Deconstruction - X-Men Days of Future Past
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Story Structure%TimeWhat happensVerbsExpositionSettingDesires / CircumstancesCharacter Revealing DecisionsValue Change: AppearancesValue Change:
Emotion / Attitude
Overall Emotional Charge
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Act 10.00%0Professor X narrates: Future is dark.
People are mind controlled, both mutants and humans. Mass graves.
MusesMusesNY dystopic futureFuture X-Men: Survive

Desire (Xavier et al): Send Someone back in time to stop Mystique
TODOTODOTODO
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1.67%0:00:02Follow one rebel, discovers X-men logo in ground.

Professor X: Can we evolve? Is this our desitny? Is the future truly set?
MusesMusesNY dystopic future
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3.33%0:00:04Sentinels drop down. Group of mutants prepare for the assault.
Activate their powers. Sentinels adapt and absorb their powers, use them against the heroes.
CombatSentinels absorb power!Dystopic Russia: Warehouse
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5.00%0:00:06Sentinels kill ice guy, fire guy. Blink gets mortally injured by a spike.
Warpath attmepts to hold them off but is easily defeated.

Sentinel breaks down wall where Rogue makes Bishop disappear before they can be killed.
Combat
Kills
Stabs
Breaks Into
Escapes
Dystopic Russia: Warehouse
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6.67%0:00:08Professor X searches mentally: Pictures of mutants being harassed by police. "I found them"

Jet goes to China. Storm, Wolverine, Xavier and Magneto steps out of plane.

They are greeted by Bobby(Ice man), Bishop
Scanning Telepathically
Telepathy
Searches
Greetings
Dystopic China: Temple Hideout
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8.33%0:00:10They explain how they send Bishop back in time to warn them, whenver sentinels attack, so they can relocate.

Xavier explains Sentinel program, Bolivar Trask created program by studying mutants, Mystique figured out what he was doing. Xavier tells story of his fallingo ut with Mystique
ExplainsExplainsDystopic China: Temple Hideout
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10.00%0:00:12Flashbacks as Xavier speaks: Mystique killed Trask in 1973. Her assassination convinced the government to make sentinels, captured her to learn adaptive sequence. Explains plan to send someone back to stop her.

Rogue: It will kill you, too far! Wolverine volounteers.
Explains
Warns
Volounteers
Explains
Warns
Dystopic China: Temple HideoutLogan volounteers: He is courageous.
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11.67%0:00:14They board up the chinese temple, prepare to be attacked.

Xavier and wolverine plan the mission. Wolverine has to guide young Charles, and get Magneto to cooperate too. He was the one who set Mystique down her murderous path.

Logan lies down, Rogue explains how it will work. History will cement, and only Logan will remember this future.
Fortifies
Plans
Explains
Plans
Explains
Dystopic China: Temple Hideout
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Inciting Incident: Logan is sent back in time!13.33%0:00:16Rogue warns Logan to be calm, rocking aobut can unlodge him in time. Logan gets nervous.
Rogue explains that when the sentinels find them in the future their time is out and all is lost.

She sends Logan back! He awakes looking at a lava lamp with a woman wrapped around him, on a waterbed.
Warns
Explains
Time Travels!
ExplainsDystopic China: Temple Hideout

1973 Logan's apartement
They send Logan back in time!

Desire (Logan): Find Xavier, convince him to help.
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Act 215.00%0:00:18Logan looks at his naked reflection, looks out the window, is a little overwhelmed and disoriented.

Bunch of tough guys enter, explains he was supposed to guard the boss's daughter, not sleep with her.
Logan tells them he is from the future, draws out his claws, they're bone! he punctures the waterbed, they shoot him! He heals, then defeats all the tough guys. Stealing the keys he heads for one of their cars.
Finds Bearings
Combat
Shoots
Stabs
Steals
1973 Logan's apartement
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16.67%0:00:20Polticians discuss the merit of the Sentinel program. They are sceptical.
Trask reads research paper comparing humans to Neanderthals. Cautions not to underestimating enemy, like they did in Vietnam. They tell him it's not happening.
Discusses
Warns
Refuses
Senate hearingDesire (Trask): Greenlight and fund the Sentinel Program
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18.33%0:00:22Colonel enters quarantined tent, looks around at mutant soldiers within.
Asks where they're going, answer: Trask

Officer enters, tells soldiers they're going to a private holding facility. Colonel confronts Officer, the Colonel was mystique! She transforms and combat erupts!
Asks
Reveals Disguise
Combat
Fights
Saigon: Tent
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20.00%0:00:24

The mutants help defeat the remaining soldiers.

