Many moviegoers ridiculed the look of Evan Peter’s Quicksilver heading into last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the speedster mutant ended up having the last laugh. One of the most memorable moments in Bryan Singer’s film was a jaw-dropping slow-motion sequence showcasing Quicksilver’s powers, as he foiled Pentagon guards’ attempt to capture Wolverine, Charles Xavier, and Magneto.
Quicksilver was a scene stealer, but his time on-screen was very brief. Needless to say, fans are eagerly awaiting his return in next summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, where Quicksilver will be on a personal mission to find his father and gets “sucked up into this whole Apocalypse madness.” Those hoping he gets another action scene won’t be disappointed, since an even larger one is in the cards.
Speaking with Collider, Peters discussed his Apocalypse scene and how it compares to its predecessor:
“Yeah, Quicksilver does his thing again, in the new film. It’s bigger, longer and more detailed. I think it’s an amazing sequence that they’ve put together. Just filming it, I was like, “Oh, my god!” I think we shot for 22 days of second unit, working on the sequence, which is amazing. It’s so cool to take that much time to make something like that really pop and really work. Knock on wood, I think it’s going to be a fun and enjoyable sequence for people to watch, with Quicksilver running around and doing his thing in slow-mo time. I hope people like it.”
From the beginning, the Apocalypse team has hinted that this will be the biggest X-Men movie released to date, so it’s only fitting that Quicksilver’s role in the affair will be of a grander scale. Whatever Singer has planned certainly sounds monumental, given that it took the crew more than three weeks to film it all. There’s no indication on where exactly in the film the sequence will take place, but it wouldn’t be surprising for it to happen during a climactic action bit. Quicksilver quickly became a fan-favorite, and seeing the hero save the day at the end (instead of enjoying his antics near the beginning) would definitely please audiences.
Singer certainly has a tough task on his hands to one-up the Pentagon sequence in Apocalypse. Whether it’s fair or not, moviegoers will be comparing the two, and anything that’s deemed “inferior” to Days of Future Past (no matter how astonishing it is in its own right) could be considered a disappointment. That’s another reason why the crew constructed something that’s “longer and more detailed.” It’s hard to top something by scaling it down.
As high as the bar is set for another Quicksilver scene (especially considering a different version of the character was also featured in The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Singer’s greatest goal is making a full movie that’s worthy of following what some consider to be the best X-Men film yet. With Apocalypse serving as the culmination to the First Class trilogy and ushering in a new era of X-Men films, it won’t matter how spectacular Quicksilver’s moment is if the final product is a step down in quality.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.