‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Quicksilver Screen Time & Singer Talks Boliver Trask

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 24th, 2014 at 1:10 pm,

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20th Century Fox ultimately decided against premiering a new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past during the 2014 Super Bowl game, following a week that saw director Bryan Singer’s costly superhero blockbuster making multiple headlines on nearly a daily basis. Additional footage (teased in an Instagram clip two weeks ago) should be arriving in the near future, as we enter the final quarter of pre-release for the X-Men: First Class and X-Men modern-day trilogy teamup event.

Days of Future Past – based on the story by Chris Claremont – is one X-Men comic adaptation that fans are anticipating with a mix of excitement and dread; it will not only feature more characters than you can shake a stick at (that includes several newcomer fan-favorite mutants from the comics), but also properly reveal the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots on the big screen, after they were teased eight years ago in X-Men: The Last Stand. So, as much potential as there is for the third X-Men film directed by Singer to set a new high standard for the superhero genre, there’s also a whole lot that can go wrong in a big way.

That’s part of why fans have had such strong opinions about the appearances of and potential screen time for Days of Future Past‘s new additions, in particular Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver. Screen Rant’s editors even discussed and broke-down the practical nature of the character’s outfit and equipment (goggles, belt, etc.) in a recent video.

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Quicksilver: The Comic Book & Live-Action Version

Singer informed Empire Magazine (via CBM) likewise that the thought process for how to best present the character has been ongoing since the project’s beginning:

“Quicksilver was always in our script. Marvel were informed early on that I was using him. The way it’ll play out in our movie versus what I believe they are going to do [ in 'The Avengers' sequel] is so different. And this is not an enormous role – he’s only on one beat of the movie.”

For the sake of maintaining the element of surprise, we’ll skip on discussing Quicksilver’s primary scene in the film (for the MILD SPOILER, click the included CBM link). However, as additional food for thought, Singer also revealed that Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) had originally planned to use a young Juggernaut – the older version of whom was featured in X-Men: The Last Stand“in the same function”; the director also confirmed that there will be a reference to Quicksilver’s comic book lineage (where he is the son of Magneto).

Whereas the version of Quicksilver that will be featured in 2015′s The Avengers: Age of Ultron (played by Aaron-Taylor Johnson) will be a pivotal supporting character, the Peters’ version in Days of Future Past sounds like more of a glorified cameo player than anyone that important to the over-arching narrative. Not so much with fellow new addition Boliver Trask (Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage), son of wealthy industrialist Larry Trask, who develops a program to produce giant mutant-hunting robots – one which, eventually, leads to a dystopian future that sets in motion the time-travel element of the story.

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Peter Dinklage as Boliver Trask

The previous X-Men films has drawn overt parallels between the persecution of mutants and the WWII Holocaust before, showing that Magneto is a survivor of the German concentration camps. Singer offered a similar analogy during his Empire discussion, with the suggestion that Trask’s decision to create Sentinels could be as much motivated by real-life historical events that occurred in the 1970s (when the “Past” sequences in the film take place) as anything that Magneto and his rabble-rousing Mutant Brotherhood do:

“Trask is, ultimately, a peace lover. He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other unless they find some common element to unite against. Perhaps as Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he’s doing the same thing with mutants.”

Dinklage has said before that he sees Trask as being more than a stereotypical villain; the X-Men franchise has featured sympathetic antagonists in past installments (see: Brian Cox’s version of William Stryker in X2: X-Men United), but having Dinklage in the role of Trask paints the character in even deeper shades of grey, opening the floor to the exploration of themes like self-hate (i.e. Trask’s dwarfism leads him to see himself as something of a “mutant”). Singer indicated that Trask’s size will indeed be a key factor in his psychology:

“I’m sure he went very underestimated throughout life. Trask comments on that – I don’t know if it’ll be in the final picture – but he says, ‘I was underestimated, so do not underestimate these creatures.’”


X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and stars franchise newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman and Evan Jonigkeit along with returning X-Men: First Class cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, as well as X-Men trilogy stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.

Look for X-Men: Days of Future Past when it opens in 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd, 2014.

Source: Empire Magazine [via CBM – Link 1 & Link 2]

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  1. I’m predicting that unless Singer screws it up and cuts too much, Trask will be the CBM villain of the year.

    • If Trask turns out to be nothing more then a villian, Singer will have failed. If I remember correctly, Trask end up sacraficing himself to stop the original sentinals and Mastermold, because he realized he was wrong about mutants?

    • looks like rob wants a visit from anonymous

  2. I don’t think William Stryker was particularly sympathetic in X2… The man staged an attack on the president, used brainwash to get information, led a heavily armed attack on a school, kidnapped children and tossed them in an electric chamber just so he could watch them die as proof of his experiment working. Said experiment being painfully wiping the entire mutant species off the planet. And, oh yeah, he lobotomized his own son and used his brain fluid for said brainwash. He was a good villain, but I had a hard time sympathizing with him.

    So Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask won’t really have to do much to appear more sympathetic in comparison.

    • Don’t forget how he kidnapped a bunch of other kids, had his son frozen and killed a U.S. military official in Origins. The question I always had after Origins was how Stryker was not dead or rotting in a military prison, let alone having meetings with the President of the United States.

      • Best not to let too many questions linger after Origins:Wolverine. Stuff’ll rot your brain…

  3. Don’t worry, Fox is always good at taking a character from the comics and giving a perfect version that will be exactly what fans are hoping for…….



    • Sincerely,

      • Sincerely,

        • Sincerely,

        • Sincerely,

          • Sincerely, the upcoming f*cked up Fantastic 4 Babies.

            • Yeah, with those same “Fantastic Four Babies” based on the comic books where the group are in their early 20s, thus making the movie a pretty accurate and faithful adaption.

              • Which will suck regardless and you know it.

              • omg it must be nice to push horrible ideas like you do and get paid for it

                • Hmm.

                  You seem to be insinuating that Fox are paying me to say that.

                  Funny, I don’t remember making any kind of deal with them. I don’t even like the FF as characters, I’m just pointing out some facts and truth to counter a ridiculous comment that pretends we haven’t had a young FF team in the books.

                  • LIKE!!!!!!!!

                  • ¿Pretend? The fact that you make such ignorant statement is explained easily by you admitting you don´t like FF.

                    • +1

              • Yeah, Doctor Doom was spot ON! Wait…wait…no. And the SEQUEL! Silver Surf was the only good part.

            • Sincerely,

          • Sincerely, Galactus.

            • I declare you the winner!

              • Sincerly, Daredevil, the Kingpin, Elektra, Bullseye, Typhoid Mary and the entire Hand organization…..

                • Sincerely,

                • Nah, Galactus wins.

            • Galactus wins.

              I concur.

              • …but that sh*t is still fun…

                Sincerely Dr Doom.

                • Sincerely,


    • oh don’t forget Colossus

  4. cant believe there was no trailer yesterday… i thought we were meant to be getting a trailer after all those posters.

  5. Well, while I love Quicksilver in the comics and look forward to seeing him in The Avengers, his part was probably unneccessary in the X-Men: DOFP movie. And this representation does not look like Quicksilver. But that is nothing new, as the guys playing Trask and the younger Professor X (just to name a couple) do not look like the characters either. Yes they are younger, and looks change somewhat over the years, and I know everything in movies does not match the comics, but again I reiterate: these guys just simply do not look like who they are supposed to be to me, no matter how much I stretch, cajole, and batter my imagination.

    • Amen! I wonder if I can buy an imagination expander before the movie?

    • singer pretty much confirmed this when he said it was originally juggernaughts part. he switched it to QS

      • Having a character in just “because you need him for one action scene” is really g****** lame.

        • “ebra” = “zebra”…musta bit the “z” off!

  6. why does it feel like Singer is just spit balling with characters, just trying to put as many as he can into it

    • Because that is probably one of the major weaknesses of the franchise as a whole. Too many characters thrown on the screen with little or no context to them, just for what seems like a special effects set piece a lot of the time.

    • You just defined Fox’s X-Men universe up to this point.

  7. So it seems Magneto will have had has “affair” with Quicksilver’s mom around 1955. This movie takes place in 1972 (17 years later). That would have made Magneto around 25 years old when he “made” Quicksilver.

  8. Quicksilver looks ridiculous.

    • +1

      • +1 and those headphones :(

        • Beats headphones make even the speed of light not able to touch the speed of sound.

  9. why is Quick Silvers hair still in place it should be forced backward do to traveling at such a high velocity. Details, details, details. My main problem is I wanted to see Rogue really use her abilities for once, and Colossus finally pound someone down. I also wanted to see characters return or be added like Cyclops, Gambit, Archangel, Nightcrawler, Sinister, Juggernaught, Blob, Psylocke, and Sabretoothe. So maybe we will see all these return in the next sequel, If not I would be extremely disappointed and probably just give up on this series. I would love to see some great cameos from some really interesting looking mutants like Random, Beak, Husk, and Chamber.

    • Put me down for Cyclops and Nightcrawler!!!

    • That’s a good observation but could be explained. The reason for hair being pulled back normally when you’re running is because the hair is not keeping up with your body’s pace of movement. But if Quicksilver has the ability to make his whole body (every strand of hair included) moves at the same speed, then the hair won’t get pulled back and would look static as the picture showed.

  10. Would have been nice to know if Wolverine is in Apocalypse.

  11. bryan singer is terrible so its no wonder quicksiler looks so stupid. most characters in these movies do. i grew up loving the xmen and what he has done to them is disgusting.

  12. Luv Peter Dinklage. That dude is awesome in Game of Thrones.
    His on-screen presence just sucks audience in everytime. Great casting decision by Marvel Studio.
    “Good things comes in small sizes”

    • I thought it would be understood by now that X-Men was Fox and NOT Marvel Studios. Resilient much?

    • Fox Studios, not Marvel Studios.

  13. I heard that the scene with rouge would have seen her show some sort of super strength

  14. Why can’t Singer follow the source material? Why does he have to make identifiable characters unidentifiable? And why is this series all about Wolverine and before anyone says “because, he’s the most popular character!”, I call B/S. Singer has single handedly destroyed an entire franchise and those bastards that made X-3 should be shot on site!!!

  15. By killing off Cyclops and Jean Grey and not giving Rogue her proper powers, not to mention, her never being a student, not too mention, No Gambit, oh and Iceman was an adult when he was one of the original 5 x-men (Cyclops, jean Grey, Beast, Angel and Ice-man). Oh and where is angel and beast in this film. And please for God sake, replace Halle berry as storm, already.
    In my opinion Singer has already failed

    • Technically Iceman was a teen when he first started with the X-men but I definately agree with your points about ruining the original 5 X-men.

      The first movie should have been the founding of the school with the original 5. Then they could have branched off with those 5 recruiting others while magneto attempted to recruit.

      Woulda coulda shoulda…

  16. Sincerely,

    I’m surprised nobody gave her a mention…is it just me then?

  17. Not it’s not just you. I agrre

    That Halle Berry Storm is so wrong. Storm is supposed be real b**ass not some cat walking model.

  18. Singer’s script must just look like a Mad Libs. “ok give me a name, some random power, and a location…….”. And let’s just put it out there, the first movie was just the story of a group of people with powers walking in and out of rooms.

  19. blah blah blah Bryan Singer your quicksilver sucks… Period. A source for Lainey Gossip who has supposedly seen Marvel’s versions Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch was quoted to have said; “…Having seen them, I am really sad for Fox and the X-Men, because this sh*t…(posted photo of DOFP Pietro Maximoff and a possible Wanda who is WAY too young to be his twin sister) is horrible in and of itself, but in comparison it’s outright embarrassing.” Maybe some last minute re-shooting should happen Singer?

  20. While I have my own feelings on the whole of the X-Men Universe created (on film) by Singer, I just want to say this…

    Singer had already, before helming DoFP, heard that Joss was going to use QS & SW in Avengers 2, to which he decided to try to “One Up” (IMO) Joss… Like most real fans, I agree that Singer has already messed up the whole idea of the X-Universe as a whole… X-3 was an Abomination and wasn’t done by him, (Singer was away ruining Superman at the time!!!) I’m a little hesitant to see this one… I’m Not happy with 1st class, cause as was mentioned above, the Original line up was: Cyclops, Jean, Beast, Angel, and Iceman…

    While the movie looks decent for entertainment value, I think Everyone should take into account that there will Never be a TRUE X-men movie Unless they were to Reboot from their 1st Class Reboot… As for DoFP, it looks like a fun 2hr movie, but I’m not going to be surprised if it continues to destroy any semblance of the X-Universe.

    Marvel Studios has the right formula going for them right now and are trying to stay as close to source material as possible while Fox is letting their writers come up with material (Logan going back in time rather then Kitty or even ala cartoon version, Bishop via Forge).

    Just my thoughts

    • The only way singer and these producers will get the message is if no one showed up to watch the film and then they would be forced to go in another direction, complaining about it on these sites wont make a difference. Boycott the movie, dont see it and if there is no success at the box office, then maybe we will get our wish

      • Boycott powers activate!

      • Yeah well, good luck with that, what with Jackman as ol’ Canucklehead running the show once more.

  21. Sincerely,


  22. Boycott powers activate!

  23. Here is the thing with singer. Take any still frame from his superman, and it looks like it would have been a great movie, but when you see it as a complete film it’s garbage. That is the impression that I get from this train wreck.

  24. I’m really getting sick of fox using key players in cameo roles eg Gambit, dead pool, Multiple, Angel, Juggernaut, jubilee, quicksilver, I hope they make a brotherhood movie as well as X Force and Thieves Guild after the dofp sequel. And I want to sea Boomer, cannonball, morph, Fantomax, and sinister,