Mystique is about to kill Officer, other mutant shoots Officer instead, forcing mercy.

The mutants exit building and get on a plane home. Mystique stays behind on the ground and transforms into other woman. Officer sees plane take off.
Combat
Fights
Forces Mercy
Escapes
Disguises
Saigon: TentMystique is set on killing officer that she could easily let live: She has no mercy.
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21.67%0:00:26Logan pulls up to Xavier's school for the gifted.

Knocks on door, beast opens (human), asks Logan to leave. Logan forces his way in, asks to see Xavier. Logan punches beast.
Knocks
Asks to leave
Punches
X-men house
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23.33%0:00:28Beast beats up logan. Xavier enters, flippant.
Logan tells Xavier he was sent by him from future. Logan tells Xavier he knows he doesn't have powers, convinces him that he might be telling the truth.
Combat
Fights
Explains
Convinces
X-men house
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25.00%0:00:30Logan explains about Raven, Xavier starts drinking. Logan describes the full horror of sentinel program.

Logan appeals to Xavier's compassion. Xavier walks out, tells Logan to fuck off.
Explains
Appeals to Compassion
Refuses
X-men houseXavier refuses contemptuously: He is selfish and depressed.
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26.67%0:00:32Logan tries again in vain to convince Xavier.

Beast explains Xavier's fall into depression. Beast describes serum Xavier's taken to control his legs.
Convinces
Explains
ExplainsX-men house
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28.33%0:00:34Xavier remembers his first encounter with Raven, taking her in. The friendship they shared.

Xavier returns, agrees to help for Raven's sake. Warns they can't change Magneto.
Describes Magneto's prison under the pentagon and that he murdered JFK. They discuss how to get in. Logan says he knows a guy.
Remembers
Agrees
Warns
Plans
Remembers
Plans
X-men houseAfter some soul searching Xavier agrees to help!

Desire (Logan + Xavier + Beast): Rescue Magneto!
Xavier struggles emotionally and finally agrees for Raven's sake: He loves her.
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30.00%0:00:36Trask returns to office, except it's Mystique. She searches the office, finds a safe that she enters by transforming her fingerprint to trask.Reveals Disguise
Searches
Finds
Breaks Into
Trask skyscraper
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31.67%0:00:38Finds files cataloguing experiments and autopsy of mutants. Mystique is shaken.
Secretary enters, Mystique transforms telling secretary to type up Trask's itinerary.
Finds
Reads
Disguises
Gives Orders
ReadsTrask skyscraperDesire (Mystique): Find what Trask is up to. Assassinate Trask!
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33.33%0:00:40Logan, Xavier and Beast knocks on Quicksilver's door, his mom opens.
Quicksilver plays ping pong with himself, asks them where they're from. Demonstrates how fast he moves and thinks.
Logan tells him they need help with a prison break. Tempts him with the promise of breaking into the pentagon, shows claws to earn his trust.

Pentagon: They go on a guided tour. Logan and quicksilver shakes the tour. Beast disables the cameras with device.
Quicksilver disables guard and steals his uniform, picks up food tray.
Knocks
Shows Off
Convinces

Disguises
Controls Machines
Disables Guards
Steals
Disguises
House Exterior/Interior

Pentagon
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35.00%0:00:42Control room tries to figure out why their cameras are showing TV shows.

Quicksilver walks down the halls, is let in by other security guards.
Hands magneto a tray. Quicksilver breaks the cell glass by vibrating hands on it.

beast enables sprinklers.
Troubleshoots
Deceives
Breaks In
Controls Machines
Pentagon
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36.67%0:00:44Guards show up to shoot them, Quicksilver rushes magneto past them.
Quicksilver banters with magneto.

Xavier and Logan approach guards. Xavier attempts to bullshit the guards. Logan knocks them out in 3 seconds.
Points Gun
Runs Down
Escapes

Bullshits
Disables Guards
Pentagon
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38.33%0:00:46Door opens. Xavier punches Magneto. They greet eachother. Xavier tells Erik they're getting out without killing anyone.

Guards enter. Magneto starts to stir the pottery, everything enters slow motion. Guards shoot!
Punches
Greets
Gives Orders

Points Gun
Shoots
Pentagon kitchen
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Midpoint Climax: Break magneto out of prison!40.00%0:00:48Quicksilver runs around the room catching all the bullets and makes guards punch themselves.

They board private jet. Leaves quicksilver behind.
Magneto and Logan speak, Logan explains he's from the future.
Combat
Disables Guards
Uses Power
Pentagon kitchen

Airplane
Magneto is rescued!

Desire (Xavier et al): Find Mystique and stop her!
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41.67%0:00:50Erik and Xavier speak, Erik is surprised Xavier gave up his powers. It escalates, Xavier blames Erik for taking Raven and abandoning him. Erik lists his fallen mutant comrades. The plane starts to crumble as Erik's emotions escalate!
Erik to Xavier: You abandoned us all!

Logan and Erik talk briefly about their tense relationship and being friends in the future.
Argues
Blames
Guilt Trips

Discusses
BlamesAirplaneXavier: Angry ---> Ashamed
Erik: Calm ---> Angry
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43.33%0:00:52Vietnamese general celebrates, meets woman at bar, it's Mystique.Drinks
Seduces
Paris: Nightclub
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45.00%0:00:54They retire to his hotel. She kills him and takes his invitation for the upcoming summit.

Erik asks Xavier to play chess. He refuses sullenly. Magneto confesses to not killing JFK, trying to save him.
Xavier asks about Raven. Erik tells him she was strong.
Reveals Disguise
Kills
Steals

Asks
Refuses
Confesses
Paris: Hotel room

Airplane
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46.67%0:00:56Xavier blames Erik for making her leave. Erik maintains she made her own choices, apologizes to Xavier.
Xavier accepts the chess challenge.
Blames
Describes
Apologizes
Agrees
AirplaneXavier: Hostile ---> On ok terms
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48.33%0:00:58Summit celebrating the end of US/Vietnam conflict.
Trask arrives and speaks to gathered generals in meeting room. He shows them the specs for Sentinels, complete with a mutant detector. He activates it to demonstrate, but it shows a mutant presence!
Convinces
Demonstrates
Hotel Royale: Meeting Room
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Climax:
Mystique attempts to assasinate Trask

Magneto tries to kill Mystique!

Crisis Decision(Magneto?):
Kill Mystique OR
let her live?

Unclear if he ever had a doubt.
50.00%0:01:00He points at Mystique disguised as genral. She reveals herself and easily dispatches the soldiers in room with her martial art moves.

Magneto et al enters just as she's about to pull the trigger on Trask, which gives a remaining solider a chance to taze her.
Magneto redirects the tazing into the solider while Xavier explains to Mystique why they're here.

Wolverine has a flashback: The soldier is the one who gave him adamantium claws in the future!

Magneto grabs a gun and points it at Mystique!
Reveals Disguise
Disables Guards
Fights
Combat

Electrifies
Electrifies
Explains

Remembers

Points Gun
RemembersHotel Royale: Meeting RoomMystique is about to assassinate Trask.
The X-men enter and stop her.
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51.67%0:01:02Mystique jumps out the window while Magneto shoots the bullet after her, it curves and hits her on her way down.

Logan almost slips back to the future.

People and cameras observe mystique transform outside the hotel.
Shoots
Escapes
Uses Power

Loses Control

Disguises
Films
Outside HotelDesire(Magneto): He takes no chances. Tries to kill Mystique!Magneto tries to kill Mystique: He is ruthless and pragmatic.
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53.33%0:01:04Logan loses control, slashing around himself in the future!

