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Speaking with Empire, the director of the upcoming mutant war film went into detail about just how difficult and time consuming it was to nail what eventually would only be a very small portion of the film:
There’s one sequence that took one and a half months to shoot for three minutes of film. It involves the most complex camera moves, very sophisticated explosive algorithms, 3D Phantom cameras travelling at 50mph while shooting at 3,100 frames per second. Evan worked more days on this movie than any other actor because of this one sequence.
If we put all of that technical jargon into layperson’s terms, it basically means that it was a pain in the ass to film Quicksilver’s scene. Just to put that in perspective for you, there are entire feature length films that don’t take a month and a half to shoot. X-Men: Apocalypse dedicated that much time for three minutes of the entire film. This would seemingly indicate that Bryan Singer and the entire creative team behind Apocalypse understand just how well received Quicksilver’s sequence was in Days of Future Past, and are taking special care to ensure that this new sequence surpasses audience expectations.
Part of what made Evan Peters’ portrayal of Quicksilver so accessible for fans in Days of Future Past was the sheer joy he took in utilizing his powers. He doesn’t grapple with issues of mortality like Wolverine, he doesn’t have voices clawing away at his brain like Professor X, and he hasn’t been through a childhood trauma like Magneto. When it comes to his powers, he enjoys having them and will use them for personal gain as well as to help his friends. One could argue that this characterization is what allowed Peters’ version of the character to shine compared to Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s decidedly drab and angst-driven version of Quicksilver from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Audiences still want to see dark superheroes, but not every superhero requires that sort of treatment.
Knowing the amount of work it took to create Quicksilver’s next sequence in X-Men: Apocalypse has only further whetted our appetite to see the final product. Check out the trailer that hit the web a few days ago if you haven’t already:
X-Men: Apocalypse sprints its way into theaters on May 27, 2016.