Though many mocked his appearance upon the first publicity images, Quicksilver (Evan Peters) ended up being one of the highlights of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. The character stole the show in a memorable sequence set to the Jim Croce tune "Time in a Bottle", where he aided Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in their escape from the Pentagon. An amusing display of Quicksilver's powers, the sequence proved the mutant's worth and instantly made him a fan-favorite.
Fortunately for viewers, Quicksilver is coming back for this summer's X-Men: Apocalypse, and he'll once again be showing off his abilities in a highly-anticipated scene. Peters has already teased that the sequence will be "bigger" than the one seen in Days of Future Past, in terms of overall length and detail. Whether it's fair or not, just about everyone will be comparing Apocalypse's Quicksilver sequence to what came before, and the film's production team is determined to not let fans down.
When Screen Rant visited the set of X-Men: Apocalypse in July, Peters was asked about attempting to top the previous film, where he offered praise for the film's second unit and the work they did putting the sequence together:
The special effects team is amazing. Bryan Schmears over at Second Unit, everybody just made that whole sequence awesome, I thought. I was just a minion. They just told me what to do so I didn't really have much to do with it but I was curious to see how they were going to top it and if they could and I think they have. I'm very excited to see it myself. I'm excited for everybody to see it because we've been working hard on it.
There was certainly a lot of effort put into completing the sequence, with Peters' Apocalypse co-star Nicholas Hault mentioning that it took more than "30 days" to shoot it all. That's an extensive amount of preparation and production time for what will most likely amount to a few minutes of the final product, but it sounds like it will pay off with something spectacular. Fans are going to be going into Apocalypse with expectations for Quicksilver (which decidedly was not the case last time around), so everyone involved knows the pressure is on to up the ante in more ways than one.
Peters actually compared developing the new Quicksilver sequence to making a followup to a major blockbuster:
It's like a sequel. I don’t know any other way to put it. You take elements that worked in the past and then you add on to them and try to make them better. It's similar but different and better. That’s what you always try to do I think for the sequel and hopefully we've done that. I think it's really cool.
Moviegoers will have to wait and see what the sequence entails, but Peters is promising a tremendous technological achievement that leaves viewers "mesmerized." Once again, Bryan Singer's team will be incorporating the slow motion and stop effects that cemented the Days of Future Past moment as one of the year's best, pushing things in an exciting new direction. Apocalypse is going to be on a grand scope story wise; it only makes sense to go bigger with Quicksilver, too.
For more quotes and reveals from our X-Men: Apocalypse set visit, check out the links below:
- X-Men: Apocalypse’s Quicksilver Scene May Top Future Past's
- X-Men: Apocalypse – Storm’s New African Origin Details
- Bryan Singer Teases X-Men: Apocalypse’s Alien Connections & Future
- How The X-Men Franchise Connects and can Reboot Infinitely
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
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