Mystique tries to run away but Magneto catches up to her. Pulls her towards him by the bullet in her leg.
Loses Control

Runs Away
Chases
Catches
Uses Power
Telekenesis
Outside Hotel
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55.00%0:01:06Logan's mind from the future disappears in the past.

Beast rushes out after Magneto. Beast attampts to drown Magneto in the fountain.

Xavier tells Logan he's on acid to make him less confused.

Magneto draws all cars and metal towards him in the area. Civilians scatter! It's all caught on film.

In the future Kitty is wounded, but regains control. Logan snaps back in the past.
Mind Snaps Back

Chases
Catches
Drowns
Combat

Bullshits

Uses Power
Telekenesis
Civilians Run

Accidentally Wounds
Regains Control
Meeting RoomBeast stops Magneto from killing Mystique. She escapes.
It's all caught on TV.
Beast fights with desperate fevor: He loves Mystique.
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Act 356.67%0:01:08Nixon is briefed on the threat. Trask explains their terrible powers.
Nixon is worried. Trask hands him the sentinel program file.

Nixon greenlights the program. Trask asks for Mystique when they bring the mutants down.
Explains
Agrees
Bargains
White House: Oval officeSentinel program is greenlit. Trask achieves his desire!

Desire(Trask): Capture Mystique to make Sentinels even more powerful.
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58.33%0:01:10Nurse tells Mystique how terrible it must be to be born abnormal looking, speculates if the blue woman has family. Mystique tells her she does.

Magneto studies the sentinel drawings, sees on TV that they have sampled mystique's blood.

Mystique ambushes Magneto, draws him aside and threatens to kill him with a knife to his artery.
He tells her he misses her. Explains why he tried to kill her. Tells her they have her DNA.
Recovers

Researches

Ambushes
Threatens
Explains
French Hospital

Paris Underground
Desire(Magneto): Sees they already have Mystique's blood. Plans to shut down Sentinel program by force.
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60.00%0:01:12Magneto tells her they need her help. Mystique indicates she's going after Trask and leaves, disappearing into the mass of people.

Back at X-Men house Xavier collapses, he hears people telepathically, is in pain.
Beast goes to get serum. Xavier reads Logan's mind, sees Logan beleives it's over.
Logan asks Xavier to come back, use his powers. Xavier struggles with whether or not to inject the serum, decides not to and puts needle down. Xavier looks at wheelchair with apprehension.
Pleads
Disguises

Collapses
Reads Mind
Telepathy
Struggles Emotionally
Paris underground

X-men house
Xavier does not inject himself with serum he's addicted to: Is willing to sacrifice his legs in order to fight.
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61.67%0:01:14Trask studies Mystique's genes, tells solider he needs Mystique's bone marrow.ResearchesTrask lab
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63.33%0:01:16Trask muses how mutants provide a common enemy to unite mankind, ushering in a new era of peace.
Magneto is shown lurking outside containers.
MusesMusesTrask lab
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65.00%0:01:18Xavier glides into Cerebro, the mega-telepath machine.
He puts on dusty helmet, and is sucked into telepath master view.
His frustration and tension builds as he sees all the mutants, all their suffering. The panel in front of him explodes.
Xavier feels his power is broken, regrets everything, is filled with self loathing.
Scanning Telepathically
Telepathy
Despairs
X-men house
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66.67%0:01:20Logan explains that it was supposed to be Xavier going back, tells him Xavier saved him in the future. Asks Xavier to look inside his mind for help. Sees terrible flashbacks to Logan's tormented past, the death of Jean Gray.

Xavier is afraid.

Logan asks him to look at his own future.
Convinces
Reads Mind
Telepathy
Reads MindFuture China
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68.33%0:01:22In the future he telepathically confronts his future self. Future Xavier tells his past self to accept help, that he is not lost. To overcome his fear, that pain will make him stronger if he allows himself to feel it. To bear their pain without breaking. That what he needs is hope that the future can be better.Reads Mind
Telepathy
Comforts
Convinces
Future ChinaLogan convinces Xavier to stop taking the serum and take back control of his powers.
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70.00%0:01:24Magneto jumps onto a speeding train, pulls up the railing to fly alongside it.
He makes the metal embed itself in the sentinels.

