X-Men: Days of Future Past successfully relaunched Fox’s X-Men movie franchise and allowed them to expand their universe with several upcoming spinoffs, like Deadpool and Gambit. When Days of Future Past hit theaters last year, there was a significant portion that was cut from the film, including an extended sequence with Rogue, played by Anna Paquin.
Thanks to the magic of home video, fans will finally get to see that extended version of Days of Future Past in July of this year. As previously revealed, this new cut of the film – or “Rogue Cut” – will feature around 17 minutes of previously unreleased footage, 10 involving Rogue. The Rogue sequence is said to involve Magneto and Professor X (played by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen) together on one last mission to free Rogue from the holding cells where she is kept prisoner, as a source for The Sentinels’ powers. It all takes place around the middle of the film, after Wolverine jeopardizes the mission by hurting Kitty Pryde.
While you won’t be able to see the full Rogue Cut of Days of Future Past until July, you can watch a brief sneak peek above.
The new trailer showcases mostly footage from the theatrical cut of the film, followed by Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, saying Rogue’s name. After that, we get a short look at Rogue in Days of Future Past, with white-streaked hair and all, but that’s it. Admittedly, it’s not much, and hopefully future looks at the extended cut can give us better insight into this version of the movie.
The original cut of the film got around the omission of Rogue by making Kitty Pryde handle the rest of the time-phasing herself, in spite of her injury. With the Rogue Cut however, hopefully this particular moment of the movie will make a little more sense, with Magneto and Professor X seeking out Rogue to take over for Kitty Pryde.
The reason given for the sequence being dropped from the theatrical cut of Days of Future Past was that it ultimately slowed down the pace of the movie. By that point, the focus was on the mutants in the past, and having a completely separate side-story with Rogue inserted in there might have sidetracked the film instead of it focusing on the task at hand. Ultimately, though, fans won’t be able to tell if the Rogue Cut really does improve on the original until they get a chance to see it ourselves.
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.