Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was a huge success for 20th Century Fox. Not only did the movie earn a lot of money at the box office, but it also received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and fans. It’s looking like 2016 has the potential to be an even bigger year for Fox since it will see the release of Singer’s followup, X-Men: Apocalypse, Channing Tatum’s Gambit, and Ryan Reynold’s long awaited Deadpool.
As fans look ahead for more of the X-Men Cinematic Universe and speculate about its future, Fox is giving them a good reason to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past all over again. This July, the X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut will go on sale and it features nearly 90 minutes of additional footage, ranging from deleted scenes to featurettes. As indicated by the title, this new version of the film will place a heavy emphasis on Rogue (played by Anna Paquin), a character who had a vast majority of her role cut from the theatrical version.
Now, the first clips of the new cut have been released. You can view the first one above and the second one below.
In the first clip from USA Today, Rogue, Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), and Magneto (Ian McKellen) are running from one of the advanced Sentinels in the future timeline. These Sentintels can adapt and counter whatever attacks are sent at them, so when Iceman creates an ice wall to protect Rogue and Magneto, it’s reasonable to assume that wall isn’t going to keep them safe for very long at all.
The second clip is mixed with footage of young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as he retrieves his iconic helmet. That scene was in the theatrical cut, but this time around, Magneto pauses for a moment to stare at another item locked away deep beneath the Pentagon: the coin Magneto used to kill Sebastian Shaw (who was played by Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class).
In addition to that extended scene, future Magneto (McKellen) and Iceman attempt to wake Rogue while she’s passed out in a what appears to be the Cerebro room. Words won’t suffice, so Iceman places his hand on Rogue, allowing her to drain his power for a few moments and the rush eventually awakens her.
Based on what screenwriter Simon Kinberg previously said about Rogue and the Sentinels, it looks like Rogue may have been captured by Bolivar Trask and used to help create the advanced breed of Sentinels which can duplicate various powers. Mystique gave the Sentinels the ability to change form, but it’s Rogue who has the ability to possess assorted powers – a trait the Sentinels also possess. But what would happen if Rogue touched one of them? Would it be too much power for her to contain? Would it shut down the Sentinel but take a toll on her as well? We’ll just have to wait and see whether or not that occurs in the cut.
It also looks like Rogue plays a critical role in making sure the connection to Wolverine, who has his mind sent into his body in the past, remains strong. Keeping Wolverine linked to the past was took a toll on Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), so it makes sense to have Rogue absorb her ability so she can give Pryde a much needed break from the difficult task.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD July 14, 2015. It’ll cost $19.99 and includes nearly 90 minutes of delete scenes, featurettes, and a gag reel. Click here to find out how you can win VIP tickets to a screening of the movie at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.