The viral campaign for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ has begun, first we saw that awesome sentinel head at Comic-Con, now some artwork and a corporate video for Trask Industries, the company that designs and creates the Sentinels, an army of robots designed to detect and kill all mutants.
In the Comics:
Bolivar Trask was an anthropologist who saw the rise of mutants as a threat to humanity. Bolivar was also the father of Larry Trask, who ironically is revealed to be a mutant precognitive. Bolivar had realized this, and gave his son a medallion which suppresses his power. Bolivar’s other child, Tanya, was also a mutant and her ability to travel through time causes her to vanish. Tanya would be rescued by Rachel Summers in a far future and become a part of the Askani under the alias Madame Sanctity. Tanya’s travels through time would result in property damage to Trask’s land. This mysterious situation would only further cement his attitudes.
Bolivar decides that humanity has to fight back against the mutants and develops robotic guardians for humanity, known as the Sentinels. His son Larry was protected from the Sentinels’ ability to detect mutants due to the medallion Bolivar had given him. Bolivar publishes articles on the threat of mutants. One of these articles showed an illustration of mutant overlords keeping humans as slaves. This illustration would become a symbol for human/mutant relations and several years later Quentin Quire and his Omega Gang would base their appearance on this picture.
In the Movies:
Bill Duke portrays Secretary Trask in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’. Here, he is the head of the Department of Homeland Security. While a holographic Sentinel does appear in the film as part of a Danger Room session, Trask has no (presumed) connection to the Sentinels. However, he does appear connected with the ongoing adaptation of human weapons and tactics to mutant threats. It is also notable that in the comics, Trask is of a Caucasian ethnic background while the actor who portrays him in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ is African American. Also notable is that the film’s version of Trask seems to have no real hatred of mutants and is merely doing his job, as opposed to his comic-book incarnation that took great pleasure in making deadlier weapons to use against mutants.
Peter Dinklage will portray Bolivar Trask as the main antagonist in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in films such as Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), Death at a Funeral (2007) (and its 2010 remake), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). Since 2011, he has starred as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which earned him the Emmy and the Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor.