Earlier this year, fans of the “X-Men” movies were generally pretty excited in the lead up to the release of “X-Men: Days of Future Past." A movie that brought together the original X-cast with the new faces of “X-Men: First Class”? Of course they were stoked.
But despite all the positive buzz surrounding the movie, there was one character who took a lot of flack prior to the film’s release: the super-speedy mutant Quicksilver (played by Evan Peters). Between Quicksilver’s somewhat goofy-looking costume (goggles and a portable cassette player?) and unabashed shilling for burger joint Carl’s Jr. in a silly commercial, many X-fans accused director Bryan Singer of ruining the beloved character.
Then they saw the movie.
Whatever issues those fans had with Quicksilver before “Days of Future Past” hit theatres were oh-so-quickly erased when they saw the teenage mutant in action.
One scene in particular (and if you’ve seen “Days of Future Past” then you know exactly which scene we’re talking about) erased all doubts. In the film, Quicksilver helps Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) escape from a maximum security prison by using his super-speed to take out a room full of guards. In the blink of an eye for the other characters, young Peter methodically disarms the guards, makes them punch themselves, deflects bullets, and even samples the kitchen’s food all while calmly jamming to Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle.” The video above shows off how this hilarious and impressive action scene was created. (Hint: It involved a wind machine, a treadmill, and a whole lot of CGI!)
Quicksilver had a few other great moments in the movie, but that one scene transformed him from a character that most fans were dreading into one of “Days of Future Past's” true standouts. He’s a reminder that in this day and age of teasers, trailers, and marketing oversaturation, we should reserve judgement for the film itself.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” hits Blu-ray and DVD this week.