James McAvoy, left, and Patrick Stewart star as Professor X, or Charles Xavier, in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
James McAvoy, left, and Patrick Stewart star as Professor X, or Charles Xavier, in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Yes, the time-traveling “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has more mutants than us mere Homo sapiens can keep track of. Fortunately, just a fraction of that number are really featured in the movie's war against the deadly robot Sentinels. Here's a quick guide to the movie's mutants who matter:

WOLVERINE AKA LOGAN

Played by: Hugh Jackman.

Powers: Enhanced, animal-like senses and strength, sharp retractable claws, self-healing ability that slows his aging rate to a crawl.

In the movie: The crankiest X-Man is the only one who can survive the consciousness transfer from the future back to 1973 — and look good in either era.

 

PROFESSOR X AKA CHARLES XAVIER

Played by: Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy.

Michael Fassbender, left, and Ian McKellen star as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Michael Fassbender, left, and Ian McKellen star as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Power: Super telepathy.

In the movie: Leads small remnant of surviving mutants in the future, takes drugs and feels sorry for himself in the past.

MAGNETO AKA ERIK LEHNSHERR

Played by: Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender.

Power: Controls metal, magnetic fields.

In the movie: The Homo superior supremacist allies with future X-Men against the Sentinels, and is more typically out to kill just about everyone in the '70s.

 

MYSTIQUE AKA RAVEN

Played by: Jennifer Lawrence.

Power: Can shape-shift into anybody, fight as good as Wolverine.

In the movie: Xavier's blue-skinned childhood friend. Logan must prevent the inventor of the Sentinels from acquiring her DNA to make his robots unbeatable mutant-killers.

QUICKSILVER AKA PETER MASIMOFF

Played by: Evan Peters.

Power: Super speed.

In the movie: '70s smartass who has the most fun being a mutant. Pay attention to what he says after Magneto explains his powers. The same character (though non-mutant and played by a different actor) will be in another studio's “Avengers: Age of Ultron” next year.

 

KITTY PRYDE

Played by: Ellen Page.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Raven/Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Raven/Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Power: Can walk through walls and stuff, and somehow also send people's minds into their past, younger bodies.

In the movie: Would've sent her own consciousness instead of Logan's back in time like in the original comic books, but couldn't because she'd be, like, minus-20 years old in '73.

BEAST AKA HANK MCCOY

Played by: Nicholas Hoult.

Power: Really smart, even when he gets upset and turns into a big, blue Neanderthal.

In the movie: The only “First Class” X-Man who stuck with the dissolute Xavier, he also created the drug that enables his paralyzed mentor to walk — but at the price of losing his psychic abilities. Most codependent X-relationship since Wolverine/Dark Phoenix.

Ellen Page stars as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Ellen Page stars as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

 

ROGUE

Played by: Anna Paquin.

Power: Absorbs the memories and powers, and maybe the life force, of whomever she touches.

In the movie: Top 10 billed, but blink and you'll miss her. “We had a Rogue subplot that we had to cut entirely out of the movie,” producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg says. “It was just one of those movies where you've got to make sure the story keeps moving forward, and you give the main characters enough of an arc to play.”



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Nicholas Hoult stars as Hank McCoy/Beast in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Nicholas Hoult stars as Hank McCoy/Beast in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Evan Peters stars as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Evan Peters stars as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."