X-Men: Days of Future Past was not without its fair share of continuity confusion – and one of the biggest items of confusion was how the future Sentinels developed their fearsome ability to mimic and trade mutant powers. While the film tried to float an explanation of Mystique’s DNA allowing the Sentinels to evolve, hardcore X-Men fans knew that the shapeshifter’s ability to mimic appearance had nothing to do with mimicking actual mutant powers.
Those same fans also heard tell of behind the scenes decisions that led to Anna Paquin’s Rogue being cut from the film almost entirely. It was a bold move; the original version of the film had an entire additional section involving explanations of Rogue’s history with the Sentinels. After DoFP left theaters, we heard that Fox would release the full “Rogue Cut” of DoFP on home video – and today we have the official release date.
Director Bryan Singer is currently hard at work on X-Men: Apocalypse, but he took a moment to tweet fans the official release date of the X-Men: Days of Future Past: Rogue Cut extended edition:
Days of Future Past and Apocalypse writer Simon Kinberg previously revealed exactly what the Rogue subplot entails. According to him, the original intent was to have one final mission for future Prof. X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellan) to embark on together – a mission to infiltrate the holding cells where Rogue is held captive. The mission takes place in the middle of the film, when the future X-Men must secure Rogue in order for her to absorb Kitty Pryde’s (Ellen Page) time-phasing power, after Wolverine’s freak out leaves Kitty seriously wounded.
The theatrical cut of the film gets around the Rogue mission by making Kitty hang on as long as she can, creating yet another (but ultimately unnecessary) ticking clock of tension that hangs over the final act of the film. (The approaching future Sentinels and Mystique’s assassination attempt were enough of a ticking clock, if you think about it…). Regardless of redundancies though, hardcore X-Men fans are no doubt at least curious to see how the movie would’ve played with the Rogue subplot still in it.
As for technical points: The X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut extended edition is already available for Digital HD pre-order at the Fox website, and you can check out the cover art, below. Bryan Singer has already revealed that the “Rogue Cut” will offer viewers an additional 17 minutes of footage; 10 minutes of that footage will be the Rogue subplot, with an additional 7 minutes offering other deleted scenes from the film.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut) will be on DVD/Blu-ray and Digital HD on July 14, 2015.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.