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The fate of mutantkind is in flux in final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer

It seems like the splendid trailer released three weeks ago didn't cut it with the higher ups at Fox. With its worldwide release little over a month away, we've been given one more, allegedly final, look at Bryan Singer’s "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Longer, flashier and aimed more at general audiences than the Comic Con crowd, the new trailer nevertheless gives us a more concentrated look at the film’s plot, massive scope and budget. Oh, and nice use of the riff from"Kashmir."

Hugh Jackman in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
Photo used with permission from 20th Century Fox

"X-Men" has always been a blockbuster franchise interested in tackling themes more interesting than the garden variety “with great power comes great responsibility” superhero stuff. And as evidenced by this trailer, as well as the somber, one the studio released last month, we’re going to see a lot more of that come Memorial Day weekend. Of course, this being a superhero movie, there’ll be a buffet of great action sequences too – another element this trailer isn't shy about showcasing.

My anticipation for the film stems from Singer's involvement, the fascinating time travel story arc (based on one of the series’ most famous stories), and naturally, the sprawling ensemble cast – which Singer pooled together from the series’ terrific prequel "X-Men: First Class" and the original trilogy. While I still have some concerns about whether Singer will be able to balance the massive scope of the film without short-shafting the large cast of characters, this trailer does a tremendous job of keeping my anticipation meter high.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens May 23.

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