See Magneto in action in latest 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' tease

By Mike Andronico , Updated Jun 06, 2013 11:18 PM EDT

X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer sure loves using his smartphone. The man behind the X-films has been making frequent Twitter posts full of set photos from the superhero film, which will highlight the stars of both the original X-Men trilogy and 2011's critically acclaimed X-Men: First Class.

Fans of the latter film were especially excited over Singer's most recent set reveal, as over 1,500 fans retweeted his recent image of Michael Fassbender reclaiming his role of the metal-manipulating Magneto. 

Singer humorously titled his tweet "the dark knight rises," which shows Fassbender in a trenchcoat being lifted up on some sort of crane. Even the most casual of X-fans know that Magneto is famous for his ability to fly while doing battle with both heroes and villains, so the set photo is likely from an epic scene of Fassbender levitating. 

The last time we saw Fassbender's Magneto in the X-Men universe, he was just claiming his now-iconic helmet for the first time after a fateful battle with Sebastian Shaw. While a former close friend of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), the end of First Class drew a pretty clear line between the two powerful minds. We've already seen what both Xavier and Magneto will look like in the film's 1970's setting, so only time will tell what sort of large-scale conflicts erupt now that battle lines have been drawn.

Of course, Fassbender won't be the only Magneto in town when X-Men: Days of Future Past hits screens in 2014. The illustrious Ian McKellen will be retaking his role from the original three X-Men movies, which will surely make for some interesting transitions in Days' time-traveling storyline. Fans of the X-films of old will have plenty else to look forward to, as the likes of Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, and Shawn Ashmore will all be back to take on their respective roles as some of the world's most powerful mutants.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will launch on July 18, 2014, complete with time-travel, explosive action, and plenty of nods to the graphic novel of the same name. Which version of the iconic Magneto do you think will shine the brightest on the silver screen?

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