In the future Kitty is bleading out. Xavier tells them they need more time.
Jumps
Uses Power
Telekenesis
Controls Machines

Bleeds
Discusses
Train

Future China
Magneto sabotages Sentinels.
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71.67%0:01:26Raven sits in an airport, a woman next to her tells her to stop running. Xavier asks her to come home. Appeals to her compassion. Tells her killing Trask leads down a dark path where everyone kills eachother.Controls Mind
Telepathy
Appeals to Compassion
Airport
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73.33%0:01:28Beast leads Xavier and Logan into his TV-room. Shows them a news clip about an upcoming meeting in washington with Trask in attendance.Watches TVTV-room
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75.00%0:01:30Beast argues time might be deterministic, that it corrects itself like a river.
Xavier refuses to believe that's the case. They're going to washington!

Magneto wanders down dark corridors. killing guards, opens a vault where he finds his anti-telepath helmet.
Muses
Explains

Disables Guards
Breaks In
Steals
TV-room

Secure Facility
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76.67%0:01:32Xavier and Logan are on a plane. Logan asks Xavier to be the Leader he remembers form the future. Xavier promiises to do his best.

In the dark future, Warpath sees 12 carriers coming. Magneto goes out to face them.
Asks
Promises

Scouts
Jet Interior

Dystopic China
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Act 3 Climax:
Battle on The Lawn
78.33%0:01:34It's the Washington adress. Xavier, Beast and Logan take seats in the audience. TV crews abound.

Xavier searches for Raven telepathically.

Nixon walks out and starts speech. Mutants are a threat. Unveils giant sentinel robots. Trask is happy.
Infiltrates
Films

Searches
Telepathy

Speech
White House Lawn
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80.00%0:01:36Magneto lands in the middle of ballpark. He lifts the entire thing up with his mind in an epic display of force.

In the future magneto prepares for the assault.

Xavier finds Raven and stops her telepathically.

Magneto glides forward with baalpark towards white house.
Sentinels take off against the will of Trask!
Lifts
Uses Power
Telekenesis

Prepares

Mind Controls

Controls Machines
White House Lawn

Ballpark
Mystique tries to kill Trask during the revealing of sentinel program outside white house.

Xavier telepathically paralyzes Mystique, to stop her from killing Trask.
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81.67%0:01:38Xavier telepathically pleads with Raven to not do it.

In the future the robots are closing in! Storm takes to the sky to slow them down!

The Sentinels take fire and starts blowing up cars. Xavier: Eriiiiik!!!

In the future a massive amount of sentinels flow out and attack the temple. They fight.
Pleads

Prepares

Combat
Shoots
Explodes

Combat
Fights
White House Lawn

Dystopic China
Magneto turns sentinels against crowd.
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83.33%0:01:40Mystique walks with purpose inside the white house.

Police scramble at the sight of flying ballpark and chaos.

In bunker under white house Nixon chides Trask for what just happened! Demands an explanation.
Mystique closes in.

In future magneto hurls jet at sentinels and Storm blasts it with lightning creating a massive explosion.
Infiltrates

Chases

Admonishes

Combat
Teamwork
Explodes
Telekenesis
White House Lawn

White House Panic Room

Dystopic China
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85.00%0:01:42Sentinels fly up around magneto in the air. Magneto drops ballpark around the whiite house, lands on the lawn.
Sentinels guard the perimeter.

Future: Magneto has sustained a heavy wound during fighting.
Sentinel jumps out and kills storm!!!
Sentinels close in, they kill Bishop. Fire and Ice guy fight back. Magneto lifts stuff.
Drops
Uses Power
Telekenesis
Guards

Wounds
Kills
Kills
Fights
Uses Power
Lifts
Combat
White House Lawn

Dystopic China
Magneto drops ballpark around white house, fights x-men.Magneto drops a giant ballpark on white house lawn: He beleives the only way forward is through intimidation and violence.
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86.67%0:01:44Inside temple Xavier shivers. Blink and metal man take out sentinels.
Mangeto blinks into temple.

