that TV spot:
Last year the biggest film of the summer was Iron Man 3, and it came out the first week of May (which, for the time being, is considered the start of the summer season). This year that slot is occupied by The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is hoping the release date will help break the trend that each new Spider-Man movie makes less than the one that came before (at least domestically). Considering that film isn’t a guaranteed hit — but that people love comic book movies — perhaps X-Men: Days of Future Past will be the comic book box office champ of the summer when it hits screens May 23, just in time for Memorial day. Then again, it’s following last year’s The Wolverine, which is the lowest grossing X-Men movie (it made $132 Million). But that could have been seen as a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine (which is usually considered the worst X-Men movie), and not X-Men: First Class, which was considered a boost in the arm to the franchise.
Will you go opening weekend to see Days of Future Past?