White house lawn: Magneto orders sentinels to attack Logan and Beast. Logan rushes magneto who hurls objects at him, pierces him with spikes. In the future his claws emerge, he's in terrible pain.
Combat
Escapes
Teleports

Gives Orders
Combat
Fights
Telekenesis
Throws
Loses Control
Dystopic China

White House Lawn
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88.33%0:01:46Magneto throws Logan into the river where he sinks to the bottom.

In the bunker Trask's alarm goes off. They identify mystique, but magnetic interference makes things go dark for a second.
Magneto pulls the bunker out onto the lawn and points all guns at the people inside.
Throws
Drowns

Reveals Disguise
Lifts
Telekenesis
Disarms
White House Lawn
River

White House Panic Room
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90.00%0:01:48Magneto points all cameras at the spectacle. Xavier is trapped underneath a beam.

Magneto holds speech. Cross-cut with mutants being slaughtered in future. "You have always feared that which is different. You are right to fear us!" he prepares to execute the people in the bunker.
Films
Speech
Kills
Combat
White House Lawn
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91.67%0:01:50He urges mutants to step forward and join him.
in the future Blink dies.

Future Magneto regrets his actions. The temple is crumbling, they are closing in.

Mystique steps out in shape of Nixon, asks Magneto to kill her and spare everyone else!
Speech
Asks
Kills

Disguises
Pleads
Appeals to Compassion
White House Lawn

Dystopic China
Mystique confronts Magneto in the guise of Nixon: Even though her heart is full of anger she does not agree with Mangeto's plan of violent domination.
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Mystique's Crisis Decision:
Kill Trask to get vengeance, or show mercy in the hopes of a better tomorrow
93.33%0:01:52Sentinel batters car that Beast is trapped in, he injects himself with a massive amount of serum.

Magneto refuses, cocks guns. The sentinel hunting Beast loses track of him, goes after magneto who tears it apart.

Nixon/Mystique shoots magneto before he can react with a non-metallic gun! It skirts his neck but misses. She reveals her true form and knocks Magneto out with a glorious kick.

She aims at Trask. Xavier enters her head, but does not control her. He pleads with her to show compassion, but gives her the choice. Says he has faith in her. She wavers. In the future more mutants die. Tears enter her eyes.

Sentinels close in on Xavier and future Logan, it all ciomes down to this moment.

Mystique drops the gun, the future scene vanishes. The path of human civilization is altered.
Deceives
Injects

Refuses
Points Gun
Combat

Shoots
Reveals Disguise
Kicks

Points Gun
Pleads
Appeals to Compassion
Appeals to Greater Good
Struggles Emotionally

Breaks In

Shows Mercy
White House Lawn

Dystopic China
Mystique disguises herself as the president in order to stop Magneto from killing everyone.
Knocks him out when he's distracted.

Mystique aims gun at Trask: Is confronted with the choice of killing him vs showing mercy in the hopes of a better tomorrow.
She chooses mercy and saves the future.
Mystique chooses not to kill Trask: She beleives the good of the many outweighs her personal desire for vengeance.
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95.00%0:01:54(some of the above happens here. Was very exciting.)White House Lawn

Dystopic China
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Resolution96.67%0:01:56Xavier mind controls magneto, but lets him fly away.
Beast looks longingly at Raven.

Logan wakes up in the X-men house. It's the future, he doesn't remember what happened to him.
Mind Controls
Shows Mercy

Finds Bearings
Looks longinglyWhite House Lawn

X-men house
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98.33%0:01:58Logan walks into the hallway, there are lots of people there, including Rogue. Beast walks past, proud and blue. Storm is there.

Logan sees a woman in the doorway. It's Jean, the love of his life. Cyclops is also there. They're together.
Greets
Searches
X-men house
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100.00%0:02:00Logan seeks out Xavier. Logan is a history teacher but remembers nothing of history.
They have a lot of catching up to do. <3

Flashback to Logan drowning and being dragged up. Major Strykers is there, just as he once was, EXCEPT it's Mystique!!!
Voiceover (Beast): Little speech about destiny ending in "The future is never truly set."
Discusses

Reveals Disguise
Speech
X-men house
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